Springfield Armory unveils its most recent model XD—the Mod.2. The Springfield XD Mod.2 is a subcompact 9mm or .40 S&W pistol made for concealed carry. The Mod.2’s redesign places your hand higher in the grip for better control during shooting and a grip texture that is softer and more comfortable to hold. Other notable features are the updated sights, no-snag trigger guard, Posi-Wedge slide serrations and the new slim and contoured frame and disassembly lever.
- High-Hand grip relief and beavertail
- Red fiber optic front sight and combat rear sight
- Slimmed slide
- Ultra slim, contoured frame
- Slim and contoured disassembly lever
- No-snag trigger guard
- Posi-Wedge slide serrations
It’s All About the Grip
Springfield says, “The GripZone has been carefully, intentionally designed to combine multiple principles of biomechanics in order to enhance your shooting experience.” Springfield Armory says, “It just feels better.” When holding and comparing the new Mod.2 to the old XD, you can noticeably feel the improved ergonomics of the Mod.2.
Without extreme close-up inspection of the GripZone, you cannot visibly tell the difference in the three different textured areas on the handgun’s grip. However, Springfield Armory engineers closely studied where your grip on the pistol matters most and meticulously developed the GripZone for shooters grips to remain consistent and solid. Divided into three different zones, the grip on the Springfield XD Mod.2 keeps your hand from slipping or shifting.
Aiding in the enhanced ergonomics on the Mod.2 is the high-hand grip relief and high-hand beavertail. The Mod.2 has a deeper curve at the top of the grip, naturally placing your hand higher onto the grip for improved control during shooting. The recontoured grip means your hand stretches less, resulting in less fatigue. The softer texture of the GripZone versus the XD combined with the less aggressive stippling and finger grooves on the Mod.2’s grip makes the new XD noticeably more comfortable. With all the updated features on the Mod.2, Springfield never sacrificed its Point and Shoot accuracy.
Springfield upgraded the sights on the Mod.2 incorporating a red fiber optic front sight and low profile combat rear. The older subcompact XD model utilizes fixed three-dot sights.
No-Snag Trigger Guard
The trigger guard is more contoured and rounded all the way around the Mod.2 to prevent snagging, making drawing, and reholstering smoother.
Posi-Wedge Slide Serrations
The Mod.2 eliminates the two levels of slide serrations. Instead, the Posi-Wedge slide serrations are cut deeper; an additional serration makes grasping and racking the slide on the Mod.2 easier.
Slimmer and Contoured Frame
The slide on the Mod.2 is slimmer than the original XD, as well as the disassembly lever and frame. The lever and frame both are more contoured on the Mod.2. A noticeable difference on the takedown lever and slide release is the slightly raised pyramid shape at the top. This makes manipulating the lever easier. Less noticeable is the changed magazine release button. The aggressive, horizontal serrations on the ambidextrous magazine release make it quicker to locate, as well as creates a positive operation.
Part of the redesigned frame is the thumb rest. The thumb rest on the Mod.2 is wider and elongated to accommodate all shapes and sizes of hands.
The basic specifications of the XD have remained the same. The Mod.2 will be available in either 9mm or .40 S&W with a 3-inch barrel. It is 1.2 inches wide, has a 1.9-inch grip width, is 6.25-inches long overall and 4.75 inches tall. The Springfield XD Mod.2 has a polymer frame with Melonite finish and a forged steel slide. In 9mm, the standard magazine holds 13 rounds and 16 with the X-Tension. In .40 S&W, the XD Mod.2 holds 9 rounds and 12 with the X-Tension.
|Caliber||9x19mm / .40 S&W|
|Capacity||13+1 Rds / 9+1Rds|
|Barrel||3-inch hammer forged|
|Grip Width||1.19 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||26 oz. with empty magazine|
|Magazines||1 stainless steel flush and 1 full-sized with X-Tension|
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