XD Mod2 thread
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Remember when you were a kid and you met a new friend, then remember when his little brother tagged along and it was really annoying. Well last week I bought my first XD, a Mod2 .45 bitone, today his little brother decided to show up, a XDs 9mm bitone....I will try to tolerate their company.
Today I set out for another motorcycle ride and thought while I was out I would go LOOK at a XDs at my LGS, but they didn't have a bitone in .45, they were backordered, so I went to a less favorite GS. Turns out they didn't have one in .45 either, so I asked to look at the bitone in 9mm, I couldn't put it down. It looks fantastic, but more important it has nice features.
In case you aren't familiar, the XDs is a very slim single stack compact handgun. It has a 3.3" barrel that is aimed by a bright fiber optic sight that shows up in all but the dimmest light. It comes in 9mm and .45 all of which fit inside the same demensions....simply amazing. It also comes in all the popular colors...no not pink, it comes in black frame/black slide, black frame/stainless slide, and FDE frame/black slide (w/fde highlights). The 9 has a flush mag that holds 7+1 and an extended for pinky that holds 9+1, the .45 flush mag holds 5+1 and the extended holds 6+1, there is one that holds 7+1. The backstrap on the XDs can be changed out as well.
I plan to buy a Cooks IWB holster because it is so low profile and is super fast on and off. With this pistol being so small it should ride IWB with little notice from me throughout the day, my G26 was already pretty unobtrusive. It is pretty comparative to the G43 in size, which is great when you think that you can have it in .45 flavor...yummy.
Springfield Armory site for the XDs models.
XD-S 3.3" .45ACP Pistol | Polymer Pistols for Sale
I should also mention that Springfield is offering a promotion they are calling it "Gear Up Summer". If you buy any XDs between now and August 31 you enter your serial # and date of purchase and the send you a flush mag, a mid mag, and a extended mag as well as a mag pouch for free. Thats lije $100+ in acessories free.
Heres that link:
Springfield Armory® XDS-Summer
I think it's great if you happen to shoot the XDs better than other weapons in that class, and I'm a big fan of Springfield in general, but the XD line of guns they offer, I've never been able to shoot them as well as Glocks. Something about the XD's makes me pull down and left, no matter where I put my trigger finger. Springfield has fabulous customer service and is a great company. Appreciate the XDs porn. I wish I shot them better, I would have never traded in my XDM 3.8 .45.
Nice pistols and wouldn't mind having one. I'd prefer the 4" instead of 3.3" But then Ruger made a Lightweight Commander and a nice new Redhawk 45 Colt....
I had a XDs 3.3 in 45 ACP. Darn thing was built like a tank. Wound up trading it for a heavy barrel 223 but it was a good shooting little gun. Personally for me and in light of everything going on in our country right now, I want and prefer capacity!
My wife's edc carry s the Xds in 9mm. She carries it with the flush 7 rounder in it and a spare 9 n her purse. I noticed now they even make an in between 8 rounder for it. I personally think they are great little guns. That two tone is pretty sweet looking. I also like their new fde version.
XD-S 3.3" 9MM Handguns | Best Conceal & Carry Gun
Only problem is that the XDs 9mm is heavy for a small nine. It is even heavier than the .45 version. The tiny extra thinness does not make up for the weight difference between it and other popular small nines. As you said yourself, your Glock 26 is unobtrusive so a Shield or Glock 43, are the way I went. I sold my XDs. It was heavy in my pocket and the thin grip concentrated all recoil into a small area. I have written a few articles about my feelings on the XDs 9mm. It is one of the heaviest of the small nines and its thinnest does not justify that extra weight in my opinion. It is a good gun, no doubt about that and if you like it that is all that really matters. However, it is the XDs.45 with a 9mm barrel so it retains the weight of the .45 but is a little heavier because the bore is smaller than the .45 so there is a little more weight in the barrel. I can shoot my G43, Shield, and Sig P938 all day at the range. I could not do that with my XDs. The web of my hand hurt but I am an old guy. :)
Still, it is a very good and popular gun which is marketed on its thinness. A tenth of an inch or two really does not matter for concealment for me but then again I can conceal a full sized gun. Enjoy it.
I am getting an XDs in .45 eventually (1-3) months and this will be the same setup and fit the same holster. It does point quite well though as long as it shoots good.
XDs 9mm 26oz ] 7+1 rds (8)
Glock 26 26oz. ] 10+1 rds (11)
Shield 9mm 24oz ] 7+1 rds (8)
True, not to mention the XDs is thinner than either. A few ounces don't bother me much.
The guys that talk about pocket carry all the time would probably like this thing.