Springfield Armory’s XD-S 9 Wins Handgun of the Year

Springfield Armory XD-S 45

We all know the guns, but how many of us also know the story behind the name…

The moniker, “Springfield Armory” has a history all its own going as far back as the Revolutionary War days and is credited with playing a key role in the birth of our country.

It was none other than George Washington—during the years he spent as a General and before his presidency—who ordered the creation of Springfield Armory in 1777 to store revolutionary ammunition and gun carriages.

NRA Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year XDS-9
Not that we needed proof, but a Golden Bullseye Award for Handgun of the Year continues Springfield Armory’s commitment to innovative designs.

In 1794, the armory began the manufacture of muskets for our young country, and for the next 150 years, Springfield Armory functioned as a supplier for every major American conflict as well as a “think tank” for new firearm concepts. In 1968, citing budgetary concerns, the U.S. Government closed the Springfield Armory. The Armory’s fate seemed destined to merely housing historians paying homage to the past rather than those with an eye to the future. That was until 1974, when a passionate family by the name of Reese would rescue not only the name “Springfield Armory,” but also the philosophy that drove it for centuries.

With reverence for the legacy of The Armory, the Reese family resurrected the most historically significant designs produced by the Armory—M1 Garand, 1911-A1, M14. Fueled by the same obsession for improved manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge design that inspired the likes of John C. Garand and John Browning, it has continued to develop products loyal to Springfield Armory’s heritage while ensuring The Armory’s place in the progression of American firearm history.

For the past few years, Springfield’s XD line has likely gained the most notoriety. While Springfield offers the XD in every popular centerfire cartridge, the offering in .45 ACP is certainly a standout. A common frame can be used for 9mm, .357 Sig, and .40 S&W, which makes offering one about as easy as three. However, the addition of the .45 ACP requires retooling and is a caliber-specific platform—that is you can’t use a .45 frame to build a 10mm.


However, Springfield Armory didn’t just stop at building an XD model in .45 ACP. A concealed-carry gun serves one purpose—to save your life or the life of a loved one. And with that reasoning in mind, some defensive-minded people want to shoot a pea with as much stopping power as possible and the .45 ACP fits that bill nicely in the XD(M) “Compact” with a 3.8-inch barrel and a 9+1 capacity.

Springfield Armory XD-S 45
At only 1” wide, the XD-S 45 fits as perfectly into your concealed-carry strategy as it does in the palm of your hand. And with it, you get the power of a .45 with superior control and comfort without sacrificing important safety features.

The XD(M) has all the features and lines of the other XD pistols, such as a short trigger pull, steel 3-dot sights, and a stainless steel slide and barrel coated with Melonite for corrosion resistance. The XD(M) will also accept 13-round magazines for those times when you are willing to sacrifice a magazine extending past the well for the extra rounds. You can also dress it up a bit and attach an “X-Tension” that slips over the full capacity magazine creating a longer grip for the gun.

XD-S 45

If the XD(M) compares favorably to the Glock 30, then the XD-S .45 must be compared to the Glock 36. A .45 ACP in a micro-sized package (four inches tall and a slide that is less than an inch wide) leaves a bit of doubt with regard to shootability for some. I had the same skepticism when world-class shooter Rob Latham first handed one to me. I had just watched Rob put it through its paces and he made it look easy by rapidly banging off rounds and dropping steel plates in rapid succession. But then, Rob can make that look easy with most any gun—hence the world-class shooter title.

However, not quite as fast as Rob, but with accuracy that was just as deadly, I was able to quickly drop a line of plates with the XD-S—3.3-inch barrel and all. Overall, the XD-S measures about a half-inch less than a Glock 36, but is extremely smooth and easily controlled for follow-up shots and is worthy of strong consideration for you next EDC gun. After all, it’s the smallest polymer-framed .45 ACP automatic I can think of and quite possibly the first .45 ACP truly suitable for carry in a pocket holster. Now that’s something to think about pretty seriously, isn’t it?

XD-S 9

Springfield Armory XD-S 9
The XD-S 9 has all of the features of the XD-S .45 including the same size and feel. The same holster even works for both models.

Looking for a perfect companion for an XD-S 45? How about an XD-S in 9mm with the same general specs and features? I am talking about the same height and width; in fact, the new XD-S 9 will use the same holster as the .45. It will also have the same great features including the Ultra Safe Assurance (USA) action trigger system, loaded chamber indicator, grip safety, Maximum Reach magazine release, short reset trigger, snag-free low-profile sights, Picatinny rail system and more.

