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I just bought an XDm in .45 .Shot it last week no problem. Took it back out this past weekend & the 2nd round that almost went into battery jammed TIGHT. The only thing I've tried to attempt was to rack the slide, but this round AND the slide is solid. What can I safely do to free this thing or is a gunsmith my only option?:(
 

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With a live rd in the chamber, and the slide won't move, I ain't real sure I would want to tackle this one myself. Maybe some of the other guys might have an idea or two.
 

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You can remove the mag right? With the mag out you should be able to shine a pen light up the mag well and see where the round is jammed. That will determine what you can do to free it. If you are at all unsure what to do when you see where the problem is, take it to a gunsmith. Most likely a thin pick will be able to free the round. Is the slide fully forward? If it is, then freeing the jam is unlikely to set off the round. On the XDM you must have the grip safety fully depressed to pull the slide back. You might have a risk of an accidental discharge, so doing this in a location where it is safe to have that discharge would be a good idea.

I do stress that if you are at all unsure what to do, take it to a gunsmith. It won't cost you probably more than 20 bucks to get it freed. After that, polish your feed ramp well. With certain ammo, my 1911 was having a glitch feeding and I noticed it the first time I racked it. The full mag fired fine, but I wasn't happy with what I felt when chambering that first round so I used some 0000 steel wool to polish the feed ramp really well and now I haven't had any strange feeling with that hollow point ammo.

Also, did you break it down, clean and oil it after the first shooting? You really need to do that the first 5-10 times out to the range with a new piece while you break it in.
 

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I am curious if you were using reloads. (re-sizing issue) I had some 9mm's do that in my EMP. For some reason one out of about 50 rounds when re-sizing the die would kinda dig into the case near the bottom and would jam like no tomorrow. I had to test about 1000 rounds by dropping them into a barrel. If they didnt go in easily and then fall out, I would break them down to save the bullet. To this day I dont know why this occured.
 

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I have 4x4 posts on my range that hold up my target boards. I had this happen with one of my students firearms during a concealed class I was teaching. I took the pistol and placed the slide against the 4x4 facing down range and the barrel of course on the outside of the post and I put alot of pressure on the grip and even banged on the grip with the palm of my hand and it came free. I believe it was caused by an out of spec casing.....
 

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I had a client bring me one with a similar problem. A .45. Don't remember the brand but I tried to rack the slide with no luck. If you can get the slide in battery try to fire the gun. That is what worked with this one. If you cannot get it in battery, if it is a .45 or 9mm, gently tap the nose of the bullet to dislodge the seat and spray WD40 or partially fill with oil and let it sit for a day or two. This will destroy the powder then you can try to gently drive the slide back with a rod. BTW, I have also used this method with great sucess and no diasters.
 

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Possible but not necessarily recommended, I saw a 9mm automatic (Llama, I think) with a round stuck about 1/4" short of battery. Fix was remove mag, insert a new unsharpened pencil in the bore and push against the floor.
 

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I think DoubleD has noted the best way to clear the chamber.
Agree with that. You'd said the slide's almost in full battery. Is it far enough aft for you to drop the striker locking plate and release the striker's spring guide and spring? If so, it'd have some members here breathing a lot easier.
 

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Not that I have info on how to dislodge the round... but functionality wise
My XDm in .40 S&W will not release the firing pin with the slide out of battery (well at least not with the breach in the falling or unlocked position). As for the grip safety not being depressed... my XDm will allow about 1/4" rear travel of the slide with "no" firing pin indicator showing and the grip safety not being depressed and will go 1/2" rear travel "with" the firing pin indicator showing, again with the grip safety not being depressed. And in the case of reloads... I have yet to have a failure to feed or fire.
This concludes our test of giving information that you already knew and still got no help from me.:confused:
 

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I am curious if you were using reloads. (re-sizing issue) I had some 9mm's do that in my EMP. For some reason one out of about 50 rounds when re-sizing the die would kinda dig into the case near the bottom and would jam like no tomorrow. I had to test about 1000 rounds by dropping them into a barrel. If they didnt go in easily and then fall out, I would break them down to save the bullet. To this day I dont know why this occured.
I thought the same thing.
My XD 45 has a tight chamber and the first reloads of mine sometimes wouldn't feed until I got a factory crimp die ...after that no problem
 

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ransom63 - please let us know how you solve it.
 

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Thanks, Guys- I'll take a close look at it from the mag well & consider some careful moves. The slide is almost into battery. If it wasn't for that pin not sticking out the back, you'd think it was in battery. First thing I'll probabaly do after my look/see is drown the bullet in gun oil & let it sit for a day or two.
I do appreciate al of your input!
 

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Ease it into battery with a rubber mallet, by gently, yet sternly nudgeing it from the rear. once fully into battery just fire the weapon. Yes, it will exhibit high pressure, no it wont blow up. It will most likely fire and eject just fine.

Sounds like you have an out of spec case, possibly a reload or a dinged factory round.
 

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I agree with JLA's solution to the problem. That technique has worked for me in similar circumstances. There have also been numerous reports where immersion in penetrating oil did NOT neutralize either the powder or the primer in a loaded round. I sure as hell would not trust it 100% to work as it is so often advertised.
 

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OK!!.. here's what happened....but first the background.
Yes, it was a reloaded round, yes, I could remove the magazine, but could see nothing up the well except the bottom of the slide.
I drowned the bullet in CLP & let it sit for a couple hours, grabbed the slide, gave it about 4 hard pulls & the thing came loose. Surprise! brass filings everywhere from my attempts. Miked the crimp & (as I figured it might be) it was O/S...a lot. .420" was the intended dia. & this puppy was .475". I still can't figure out how I let this through. The only thing I can figure is this bullet came from one of my first batches that I reloaded & I fell asleep at the wheel in the process. I promise, Guys, my process has tightened up a lot since that batch was loaded almost 10 years ago. I've gathered together the remainder of that lot & have it segregated for a re-run through the crimp.
Thanks for the help, People. It's good to know this site is here for your help!
 

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I would resize all the suspects
 

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I had this happen about 3 weeks ago. a live .45 round in the Thompson. I removed the magazine but could not move the bolt at all. Took it to the LGS and he took it out back and hit the charging knob with a rubber mallet and it came free. Out of spec round was the culprit.
 
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