The XD MOD.2 Service. A new XD I could actually own.
This is the best rework of the XD series Springfield has. I like this better than the XDM. The new MOD.2 is shaped right. It fills the hand without being too large and is just grippy enough to be be grippy without being abrasive. The regular XD’s and XDM’s feel slick in my hands… .and for that reason I just don’t take to them. Had this been the design back before I got my Glock 23 – I think I could have been very likely to have selected one of these. Now look at the Slide and Frame contours… You know what? The XD isn’t ugly anymore. It’s grown into quite the handsome figure. I like the slide serrations. They did a great job.
There’s just one problem.
“GRIP ZONE”? Seriously? Where’s the “SLIDE ZONE” markings? Captain Obvious needs to stay out of the Design Room at Springfield and maybe take a holiday to eastern Syria. GRIP ZONE… Who approved that? Who did that? Who is responsible for GRIP ZONE? If you know who that guy is… Mark his face with a Sharpie “SLAP ZONE”. Please.
Other than that… Home Run, Springfield. Home Run! I’ll be waiting for and 3.8 Compact Mod.2 in the XDM series… But this is tempting. as it is. Very well done, Springfield… Bravo!
The Springfield XD pistols. Just horrid looking. Oh, they are indeed good guns… but the are hard to look at. The M’s are better looking, but not by a huge amount. Like the West Virginian Cousin of an Okie.
Springfield really needs to just drop the XD line and lower the price of the XDM’s. The M is all around the better pistol in every caliber and size.
The other day I was shooting with The Fellas, and my buddy gave me a loaded magazine and an empty pistol. The XD Tactical in .45. He had stippled the gun the same way I did my Glock… and I have to say that it really improved the feel. I also have to say that the pistol shot extremely well and was uncannily accurate. This was the old XD model, not a newer M class. But in the .45 guns, there’s not a lot of difference. Same Mags, same cold hammer forged barrels… the M triggers are nicer, and of course, the outside cosmetics. But I don’t like the way the M’s feel slippery in my hands. Some texturing work fixes that real easy.
Now, I respect the XD’s and know they are all very good guns… but I’m not particularly fond of them. This one though… I like it. The XDM’s I think are a bit better and I like them more. If anyone out there are thinking of getting an M model… it is a good buy. Especially the long barreled versions if you are looking for an accurate, easy gun to shoot, with a lot of capacity.
While I’m not going to line up to buy one… if any of The Horde does, it would be a good choice.
We got in a few of the .40 XDMC’s… You know, while at SHOT I took a look at them and at the time they just didn’t blow my skirt up. However after handling the production gun here… taking some more time to examine it…
I like it. It’s the first XDM that I could see myself getting if I was in the market for a Sub-Compact sized Poly-Striker. The grip is short, but it works. The 3.8 inch barrel and related sight radius makes getting a good Sight Picture easier than on other sub-compact guns. And the XDM’s lines seem to work better with this hobbit sized grip. I give it my nod of approval.