Pertinent Particulars

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Springfield XD line of combat handguns is to pistols what the socket wrench is to your toolbox. Mechanically elegant, armored-vehicle tough and utterly reliable, the XD guns sport superlative engineering, state-of-the art materials science, and literally perfect execution. There are certain common attributes defining the genre.

The frames are polymer and built around a familiar 1911-style grip-to-frame angle. The slides are forged steel and finished in Melonite. There’s a blade safety imbedded within the trigger as well as a grip safety built into the backstrap. There are also safeties inside you cannot even see. These guns simply will not go bang unless your hand wraps around the frame and the trigger is pulled.

The XD-S Mod.2 Subcompact shrinks all that is righteous and wholesome about Springfield’s full-sized combat pistols down into something just about painless to tote. The barrel is hammer-forged, Melonite-treated, and a scant 3.3" long. The slide release is left-sided only, but the magazine catch is identically replicated on both sides of the frame. There’s a stubby bit of Picatinny rail on the dustcover if electronic bling on your carry guns trips your trigger. The full-length guide rod is captive, and there’s a loaded chamber indicator located atop the slide — even operating in the dark.