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Got a chance to shoot two Springfield XDs pistols last weekend. Both 3" barrel, one in 9mm and the other in .45.

These are really fantastic pistols. Feel great in the hand, very good grip, good sights and very accurate.

I'm a DA/SA guy, through and through, but I have to say, I was very impressed. Recoil in the .45 was stout, but controllable; you would notice a long range session in the web of your hand, but as a defensive piece, it was great. The 9mm shot like butter. Light recoil, quick return to target, easy to shoot quickly and accurately.

Trigger pull on both guns was very good. I don't have a lot of striker fired experience, but I found it smooth, with a good consistent break, and a relatively short pull. Reset was positive.

Both guns were light and very thin. Controls were easy to reach and manipulate. Concealment would be a non-issue. These things just disappear on you.

If someone is looking for a nice, affordable, easily carried striker gun, these are absolutely worth a hard look.



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Got a chance to shoot two Springfield XDs pistols last weekend. Both 3" barrel, one in 9mm and the other in .45.

These are really fantastic pistols. Feel great in the hand, very good grip, good sights and very accurate.

I'm a DA/SA guy, through and through, but I have to say, I was very impressed. Recoil in the .45 was stout, but controllable; you would notice a long range session in the web of your hand, but as a defensive piece, it was great. The 9mm shot like butter. Light recoil, quick return to target, easy to shoot quickly and accurately.

Trigger pull on both guns was very good. I don't have a lot of striker fired experience, but I found it smooth, with a good consistent break, and a relatively short pull. Reset was positive.

Both guns were light and very thin. Controls were easy to reach and manipulate. Concealment would be a non-issue. These things just disappear on you.

If someone is looking for a nice, affordable, easily carried striker gun, these are absolutely worth a hard look.


They make a DA/SA version that has a really nice DA trigger pull.

http://www.springfield-armory.com/xde-series/


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Agree! I have an XDS in 9 mm, and it is a good shooter. In a BladeTech IWB holster it is super easy to carry and conceal. I added the Talon grip to mine (the soft type) and now it is about perfect.

I want to try it in .40 one of these days. I'm one of the dwindling number of remaining .40 fans left. Wink


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I saw the XDe. Didn't really need that...

If I am ever in the market for another single stack carry pistol (currently have a 938), I will have to check that one out.



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I have several XDs pistols in 9mm and .45, including 4" and 3" bbls. I think the 3" is probably the right length, though I like the 4" as well. The .45 has a limited capacity for it's size with the 4". It's also about the same size as my G36.

The factory trigger on the XDs isn't great, isn't terrible, but somewhere in between. Most describe it as mushy, and that's fair. Mine have been reliable to shoot, comfortable, and the large texture works, though it looks like it might be uncomfortable. Some complain about the grip safety, which is a non-issue. It's neither uncomfortable, nor does it fail to activate.

I'd originally bought the Shield and XDs at the same time, on recommendation of a friend. The shield was a disasterous bust, but the XDs merited another look. Not a bad little pistol.

I really dislike the extended magazines with the migrating gap fillers. I think they're awkward and unless the gap filler is secured, have the potential of preventing seating the mag during a reload. The way the excess plastic sticks out all around it also lends the potential to reverse the mag during insertion or cause a delay getting the mag in place, which I don't like.
 
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I carry an XDS when the G19 seems a bit too big for what i'm wearing.

It's very similar to shooting a Glock, although there is a tad bit more mush before the break.

I polished the trigger mating surfaces and it is very smooth. no grittyness at all.


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I have the 9mm version. Been tempted to get the .45 version when PSA had the deal going for the pistol, 3 of their blem AR lowers and a carbine lower of some sort that took Glock mags.

It is a very nice single stack pistol that conceals well. Recoil isn't too bad, much more manageable than my P938 but it's to be expected.

Springfield makes a fine line of pistols and I find the XD line to be better for me ergonomically. I like the 1911 like grip safety.


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My XDs in 9mm is one of my favorite carry guns. Great shooter!


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My XDs 9 has been 100% reliable and easy to shoot at speed accurately. My only gripe is slide bite and I really prefer DA/SA. Thus, an XDe may be in my future.
 
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Carry and shoot often an Xdm 3.8 9mm. 5-6000 rounds though it. The trigger os a bit less mushy than an xd and the extra length of the 3.8 over the xd 3" makes shooting great. 12 or 19rnd mags are great. It was a steal at 500$


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I picked up an XDs 45 a few months ago. Only one range trip so far, but I'm pretty impressed with it. I bought it during SA's promotion with 4 free mags & holster.




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Still have my 3.3 9mm. It never went back for its "voluntary" trigger bar safety 'upgrade', so its trigger action remains as sweet as the triggers were known for prior to the safety fix. It has always shot well for me though I don't like the hokey and ineffective frame texture. A young lady I know has shot the gun and now wants it; given how I feel about SA as a company it should be gone soon once we settle on the price.
 
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I have been a fan for around twenty years.
One time I had three 40 service and two 45 service models.
Down to one each as I have given three away to friends.
I am down sizing and this is a better way than things going thru pro bate court at my passing.
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I have the XDs in .45 and love the thing. Very carry-able and shoots WAY better than it has any right to being that small.
 
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I agree - those are excellent guns. Always have been.




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Pocket carry the 3" 45 daily in a Mica's holster.
https://mikaspocketholsters.com/
 
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I didn't much care for my XD-S 4.0 9mm, but my XD-S 3.3 .45 is a definite keeper; more accurate for me than the nine.


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I'll echo many of the previous comments. I have a 9mm 3.3" that I have had for almost two years. It has been completely reliable, and it hides easily due to being so narrow. It feels very solid in my hand and instills confidence. I did put on some Talon rubber grips, which definitely helped. The trigger is a little heavier than I would like but otherwise OK since I am used to XD triggers. In my opinion, the XDs and the Shield are the two best small 9's. YMMV
 
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I like mine in .45. When I need to really conceal, at work for example, it's my go-to. With a belly band you'd never know its there.


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If given the choice, I'd lean toward the 45 (even though the 9mm would be fine too). The only concern for me would be the durability/reliability factor of a small polymer framed pistol in the heavier recoiling 45 ACP. Should this be a concern or something not worrying about?
 
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