Springfield Armory has introduced its most popular pistol, the XD-S Mod.2, in 9 mm. The new model—which survived a 25,000-round torture test—features a smaller frame and slimmer profile than the .45 ACP model introduced in early 2018.
At less than one-inch wide, the pistol is designed specifically for concealed carry, and features upgrades such as an AmeriGlo Pro-Glo tritium front sight and a tactical-rack serrated rear sight that allows consumers to rack the slide against available surfaces (belt, doorway, boot, for example), should it become necessary to cycle the gun one-handed. A model is also available with a fiber-optic front sight and tactical-rack serrated white dot rear sight.
Enhanced grip texturing and new, longer Posi-Wedge slide serrations make the slide easier to manipulate. A loaded chamber indicator allows shooters to not only see the condition of the gun, but to feel the condition of the gun when it’s placed in a holster, or in darkness and low-light. Current Springfield gun owners will immediately notice the newly designed grip safety, which immediately readies the gun to fire when gripped, but keeps the gun safe from firing during appendix or off-body carry. An additional drop safety in the striker block, in conjunction with the grip safety, prevents the gun from firing if dropped.
The frame of the new model positions one’s grip closer to the bore axis, offering better recoil control and accuracy. Combine that with a dual captive recoil spring and full-length guide rod, and you have a soft-shooting and well-balanced pistol. An enhanced short reset trigger makes for fast, controllable follow-up shots.
The XD-S Mod.2 ships with two stainless steel magazines: a 7-round mag with a pinkie rest and additional flush floor plate for carry and one 9-round extended magazine. An 8-round extended magazine is also available for purchase.
For more, check out the video featuring Springfield-Armory Pro Shooter Rob Leatham and American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe as they discuss the new pistol during Leatham's visit to NRA Headquarters. Then go to springfield-armory.com, to see the gun in action.