More on the Voluntary Recall of 3.3 XD-S in .45 ACP and 9 mm

On Aug. 28 Springfield Armory initiated a voluntary recall that rubbed some gun bloggers the wrong way.  I’m not defending the company or indicting the critics, just warning you that doing a Google search will probably only confuse the issue if you own one of the affected handguns.

The notice explains, “Springfield has determined that under exceptionally rare circumstances, some 3.3 XD-S 9 mm and .45 ACP caliber pistols could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or could experience a double-fire when the trigger is pulled once. The chance of these conditions existing is exceptionally rare, but if they happen, serious injury or death could occur.”

There’s not much grey area in that statement, so take a look to see if your XD-S has a serial number that falls within the recall range. No injuries have been reported. The company’s popular XD and XD(M)s are not affected.

I’m a big fan of Springfield Armory and its products. That makes my opinion somewhat jaded, but I like the way the company moved early, fast and often. OK, not often. According to one blogger a customer-service rep at Springfield said this is their first recall. That’s a pretty amazing record in itself.

I have an XD in 9 mm and that thing refuses to choke, cough, sputter or even complain about my lack of maintenance. I wish I had two. The company makes great products, from utilitarian striker-fired handguns to the deadly reliable EMP too good looking to conceal. Reviews of the XD-S have been pretty sterling, as well.

Regardless how fast or slow Springfield Armory moved, though, many gun owners would complain. This industry’s safety record is enviable, and the manner in which the few recalls are handled reflects well on the professionals at each company’s helm.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Visit this government website dedicated to vehicular recalls,  cosmetics,  drugs and even food. Then of course there’s the Consumer Safety Product Commission page, and probably 1,000 more, and in most cases I seriously doubt the company will pay shipping, and keep you up to date like Springfield Armory is doing every Friday on its  FAQ.

Gun owners have never had it better in regard to products, warranties and service. It’s easy to forget that sometimes.

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7 Responses to More on the Voluntary Recall of 3.3 XD-S in .45 ACP and 9 mm

Ammo wrote:
October 23, 2013

I just bought 1 and am disappointed again by Springfield, I bought an EMP sent it back 3 times , ask them to shoot good ammo though it and sent it back ,only to fail to fire at least 1 or 2 shots every mag. I had 3 mags, took to a gunsmith and he said firing pin not striking primer hard enough. This not the only story just like mine. I ask Springfield if a gunsmith had taken it apart and they said no.. Now my XDs is being recalled ???.I'll staying with my Glocks, S&W's Kimber's, Karh's, Sig's Ruger's . The xd's are awesome but Spingfield keeps snagging up. traded in Emp for a Sig 45 acp. At the same dealer I always buy from. They said after they came out, their been problems. They don' sell them anymore

Jim Macklin wrote:
October 22, 2013

Rules of safe gun handling say not to load your gun, drop the slide when it is pointed at anything you don't want to kill or destroy. Thus no injuries. A gun doubling is a machinegun if BATFE hears about it. The demand for guns makes the first 1,000-10,000 buyers product testers. The factories don't make defective guns by choice. My doctor just got his CCHL and I'll recommend he gets an XDs in 45 ACP, but he'll probably buy a 9mm. He can afford more than one gun, I'll tell him to buy a SA 1911 too.

Patrick T. McGuire wrote:
October 12, 2013

Today I received an email from Springfield that indicated they had finished testing a solution to the problem, that they will be receiving upgraded repair parts next week, and that they will be returning guns to their owners beginning the week starting 10/21. The guns will be fixed and returned in the order in which they were received by Springfield. Information can be found here:

Luke wrote:
October 10, 2013

The issue at hand is that when Springfield issued the recall, they were quoting a 4 week turnaround, which in turn made it sound as though they knew what the problem was, and how to fix it. It wasn't until 4 weeks later that they told us that they were still testing fixes, and upped the turnaround time. I'm glad the recalled the pistol, but I wish they had been a little more forthcoming with the information about the fix beforehand.

Alan wrote:
October 09, 2013

There is update every Friday on their website. They have had two of mine since Aug. 13, they are trying different fixes before sending them back, I would rather get them back fixed than just worked on. Our safety is their concern I am glad. THANKS SPRINGFIELD

Dane wrote:
October 07, 2013

They have had mine for a month also and they still have no definate fix for it yet either..I have had other firearms recalled by other manufactures and the longest they had my firearms for was no longer than 2weeks..this is ridiculous, my pistol was one of the first to be received and they have not even started on it due to not knowing how to fix it???

Paul wrote:
October 05, 2013

sent my XD-s to Springfield more than a month ago. Be nice if Springfield send us email to let us know some kind of ETA when we should get it back! did any one received the XDS back from Springfield?