Long a fan of the XD and XD-S designs by Springfield Armory, Dennis Adler put the company’s new .45 XD-S 4.0” offering through a full field test for the September 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. Intrigued by the gun’s compact size and its ability to deliver 5+1 rounds of hard-hitting .45 ACP, Adler sought to find out how the new design compared to the company’s previous 9mm version.

“By extending the slide length to just a fraction under 6.9 inches and the barrel from 3.3 inches to 4 inches, the new .45 XD-S offers a longer sight radius and 0.7 inches more barrel. Overall, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but look at the 4.0” XD-S .45 and you can see it and feel it in your hand,” noted Adler. “The gun balances differently and feels just a tad nose heavy compared to the 3.3 because it weights 2 ounces more with the added weight out front. But, this falls in the plus column when it comes to shooting .45 ACP.”

In examining the new .45 XD-S for concealed-carry duty, Adler was surprised by how easily concealable it actually was, even with its slightly longer barrel. “The 4.0” is very easy to conceal with modest cover, such as a shirt or open jacket. The extra barrel and slide length are almost negligible, but when it comes to accuracy they’re welcome enhancements, adding an extended sight radius and barrel length and reducing recoil/muzzle lift. The .45 version still weighs in at a modest 24 ounces (empty), has an overall length of 6.87 inches, a height of 4.26 inches from the base of the magazine to the top of the rear sight, and a slide width of 0.9 inches.”

To read the full article, check out the September 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands July 1, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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