RECALL: Springfield Armory 3.3 XD-S Pistol SAFETY RECALL

Springfield are recalling certain Springfield Armory 3.3 XD-S 9mm & .45 Pistols. If you own one of these pistols check the serial number and if it matches, make sure you visit the website and being the upgrade process.

The full recall notice…

GENESEO, Illinois (August 29, 2013) — Springfield Armory® launched a voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols with new components, which eliminate the possibility of a potentially dangerous condition.

Owners of XD-S™ 3.3 9mm and .45ACP pistols are instructed to stop using their pistol and carefully unload it; then visit and follow the instructions to begin the upgrade process. Springfield will cover the cost of the shipping and upgrades.

This Safety Recall applies only to:

Springfield 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm pistols – serial numbers between XS900000 and XS938700.

Springfield 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols – serial numbers between XS500000 and XS686300.

The company announced that, under exceptionally rare circumstances, some 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and .45ACP caliber pistols could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or could experience a double-fire when the trigger is pulled once.  Springfield said the chance of these conditions existing is exceptionally rare, but if they happen, serious injury or death could occur.

“Springfield apologizes for this inconvenience,” said Dennis Reese, co-chairman of Springfield, headquartered in Geneseo, Illinois. “Our customers’ safety is our paramount concern; we want to emphasize that no injuries have been reported to date.”

Springfield is in the process of notifying customers, distributors and dealers.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • floppyscience

    And last week during the safety alert everyone was saying, “You should have bought an XDS!”. Hilarious.

  • Lance

    Along with the recall of S&W Sheilds think the vast panic buy comes home too roost. They made alot of pistol fast to make up with the panic buy and so ended up with some shotty pistol which need to be repaired now. I think best buying in a none panic season when makers take more time for quality not quantity to take up public demand.

    • Mr. Fahrenheit

      I’m agreeing with you on that.

      The problem is 100% employment in the industry. It isn’t healthy. Firearms companies are staffing themselves, from top to bottom, with employees that wouldn’t ordinarily be employable. Engineer or assembler. Hence, although I escaped the Shield recall last week, I’m subject to the XDS recall this week. What does an impulse purchase four weeks ago get me? A trip to the Fedex office on my lunch hour.

      I can’t complain too much, I guess. I’ll have to talk myself into trusting an “upgraded” (nice euphemism Springfield) XDS or else GunBroker it.

  • dp

    This seem to amount to “fire out of battery”. Can anyone explain what the cause is for this happening?

  • insertjjs

    Man, I was looking for a small pistol for when I get my CHL, And this and the Shield were on the top of my list. Now I guess Beretta will issue a recall on the Nano next week. Guess its a 38 for me then.

  • Ripley

    ” or could experience a double-fire when the trigger is pulled once”

    Bonus machinegun.

  • Ryan

    Dang it, mine’s one of ’em… Thank you Steve for the quick announcement!

  • JB

    I look at it this way,not costing me to ship the pistol or repair it.It tells me how top notched Springfield is as a company.

  • Dvaughn2071

    Springfield armory has no idea when our firearms will be “repaired” and no idea when we will recieve our firearms back. I have lost all trust in Springfield and will never buy anything from them again. Funny thing is a few months ago you couldn’t find an xds anywhere and now in a month or two the market will be flooded with them, mine being one of them. Springfield does not respect their customers and are only interested in limiting their liability

  • Chad

    I would think Springfield hast lost the Law Enforcement market over the way this has been handled. They should offer an option of a refund.

  • Jack Fisher

    I am very unhappy with Springfield Armory. They have had my XDS 45 for several weeks and do not seem to have a clue when they can repair mine and return it to me. They must have a big screw up. This has negatively affected my opinion of Springfield.