Powder River Precision®

Q: Is our new trigger legal in Production Division?

Yes. Our trigger is a Springfield Armory OEM part available on several production XD and XDM pistols from the factory. Springfield part #'s:

XCM9131 "XDM custom competition model"

XC9131    "XD custom competition model"

XCM9121 "XDM production"

XC9121    "XD production"

Front Sight-May/June 2011 page 58 

"Powder River Trigger
I Just bought a new out of the box Springfield XD and shot a local match and was bumped to Open division. When I asked why, they said that trigger (Powder River) was not allowed. Can you tell me what is going on?

The trigger system on the Springfield XD and XDm handguns is legal. It is a factory-offered trigger that is a striker-fired system which is allowed and comes installed on six different models of the XD and XDm, and they are built in at the factory and therefor are an OEM part."

APPENDIX D4 — Production Division

21.6 Exchange of minor
EXTERNAL components
Sights, firing pins, firing pin retainers, extractors and ejectors MAY be replaced with OEM or aftermarket parts. Any other components which are externally visible may ONLY be replaced with OEM parts which are offered on the specific model of gun or another approved gun from the same manufacturer except as specifically clarified below. Examples of external components which may only be replaced with OEM parts include (but are not limited to): magazine releases, slide stops, thumb safeties and triggers. Special Notes/Clarifications:
• Barrels are considered “external parts” and are subjectto specific restrictions in 21.4 and associated rulings.
• A factory/OEM magazine release which extends only the length of the magazine release may be used. A magazine release which provides larger surface area (paddles, buttons) may only be used if it is an OEM part available on an approved model of gun.
• Externally-visible parts from “custom shop” guns will only be considered “OEM parts” if the custom shop gun is on the NROI list of approved Productionguns.

Q: How do the PRP trigger kits work?

This is a set of conceptual animations that show how our trigger system works.

Illustration of the factory trigger system

    You can see that the factory trigger system has several places where the tolerances are quite generous. Note the free play between the striker safety lever and sear, the safety lever and the hook on the trigger bar, and the striker safety lever and the striker safety.  They all add up to a longer trigger pull. Also note that the sear and striker safety start moving at about the same time (the safety actually starts moving before the sear). This is a key design function of this trigger system and it is a great design.

This illustrates how our Striker Safety Lever works

The key to doing trigger jobs on the XD/XDM is the striker safety lever. It is the only part that interacts with: the trigger bar, the sear and the striker safety. Redesigning the lever allows us to remove nearly all the trigger pretravel and preserve the critical timing of the striker safety. When our kit is properly installed it results in a very short, crisp trigger pull.

Note: The sear and the striker safety start moving at basically the same time like the factory system

Q: How do I ship a firearm?

We now have discounted shipping rates of up to 26% off with FedEx. Please contact us directly to learn more about this option. You can ship your unloaded pistol via FedEx or UPS next day air service.  You must declare that you are shipping a firearm.   The law prohibits any carrier from placing markings on the package indicating that it contains a firearm.   Another option is to take your pistol to a local licensed dealer and have them ship your firearm to us for repair using The United States Postal Service following all USPS regulations.

Click here for FedEx shipping regulations, page 142.

Click here for UPS shipping regulations.                                                                                                                                    


Pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person........Such articles also may be conveyed in the mails to manufacturers of firearms or bona fide dealers therein in customary trade shipments, including such articles for repairs or replacement of parts, from one to the other, under such regulations as the Postal Service shall prescribe. 

[Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 83]


A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by a common or contract carrier to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30]

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