While the XD-S 9mm is on display at the 2013 NRA Show in Houston, Springfield Armory does not have a ship date yet. However, it is worth putting your hands on one and feeling it out at the show. After all, Springfield will be accepting the NRA’s Golden Bullseye Award on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. American Rifleman honored the XD-S 9mm as Handgun of the Year.

What’s Next?

As noted earlier in the article, the same frame can be used to build the 9mm as the .357 Sig., and .40 S&W. Springfield has not confirmed any plans at this point, but I would be willing to bet these will be new offerings for 2014.

Springfield XD(M) .45 Compact Specifications

  • Magazine: Stainless steel; 9+1 or 13+1
  • Barrel: 3.8 inches, Melonite coated; Fully Supported Ramp
  • Trigger: 5.5 to 7.7 pounds
  • Weight: 27 ounces (empty with 9-round magazine)
  • Overall Length: 7 inches
  • Height: 4.55 inches (with flush magazine)

Springfield XD-S .45 Specifications

  • Magazine: Stainless steel; 5+1
  • Barrel: 3.3 inches, Melonite coated; Fully Supported Ramp
  • Trigger: 5.5 to 7.7 pounds
  • Weight: 21.5 ounces
  • Overall length: 6.3 inches
  • Height: 4.4 inches

Springfield XD-S 9mm Specifications

  • Magazine: Stainless steel; 7+1 (corrected – My thanks to those who noticed the error and left comments!)
  • Barrel: 3.3 inches, Melonite coated; Fully Supported Ramp
  • Trigger: 5.5 to 7.7 pounds
  • Weight: 21.5 ounces
  • Overall length: 6.3 inches
  • Height: 4.4 inches
  • Grip Width: .9-inch
  • Slide: Forged Steel
  • Frame: Polymer
  • Sights: Fiber optic front dovetail rear (steel)

What are your thoughts between the .45 ACP and 9mm for concealed carry? Let us know in the comment section.

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Comments (66)

  1. Gotta’ love ‘dem XDs 3.3, 45ACP!!! Why have ANYTHING else for concealed carry??? Can’t even be matched, much less be beat. Can’t own enough of ’em!

  2. my standard XDs holds double stack 10+1 mag or 16+1 extended never had anything else and full size 18 +1 fits nicely

  3. I don’t understand why is this considered an american gun? It’s a gun that’s designed and made in Croatia, by a company that also makes VHS rifle. There’s absolutely nothing american about this gun, Springfield is only for a marketing reasons, nothing else. It’s not product from american company but made in some other country because labor costs. Every gun you buy, money goes to HS Produkt, not Springfield. Springfield is only a dealer, nothing else.

    1. Very valid points, RiderKing ! I hope this is something we all consider before we slap down a bunch of dead presidents for a pistol from Croatia.
      Thank you for reminding us.

    2. riderking your an idiot it is springfield because it originated in springfield mass.and still exists in springfield illinois building guns yes some of the guns are built in croatia but you will find springfield rifles are built inillinois

  4. Recently got an XD-S 9mm and boy is it nice. Fires straight and true without a hiccup after approx. 150 rounds. haven’t cleaned it yet neither.
    Cant recommend the XD series enough to anyone looking for a polymer handgun.

  5. I just held one of these and got really excited. (Don’t worryq ladies. Not that excited. ) I have an issued hk uspc which I love. Completely different from the civilian versions which I don’t like. I’m looking to buy one of the xds’s and laugh at the people who are worried it is made in Croatia. Wow. Only about 30-40 miles away from Austria. The workers are probably cousins of the workers making Glocks. These people have probably experienced more combat than most Americans. I’ll give the xds a try with no bias.

  6. Could you please create also a XDS 3.3 .40 caliber S&W handgun in the future. I already
    purchased the XDS 9m S&W 3.3 Handgun. Thanks

  7. Just ran 100 rounds thru my XDs -9 last night. What a comfortable feel. No jabs whatsoever. Being a novice owner, I really appreciate the simplistic “dummy proof” break down and cleaning procedures. Got it for just under $600 at a dealer in Ohio. I also ordered two extended mags from SA. Anyone have suggestions on dealers for conceal carry holsters for the XDs?

