After Springfield Armory unveiled the XD Mod.2 earlier this year, the latest 9mm Mod.2 variant from the company takes things a little further—about 1 inch further. That’s right, the new XD Mod.2 4” Service Model offers a 4-inch barrel, making it ready for duty, competition or even concealed carry.

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The new XD Mod.2 4” Service Model is a combination of features from Springfield’s XD Sub-Compact and XD-S models. In outward appearance, the Mod.2 series sports a recontoured polymer frame and a slide interface that gives the guns a clean, integrated look. One other advantage to the Mod.2 series is that it retains the original cycled action indicator (actually the back of the striker), which slightly protrudes from the rear of the slide. This feature makes it very easy to tell if the action is cycled and ready to fire.

At the heart of every Mod.2 is Springfield Armory’s new multi-surface Grip Zone texturing. The Grip Zone has its most aggressive texturing around the three-quarter panel where the palm swell and the first joint of the fingers wrap around the grip. The front and rear surfaces are the second most aggressively textured, located where the palm and the inside of the fingers grasp the pistol. In combination, the textures contribute to maintaining a more secure grip as the gun recoils. The rest of the Grip Zone texturing is a mild pebble grain that covers the grip’s side panels and extends to the entire frame, an element that also contributes to the Mod.2’s integrated design.

Additionally, the Mod.2’s triggerguard is rounded at the front like the latest XD-S models, rather than squared off like earlier XD series pistols. A new, more rounded and slightly narrower slide offers improvements through Springfield’s Posi-Wedge rear slide serrations, which provide five deep grooves to help reduce the chance for slippage when racking the slide.

The big news for the Mod. 2 series, and the new 4” Service Model, is improved sighting. The Mod.2 series uses the XD-S’ red fiber-optic front sight and combat-style white-dot rear sight to provide faster target acquisition under varying lighting conditions.

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Tipping the scale at 28 ounces unloaded, the XD Mod.2 4” Service Model measures 7.3 inches in length, 5.5 inches in height and 1.2 inches in grip width. Standard capacity for the 4” Service Model is an impressive 16+1.

Look for a full review of the Springfield Amory XD Mod.2 4” Service Model in an upcoming issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To purchase or subscribe, visit http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe

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