Note: This write-up documents what I did to resolve an issue I had with my Springfield XDs45 pistol. It contains details on how I altered a component in my XDs45 pistol. I am not advocating you should do this nor am I saying it is safe for you to do so. If you have questions, you should consult with a qualified gunsmith.
So, I waited for a while in hopes that the Powder River Precision (PRP) folks would come up with a true trigger kit. I had less than impressive results with their trigger spring kit when installed on XD-S shortly after getting it. I wasn't going to waste another $20 on a "post recall" spring kit from PRP now that my XD-S was back in my hands. It was time to try what appeared to be a simple adjustment that I found on the XDTalk web forum.
In the XD-S discussion room, a thread titled "Post recall trigger: reducing the pull weight" explained everything need to lighten the trigger. Lots and lots of comments by many folks indicated they had successfully applied the fix to their post recall XD-S pistols. The best part was that it could be done with the XD-S just as it was. If it didn't work, I could always buy a PRP spring kit to replace the grip safety spring that I'd altered.
The first thing I did was to remove my slide from the frame and then reset the trigger by pushing forward on the bar as shown in the above photo. In doing so, you'll see the trigger move forward and "click" into its forward/reset position. Once the trigger is reset, I turned my attention to the rear of the slide which is where I intended on making an adjustment to the grip safety spring.
In the above photo, the leg of the grip safety spring that was to be bent is circled in red. I chose a small diameter steel punch to push down on the leg which in turn causes the spring to bend slightly.
Before I started bending the leg of the grip safety spring, I cut the end off of a q-tip and marked it with a pen (the right side where the ink is the thinnest) after placing it on the leg of the spring. This is a photo showing how much it moved by the time I was done....perhaps 1/16~3/32". OK, so that is how I caused the spring to bend....but I did it in many small steps, reassembling the XDs45 about 6 to 8 times to check/verify my progress.
I started out with a trigger pull of 8 lbs., 5 oz. After a few attempts, I had decreased it to 8 lbs., 0 oz. After another adjustment and reassembly, pull weight was 7 lbs., 9 oz. I continued with this method of adjustment, reassembly, checking the weight until I had lowered it to 6 lbs., 0.5 oz. It was at this point that I decided to stop and evaluate the performance of my XDs45 at the range. The trigger was smooth and broke clean. I had a range session planned for the next day so it wouldn't be long before I knew how it turned out.
The range session came and went and I was very pleased with the results. Functionally, the XDs45 was 100%. But....what I liked the most, was the 6 pound trigger....it just felt right. I immediately saw the difference on the target. My shots were no longer going low, which they always did, when I switched to the XDs45 after having used one of my other XD pistols for a while.
In summary, this small modification was a complete success, in my opinion. I could have done it several months ago but I wanted to see some results of how it worked for others and more so, to see if there were any performance issues that showed up after a reasonable amount of rounds had been put down range from some of these pistols.
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