OK – some details on the XD-40 Compact:
Off the ‘net: Made of sturdy polymer the Springfield Armory (Springfield Inc) XD Pistol is sure to withstand anything you can put it through. With the Ultra Safety Assurance Action Trigger System the Springfield Armory (Springfield Inc) XD Pistol gives you a comfortable trigger pull with safety in mind. Durable, reliable and lighter than most popular competitive models the Springfield Armory (Springfield Inc) XD Pistol may be just what you want by your side.
- Springfield Armory (Springfield Inc) XD Pistol
- Model: XD 40 Semi-Automatic
- Size: Sub Compact
- Action: Double Action Only
- Caliber: 40 S&W
- Capacity: 12 Round
- Barrel Length: 3 Inch
- Frame: Polymer
- Grips: Black
- Sights: Fixed
- 2 Magazines (1) 9 Round (1) 12 Round
- Belt Holster
- Double Magazine Pouch
- Magazine Loader
- Finish: Matte
My initial impressionsof the XD have been positive. I like the grip as long as the extended 12 round magazine is in place. With the 9 round magazine it is certainly compact – however my pinky finger has no place to go and grip is just no as sure. I like the sights – 3 dot arrangement. Pointability is great. Trigger pull is good – not as crisp as a 1911 single-action of course but not heavy at all and at the same time not too light. Like most all polymer pistols weight is low and I have looked at this as a positive. Take down is easy and in-line with other modern pistols – flip this, turn that, pull and disassemble. Reverse to reassemble. Pretty easy. All of this was after bringing the pistol home and before firing.
I looked forward to going to the range and shooting the .40 S&W compact pistol. I brought along my S&W M&P9 9mm full-size to have something for comparison purposes.
Loading up a few rounds in each magazine and sending a target down range – I was finally able to shoot the XD. I inserted the standard 9 round magazine and racked the slide. My first thought after firing a few rounds was mixed. Recoil was quite a bit…..err…..”sharper” than I expected. Recoil was not severe – just sharp. I think the combination of the lightweight polymer frame and the small grip magnified the recoil. With the extended magazine in place it was not quite as bad. After firing a couple of magazines worth and somewhat getting used the “feel” of my new pistol – I decided to shoot for accuracy.
All shots were fired from a Weaver stance with the 9 round short magazine.
Below: 5 shots at a short 7 yards – first shot was in the red.
I shot about 125 rounds through the XD-40 Compact with no malfunctions of any kind – which is what I expected. I also shot my S&W M&P9 9mm just for comparison purposes. I love my M&P and of course am very comfortable and used the the S&W. There was no differance in accuracy between the two in my hand- which surprised me. The Spingfield XD Compact is ideal for carrying concealed and the whole reason I bought it. I plan to head back to the range soon and fire many more rounds through it until I feel totally comfortable with it.