The Springfield Armory XD 45ACP is a serious home defense, self defense concealed carry firearm with exceptional quality, accuracy and power. Currently with 29 variants and 4 color combinations, from the 3 inch sub-compact models to the XDM 5.25” to the new 2012 XDS .45 ACP, there is a Springfield XD for everyone.
I recently got my wife an incredibly powerful Taurus Judge for home defense and self protection. I wanted something that had good stopping power, but more importantly, that required little skill and aiming accuracy. When chambered with the .410 bore shotgun shell, all she has to do is aim, shoot, and severely damage whatever is in her way. As an extra level of security, I attached a 190 lumen strobing flashlight to stun any assailant before he meets with his inevitable fate. The final driving force that led me to the purchasing decision was that it could be chambered with the modernized classic .45 Long Colt, a mean and powerful classic with a big kick and decent accuracy.
As I took the Judge to the range over and over, I decided that the best thing to come out of that revolver was the defense quality .410 bore shell, and even the .45 Colt Hollow Point. But it lacked the accuracy I desired. Yet, I was really enjoying the .45, so I had to get back to the local armory and really think about what I was going to get next.
When I took my wife to look at the Judge, I spent a good deal of time playing with a firearm they had on sale, the Springfield Armory XD 45ACP in 3.8” all black polymer with the crimson trace grip on it. I was focused on the Judge, but intrigued by the XD. Shortly thereafter I came back for the Springfield XD, but it had been put aside on layaway, gone from what could have been an exquisite and meaningful relationship.
I spent nights awake thinking of the Springfield Armory XD, and days dreaming of ownership; releasing what I imagined were perfect round after perfect round. Its absence haunted my thoughts and sent a chemical bouquet of norepinephrine, cortisol and regret through my veins.
Finally, one evening my wife and I were enjoying some beers and champagne, and I revealed that I had to get another firearm. She quickly accepted that proclamation, and the next morning I scoured the internet looking for the perfect Springfield Armory XD model that would suit my needs.
After a day or two, I locked onto the one – a Springfield Armory 45 45 ACP Caliber 4” Service Model XD bi-tone with Black Polymer Frame and Forged Stainless Steel Slide and a Satin Finish. It came in its infamous 2006 package with 2, 13 round capacity stainless steel magazines, complete with a magazine loader, holster, two magazine holder and a chamber lock. 3 Dot Steel Front and Rear Dovetail make up its Sight System, and boasts a Dual Spring Recoil System with Full Length Guide Rod. It’s full length is 7.3”, height is 5.75”, weighs 30 ounces empty, and is one bad-ass Mechanical Dream.
I called my local retailer and told them I was going to have a transfer coming in for the Springfield Armory XD. They asked me how much it was coming in for, I gave them the price, and they offered to match it. They didn’t quite do so, but at $27 extra, with the taxes and accounting for the transfer fee, I was willing to support our local guys. And, I was able to get it lightning fast from their distributor.
The Springfield XD came in along with their ammunition order, and as usual I wiped out their Zombie Hornady 45ACP Hollow Point defensive cartridges along with all of their Federal American Eagle 45ACP Full Metal Jacket cartridge, cleaning out their fresh shipment of .45ACP cartridges!!
The Springfield Armory XD models are offered in 29 variants and four different colorcombinations. For the colors, they come in the Solid Black polymer, Olive Drab, Bi-Tone Black Polymer and Forged Stainless Steel, and Dark Earth.
-Sub-Compact 3”-79.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 13-16 round magazines.
-Sub-Compact 3”-79.5mm in .40 S&W with 9-12 round magazines.
-Compact 4”-102.5mm in .45 ACP with 10-13 round magazines.
-Compact 5”-127mm in .45 ACP with 10-13 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .45 GAP with 9 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .45 GAP with 9 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDM 3.8”-96.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 3.8”-96.5mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in .40 S&W with 11-16 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in .45ACP with 9-13 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in .45ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDS 3.3”-83.8mm in .45 ACP with 5 round magazines.
Safety features include the drop safety keeping the pistol from firing when dropped, as well as the trigger safety and the grip safeties. Optional ambidextrous frame mounted thumb safeties are available for the .45ACP, .40 and the 9mm variants.
That should be enough for you to find something you like!
The Springfield Armory XD is manufactured in Croatia and goes as far back as 1991 under the name PHP-Prvi Hrvatski Pistolj, meaning First Croatian Pistol, designed by Marko Vukovic and his team. It was later redesigned and released as the HS95 in 1995, and ultimately evolved into the HS2000 in 1999. It served as the Croatian Military’s primary side arm, and was imported for sale through HSAmerica as a 9mm.
By 2002 Springfield Armory, Inc gained the licensing rights and began selling it as the XD-9, or Extreme Duty 9x19mm Parabellum. An American market grew hungry for more variations, leading to the multiple offerings they have today.
The Springfield Armory XD 45ACP won the Handgun of the Year from American Rifleman and The Shooting Academy of Excellence in 2006, and in 2009 for the XDM model.
The Springfield Armory XD has a nicely well rounded set of options for the chambering capabilities. These include:
My Springfield Armory XD 45ACP arrived at my local Armory on a Tuesday, and it would be another few days until Friday that I could take it to the range. When Friday came around, I took the first opportunity that the ranged opened, one hour after sunrise, to take the Springfield XD for a test run.
Since all XD’s come with a front rail system and I had missed out on the Crimson Trace special the local armory had, I went on amazon and bought a Compact Pistol Gun Picattiny Rail Red Laser Sight for $20! It looked good when I installed it, but at the range it was way off so I had to shoot without it. I did manage to spend some time with the adjustment when I got home.
I wore my special bi-tone shirt to match the beauty and grace of the black polymer and stainless steel combination. I loaded the mags which was nice and smooth until I got the the 12th and 13th rounds, which got a little challenging. I should have used the magazine loader, which I still have yet to use. *As an update, the loader works well, especially with the stubborn twelfth and thirteenth rounds.