About a month ago, I picked up a Springfield Armory XD 9mm Sub-Compact pistol. After a good cleaning and lube, I realized I wasn't going to be happy with it until I did something with the trigger. My regular range and training pistol, a 4" service XD9, has been running a trigger kit from Powder River Precision. I've been very happy with its performance over the past couple of years. I couldn't think of a reason to switch replacement trigger brands so I headed back to the PRP web site to see about getting something for the XD9sc.
PRP has changed some of their offerings since I bought my first XD9 trigger kit. I spent some time looking at what was available and doing some reading to see if there were any significant improvements. I was not disappointed in what I found. On my previous trigger job, it used what PRP called an over travel stop. This was a part not found in a list of regular factory components. As the name implies, it limits the travel distance of the trigger once the sear has caused the striker to fire. While the over travel stop worked, it required hand fitting and was something that could be messed up, causing one to order another over travel stop and trying it again.
The over travel stop has been replaced by a new trigger with the over travel
integrated into the trigger itself. As such, you now can replace the stock
trigger and not worry about the installation of an extra part.
The parts are packaged in a blister pack that includes a single sheet of paper.
On it is the typical lawyer paragraphs regarding installation by a qualified
gunsmith, etc. At the same time there is a reference to an online video
that details the installation process, performed by someone that is most likely
a customer rather than a gunsmith. Go figure! Regardless the
video is helpful if you've not had your XD apart or are unfamiliar with the
parts you will be replacing. The single page included with the parts has
no detailed steps regarding the installation of the parts.
Those part numbers circled in red are included in the kit along with two springs to replace the same in the slide. As I write this, I've not replaced the two springs in the slide as I've obtained the desired trigger pull weight. (more on that later)
The parts replaced in the frame are as follows:
Striker Safety Lever (part #25)
Sear Spring (part # 13)
Trigger (part #7)
Trigger Bar Spring (part #9) - kit includes a reduced level spring and an extra light competition spring
So....I'll add my warning here....this write-up documents some
of the changes I made to my XD9sc. It is not intended to be a step-by-step
tutorial. Changing internal components such as springs and other parts
will influence how the firearm performs. You should consult a gunsmith
before making these types of changes to your firearm.
As with any firearm related task, I removed the magazine from the XD9sc and verified the chamber was also empty prior to disassembly. One can never be too safe when working on a firearm. Once the barrel and slide were removed from the frame, I was ready to start changing out a few parts.
The first two items on the list to replace were the striker safety lever and the sear spring. Powder River Precision supplies their striker safety lever which is engineered to reduce the long trigger pre-travel that is so prevalent on the XD.
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