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Old August 12, 2019, 12:54 PM   #26
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"...Bought from a pawn shop..." Chances are they didn't look at it either. If it hasn't been too long take it back. 'Too long' being whatever the pawn shop says it is.
Springfield's warrantee applies to the original owner only.
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Old August 12, 2019, 02:36 PM   #27
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I'm 2/2 for sending back pistols to the OEM for repair/replacement from pawn shops. I bought a Ruger SR1911 that would constantly stove pipe. Sent it back. They said the frame was way out of spec. Sent a brand new one. Bought a Sig P229. It had cracked grip screw holes. Sig swapped my parts onto a new frame and sent it back.

The last thing a gun manufacturer wants (especially now when sales are in a slump) is an unhappy user ranting all over the place about how their brand is a POS. Especially Springfield Armory. A replacement slide probably costs them $50. And if the part isn't completely destroyed out of misuse/neglect they'll likely help you out and make you a XDM fanboy.
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Old August 12, 2019, 06:32 PM   #28
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Trash, better safe than sorry.
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Old August 13, 2019, 01:05 AM   #29
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Based on appearance the metal has failed and broken. I don't have one of them, myself.

Even if that area is "relieved" it was either botched or it later broke, I can't see anyone making such an uneven scalloped edge on purpose.

It is possible that the tool cutting head "chattered" and did a rough cut, and QC didn't catch it, or did and it was within limits. Also possible some small chips of the edge broke off leaving the scalloped appearance. I don't know, it just seems wrong though.

Now the question is, is it a problem???

I'd say contact Springfield, send them the pics and ask their opinion.
It's possible that jagged look is what that part of the slide looks like before being machined to a finish and the tool broke, machine operator was unaware, assembler was unaware, and there was no QC done at all. That or the cutting tool just broke.

Chatter wouldn't cause such visible ridges, it would just leave a poor surface finish.

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Old August 13, 2019, 01:17 AM   #30
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If you machine through thin and somewhat brittle metal too fast, the metal will break and chip at the edges of the cut instead of cutting through smoothly. Especially if the tool is dull.
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Old August 13, 2019, 01:36 AM   #31
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I don't work with thin material that much, so probably. I can tell the tool would be a ball end mill and when the radius portion of it gets dull, it looks bad.

Regardless, should have been caught before leaving factory, but quality in gun manufacturing plays second fiddle to customer service nowadays.
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Old August 13, 2019, 01:00 PM   #32
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I informed one of my "minions" about this thread, and they went to the local shop, and examined two different pistols of the same make & model as the OP, and in both cases the cut looked like the one in post #6, with smooth edges, not like the gun the OP has.

And, for what its worth, the shop owner stated that if a customer brought him a gun like the one the OP has, he would send it back to the maker and say "fix it!"

am curious to see what Springfield says and does about it...
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Old August 17, 2019, 08:17 PM   #33
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Nymero? Have you heard from Springfield.
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Old August 22, 2019, 10:32 PM   #34
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I guess I've been living dangerously, I'd have just trimmed the edges of that in less time than it took to read all the posts here.
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