I love my Springfield XD 45, but for me it did have one flaw, the trigger. Because a 45 is a larger round, I used to think it was loud. (That before I had the chance to shoot an AE AI Mk II .308 – now, THAT is loud.) Also, I have version of the XD45 with a 4″ barrel, so it kicks just a little. The standard trigger that came on the gun had a good amount of travel, and I began to seriously anticipate the blast. My friend/trainer spent a lot of time with me back then tricking me by switching a empty magazine with a loaded magazine so I never knew if I would hear the BOOM when the gun went off or not. That helped a lot to rid me of my “flinch”. I also decided that all the travel in my trigger was making me crazy, by making me pull, pull, pull, pull – then BOOM. From the time I put my finger on the trigger to the time I saw a muzzle flash, There seemed to be all kinds of time available to anticipate how steady I wanted to be, the theory of relativity, how I might solve world hunger, and eventually just how loud my gun would be. One time during my pulling trigger “thinking time”, I decided I just needed a better trigger.
There are a couple places to get XD trigger kits, I called Power River Precision and talked to a tech there. He asked me a bunch of questions, and I ended up telling him I was in the Navy. We made the sales transaction and I got off the phone and didn’t think much else about it. A few days later I got a big envelope in the mail. I opened it and found my trigger AND this adorable XD Knit Cap. There was one other item, a hand written note personally thanking me for my military service and the hope that I would enjoy my new trigger. I thought that was so kind. Even though most days it is pretty warm here in San Diego, I keep my pink XD knit cap in my range bag just for good luck. I love it!