Springfield Armory XD 45
By Dan S. Defense
Affordable, Lightweight Polymer Handgun
In this review we will look at the Springfield Armory
XD 45 service pistol. The XD stands for X-Treme Duty
which is to say it is a handgun built for real world
handling. It is a Polymer handgun that comes in several
sizes and calibers. From 9mm to 40 S&W to 45 ACP the
Springfield XD is affordable and reliable.
The XD 45 also comes
in a variety of sizes, from full size Tactical model to
the smaller sub-compact model. In this review we will
look at the XD 45 ACP Service model. It means that it is
a Springfield XD with a 4 inch barrel and 13 rounds of
potent 45 ACP cartridges. We'll look at its
features, viability as a self defense handgun and look at a range report
as well as a conceal carry experience.
For those not familiar with Springfield Armory, it is an
icon in the firearms industry. Springfield came into
existence in 1777. It was ordered by George Washington
to store ammunition and gun carriages. In 1794
Springfield Armory began
to manufacture arms and built muskets. Springfield
Armory kept doing so in the same format until 1968. At
that point it was bought by the Reese family and became
an even more innovative enterprise.
From making weapons
for every major US conflict to building custom model
1911 45 ACP handguns for the FBI HRT (Hostage Rescue
Team), Springfield Armory has proved itself time and
again as an old, respectable and reliable name. With his
context, let's take a closer look at the Springfield XD
45 ACP Service model.
The Springfield XD started its life in Croatia in 1991
as the model The HS2000 in 9mm. It saw several
improvements over the years and was adopted by the
Croatian military and police force. Around the year 2000
it made its way to the US as an imported 9mm handgun,
and while sales were limited, it caught the eye of
Springfield Armory and they acquired the licensing
rights in 2002.
At this point the handgun was renamed, some changes
were made and what started as a single 9mm model, turned
into a successful line of rock solid handguns.
The Springfield XD was an instant success with the
public. And it was eventually release in what is
arguably the US's favorite caliber—the 45 ACP. It became
a best seller and was soon made available in several
variations and even choice of color. I'm sure the folks
at Springfield Armory were delighted to win the NRA's
prestige's bull's-eye award for the Springfield XD as
the "Gun of the Year" and the shooting's industry award
of excellence. The XD was accepted and appreciated by
industry experts as well as critics and the public. A
star was born.
The Springfield XD is described by Springfield Armory as
a handgun with "point and shoot ergonomics". I typically
distrust marketing speak, but after handling the XD
Service I can attest to the accuracy of this statement
and agree that the XD will shoot to POA (Point of Aim).
The grip's angel and the ability to maintain a high and
comfortable hold contribute greatly to its "point and
shoot ergonomics". Additional features include an
ambidextrous magazine release, in a size that is just
right—not too small as not hinder quick magazine
exchange and not too large as to snag on cloths—very
The Springfield XD is striker fired which means there's
no exposed hammer and it also translates to consistent
shot after shoot trigger feel, because there's no heavy
pressure for the first double action shoot and then
light pressure for following single action shots. This
makes the XD a great beginner handgun since trigger
control is one of the most difficult and critical skills
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