  8. Got a XDs-9 last Tuesday, 6/4 and 5 extended mags from the Springfield store today 6/8. Excellent turn-around from the store! So we headed off to the range.

    This gun shoots like nothing else in my collection. Muzzle flip is almost non-existant – recoil is straight back. Regaining the target for 2nd and subsequent shots is like shooting my M&P 22 – seriously!

    Ran 200 rounds of Aguila 124 grain, and 25 rounds of Hornady Critial Defense, not a single hiccup. I’m impressed, and it is a fun little package to shoot.


  9. Anyways… I agree with #44. I think the XD-s 9 will be the perfect carry weapon from what I’ve read. I hope it comes out soon and there won’t be a 2 year wait to get one. I have an XDm .40 and Its great. Its just a bit too big to carry.

  10. Hi #50, you need to read your history a bit so you don’t look like one of the “hypocrites” or just one of the general uneducated, ignorant and uninformed that you seem to be.
    Before you put you mouth in gear before your brain you might want to find out where the majority of the weapons that George Washington used in the American Revolution came from. ……. Here’s a hint: it wasn’t the British Colonies of the Americas that were fighting for there freedom.
    It seems that your under the misconception that the USA is the ONLY economy that’s got real bad problems. If that’s the case, you would make the poster child for 2013 for the Hypocrites Movement. Really? Are you a special kind of stupid? I suppose that’s a bit unfair but just how do you think the world works these days?
    When Smith and Wesson can produce a weapon that is as well built, reliable, cost effective(not cost an arm an a leg), as the XD series and can support that product in post production and sales as well as this weapons platform (XD) is then we may all consider them as an option. And I’m not talking about the fine products that S&W DO produce and that I have several of ……… I’m talking apples to apples.
    In your world do weapons that are made in the USA hit their target better? Perhaps in your world their more macho? In your world do US firearms products “get the bad guys better”. It must be in your world that we are the USA we do it better than every body else because we’re so much better? So….. I’m guessing you don’t shop at Kmart, Target, Walmart, Costco, Safeway, Piggly Wiggly, Sears, Pennies (to name a few), or use gas in your ….. Moped? …… Get your head out of you butt or sand or wherever its stuck and stop being part of the problem. The world has changed since the 1950’s.
    Oh yeah, please stop using big words like “hypocrites” that you don’t understand and which in turn make you look like one yourself. It reflects badly on the majority of us that can and do actually live in the real world.

  11. History shows that world markets promote peaceful resolution to differences, and helps the economy of any country participating in it. I buy American when I can, but if there is no quality competitor to a foreign design, I am going to buy foreign. As long as that country is not advocating the destruction of my rights, or country. I must admit, that I hate Walmart and avoid cheap Chinese junk as much as possible – but I’m a realist too, and know that to make a budget, I’m going to have to buy some crap made in the PRC occasionally. Anyone who buys anything electronic is not going to avoid this no matter what, because such a high percentage of the chips and circuit boards are now made in the PRC, and not Taiwan.

    Ever wonder why that nut in North Korea never dropped the bomb? It is bad for business, and the PRC is leaning on him HARD!

    I plan to be completely off foreign oil by the end of this year, as I feel that is the single most stupid thing we give our enemies is money for oil. Fortunately we have reached oil independence already – so what are we waiting for? We need to tell OPEC to shove it!!

  12. Last I checked, Croatia isn’t a state in our union. You people need to wake up and quit being hypocrites. It’s why the country is in economic turmoil. You keep buying and supporting foreign goods. Stop it! Buy Smith and Wesson or firearms that Springfield actually makes in USA. Would George Washington enjoy hearing that Springfield Armories’ newest best product is “Made in Croatia”?

  13. ive had sig rugers glocks they were all really nice.but when i got my xd 40 tactical it was true love love.its a nail driver.i shot competitivly in the army and still shoot alot today.just one session at the range i went home and moved my glock out.great job.a 9mm is my next purchase.

  14. The XDS 45 is an excellent handgun. Perfect for CCW. Period. (The Glock model 36 ain’t too bad either)

  15. That’s nice, now stop thumbing and get it to the market already. Take notes on how Smith and Wesson released their Shield instead of announcing a gun and making people wait two years.

  16. The specs are great but lack the width comparison. Unfortunately, it isn’t made in the USA any longer or the 45 XD-S would have filled the void that Ruger’s LC9 filled.

