With the holiday season now past us, many fortunate among us are the proud new owner of a Springfield XD handgun. If you are one of these lucky individuals coming here for these first steps, or a long time owner, let us talk about what to do with that hogleg when you get it.
This step is important no matter if you have a new gun or a used on fall into your lap. With the firearm unloaded and pointed in a safe direction, go ahead and give it a field strip, checking for signs of wear, tear, defects and abuse.
Do your diligence when it comes to this stuff and be sure to read the manual before you start fooling with the handgun. If for some reason your XD doesn't have one, Springfield has them for free on their website for the classic XD, XD(M), XD(S) and others for easy download. Yes, there is nothing sexy about reading a gun manual, but it could be the best hour spent getting to know your new gun.
Find the serial number, model, caliber at a minimum and record it somewhere safe. About 1.4 million firearms were stolen during household burglaries and other property crimes over the six-year period from 2005 through 2010, according to a report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). That's something on the order of 680 guns per day, every day, with the majority being handguns. Sadly, many gun owners who have their firearms stolen cant report accurately what serial number was on their gun. Sure, it may have been written down on the box, or on purchase paperwork in the box, but what if the box is stolen along with the gun?
Well you can just go down to the dealer and check with them to get the serial number off the 4473 form right? Maybe. However, what happens if you buy the gun today and it gets stolen five years from now, then when you go looking for the dealer again find that he has moved or gone out of business. If that's the case the ATF may have possession of the old paperwork, but don't hold your breath. Then of course, if it was a face-to-face transaction with a private owner (which is still legal in 40+ states without paperwork), the odds of being able to track down that person years later, and them having the serial number to give you is slim to none.
With that in mind, write that serial down and save it in a safe place! If the police recover your pistol a week after its stolen, good luck being able to reclaim it without knowing the serial number.
What I like to do is log it in a small memo pad that I keep at home and update it regularly with my firearms collection then email a backup every month or so to myself so I will have a digital version as well that I can access anywhere. The cost for all this? Nothing other than a note pad which you likely already have.
Register that bad boy (with SA)
Springfield Armory grants what they term a limited lifetime warranty on their guns, be they 1911s, M1A rifles, or XD pistols. If you bought your springer new, odds are you have a warranty card in the box. However, the easiest way to file your warranty information is to just go to the website where you enter the information on serial, model, purchase location etc. While SA advises the warranty is for the lifetime of you/the gun's relationship, it only covers the original retail purchaser. Contact the company for any possible exceptions to that, especially if you bought the gun NIB.
And of course remember that they do not warranty "unauthorized repairs, disassembly, adjustments or modifications, carelessness, negligence, misuse, or unsafe handling, normal wear and tear, failure to properly or reasonably store, use, or maintain the product, or the one that has been shot with hand-loaded, reloaded, remanufactured, or defective ammunition."
Then, after you have these items checked off, go ahead and shoot that bad boy and treasure it. Take care of it and it will take care of you.