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Earlier this year the Springfield XDE hammer-fired DA/SA single-stack 9mm pistol hit shelves. Now the lineup for that concealable gun has been expanded to include a model chambered in .45 ACP.

Like the 9mm version, this new .45 ACP model sports a one-inch-wide polymer frame. It also includes what Springfield calls a “Low Effort Slide” that requires 27 percent less effort to rack compared striker-fired options in the same class. The external hammer allows you to “see and feel gun mode,” Springfield says. The double action trigger sports a trigger pull that’s smooth yet long and deliberate, while follow-up shots from the single-action trigger are touted in the presser as being light, crisp and accurate.

The Springfield XDE features an ambidextrous thumb safety/decocker and magazine release. Meanwhile, the anti-slip texturing on the grip surface provides more comfort and control for the end user. Furthermore, this package includes a fiber optic front sight sight and white-dot rear sight; 3.3-inch hammer-forged Melonite treated barrel with a 1:16 twist; and a dual recoil spring system managed by a full-length guide rod.

In addition to the standard .45 ACP model, Springfield is also offering a version with a Viridian E-Series laser. It features ambidextrous operation and a dual attachment system that clamps onto the trigger guard and accessory rail. If you need to repair it, it’s easily removable.

The Springfield XDE ships out with a 6-round magazine with a pinky extension and a 7-round mag with the grip extension. It also ships with an interchangeable flush base plate.

“Our customers told us they’d like the fight-stopping power of a .45 ACP, with the easy racking ability of our XD-E Series,” Springfield CEO Dennis Reese said in the press release. “The new XD-E .45 gives them exactly what they asked for: a no-compromise pistol that offers multiple safety modes for peace of mind no matter how you choose to carry.”

The standard Springfield XDE in .45 ACP is available at a MSRP of $568. If you want the model that includes the Viridian laser, the MSRP jumps up to $598.

For more information, go to springfield-armory.com.

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