  17. LOL ! A lot of comments remind me of a commercial out there, in which a lady states that she believes that anything being put on the internet is true, and eventually she goes on a date with a “French Model”(because he claims so on the internet).

    First of all, as I already stated in post 12 and 14, the specs on the .45 XD S vs. 9mm XD S are not the same. The 9mm has a 7+1 (9+1 extended magazine) and weighs 23 oz empty.

    @Paul post 27.
    Paul opens up the discussion between .45 and 9 mm and is requesting a response from someone to make him help smarter.
    I am more than pleased to do so…
    Paul assumes the specs of the .45 XD S and the 9mm XD S being the same, and uses that assumption to be true, as an argument in .45 XD S vs. 9mm XD S. My first advise:” Don’t believe everything they say on the Internet”. My second advise would be: “Before you post something, please read previous posts” The latter advise goes for many of you guys who most likely like to hear yourself talking without listening.
    Anyway…Paul, both advises can sometimes make people… more informed…not so sure about the smarter though (look smarter for sure).

    About the argument 9mm vs. .45, A lot can be said about it. Ballistics is truly a science, and the simple statement that .45 is “better” than 9mm depends on a lot of factors to consider. Factually, the 9 mm and the .45 bullets end up having about the same kinetic energy (Newton’s law; E= 1/2 mV2). The 9 having more velocity and the .45 having more mass. Both calibers meet FBI standards of 14-16 inch penetration. However, it is correct to state that if you were to hit the target (under stress situation) with a .45, then it would end up with more material at the target, but it all arrived at lower energy levels. Also the 9mm +P vs. the .45 +P come in at about the same ft/lbs of 460+ energy levels. (For the concentrated readers this means indeed that someone carrying 9mm +P vs. someone using .45 regular has a more powerful round and at a flatter bullet curve).

    My counter question to Paul then would be:” Why trade off a lesser amount off rounds in a .45 vs. a 9mm?” Personally, I prefer more bullets in my gun with the same kinetic energy, especially under stress situations.
    Maybe Paul’s argument might be highly influenced by “Bigger is Better”. Bigger what? Caliber or Energy?
    Paul… I didn’t mean to come across as nasty, but your own post almost suggests that 9 mm’s are inferior. Well… I am in favor -and probably many out there- of the 9mm, simply because of more firepower (as in more rounds). On top of that, one could give the argument that it is more economical to train with 9mm vs. .45 (at least in the pre-Obama-scare era).
    Effective self-defense falls or stands with; 1. The right tool (I think all XD’s are mighty fine) 2. Training 3. Training….4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Training. (Which is again…cheaper with the 9mm)

    Final say about you claiming the military is wizening up….
    If the military were to change over from 9 to .45 … I would smell a rat. (Weapons-lobby)
    Just think of the logistic nightmare that could happen on the battlefield. I think the US military with its NATO partners made a very smart decision a long, long time ago to standardize the calibers being used. Also think about the enormous stockpiles of these calibers, Yeah… lets change the caliber and chuck all that ammo out, Yeah lets do that, especially since the military has so much extra money to spent. This money can be much “smarter” used by our soldiers right now, who are fighting our battles right now!

    Bottom-line 9mm vs. .45… they both work as long as you are able to hit under stress. 9mm just gives you more shots. XD S .45 = 5 + 1, XD S 9mm = 7+1

    Bonus: XD’s in general being a bit heavier than Glocks? Yep correct, but that’s because of the steel guide-rod vs. the polymer used by Glock.

