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After our recent photo review of the S&W M&P Shield vs. Compact 9c, MandPNews.com was flooded with requests to compare the Shield with Springfield Armory’s new XDs sub-compact .45 ACP, so naturally we did. One thing I noticed right off the bat was*the XDs was very nose heavy, even when loaded to capacity with its 5-rounds of 45. That’s right, with the supplied compact magazine, the XDs carries 5-rounds compared to the Shields 7 rounds. The XDs is also heavier by over 2 ounces and in this authors opinion, is a tiny gun for such a big caliber. Don’t get me wrong, I love the XDs, but I prefer the Shield for defensive carry. These photographs were taken with both the extended and regular magazines. Enjoy!










M&P shield Overall Length 6.1"
Springfield XDS Overall Length 6.3"

M&P Shield Overall Height: 4.6"
Springfield XDS Overall Height 4.4"

M&P Shield Frame Width: .95"
Springfield XDS Frame Width: 1"

M&P Shield Weight: 19.0 oz
Springfield XDS Weight: 21.5 oz.

M&P Shield Capacity: 7 Round & 8 Round
Springfield XDS Capacity:5 + 1 RDS
 

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I have and shoot both , and much prefer the XDS. The size differance is a no brainer . there will never be a 45 as small as a 9mm. I prefer 5 plus 1 of 45 to the 9mm any day.My XDS does not feel nose heavy at all ?
 

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I have read quite a few reviews where people say the XDs is quite a bit of recoil, but the grip texture is such that it is "okay" to shoot. I have not shot the XDs, but want to.

Thanks for the pics. I honestly would have thought the XDS was shorter from grip bottom to top of slide.
 

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I've shot the XDS, probably about 100 rounds or so. I was surprised that the recoil is quite tame in that little gun. I'd dare say a .38 +P in an airweight j-frame with boot grips is more snappy than the XDS.

Perhaps the XDS just fits me well, I don't know.
 

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I have read quite a few reviews where people say the XDs is quite a bit of recoil, but the grip texture is such that it is "okay" to shoot. I have not shot the XDs, but want to.

Thanks for the pics. I honestly would have thought the XDS was shorter from grip bottom to top of slide.
I have an XDS and I find the recoil to be very manageable for as small as it is. Most magazine reviews I've read echo my experience.
 

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Nice shots, but something is clearly wrong with the perspective on the third photo. The XDS looks to be towering over the Shield in that picture. Yet, from the stats:

M&P Shield Overall Height: 4.6"
Springfield XDS Overall Height 4.4"
 
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