A friend brought a Springfield XD .45 by yesterday that he had gotten wet in fresh water. The gun had acquired some very light rust and it was very hard to retract the slide and the magazine release was stuck and won't release the magazine.
By applying quite a bit of force to the magazine release I finally got the magazine out and was able to dias-assemble the gun. There was very light rust on the internal carbon steel parts but what was surprising to me was that the gun appeared to be totally devoid of any lubrication whatsoever- the metal parts looked like they had been dipped in a solvent to strip off all signs of lubrication. Apparently this lack of lubrication resulted in light rust on many surfaces.
Having considerable experience with 1911s over many decades I was disappointed at how little rust it took to put a XD out of service. I was able to apply oil and grease to some critical surfaces and get it working again but i can only imagine how little dirt or crud it would take to put the gun out of service again. The design of the magazine release for example was particually susceptiable; a 1911 would still function with much more crud and rust. (I remember a 1911 I bought for $20 yeas ago and it still worked fine; you can imagine what it looked like!)
Anyone else had any thoughts and/or experience with the XD?