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Old 02-23-2013, 3:00 PM
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Default Xd .45 magazine release question.

So I picked up my first Springfield xd .45 today. When the magazine is empty the mag release is easy to push and the mag comes out smoothly. When the magazine is fully loaded the release button is really hard to push. I can't push is with just one hand on the gun. Is this because its new and needs a "break in" period? Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2013, 3:04 PM
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So I picked up my first Springfield xd .45 today. When the magazine is empty the mag release is easy to push and the mag comes out smoothly. When the magazine is fully loaded the release button is really hard to push. I can't push is with just one hand on the gun. Is this because its new and needs a "break in" period? Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.
I asked the same question about my XD-40, and the answer I got was that when the mag is full, and the slide forward, the tension there is what makes it difficult to release. I was told it would get easier as the mag springs loosened, and if I loaded less rounds. It was also suggested that I push the magazine up a bit when I press the button.

I have found that it is easiest to load with the slide locked back, as that same tension means I have to really hit the mag in, but it slides right in no fuss with the slide open.
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It's cuz there weight on the release my glock does this still and has over 4k rounds threw it
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Old 02-23-2013, 3:07 PM
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Yes, it will break in with time and use.
For now use your free hand to push on the mag when it's full and you want to release it.
I've had mine over a year and can drop a full mag by thumbing the release.
It still takes a good amount of pressure. But it's easier than when it was new.

(Then, a few minutes later...)
I just dropped a full mag four times with one hand.
Unloaded a round and found it to be easier.
Then I loaded the 10th round and Ouch, now I can't drop the mag.
I've just gotten used to applying pressure before releasing a full mag.
You may have to do the same.

I load with the slide locked back when I'm at the range.
No extra pressure required when inserting the mag.
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Old 02-23-2013, 4:45 PM
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I will have to try with the slide open. It definitely takes extra force to lock the magazine when's its full. Thanks everyone for their responses.
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Old 02-23-2013, 4:56 PM
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why do you want to eject a full mag? empty it first

in all seriousness is it a mix between being brand new and the tension from the mag springs applying pressure to it. locking the slide back before releasing the mag or pushing up on the base of the mag will help/ solve the problem until everything wears in a bit.
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I have a xd45, had a xd40sc and many of my other guns are all the same.
When you load up the mag the tension from the tenth round (or 13th round) will make it hard to release the mag.

Three ways to go about it;

1. Keep loading and unloading a mag, after serveral hundred times the mag spring will loosen and it'll be easier for you to released the mag

2. you can release a full mag with ease by keeping the slide locked back

3. On a full mag push the bottom of the base plate while pressing the mag release. (like your loading into your gun, put some pressure upward while
you press the release)
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There is a big difference in magazine release pressure between a full 10rd magazine and just 9 rounds.
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I have a xd45, had a xd40sc and many of my other guns are all the same.
When you load up the mag the tension from the tenth round (or 13th round) will make it hard to release the mag.

Three ways to go about it;

1. Keep loading and unloading a mag, after serveral hundred times the mag spring will loosen and it'll be easier for you to released the mag

2. you can release a full mag with ease by keeping the slide locked back

3. On a full mag push the bottom of the base plate while pressing the mag release. (like your loading into your gun, put some pressure upward while
you press the release)
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I have an xd40 and mine broke in after a little bit. A full mag never locks in easy with the slide forward, my buddies XDM 45 is the same way.
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Im more pissy about the abnormal and FTF causing wear found on my followers.

Someone should mill up some aluminum followers.... I'd buy them for sure.
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