Springfield Armory has been an innovator for years, pushing the envelope in the design of smaller, more efficient 1911s and its own XD series of polymer-framed pistols. Springfield achieved the benchmark in 2012 with the smallest .45 ACP semi-auto in history, the XD-S .45 ACP. So why start making it bigger? The rationale, after striving to make the XD-S smaller, is to increase accuracy by having a longer barrel without compromising the shorter grip frame that’s better suited to concealed-carry use.
The new 9mm XD-S 4.0 achieves this goal by combining the XD-S’ subcompact grip frame with the longer barrel and slide from the XD Service Model, giving the XD-S 4.0 a barrel that is 0.7 inches longer and a slide length of 6.75 inches to increase sight radius. The extra inch of length ahead of the triggerguard also allows more room for a tactical light or a light/laser combination. The XD-S 4.0 is also 2 ounces heavier, with the added weight out front to help reduce muzzle lift. Without compromising the depth or width of the XD-S subcompact frame, the 4.0 is all about increasing accuracy while maintaining the pistol’s overall ease of carry and standard 7+1 capacity.
With the longer barrel and slide, the XD-S 4.0 becomes a little easier to handle (not that the 3.3 is a chore, but the extra length has its advantages), particularly with heavy-hitting personal defense and law enforcement ammunition. While still a subcompact, the new longer-barreled models give Springfield another tactical advantage with an already proven design. As with all XD-S versions, the 4.0 uses a striker-fired system fine tuned to reduce trigger take-up and provide a short reset. All XD-S models have a clean, uncluttered profile with a progressively beveled takedown lever and slide release. Neither has an edge likely to catch on clothing, impede draw or re-holstering.
Watch the video as COMBAT HANDGUNS’ Dennis Adler reviews the latest Springfield Armory XD-S model and exhibits the pistol’s standard features, ease of handling and carry potential.
Springfield Armory has been an innovator for years, pushing the envelope in the design of…
by Personal Defense World / Apr 15, 2014