Springfield XD-45 Tactical – Love at 1st Blast
I have been a serious hand-gunner since I was about 15 years old, that’s over 40 years ago. I have owned many different handguns over the years and a .45ACP has always been my favorite.
I have had Colt 1911 Govt Models, Colt Mark IV Series-70′s and a Jim Clark Custom, built by Jim, not Jimmy, and I have got to tell you folks, this new Springfield XD-45 Tactical beats em ALL. I can sing the praises of the XD-45 all day long but read some of the reviews by professional hand-gunners.
Springfield Armory’s design engineers were able to offer this high-capacity, big-bore loading by only slightly enlarging the pistol’s grip circumference. I was pleased to see that the comfortable feel of the XD pistol grip has not been significantly changed with the addition of a 14-shot .45 ACP to the group.
I received both the .45 ACP Service and Tactical Models for testing, and both guns had the standard black finish and the other features we have come to appreciate from the Springfield XD. The sights are the popular three-dot combat version, made of steel and dovetailed into the pistol’s slide. Barrels are all hammer forged and have an integral feedramp to ensure positive chambering.
More Here: Springfield XD .45 ACP
And then there ‘s this review:
For those of you who aren’t hip on Springfield Armory’s newest plastic pistol, the XD-45 is their latest expansion of the XD line. The XD design was born in Croatia, and Springfield quickly bought it up, changing it’s name from the HS-2000 to Xtreme Duty. In recent years, the XD has been heralded as one of the most reliable, affordable, and best shooting pistols since Gaston Glock blessed us with his marvelous invention. If you’ve been a reader of mine for any amount of time, you also no doubt have seen me champion this excellent pistol; as I’ve already said, this is my second XD, I already own an XD-40. (You can find a review of it elsewhere on the site.)
This specific XD sports a 13+1 magazine capacity, which is actually a round more than found in it’s .40 S&W and .357 SIG brethren. It’s also equipped with a 5.5-7.0 pound single action trigger, and has 3 safeties. (One striker block, e.g. “drop proof”, one beavertail 1911 safety, and a Glock-esque trigger safety.) The service model has a 7.25” overall length, 4” barrel, 1.2” wide frame, and weighs a manageable 30 ounces with a magazine.
There’s a lot more to be said about this wonderful pistol, but there’s one word that sums it up quite nicely I think. SWEET!!
My son is a Sheriff’s Deputy and he was carrying an XD-40 service model, he fired over 12K rounds thru it and NEVER had so much as 1 malfunction of any kind. He now carries an XD-45 Tactical, shoots Remington 230gr Golden Sabers and has fired over 3K rounds through the new pistol and has yet to experience ANY malfunction, of any kind.
I recommended the XD to him, without having fired one myself, simply based on the reviews I had read and from glowing praises by the people I know that have them and love them.
And yeah, I have mine now, an XD-45 Tactical, and oh yeah, it was love at 1st blast.
The Springfield XD Series is everything you can want in a pistol, high capacity, total reliability, easy breakdown for maintenance and cleaning and it just feels great in your hand. Try one, if you’re a serious hand-gunner, you’ll buy one.
EDIT 03-09-2010: To further show you how much I like these Springfield XD-Series pistols, this weekend I bought another one, this time I got an XD-40 Sub Compact.
This is one sweet little pistol. With the short magazine I can tuck it into my waist band, drop it in my side pocket, whatever it takes, and I have 10 rounds (9+1) of .40 180gr Golden Saber on me at all times. It also came with a 12 round magazine for a 13 round capacity, but the shorter mag is perfect for almost any concealment requirement!
As I said before, if you’re a serious shooter, try an XD Series pistol, you’ll spit every time you hear the word Glock from that point on.