Test and Influencer firearms are “Cherry-Picked,” test fired, tuned, polished, inspected, tested again, adjusted, tested again, cleaned up and then sent out on either loan or “gifted” to the influencers or testers. Prodigy issues were known from the get go.
You know, I hear that a lot, but the evidence doesn't really support that theory. There were a number of reviewers/influencers who reported "issues" with the Prodigy. If the guns that were sent out to reviewers were supposedly "cherry picked" in order to be running perfectly before they were sent out, then how do you explain that?
Honest Outlaw posted both an initial review on his channel, and a 1,000 round follow-up. He states clearly at the beginning that the pistol was sent to him for review from a local gun shop, not
from Springfield. By going this route, he maintains that he is not beholden to any company. His two videos on the Prodigy have over 300,000 views combined. I would also place him in the category of people who know how to properly run and maintain a 1911/2011, and so his reported experience is legit and fair, imo. And he did
have some issues with his Prodigy, though nothing major. Which leads to the second point...
I've watched a number of other reviewers, and it's clear to me that some of them don't know what they are doing and/or believe that you should be able to treat a 2011 just like a Glock. It usually starts with, "I haven't done anything to this pistol yet - I'm just taking it straight out of the box, and let's see how it runs..."
These people are clueless and should stick to reviewing cheap Tupperware, to be perfectly honest.
This has already been discussed ad nauseum elsewhere on this forum. But suffice to say that many of the so-called "issues" can be attributed to, 1) magazine/feeding issues, which were/are a legit problem with the mags that should be addressed, 2) a recoil spring on the 5" model that probably should have been a little heavier, 3) people not bothering to properly clean/lube the gun before shooting it, nor realizing that tight tolerance guns generally have a bit of a break-in period.
Mine runs just fine, btw.