The Springfield Armory XD-S series of firearms offers an attractive set of single stack options for the concealed carry market. The XD-S comes in two barrel lengths. The first one they released came with a 3.3″ barrel and is available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. They followed that up with a 4″ barrel version that comes in 9mm and .45 ACP. We shot and carried the XD-S 3.3″ 9mm model for this article. The fact that this configuration is consistently one of our top selling holster types speaks to the popularity of this pistol as a concealed carry option.
The Springfield XD-S directly competes with the single stack Glock 43 and M&P Shield – and we have to say it holds its own quite nicely. One of its great features is the bright fiber optic front sight that comes standard on every model. We found the front sight extremely easy and fast to acquire in conditions that ranged from high desert sun to the dim overhead lighting of a gun range. The fiber optic front sight is paired with a two-dot rear sight. As an added bonus, Springfield includes a spare fiber optic rod that is bright green for those that pick up that color better.
Another standout feature of the XD-S is its aggressive grip texture. This pistol comes stock with one of the most aggressive grips we’ve ever come across. The ridges are rounded so it’s not abrasive against the body while carrying but it locks in real nice when firing. Some shooters may find the texture to be too aggressive. We recommend going to your local gun range and renting one first before buying. The grip won’t allow for a full three-finger grip for most people but the pistol still fits well in the hand and there are packages available that come with an extended magazine for those that want to have that strong 3-finger grip. The extended mags can also be purchased separately, of course.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the XD-S 3.3 9mm. It is comfortable to shoot for long periods of time on the range and is extremely easy to conceal with its 1″ wide frame. It is one of our more popular handgun models and after spending time with it at the range we can definitely see why.
Caliber: 9mm, 7+1 flush/ 9+1 extended
Colors: Bi-Tone w/Silver Slide, Tactical Grey, Black, FDE
Frame Size: Sub-Compact
Intended Use: Personal Protection
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