Springfield Armory’s XD line of pistols has one of the strongest followings among its owners. Talk to any owner and they will tell you just how much they love to shoot them. Over the last couple of years, my conversations with officers, competitors and target shooters alike always include something to the effect of “I just love my XD.” This affection for the XD seems to be strongest among your average, everyday shooters. The design lends itself to comfort, accuracy and reliability. It is an excellent platform for new shooters because it has solid ergonomics, a good trigger and doesn’t produce much recoil. This popularity is sure to rise with the introduction of the XD-S single-stack .45 ACP pistol. It places all of the innovation and state-of-the-art construction into a light, thin and controllable pistol that fires the venerable .45 ACP cartridge.

Although the XD line has captured much of the fanfare of late, Springfield Armory remains one of the most popular 1911 makers in the industry. They have been bringing affordable 1911 pistols in various calibers to shooters for years. The Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) was one of the first micro 1911-style handguns brought to the market in 9mm. It’s still one of the most affordable models and remains a favorite among 1911 owners.

Springfield Armory offers one of the most complete line of compact, subcompact, and micro-compact pistols on the market today. Between the XD, XDM and XD-S polymer-based combat pistols and their extensive 1911s, Springfield Armory truly has all the bases covered.

Xtreme Duty

The XD-S is a compact, single-stack .45 ACP pistol with all the modern features of the XD line. Only 1 inch wide, it is perfect for concealed carry. The forged-steel slide houses a 3.3-inch barrel and includes a dovetailed fiber-optic front sight and no-snag rear sight. The polymer lower holds a single-stack, five-round magazine and the USA (Ultra Safe Assurance) trigger system with a short reset.

An aggressive texture on the grip keeps you on target, and the interchangeable backsrtaps allow shooters to find the perfect fit regardless of hand size. The loaded-chamber indicator and Fail-Safe disassembly make it one of the safest designs on the market. Recently introduced in a Bi-Tone version, it is also available in all black, coated in super-tough Melonite. The XD-S brings the slim .45 ACP into a whole new realm, and it’s sure to be a huge hit among anyone carrying a concealed firearm.

The XD Sub-Compact is a polymer-framed pistol with a forged-steel slide. The barrel is 3 inches in length, coated in Melonite and utilizes a fully supported chamber. The dual recoil spring with full-length guide rod provides for great accuracy and soft recoil. The standard magazine in 9mm holds 13 rounds and will accommodate a 16-round magazine with a grip extension. In .40 caliber, the capacity drops to nine rounds in the standard magazine and 12 with the extended version. There are several selections for sighting systems, including Heinie Slant Pro, Trijicon and standard dot sights. XD Sub-Compacts are also available in Bi-Tone, OD green and black to accommodate just about every buyer.

The XDM Compact polymer-framed pistols, available in .45 ACP, .40 SW, and 9mm, have been real game changers. These pistols also feature forged-steel slides coated in Melonite. The slide offers the distinctive XDM serrations at both the front and rear. The fully supported, match-grade, 3.8-inch-long barrel is Melonite coated. XDM pistols are available as either all black or with a Bi-Tone finish. The 9mm carries up to 19 rounds, the .45 ACP holds 13 rounds and the .40 capacity is 16 rounds. All higher capacities use the new X-Tension magazine system. XDM pistols also include both a loaded chamber and a striker status indicator. The grip safety allows it to be fired only when a firm grip is applied. The USA trigger system guards against accidental discharges.

Micro 1911s

The EMP (Enhanced Micro Pistol) was one of the first available that was designed from the ground up to utilize a caliber other than .45 ACP. Optimized for 9mm and then .40 S&W, the EMP is a reliable 1911 pistol in a very compact package. It utilizes some of the features found in the Loaded models, including the fully supported match-grade barrel, thin grips and low-profile combat sights. The capacity in 9mm is 9+1, while in .40 caliber it is 8+1. Both chamberings use a long, aluminum, match-grade trigger mated to an aluminum receiver in the case of the 9mm and a stainless steel version in .40. At a mere 6.5 inches in total length, the EMP is great for concealed carry.

Springfield Armory remains the best choice for many when it comes to compact pistols. Whether it is the latest innovations found in the XD line or the tried-and-true 1911 design, Springfield Armory has you covered. Their pistols are built to the highest standards and come at very affordable prices. For more information, call 800-680-6866 or visit

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