The Springfield XD is a high quality, reliable pistol. However, it does have a weak spot.
Since Springfield XD’s started showing up in our classes, it’s been a constant battle keeping the magazines running. We’ve blamed it on the sandy conditions of Sand Burr, the main range we use in Indiana, but last week we were working on paved range and experienced the same problem.
With the XD, slightest bit of dirt, grit, or sand gets in the mag, and the follower sticks. This causes a failure to feed due to lack of spring pressure, and the student will go through the typically prescribed “Tap/Rack” to fix it. …which works.
However, during the “Tap” portion, a phenomenon occurs the late Louis Awerbuck referred to as “The Ketchup Bottle Effect”. It’s when one round flips backward due to the jarring of the entire affair without spring tension on the rounds.