The Springfield XD 45 ACP is the perfect gun for anyone new to carrying a concealed weapon. Learn more about it here!
In this article:
- Springfield XD Mod.2 Concealed Carry Gun
- Grip and Safety Features
- Springfield XD Mod.2 Re-engineering
- Latest Version Features
Springfield XD 45 ACP Review: Should You Buy One?
Springfield XD 45 ACP Concealed Carry Gun
Chambered in the three “popular” self-defense cartridges, this gun offers great concealment. It also has perfect ergonomics and the safety features XD fans have come to love.
This double stack polymer pistol offers more chances to hit your target than many of the smaller sub-compact pistols do.
The Springfield XD 45 ACP tactical is a new take on an older design that has been updated significantly. Updates include a redesigned grip that allows each finger to have its own resting spot.
The slimmed downslide and much-improved fiber optic sights allow the shooter faster target acquisition. Overall, the gun is less blocky in feel, though in comparison to a regular XD, the difference is minimal.
Grip and Safety Features
When you’re new to carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense, it’s important that you carry a safe weapon.
The Mod.2 is one of the safest carry guns on the market. It comes with a slew of safety features – without an actual flip safety.
For example, unless the grip and trigger safeties are fully pressed, the gun will not fire. The striker status indicator on the back of the slide lets you know the gun has been cocked.
On the other hand, the chamber status indicator lets you know there is a round in the chamber.
The updated grip features a non-slip surface, with three distinct textures inside the XD’s “Grip Zone.” The wording may be corny, the gun feels excellent in hand, and provides for a positive shooting experience, even after 100+ rounds of .45 ACP, in less than two hours.
This is a good point, however, to note that while the “Grip Zone” is extremely ergonomic, it isn’t without its flaws. Depending upon the holster you like to wear, you really start to feel the different textures of the grip rubbing on your love handles.
Ergonomic Definition: The comfort and efficiency of a product’s design for better working conditions.
Whether I was walking around, or driving in the car, the “Grip Zone” rubbing on my skin was enough to make me go nutty. However, wearing an undershirt made the sandpaper-to-skin feeling go away.
Springfield XD 45 ACP Re-engineering
Another reason why this is the perfect gun for someone new to carrying a concealed weapon is Springfield re-engineered how high the shooter’s hand sits on the frame of the gun. Thus, there’s less recoil on this Springfield XD Mod.2 sub-compact pistol to allow longer sessions of practicing.
Finally, the last re-design on this gun worth mentioning are the slide serrations. They cut deeper into the slide to allow a better grip when cocking the weapon.
This is great for someone who isn’t used to sending a round to the chamber or someone who has fairly weak hands. Either way, the serrations are more pronounced and easier to get a grip on when you need to pull the slide back.
Newer shooters who don’t have as much experience in field stripping and cleaning a pistol can rest assured knowing that the Mod.2 is easy to disassemble and reassemble, instilling confidence in his/her ability for future guns.
Latest Version Features
The latest version of the XD comes with the gear people have come to expect from Springfield Armory. This includes the hard case, a slide lock, an extra fiber optic piece, a mag holster, and two magazines.
Speaking of the magazines, the .45 ACP I tested came with a 9-round flush mounted mag and a 13-round extended mag. The 13-round magazine provides your pinky finger with its very own resting place and helps to make this the most comfortable gun I’ve ever shot.
The Springfield XD 45 ACP is a great little gun. Overall, it gets my seal of approval as a great carry option.
It is safe, comfortable to shoot, and with an MSRP of right around $600 depending on the finish you choose, it is one of the best semi-auto options for someone who is new to the concealed carry world.
Do you own a Springfield XD 45 ACP in your gun safe? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 9, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.