    Bigger is Better? Yeah…let’s go EDC .50BMG !!! …:-D

  18. Sooooo, let me get this straight……. There’s a bunch of you it seems that think that the XD series is suspect because its not made in the
    US of A. I find it very hard to fathom the logic of the hypocrite. Are you seriously going to try and tell us that you don’t buy anything that isn’t MIA??? You don’t shop at COSTCO? Or Walmart? Oh how about Fred Myers? Any Auto Parts stores? Or is it that if it isn’t made here in our country that its a sub par product? Perhaps if the weapon was made in Germany or England, maybe Denmark or Israel it might be better? You might want to do a little research on the Croatian firearms manufacturing company, HS Produkt d.o.o. their facility is state of the art and may be one of the best Firearms company in the world today. Do you think that Springfield Armory would offer substandard products in their line?? The XD from the day it was put on the market in the US was an innovative and new design. It was not then or ever a “Glock” clone. It won “best of year” and Design awards a number of times. There are several US manufactures that would benefit from the the design and manufacture of this weapons system.
    Do yourselves a favor and do a little research, learn something new, expand you mind and get rid of your out of date isolationist attitudes. If you DON’T like the Springfield XD or Glock or Enfield or or how about the manufacture of the Desert Eagle then pick a real reason but don’t be an elitist snob about it. Grow up, its a global world and your part of it! Ya know, if it wasn’t for the German Mauser we wouldn’t have had the 1903A3 30.06 Springfield rifle one of the finest American battle rifles produced. Yeah, it’s pretty much a global community out there, been that way for awhile now.
    The XD series platforms in any of their evolutions is an excellent weapon system. I have carried one since they first were offered by Springfield and it has served me well. It’s the equal or better of many if not most. Give it the just due and consideration it deserves on its merits and on its success.
    This forum isn’t supposed to be a bitch fest, its supposed to be an information source, a sharing of ideas reverent to the base post. I and others don’t need or want to know your political view unless that’s what’s being asked for. I would like to hear the actual pro or cons where the subject is concerned that’s why I read it in the first place! For what its worth . . . . . Pete sends

  19. Have carried the .30 sub-compact for two years now, love it with the Galaxico concealed, inside the waist holster. Would love, as mentioned by others, to see the .357 sig, and .40 sold together in the same box. As it only needs the barrel to change between the two calibers. Have carried the XD Springfield .40 in one configuration or the other for the last four years, very dependable, hardy weapons.

  20. @chris on comment #34

    This is the XD-S – “S” stands for single stack, not the double stack model you refer to.

  21. It is always a trade off choosing compactness with a larger grip or other feature. I choose compactness – otherwise there is no point going CCW. My XD-S .45 with 7+1 magazine gives me the same grip, and actually better than my fathers WWII Colt 1911 GI issue .45 pistol. I keep the 5+1 in the well, and if I have to reload, or if I anticipate trouble, I can always go to the big magazine in my rig. It only takes a second to change it out. Training is everything if you are serious about CCW.

  22. 9mm all the way all the time. For me its just a simple point and shoot with close grouping no matter what the brand. I even shoot a 9 better than a 22 go figure!

  23. I had the XDs .45 for several months now. It was a cold day the first time I took it to the range (outdoor) and I have to admit, after a couple of magazines I had a good impression of the grip pattern in my hand and didn’t want much more shooting. I have gone out twice since and both experiences were much better. On the return trips one day was warm and one was fairly cold. I did swapped out the floor plate for one with a pinky extension and possibly I have adjusted to the gun as well. The last time I was out it was enjoyable to shoot and my accuracy has improved to very good levels as well.

    Other observations:

    * Concealed carry is very nice, I have mostly been doing a 4 o-clock IWB.
    * The front fiber optic sight disappears in low light unless the existing light source is from above. I will probably have night sights installed in the future.
    * I purchased an extended magazine and it has problems chambering the first round of a full mag. The first HP will never chamber, the first round point is a 50/50 proposition. I have not had any problems with the standard size mags. Will be contacting Springfield about this soon.
    * Completely reliable so far with the standard mags and I would recommend the gun. If you own or plan to buy the extended mags, just make sure they work before you need to depend on them.
    * I also recommend swapping the floor plate for one with the pinky extension on the 5 round mags if you have medium to large hands and can’t get all you fingers on the grip. I would say that in most cases concealment is not reduced by this addition. I got mine from Pearce Grip.

  24. To be frank Iam not a big fan of the polymer handguns, I think they are to light in the grip to begin with and you have to adjust your grip as you shoot, also I find that non of these pistols really have a perfect grip and its almost impossible to adjust most of the grips. Smith & Wesson’s M&P has the adjustable hump, I have one in 45 acp, and I have owned other polymer 45 acp’s none of them can beat the grip of the 1911. they need to add steel inserts into the polymer Frame and give it that straight
    1911-A1 Angle.

    Calibers, this is what they need to do develop a semi-rim version of the 357 magnum
    and chamber that cartridge.

  25. I have a XD 9mm 4” barrel and it holds 16 in the magazine and 1 in the chamber. A total of 17 rounds. I don’t know why everyone is saying 7 + 1

  26. What Sprinfield really needs to do, is to convince another manufacturer to produce an AR platform in 9, .40 & .45 that accepts XD magazines. I’m sticking with my Glocks because of the offerings from Just Right Carbines.

