I finally got to shoot an XD(S) and wanted to let you know how the experience went! I talk about my XD45 frequently, it was the first gun I ever bought, the first one that was all mine and therefore, it is special to me. When the XD(S) came out, I wanted one to conceal carry for three reasons:
- A .45 CCW seems tough!
- I already have a love affair with Springfield XDs
- I have plenty of .45 ammo.
When I looked at photos of the XD(S) online, it looked really small. When it was in my hand, it did not seem as small as I thought it would. This is because, even though it has a slimmer barrel and a single stack 5 round magazine, we are talking about .45 caliber rounds, which limits how small it can actually be. One of the questions I had before I held one in person was, what is the size compared to a full sized XD45. In the photos below, you can see a direct comparison. The first photo is the XD(S) laying on top of a 5″ XD45.
The below photo shows the same two guns in side by side comparisons.
The grip holds the five round magazine, and because it is single stack, it is a little easier for a person with smaller hands to hold. However, my hand also cupped around the bottom of the pistol grip because the grip was so much shorter. Compared to my XD45, this shorter grip seemed to give the gun less to recoil against and I realized that I was going to have to spend a good deal of time working with this weapon if I truly wanted to shoot it well. It was NOT the same as shooting my larger XD45. (As you can see by my surprised expression, in the video below, after shooting the very first round!) It is a little bit “snappy” as well, compared to it’s larger cousin.
Good things do come in small packages sometimes, but is it accurate? Well – not when I am shooting it, not yet anyway! (Ha! Ha!) My friend, who owns this gun, braced himself steady on a bench and took a 102 yard shot, using the factory sights and hit a 6″ plate with little effort. We were watching him take the shot, and I wished I had video taped it – I was impressed! Most defense situations with a CCW will be MUCH MUCH closer range, so this gun can be depended on to go above and beyond.
Watch the below video to see the first few rounds I put through the XD(S). Remember, I do shoot an XD45 as my go to gun — still, this little .45 packed a serious punch!