Springfield Armory has truly redefined the world of striker-fired pistols with its XD and XDM. In 2012, the company introduced the XD-S in .45 ACP, and then 9mm, as a subcompact pocket pistol with a 3.3-inch barrel optimized for concealed carry. Now Springfield has gone a step further in releasing the XD-S 4.0, a pocket fighter with a 4-inch barrel. In the upcoming June 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author Dennis Adler gets his hands on the new guns and delivers his full report.
He writes, “Why…make an XD-S that’s bigger? The idea is to increase accuracy by having a longer barrel without compromising the shorter grip frame so well suited to concealed-carry use. This isn’t a new idea by any means, but it is interesting to see how Springfield has approached it. They have only stretched things a bit, by 0.7 inches, installing a 4-inch barrel and a 6.75-inch slide without making any alterations to the small XD-S grip frame. Thus, the new XD-S 4.0 in 9mm retains the same excellent 7+1 standard capacity while adding the advantage of a longer sight radius, a skosh more weight (2 ounces, which helps to reduce muzzle lift), and 0.70 inches more barrel for greater accuracy. Seven-tenths of an inch doesn’t sound like a lot, but in the world of handgun design, it is. (A .45-caliber XD-S 4.0, featuring the same dimensions and a round capacity of 5+1, is soon to follow.)
“The 4.0 maintains all of the standard features of the XD-S line, including dual safety mechanisms, the Ultra Safety Assurance, or USA, toggle trigger, Springfield’s secondary 1911-type grip safety, and the recent upgrades to the XD-S trigger and internal safety operation (signified by a small roll pin added to the grip safety). However, the XD-S will fire a chambered round without a magazine. Not having a magazine disconnect is an arguable feature, but most individuals who rely on a firearm for personal defense will favor a semi-auto that can operate if a magazine cannot be reloaded in sufficient time, has been lost or damaged, or if only a single round is available and expedience dictates dropping it into the chamber, closing the slide and taking the shot.”
For more information on the Springfield XD-S 4.0 9mm, visit: http://www.springfield-armory.com/
To learn more of the Springfield XD-S 4.0 9mm, check out the June 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands and digitally March 18, 2014. To subscribe, go to /combat-handguns/