  27. My local dealer had a couple of the Springfield XD-S .45’s at a very reasonable price. I really like the little pistol and came very close to buying one. He had a demo model I ran two mags through. It seems very well built, smooth action and fits well in my small hand. I really like the sights as well. The complete package which includes a nice hard case, holster, double mag holder,and two mags. My hold up on the purchase was it’s made in Croatia, which may not be a bad thing. I just don’t know but being unfamiliar with Springfield, I expected a US made product. I’ve been carrying a Glock 23 on duty and a 27 off duty for many years and wanted something slimmer than the 27 but I also prefer the .40 cal round. The 27 is just too thick for good concealed carry. All said, I would purchase one if they would make a .40 version and add another round or two to the magazine capacity. If I don’t purchase a S&W Shield first or if Glock doesn’t come out with a similar size single stack .40. I know the .45 is a good round but economics come into play and I have O .45 ammo and a lot of .40 on hand. From what I’ve seen, it’s a great CC weapon…Springfield, produce a .40 cal version please.

  28. I’ve had my XDS for a Month now and I Love it. I ordered 2 – 7 round mags from Springfield before it arrived and that made it even better because my large hands find better purchase with the X-tenders in place and the improved grip allows Me to
    re-acquire the target faster and the recoil is also tamed. I’ve still got My 4th Gen Glock 27 but it’s been replaced as My carry weapon with the much lighter XDS .45. I bought My first XDM last year, a 3.8″ .40 and quickly got the competition 5.25″ model also in .40 but after shooting a Friend’s .45, I sold them both and bought the .45 caliber versions of both and sold the 3.8″ model when I ordered the XDS. I’m Very Happy with both of these .45’s The XDS goes everywhere with Me and the Competition model is always close by as well. These Pistols are the most comfortable Shooters I’ve ever owned and I’m comparing them to some Very Nice & Popular Handguns including My Kimbers and another favorite, Ed Brown. Don’t get Me wrong, I’m not saying they’re better weapons, just more ergonomic than a 1911 and quicker to bring on target, naturally aimed. I can shoot the initial 8 rounds, mag change for 7 more and get 15, each on target, way faster than I can with any 1911 even though I have many more years of practice with 1911s and the muscle memory that comes with it. So Thank You, Rob Latham, for helping to design a Very Useful and Natural handling Firearm, that will Help Anybody, shoot Better!

  29. I own XD’s…..40, 9mm, and the XD-s .45 cal. They are as good as it gets.
    I was intrigued about the new XD-s 9mm model until I saw it has a 5 rnd magazine. I would not want it in place of my .45. I understand the 9mm would be easier to shoot for some, especially some women, but, for most guys, I think, having the .45 as a “stopper” would be best. Just doesn’t makes sense to have it in a 9mm, for me, to “add to” my XD collection. Maybe in .40 cal. I would be interested in that platform for defensive carry pistol.

  30. Guys…. The capacity is 7+1 or for extended – 9+1….. The stated capacity of 5+1 is an error.

  31. Finally, the military is gaining traction on the 9mm and .223 ineffectiveness, with thankfully, slow paradigm returns (at least at the SOF end) to 45 ACP, 7.52/54 etc etc…

    The proof has always been in the pudding. 45ACP with all its warts is a far, far better round than 9mm, and just as easy to shoot, not impossible to buy. I ONLY see any 9mm as worth getting, if it can take advantage of being more compact and light… CC stuff… So… why for the life of me (literally), would I waste money buying a 9mm pistol that is touted as being exactly the same frame as a .45ACP, an infinitely better and more useful round, esp. in SD and CC, and in this pistol, you have plenty of rounds. And we all know after a half dozen off, it’s no longer really CC/SD. So what motivates people? I was in the military 3 decades, 9mm was quite weak, and no more accurate. Can someone help make me smarter on this alleged mystique that motivates money thrown at a 45-clone 9mm? Many thanks!

  32. I love my XD-S in 45 caliber – folks this is a sweet shooting belly gun! I just can’t say enough about the quality and function of this major CCW candidate! I don’t care where it is made – this is a US of America design project that happens to be made in Croatia – I am proud that SpringField Armory gave our allies the business!

