Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact Unboxed at the Gun Counter

Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact

The Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact has a 3-inch barrel and shortened frame that make it easily concealable yet it has astonishing capacity. It comes with two magazines; a full size that extends below the grip to make it feel like a larger duty pistol, with a capacity of 16+1 of 9mm, and a flush-fitting magazine for better concealment, with a capacity 13+1.

The state of readiness is easily determined with an indicator on the top of the slide that protrudes when there is a round in the chamber and a striker indicator that extends from the back of the slide when cocked so the firing condition can be detected while maintaining the target.

The controls on the XD Sub-Compact are easily accessible and intuitive. Its ambidextrous magazine release is large enough to make confident, quick mag changes.  There are three safeties: a blade safety on the trigger, a grip safety on the beavertail and an internal firing pin block to provide maximum confidence. The slide release is relatively flush with the frame, so it reduces snagging and yet provides a positive feel.

The hammer-forged steel slide has a dovetail front sight and an exceptionally strong steel rear sight with white dots. It is 6.25 inches long and has a Melonite finish for nearly maintenance-free service.

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The XD Mod.2 Subcompact is a refined version of the original. The slide is slightly recontoured so that it is slimmer at the top and more rounded on the front. It has a fiber optic front sight and comes with replacement fiber tubes in green and red so it can be changed based on the shooter’s preference.

The biggest differences in the Mod.2 are the Grip Zone texture, reshaped indention behind the trigger and no-snag curved trigger guard. The Grip Zone has three different textures to match where the grip touches the hand which provides more secure contact. The redesigned indention behind the trigger allows the thumb to rest more naturally around the gun.  Springfield rounded the front of the trigger guard to make it easier to conceal and reduce printing.

Springfield Armory makes the XD Sub-Compact series in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. To see all the options on XD Sub-Compacts go to https://www.springfield-armory.com/all-products/

The XD and XD Mod.2 are great guns and, with the variety of refinements and options, will exceed most shooters’ expectations. You can usually find the XD Sub-Compact on GunsAmerica for around $450 and the XD Mod.2 Sub- Compact for around $525.

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Special Promo! Get 3 Free Mags!

Springfield is running their Gear Up promotion right now. It is available on this gun and several other XD models.  Buy a Springfield now through June 30th and get three extra magazines.

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Lars June 13, 2018, 9:53 pm

    A lot of discussion on lightweight pistols and corresponding recoil, snap, etc. I have a Sig P229 in .40 S&W and a CZ P-06 that both kick like mules, so I expected the worst when I took my XD Subcompact in that caliber out for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised. The pistol was very balanced, and the recoil was VERY manageable. The XD Subcompact has become one of my favorite handguns – in fact I have two each in .40 S&W and 9mm.

  • KIRK Patrick WONG June 12, 2018, 7:18 pm

    Really like the new Springfield

  • PANDAZ3 June 12, 2018, 10:53 am

    There is a huge difference in felt recoil between any caliber double stack and a same caliber single stack. My wife can shoot 9, 40, 45 with small hands, but she doesn’t like any single stack guns other than a 1911. She has a XDS9, and can shoot it just fine, but she carries either a G-42 as her only single stack as it is more pleasant than a G-43. She will carry a XD9 Mod 2 4″ double stack when she can. I made the same mistake of buying for her according to me. She buys what she likes. I buy guns these days for me only, she will always want to try them. If she like it like the XD9 mentioned, it becomes hers, Same with that G-42 it was mine and later I had to buy another. Guns are really pretty cheap.

    Different calibers are not hard to keep up with

    • Irish-7 June 13, 2018, 12:41 am

      I did not know that the magazine made any difference. I just considered (blamed) the larger caliber. My wife has fired stronger recoil loads out of my weapons, but none of them made abrasions on the webbing of her hand like the XD-S. It was the grip. We even covered the factory grip with a smoother material. That did not work either. It bothered my hand, too. Adding another caliber to our stock is out of the question. This is because of the way the cans are filled (rounds from each caliber we own), and storing some at remote locations. I did it 3 times already, updating with .45 LC, .308 WIN & .22 WMR. Not to mention the cost. We have 2 kids in college, so buying ammo is no longer in the budget. We probably have more bullets now, than we’ll ever shoot. Thanks for the input! One can learn a lot from interaction on these websites!

  • Irish-7 June 12, 2018, 10:23 am

    My wife wanted a larger caliber than .380 for EDC. I recall reading multiple great reviews of the Springfield XD series, so I bought her an XD-S in .45 ACP. She does not like it. It hurts her hand to shoot. Although most of my handguns are large caliber (so I am use to recoil), I did not like it either. Perhaps I should have purchased the 9mm for her? I was reluctant to ad another caliber to my ammo stock. We may give it to our son. He just received his concealed carry permit. I would not recommend this model in .45 ACP for anyone with small hands, or is sensitive to recoil.

    • Jim B June 12, 2018, 11:43 am

      Irish, Compact and Ultra-Compact handguns along with light-weight handguns along with large caliber means heavy recoil and snap. Just a matter of science my friend. Those types of firearms are best held to the smallest caliber The problem with the guns that “kick” and are “snappy” because of the large calibers are just not accurate enough if you are flinching or cannot hold it on target. I recommend you have her try out the 9mm and see how she likes it and your son needs to shoot the .45 enough to see if he will practice with it as well as handle it’s recoil. You can’t kill it if you can’t hit it.

      • Irish-7 June 13, 2018, 1:34 am

        Thanks for the input. As I told PANDAZ3 above, my wife fired my weapons with stronger recoil. None of them wore on the webbing of her hand like the XD-S. Not even the Judge Public Defender with .410 GA, which had more recoil than any of our .45 Automatics. This model Springfield hurt my hand as well. I frequently shoot .357 MAG from a short barrel revolver, .45 ACP in a Smith & Wesson 457, plus .45 LC & .410 GA from the polymer Public Defender. I think it was the grip of the XD-S. We may trade it in, or switch it out with a cached gun. We’ll see how my son likes it.

    • Allen Laws June 12, 2018, 9:23 pm

      My wife has pretty small hands as well as doesnt like recoil either.
      I had her shoot my Springfield 357sig, trouble is she shot it better than I did, this was a few years ago, but she loved it then.

      Good luck

  • Frank Cannon June 12, 2018, 9:09 am

    I understand you like the pistol, but can these articles read a little less like ad copy and a little more like an actual review?

  • Chuck Reynolds June 12, 2018, 7:57 am


  • Hendrik Haan June 12, 2018, 7:55 am

    When showing the Springfield Armory XD, I couldn’t see through your hand to see what you were talking about.

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