Review: Custom XD-9 by Springer Precision - Pic Heavy

Medic218

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I have an XD-9 Service that I wanted a little work on so I decided to send it in to Springer Precision and let them tune it up a bit.
They offered me their FedEx discount, which was nice, so it was about 45.00 each way. They do this for all their customers by the way.

Services I had done:
Grip chop
Trigger job
Recrown barrel
Undercut trigger guard
Install my supplied sights(Trijicon HD)

Before you ask...no, I have not had a chance to shoot it yet. This review is just to show their handy work since when I was looking for pictures of some of the services they offered I couldn't find any of the things I wanted done. So, I decided to have them done on my pistol and then share it with anyone wondering what a particular service would look like once completed.

Now to the good stuff!

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Finished product.

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There is a bit of a gap that I wasn't expecting. I was expecting it to be a more precise fit, like from the factory. What you see hanging off the back is from the pinky extension.

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Notice the gap.

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Notice the offset. Both the compact and the full size mag have some side-to-side play in them but they do still lock in nice and tight and everything seems to be functioning ok to spite it.

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The undercut of the trigger guard came out nice and smooth.
 

Medic218

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The grip chop came out a little rough in my opinion. I would have thought that paying someone to do it and having it done on a mill would have yielded a cleaner end product. I was able to clean it up pretty well with a Dremel and a nylon bristle wheel.
 

Medic218

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Real happy with the sights and how they turned out. The bright orange is a great contrast on the nearly all black rear sight and should make getting on point a snap. The tritium is bright and easy to pick up in the dark.

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Barrel recorwning just 'cause. I think it turned out really well and looks slick.


All in all I'm please with the work they did. My only gripe would be the roughness left over by the mill on the grip chop. It took me all of 5 minutes with a Dremel to clean it up and I feel the extra effort to clean up their work should have been made.

The trigger job seems nice while dry firing it. The take up and reset has been greatly reduced. They said they set it at about 4#, which I have no way to test, but it is a bit lighter than the factory trigger. The biggest difference is not the weight of the pull but the length of it as well as the rest.
 

JimmyB

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You seem pretty spot on with your review, would expect a little cleaner job on that grip chop. Gun looks great though, now go shoot it and give us a range report!
 

Medic218

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I got it to the range today and had a hard time maintaining any level of accuracy while standing but from a rest it was dead on so I know the problem lies with the operator.
I shot it better before I sent it off....
Before I went out I also added a pair of rubber Talon grips that didn't seem to give me the advantage I had hoped for based on what I've seen other say about them.
I almost wonder if the undercut was throwing me off. I don't know. My neck and back being really tight and sore probably didn't help either but that probably had less to do with it than operatir error.
I'm sure I just need more time on it to get used to it.
 
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robertc1024

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Good pics. On the mill work - plastics can be tricky. High speeds will usually give you better finishes, but if they are just doing it in a knee mill, that's probably about what you'd expect. Glad you were able to clean it up though.

Noob ?: Is the undercut on the trigger guard so you can get more of your hand on the grip?
 

Medic218

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Is the undercut on the trigger guard so you can get more of your hand on the grip?
Yes.
By allowing your finger to get rested in a higher position it should enhance the hand to gun grip.
I guess my fingers aren't big enough to require the undercut after all.
Once my neck/back gets to feeling better ill take it back out and see if there is any improvement.
 

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Great review....
 
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