  33. I would like to add that, while I would prefer to buy American, there are several fine guns manufactured “offshore”. Glock and Taurus are a couple of examples that come to mind. The workmanship in my XDS is flawless and I have yet to experience a FTF with any kind of ammunition. Glock is an excellent gun and, I suspect, is the number one seller in this country. I have no trouble owning a fine firearm that is manufactured in Croatia.

  34. I finally was able to purchase my XDS 45 a couple of months ago and have carried it since. It feels great in my hand, shoots controllably and disappears in the MuliHolster IWB holster I carry with. A perfect combination and I sometimes forget it’s there. The gun is a perfect carry pistol.

  35. Holding an NRA Show in Liberal biased Houston doesn’t make sense to Me.. I’m surprised they were permitted in their town..

  36. Confirming what another poster wrote, the round count for the 9mm mag is incorrect. It’s 7+1 standard with an optional extended mag that gives an inch more of grip along with 9+1 capacity.

    I don’t own the XD-S but I have two other Springfield 9mms and they are a joy to own and operate, so to say I’m biased would be an understatement!

  37. Is this trying to save a buck by Springfield? I think they are shooting self in foot. The 9mm should be smaller than the XDS. I find, for example, that the XDS is much preferable as a defense weapon to the tiny Diamondback 9mm. But the Diamondback is small & much easier to carry in a pocket, not giving a tell-tail sway to the pocket as you walk, & much more comfy in the pocket.

    Since the 9mm can use a smaller frame, I would be interested only in this Springfield gun if it had a smaller frame.

  38. It would be wonderful if the polymer Springfields were built in the USA. Many of us would have more respect for the brand than we already do. However, if you put the Croatia thing aside for a minute you realize that the best selling polymer handgun in this country is also foreign made, and Springfield has absolutely blown it out of the water. Flashback: with minor interest in the XD 45 Tactical, I wrote off the whole XD line as a Glock clone. But with the XDM, Springfield took everything that was wrong with the Glock and made it right. Most companies would have stopped there and let the money roll in, but Springfield went on to develop the perfect CC pistol: the XDS. I’ve held one and can vouch for the fact that it’s unbelievably thin for the caliber, and even someone with large hands will find it comfortable to grip. So before complaining that it isn’t made in the USA, first consider your options, then consider the design and quality of these pistols (which you can’t fully appreciate until you hold one in your hand and compare it to the competition). My only complaint is that they aren’t making them fast enough. The demand for polymer framed CC handguns in this country is insatiable, and Springfield should seriously consider opening another factory or two. I’ll own an XDS someday, it’ll be the perfect counterpart to my XDM40 (which shoots like a SA with a PRP trigger installed BTW). Have a blessed day.

  39. The XDs is the same length and height as my XD-M subcompact, but narrower as the article points out. It does come with one standard mag and one extended, so I’m surprised that the XDs does not.

    Can’t wait for it to come out in .40 S&W–I too don’t want another caliber round to deal with. The fact that it is made in Croatia is actually a plus for me as I have Serbo-Croatian heritage in my family.

  40. Didn’t see the 5+1 spec, just assumed it would be 7+1. That’s GOT to be a mistake. If not, there’s no sense in me buying one. I got around the 5+1 capacity on my .45 by buying the De Santis Mag Packer Single Stack pocket magazine holster, keeps spare mag presented properly for easy/quick removal. I’ve tried numerous holsters for the XDs and have settled on the De Santis Super Fly – comes with removable, velcro attachment ambidextrous patch for back pocket carry, or the patch can be removed for front pocket carry. I prefer back pocket. In colder weather/heavier clothing, the De Santis Cozy Partner (IWB) is a nice production holster. I found that the XDM version of the Cozy Partner works fine with the XDs if I tighten the adjustment screw to max. I’m sure they’ll be selling the XDs version soon.

  41. Is the weight of this firearm correct? It states almost 22 ounces unloaded. While I am sure it is a fine handgun for those not concerned about weight, I find it hard to believe it would win Handgun of the Year with such a weight penalty with so many other concealable handguns that have a much more positive weight/bullets carried.

  42. I have the XDs and it has been my EDC for the past 6 months. It is very reliable. I hope Springfield can make a upper slide conversion kit w/magazine just like Sig has for some of their P-250 pistols. Sig calls their kits Caliber X-Change Kits. That would be fantastic.

  43. The cool factor of the XDS is off the scale. Don’t go by the pictures. Try one. You will be surprised. A work of art.

  44. Bought the XDs-45ACP two months ago and it has become my CCW of choice over my Kahr MK9. The XDs has a much shorter pull, the action is just as smooth as the Kahr, the overall size is only slightly larger than the MK9 and shockingly, the recoil is about the same. I’ve put about 600-800 rounds through the Springfield with zero problems. I have found no ammo that even makes it hiccup. So, even though my Kahr is a great handgun, I now carry the XDs .45. I’ll probably buy the XDs 9mm when it releases, but given that it’s the same size and weight as it’s .45 counterpart, I’ll still carry the .45 for self defense. The 9mm will be for the range or backup. Yes, the XDS is made in Croatia, so I’m not buying American, but until my boss decides to double my pay so I can afford to pay double the price (or more) for the same quality, I’m forced to be frugal. The XDs .45 rocks. Bring on the 9mm!

  45. I have the XDs .45. Nice size, but 5 rounds is not enough. They should be building this in the USA though. My gunshop held one for me because I was in there twice a week asking. They got one in and asked me if I wanted it. Said YES without my wife’s permission, HAHA. I could not take the chance of losing it. My son has one and I just could not let him own one and me NOT own one. Will finally get to the range and fire it this weekend. Easy to carry on the blackhawk in the belt soft holster size 5. It is very thin, soft and take little space on your hip. Remember with a fine pistol you need a good carry holster. Sometimes they are tough to find and fit. Only $8.97 at Walmart. The .45 XDs however was much more expensive. I have a few of the Nylon holsters, size 2 for my Ruger SR22 Pistol, size 7 for my Glock 19, and size 4 for my Ruger LCP .380(had to take the side laser off).

  46. Talk about burying the lede…

    The only way this gun makes sense to me is if you are recoil-sensitive and can’t handle .45 ACP in such a small package. Otherwise, why choose a handgun that’s the exact same size and has the same ammunition capacity in 9mm?? Would you rather have 5+1 in .45 ACP or 5+1 in 9mm?

  47. I purchased the xds in .45 ACP back in January, and it has rarely left my side since. The first time I took it to the range I was very impressed with every thing that its has to offer. The way in which it handles, smooth cycling of rounds. Ease of staying on target for second and third shots. And what I thought was great accuracy. The accuracy was the real surprise as it turned out to be a lot more accurate than I would have ever imagined. I am not a professional shooter or anything like that. I’m just an average guy who likes this gun cause I can carry .45 ACP in something a lot more carry friendly than a full size 1911. The fact that its in .45 ACP (like all my 1911s) keeps me from having to have several different calibers of handgun ammo, which is getting harder to find and more expensive all the time. Only downfall I have seen is it comes with 2, 5 round mags. You can buy a 7 round from Springfield, so why not include one in the case at time of purchase? Even with the extended mag it’s still very easy to carry concealed. Who wouldn’t like 8 rounds of .45ACP for concealed carry? Great job Springfield Armory!

  48. Usually when they make a 9mm and a 45 version of a compact gun, the 9mm will hold an extra round or two. This is not the case with the xd-s. Both guns have the same specs in size but they also have the same spec in rounds it holds. It seems to me there is no point in getting the 9mm version.

  49. Just a quick from a very satisfied customer. I own the three 9~357 Sig and the .40 and have since they 1st came out.I always get a thumbs up when I tell them, NO it’s not a glock it is a Springfield XD!!
    Keep up the GREAT WORK 🙂

  50. At what distance was he able to “rapidly banging off rounds and dropping steel plates in rapid succession?” I could do that at 10 feet. What was the distance?

  51. Oh yes!!!’ please make a 10mm! That would indeed round out the XD/XDm lineup!
    I have been carrying the XD and XDm variants since the first year that they were offered by Springfield. I have managed to collect one of each model and caliber but for carry and everyday use its the XDm Tactical .45 and the earlier XD .40 compact. In the process of going to the XD series I have retiter my 1911’s to mostly display and range use. There fine with that as they gave me many years of service and deserve the rest. The only remaining non XD platform I carry is my Vietnam issue Browning Hi-Power in 9mm. It became and is an extension of either hand and has served me very well since I got it in 1971. If Springfield new XDm single stack 9mm is as good as all the other offerings I may have to finally retire the Browning too. Very much looking forward to getting mine in the near future.

  52. Please make a 10mm Springfield.If Glock can do so can Springfield.Theres a calling for it by us 10mm gurus.

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