Springfield XD-9 Sub-Compact
We currently live in an era where it seems that every new product released is extolled as being “revolutionary,” “ground-breaking” or ascending “to the next level.” It is refreshing to have someone tell it to you straight. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dave Williams of Springfield Armory who said this about the newest XD Mod.2: “The XD Mod.2 is an evolutionary product. We’ve continually been improving the XD, and the Mod.2 is the result so far.”
If you take any product and work on a regular basis to improve a detail or feature, you’ll develop, after a relatively short time, a product markedly superior to its original version.
The XD Mod.2 fits that description very nicely. The original XD dates back to the turn of the 21st century and has earned a well-deserved reputation for ruggedness and reliability. Since then, Springfield Armory has continually tuned, refined and improved it.
Improved and hand-specific GripZone frame texturing.
The Mod.2 version has an improved and hand-specific GripZone frame texturing, featuring three different textures. Unlike other designs, shooters get only the most aggressive design underneath their hand in the area where it’s needed.
The grip shape has been sculpted to be more comfortable in the majority of hand sizes and altered to lift the hand area of the frame fore and aft. All of this produces a grip that is slightly larger than a single-stack pistol, yet twice the capacity.
The slide and barrel are given a Melonite treatment.
The slide and barrel are given a Melonite treatment, a hard surface treatment that reduces wear and enhances corrosion resistance. Afterward, they are both given a black oxide finish. The front sight is a fiber-optic design with a small red tube