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In 2002, Springfield Armory brought the XD line of pistols to the United States market. They quickly rose through the ranks, surpassing other polymer pistols in terms of performance, safety and reliability. Their factory-standard, two-stage trigger will have you placing tight groups on the targets with ease. They also boast features like the loaded-chamber indicator and the striker-status indicator, which provide the shooter with visual and tactile confirmations as to whether the pistol is loaded and cocked. Add in the grip safety, ultra safety assurance (USA) trigger, drop safety and out-of-battery safety and you have a pistol that is at the top of its class in all of the areas that matter most. And remember, those are just the features of the XD series.
A few years later, we saw the debut of the Springfield Armory XD(M) line of pistols. The XD(M) line takes everything you love about the XD and builds upon it. In addition to all of the aforementioned features, all XD(M) pistols boast a number of cosmetic changes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but 100 percent rooted in functionality as well. This includes increased slide serrations that are cut both deeper and longer for a better grasp. But that is not all the XD(M) series has to offer. The most noticeable differences come in the form of a match-grade barrel and interchangeable backstraps. Additionally, the disassembly process has been made foolproof with the reconfiguration of the disassembly lever, which no longer requires pulling the trigger. Fortunately, Springfield Armory was not satisfied with the XD(M) line.
Fast forward another couple of years and we get the Springfield XD-S. The real draw for the Springfield XD-S is not the addition of new features, but rather the retention of the features that make the XD line of pistols so desirable – quite a feat considering the miniscule dimensions of the pistol. The grip safety? Check. The ultra safety assurance (USA) trigger? Check. The loaded-chamber indicator? Check. The XD-S even features a single-position Picatinny rail for the attachment of tactical light and lasers.
The Springfield XD-S features a 3.3-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.3 inches. The steel barrel has both a melonite finish as well as a fully-supported ramp. The forged steel slide also features a melonite finish, which provides the slide with a surface that is highly resistant to rust and corrosion. When combined with its lightweight, polymer frame, the pistol weighs in at 21.5 ounces, which is just over 1.25 pounds – making it manageable by just about anyone. The XD-S also has a 3-dot iron sight system that features a red fiber-optic front sight and a fully-adjustable rear target sight, which provides for a rapid acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. With a width of just a single inch, this pistol can be easily concealed and is a no-brainer for personal protection. As noted, each pistol comes with two 5-round magazines, which provide a "5+1" overall capacity.
I want it. You want it. Everyone that knows of the Springfield XD-S wants nothing more than to get their hands on it. Lucky for you, Maryland's concealment laws are still pretty strict and I am going to hold out before picking one up for myself, which means you get first crack at our XD-S. Consider this pistol for:
- Personal protection and concealed carry
- Law enforcement
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Much more…
And as always, we are keeping our prices low – even on this brand-new, hot-selling pistol.
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