Springfield 3.3 XD-S .45ACP pistols-erial numbers between XS5000000 and XS686300
Several months ago, Springfield Armory issued a recall of their latest pistol, the XD-S. The XD-S is a compact single-stack version of the company's XD series of pistols. Apparently the pistol has the potential to double fire or slam fire during the firing sequence if the grip safety momentarily disengages before the slide returns to battery. In order to reset the trigger, the slide has to cycle and in doing so it catches the striker on the sear. The XD-S has a striker safety plate that should prevent the engagement which is allowing the pistol to fire out of battery. It looks as if the spring on this part or perhaps the sear spring may be too weak to deploy if the shooter's hand comes off the grip safety momentarily while the slide is moving rearward.
It sounds convoluted and possibly a difficult scenario to recreate, yet it has happened enough that Springfield Armory issued the recall for the 3.3 XD-S 9mm and 3.3 XD-S 45 ACP pistols. The recall does not apply to the XD or XDM series pistols. Another problem associated with the XD-S pistol are reports of shooters having them fire by simply releasing the slide to chamber a round without having a finger on the trigger. According to Springfield's website, no injuries have been reported to date as a result of either of these defects.
With some shooters waiting as long as 6 months for their pistols to be fixed, the XD-S pistols are finally coming back from Springfield Armory. Externally, the upgrade to the XD-S appears to be a roll pin in the grip safety. Inside the pistol there are 3 other upgraded parts, the sear, the sear spring, and the disconnector.
While the roll pin present in the grip safety signifies an important upgrade; it can also serve as a visual reminder to inform a potential buyer of the XD-S that the handgun has been through the recall process.
If you have a Springfield XD-S, you should send it in to Springfield Armory as soon as possible to have it upgraded. More information can be found at the website that the company established to aid users through the process: