Firing pin retaining pin in slide

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Robb, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Robb

    Robb New Member

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    Hi all,

    I thought I would share some info on the firing pin retention pin issue that I experienced.
    I work at a local PD where XD service and tactical models are issued. We purchased them 2003/2004 so they have been in service for a while.
    A couple of weeks ago I had a tactical model handed to me on the range that had the slide locked back and wouldn't move. I noticed under the slide a small peice of the firing pin rention pin had broken [the pin split from top to bottom and a small peice slide down through the bottom of the slide] and when fired locked the slide to the rear rendering the gun inop. This immediatley made me go over the entire fleet of guns to check these pins. If you are not faimilar the pin I am referring to is the pin that goes through the top of the slide straight down between the rear sight and ejection port.
    This was the first and only incident like this we had experienced.
    We routinely keep maintenance on them and recently have had a couple of recoil springs break. So we ordered all new recoil springs and FPRT's for replacement as a part of maintanance.
    I replaced 30 of these pins and I experienced a couple of pins that had some bend to them but no other broken ones.
    We are all back up and running and all is well with our XD's. We generally qualify once a year then shoot for training another three or four times during the year. I figure we have between 1000-2000 rounds through some of the more less used guns and more on others that do a little more training on thier own.

    I just wanted to share the info before someone else experiences a inop gun due to a broken pin.

    Thanks all, and be safe -- Merry Christmas and Happy New year!
    Robb
     
  2. threetango

    threetango Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  3. 911JB

    911JB New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up Robb.


    JB