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Old 12-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default 2 thumb forward grip on XDm issue?

Does anyone use this style grip and accidentally cause the slide release to not lock open on the last shot? My 9mm XDm 4.5" has been flawless and I'm betting it's operator error and unfortunately my range is over an hours drive to test my theory out, gun locks up great when manually cycling it. I shoot several 1911's and a couple of BHP's in this style with good results and does good with the xdm except the slide not locking open on the last shot. Your thoughts.

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Does this happen with both of your magazines? If it does then it must be the way you grip the pistol. If it's only 1 mag, it could be faulty.

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Does this happen with both of your magazines? If it does then it must be the way you grip the pistol. If it's only 1 mag, it could be faulty.
All 3 mags do this.
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Does this happen with both of your magazines? If it does then it must be the way you grip the pistol.

By no means an expert, but I'm inclined to agree. I use the same grip style. No issues with an XDM40C 3.8". Likewise 3 XD's (4" service, 2 subs).
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You might try loading a few cartridges, & firing it one handed, just to see how it behaves after the last shot. If it's still releasing with your thumb nowhere near the slide stop, then the problem would seem to lie elsewhere.

Sounds puzzling anyway.

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You might try loading a few cartridges, & firing it one handed, just to see how it behaves after the last shot. If it's still releasing with your thumb nowhere near the slide stop, then the problem would seem to lie elsewhere.

Sounds puzzling anyway.
I going to do just that next range visit.
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You might try loading a few cartridges, & firing it one handed, just to see how it behaves after the last shot.

That's a great idea...
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You could get a lot of tests in by loading "Barney" rounds. One round in the magazine. Load and fire 1 round. Slide-lock.

I had that happen one time very early while learning to shoot. I learned very quickly to keep my thumbs just a little lower.

Probably harder to change habits if you've been shooting other guns for a while. Also noticed you mentioned shooting 1911s a lot. The thumb safety on that may have taught you to keep your right hand thumb higher.

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Balota, my 1911 custom has the wide thumb safety and I'm loving it, at the expense of my XDm. I plan on a range trip X-mas week weather permiting to try this out. I hope it not a mag issue as all 3 do it and they ain't cheap. Any suggestions if it's magazine related?

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I hope it not a mag issue as all 3 do it and they ain't cheap. Any suggestions if it's magazine related?
I think that's very unlikely Colt45. I think you will just have to adjust your grip a little. Keep us posted.
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