Those of you who follow 13C Gun Reviews know I had quite a bit of experience with the XDS 45 prior to buying my XDS in 9mm. I had a chance to evaluate a few T&E guns as well as those friends and colleagues purchased themselves.
While I wasn’t in a rush for a new EDC (every day carry), or backup EDC to be precise, I did want an XDS in my collection. So rather than buy when they first came out, I waited until prices settled a bit and picked one up… about a week and a half before the recall.
The first weekend I picked it up I did quite a bit of dry practice with it and I had one solid range day of live fire with it before shipping it back. While it wasn’t the most stellar piece I definitely preferred it to some other options like the Ruger LC9 and I placed it just sightly ahead of the M&P Shield.
When it first came back my gut reaction was to trade it in on a Shield as fast as I could get to my LGS. Right out of the box the trigger was abysmal. The trigger pull hadn’t just increased but worse than that, it was gritty and little spongy.
Other people had described the trigger on a repaired XDS being referred to as almost “two stage” and the amount of travel is remarkable in and of itself but I’m not talking about that, I’m specifically speaking about the press itself once you take up the slack. Right out of the box it’s horrible.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to receive leading up to getting my XDS back. I knew I was probably in for a heavier trigger but beyond that reports have been all over the place from “crisp and constant” and “clean break” to the issues I’m having with my mine. Some had indicated the trigger gets better when it is “broken in”… Broken in? I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I bought another Keltec P11.
If it needs to be broken in, then there are problems that haven’t been properly addressed at the factory which result in to poor workmanship and quality control that then manifest themselves into fit and finish problems, or worse.
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