4 Common Springfield Prodigy Problems And How To Fix Them

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I had a chance to try out the Springfield Prodigy in the field. I tested the firearm and, in doing so, stumbled upon a few issues that seemed all too common.

Don’t get me wrong; no equipment is perfect, and the Prodigy is no exception. I’ve encountered a few issues, such as failure to feed, jamming problems, recoil spring issues, and even ambidextrous safety issues. 

This article aims to address these issues, shed some light on them, and provide possible solutions. And who knows? Maybe I can help you avoid some of the troubles I faced. So, let’s dive right in and start sorting this out!

Table of the Springfield Prodigy Problems

Recoil Spring IssueSwap the failing spring for a Wilson Combat recoil spring.
Jamming ProblemsSend the firearm back to Springfield for reaming and polishing.
Ambidextrous Safety IssueReturn the firearm to Springfield Prodigy for professional repair.
Failure to FeedClean magazines thoroughly or switch to a Staccato magazine.

4 Springfield Prodigy Problems & Solutions

1. Recoil Spring Issue

Let’s move on to the hurdle: the recoil spring issue. Now, this one was a bit of a surprise. After less than 2000 rounds, the recoil spring started to show signs of failure. 

You could feel it when shooting – it just didn’t have the same resilience as before. And you know what they say: a weak recoil spring can turn a fun day at the range into a really, really long day. 

This one definitely had me scratching my head.


A simple solution worked wonders in my case – I swapped out the failing spring for a Wilson Combat recoil spring. Y

es, just like that! Once replaced, the firearm returned to its original performance level, if not better. It was a stark reminder that sometimes, even the most daunting problems have the simplest solutions. 

So, if you ever face a similar issue, you now know what to do – make that switch and you’re good to go!

2. Jamming Problems

Well, now I am onto the dreaded jamming problems. Now here’s a real downer, I tell you. Once, I packed a full mag of Winchester white box after barneying up some 125 power factor ammo, ready to test the waters with some weak hand shooting. 

But oh boy, did that plan go sideways. The first round jammed right into the feed ramp – talk about a rocky start! It was like the bullet was playing peekaboo with the ramp. 

Not what I was hoping for.


In this case, the best remedy came from the maker itself. Yes, you guessed it right, I sent it back to Springfield. 

They took the issue head-on, reaming and polishing the chamber, even giving the ramp a good polish. 

So, if you’re ever stuck in a jam, pun intended, don’t hesitate to send it back to Springfield. It could make all the difference!

3. Ambidextrous Safety Issue

Now let’s get to the last, but not the least, of my troubles: the ambidextrous safety issue. 

This one was a doozy! In the middle of shooting, the right side ambi-safety just gave up and fell off. Not exactly the feature you want to fail during a shooting session.

Plus, activating the left side felt crunchy and made the right side safety fall out. Definitely a double whammy that had me shaking my head.


Sadly, there wasn’t much I could do to fix this one myselves. It seemed like a job for the pros. So, I packed it up and sent it back to Springfield Prodigy. 

Sometimes, the best solution is admitting when you’re out of your depth and letting the experts take over. 

So remember, if your Prodigy starts acting up with the ambi-safety, don’t hesitate to send it back. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

4. Failure to Feed

Now let’s get to my first pain point – the failure to feed. It’s one of those nagging issues that really tests your patience. I noticed it, especially with new magazines. 

The bullets would just lock up, sitting there like a kid on a slide too scared to go down. A good palm slap on the back end wouldn’t coax them into place. And at times, the bullets would compress into themselves – quite the frustrating little snafu!


my first instinct, naturally, was to look at the magazines. After all, they’re often the main culprits in these situations. 

So I gave them a thorough clean, removing any dirt or debris that could interfere with feeding. But even then, sometimes the problem persisted. 

So, if the good ol’ scrub doesn’t do the trick, I found that switching to a Staccato magazine seemed to help. 


So there you have it, folks. i’ve talked about the nitty-gritty of the Springfield Prodigy – the good, the bad, and the fixable. Despite a few wrinkles, this firearm still holds its own in terms of performance and reliability. 

It’s true that I encountered some common issues, such as the recoil spring issue, jamming problems, and an ambidextrous safety issue. However, every problem has a solution, and these were no different. 

With a few tweaks and sometimes a little help from Springfield itself, I managed to turn these challenges around. 

The Prodigy, with its solid build and quality features, makes a good companion on the field, provided you’re ready to tackle its little issues head-on. 


Are Springfields reliable?

Yes, Springfield Armory firearms are well-regarded for their accuracy and reliability. But remember, suitability varies per individual.

Is the Springfield Prodigy made in the US?

Indeed, the Springfield Prodigy is proudly U.S.-made.

Is the Springfield Prodigy a 2011?

Yes, the Springfield Prodigy is a double-stack 9mm 2011 pistol.

Is Springfield Prodigy a good gun?

Absolutely, the Springfield Prodigy offers a lot of performance for its price point, making it a fun and fast gun to shoot.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

2 thoughts on “4 Common Springfield Prodigy Problems And How To Fix Them”

  1. I have been interested in purchasing the Springfield Prodigy. But after reading numerous articles showing the deficiencies, I’m not interested. Should be flawless to begin with. Many issues

    • Totally get your point on the Springfield Prodigy concerns. It’s key to choose a firearm that feels right for you. The article aims to highlight that while issues exist, they’re fixable with the right solutions.

      Considering a test run or chatting with current owners might offer more insight. Your peace of mind is what matters most.


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