Springfield XDS Explosion

Weapon Worx posted this on Facebook.





If you look at the picture of the gun closely, you can see cracks in the grip. I find it odd how all the internal components came out of the gun. If what we are seeing is what actually flew off and hit the shooter in the head. For all we know, Weapon Worx may have picked up the pieces and stuck them back together for this picture.

Luckily the shooter is ok.



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  • KestrelBike

    WeaponWorx’s description of “brass cased ammo” tells us nothing about whether they were reloads or factory rounds.

    • Taylor TX

      My thought exactly, a very vague description that makes me wonder if this wasnt a painful “oops”, glad the dude is ok either way.

    • Thomas Williams

      +1, I had the same thought. Could have been factory new, remanufactured or reloaded. The fact that they didn’t say a brand/line implies to me that it wasn’t (or wasn’t entirely) factory ammunition.

  • evan

    i watched a XDM blow up as i was ROing a guy. double powder charge in his reload.. cracked fame and internals. no injuries.

  • rcooper81

    Looking forward to more information.

  • brian

    Either hot load or out of battery detonation? I mean the whole top end blew off. Definitely need more info than what was presented.

  • Danger Schrute

    Is this the 9mm or .45? Could this article have any less information?

  • J.W.

    Firearm is an XD-s 45, The rounds were mixed factory ammo. Owner wasn’t able to pull the casing out of the chamber to show a headstamp, but SA having amazing customer service is taking care of him as we speak.

    • It certainly looks odd in the manner the parts separated. It almost looks like the rails came loose allowing the entire top to come off???

  • plumber576

    If you don’t come to The Grip Zone, The Grip Zone will come to you.

  • Josh Carter

    Good, good

  • Vitsaus

    Smells like reloads. Save some money, roll the dice with your fingers. Perfect logic.

    • Chad McBain

      There is no gamble if you reload correctly. My reloads have more consistent velocity over a chrono than factory.

  • Grindstone50k

    Hm, BIL has an XDS. Might be a little more cautious at the range with it, now.

  • Daniel F. Melton

    This is one reason to stick with real steel. It might be a overloaded hand load, but it will blow the grips off (seen that) before it comes close to destroying itself. Factory check and new grips and it’s owner is running nothing but store bought ammo through it now.

    • Core

      Good point.

  • john huscio

    Glock isn’t gonna be happy that someone else is cutting into their lucrative grenade market……

  • Marcus D.

    If he can’t get the casing out of the barrel, it sounds like a squib with a kaboom on the next shot. The pins holding the receiver into the frame are still present, and the takedown is in the locked position. If the casing is still in the barrel, the chamber would have to be blown out.

    • Ken Largo

      I agree that it could be a squib / plugged barrel & kb.

      However, with the locking block coming out of the frame with the slide is odd, especially since there no stress cracking / fatiguing of the locking block pin hole, with the takedown lever hole blown out. The highest amount of stress would be on the locking block pins, since the rearward force would be placed on these pins. The takedown lever should not have received significant stress since its primary purpose is 1) prevent the slide from coming off the frame going FORWARD (not rearward); and 2) allow the slide to come off the frame going forward when the lever has been turned upward.

      • Marcus D.

        I assume that the blowout, whether it was a barrel blow out or an out of battery experience, exploded downward, throwing the slide and all of the receiver components up and back. I also assume, although the picture quality is poor, that the pins holding the receiver into the frame bent and/or sheared. The locking lever, as I recall, locks the slide to the receiver not to the frame, and does not appear to have failed, although it does not appear to be in the right position. since I gave my XD to my son, I can’t verify that the shape of the hole for the locking lever is undamaged, but given the above, it would not need to be a complete circle

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  • Dragonheart

    I personally would like to see photos of the barrel/chamber, but it is apparent there was an over-pressure issue. One post says “Mixed Factory Rounds”, so if that is the true, then all the comments blaming handloading don’t hold water, but I would agree ammunition is the culprit. I can only think of two instances that would cause this; the first obviously an excessive charge of fast burning powder or a charge of mixed powder, the second no charge primer firing only or very low powder charge that left a bullet in the barrel, then a second round was fired. I personally trust my handloads more than I do factory, maybe this guy should take up handloading ?

