Springfield Armory XD-S: First Look

Springfield XD-S with Crimson Trace Laserguard right

Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly or Springfield’s XD-S and the Crimson Trace Laser Guard. The combination provides all you could ask for in a small, sleek, easy to conceal pistol with the enhanced accuracy potential of a laser. Best of all, the Crimson Trace Laserguard provides all of the accuracy you’d want from a pocket pistol without adding any unwanted bulk that would hinder carry or concealability.

Springfield XD-S with Crimson Trace Laserguard right The Shooter’s Log has recently acquired an XD-S with Crimson Trace Laser Guard, so check back in the near future for a full review. Until then, here is the full release from Springfield.

Known for its ultimate concealability, the svelte profile Springfield Armory XD-S is ideal for concealed carry. The single-stack design keeps it thin, yet perfect proportions make it an easy and enjoyable handgun to shoot. Now, it’s even better. Springfield Armory has teamed with the industry leader in laser sighting technology to equip the XD-S with the Crimson Trace Laserguard right out of the box.

The tiny bundle of life-saving technology closely follows the contours of the XD-S frame, so it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk. Activation of the laser is instinctive via a small push pad that shines the laser immediately as the shooter takes a natural firing grip—there is no need to remember switches or controls in the heat of the moment.

“Our goal with the XD-S product line has always been to make it the perfect concealed carry pistol,” states Dennis Reese, Springfield Armory CEO. “Now, through our work with Crimson Trace we’re adding faster and more reliable target sighting capability. We want to make it easier for our customers to hit their chosen target as quickly as possible while under stress.”

The integrated package remains small and light, consistent with the design goals of the XD-S. Constructed of a matching polymer, the Laserguard adds hardly any extra weight. Where the standard XD-S 9mm weighs in at 22 ounces unloaded, the laser integrated model tips the scales at just 23 ounces.

Springfield XD-S with Crimson Trace Laserguard left angle For traditional sighting in daylight conditions, the XD-S Crimson Trace model includes the same fiber optic front sight and low profile combat rear sight that’s so popular on the original XD-S models.

Everything else in this small, yet powerful, self-defense package is all classic XD-S. It’s every bit as slender as the original, yet packs in the 3.3” hammer forged barrel, forged steel slide with Melonite treatment, and interchangeable backstraps.

The XD-S 3.3” Single Stack Crimson Trace model is intended to be the ideal concealed carry gun, so two magazines are included in the box. The flush magazine packs seven rounds of 9mm (5 rounds for the .45 ACP model) while the Mid Mag adds one extra round to each caliber.

With the XD-S Crimson Trace Laserguard edition, there’s no excuse not to have every advantage.

About Springfield Armory

“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory name and began making the M1A rifle. Today, Springfield Armory develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD, XD Mod.2 XD(M) and XD-S polymer pistols.

Are you an XD owner or fan? Do you want one of Crimson Trace’s Laserguards for your handgun? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section.

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Comments (6)

  1. Hey Dave, the right side of the slide says “Springfield Armory USA”, and the left side of the lower is marked “made in Croatia”. Is the entire gun made in Croatia, or just the lower?

  2. In my opinion, Springfield has better offerings than the XD-S. The XD-S is easy to carry, but difficult for some, including myself, to shoot accurately. Springfield’s CEO supports this opinion. As noted above, he said “Now, through our work with Crimson Trace we’re adding faster and more reliable target sighting capability as quickly as possible while under stress.”

    I recommend that anyone considering and XD-S look at the XD Mod 2 before buying. I purchased an XD-S, and I found the trigger to be too heavy for my taste. I did a bit more looking and traded the XD-S for an XD Mod 2. The Mod 2 is slightly larger than the XD-S, but it’s still a very easy piece to carry and in my experience it has a much better trigger. My accuracy has improved significantly with the Mod 2. I don’t believe that Crimson Trace currently offers a laser sight for the Mod 2, but others do.

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