  • Phil Elliott

    Well stuff happens even with Factory rds. I personally have 2 rds, from (not named) that have no primers not even a flash hole!

  • IBUB

    Bore Cleaning after mags 1 & 2 ????????????????

  • Joe V.

    I am a Springfield Armory Dedicated Fan. Out of all the guns I have ever fired, I fell in love with the Springfield XD’s. I have been lucky I guess, Since my wife and I put 200 rounds through the XD-9 in less than 2 hours, and had no hick ups, hangups, or any issue what so ever. I was very impressed on how it performed. I have hardly ever heard of an incident like this happening, other than the wrong ammunition being loaded. I am no expert, I have dealt with guns in the Military, in Law Enforcement, Armed security, and personal defense, But I will never claim to be an expert, and will never attempt to push any weapon pass it’s limits. (Not saying this was the case here either).

    • Fantom100

      I bought my XDs 45 when they first came out. It has NEVER NEVER NEVER , Miss fired, hung up , or had any problems !!! Over a 1000 rounds so far !! The best pistol I have ever fired ! 22 years in law enforcement and they had to come out with these after I retired. Get the impression, I LOVE this pistol!!!

  • petru sova

    One of the problems with some plasticky pistols that they have been known to have the slide fall off even in a fall. It all depends on whether the gun actually has a rail in the frame or not. Some pistols like the H&K P30 do not even have a metal rail in the frame and it does not take much to see the slide depart the frame. Lets face facts when you make shortcuts this blatant is it any wonder why things like this happen. Even plasticky pistols with rails will flex in recoil and more so in an explosion and then the slide still comes off. Cracks behind the trigger guard are also common and many times it does not take all that much shooting to see it happen. One HK plasticky gun in 40 S&W cracked its frame in only 4,000 rounds. Hell you shoot that many rounds in a single summer of shooting. And guess what you can spend over $1,000 for the privilege of owning such a gun. Small wonder I buy older quality all steel guns.

  • Core

    It’s too bad we can’t design a handgun that can handle a double charge in the .45 AUTO… Makes me want to go back to a M9 as a combat handgun. The magazines or grips may blow out and an occasional stove pipe but the slide is not likely to come off..

    • Ken Largo

      I prefer all-steel as well, but the M9 has its own issues with slide fractures, which are well documented.

      The Springfield XD series tends to be on the more robust side of the polymer pistol market, but I don’t think that there are any polymers can handle a double charge or a squib load (plugged barrel) followed by a double charge and come out any better than what you see above.

  • Ken Largo

    Looking at the locking block pin holes, I’m not sure that the pistol wasn’t detail stripped and re-assembled without the pins installed, in which case this was 100% operator error. Note that the pin hole between the takedown lever and slide stop/release is undamaged, which leads me to think that the locking block went flying out of the gun with the slide unimpeded by its own holding pins.

    • Dave

      Ya, no. You really think this pistol would go through 2 mags, *without* the pins? C’mon.

      • Ken Largo

        I’m just saying that if you look at the takedown lever and the slide stop/release holes, both of which are torn out from the top, why is the locking block pin hole completely undamaged? It doesn’t make any sense to me. The locking block has the front slide rails, and is subject to at least as much, if not more upward shear stress than the takedown lever.

        It doesn’t add up.

  • Dave

    The XD-s line, in my experience (so file this under anecdotal), has a tendency to not return to battery after about 50-75 rounds, and/or if it’s not squeaky clean. They are tight little pistols and even clearing the chamber requires a very hard rack of the slide. I’ve experienced a failure to RTB on my own XD-s .45 three times. First time it resulted in a light strike, the other two I caught. I suspect the first one was due to slingshotting the slide (I was only on my third mag), as opposed to using the slide catch. The other two happened even using the catch (close to 100 rounds). Once I cleaned the pistol it worked fine.

    If it had lit that round while out of battery, it very well may have caused a kaboom.