Springfield Armory is updating the hammer-fired XD-E with a new model chambered for .45 ACP. The XD-E is a polymer-framed single-stack pistol designed for every day carry. It’s slim and light and affordably priced, too.
“The new XD-E .45 gives customers exactly what they asked for,” said Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “A no-compromise pistol that offers multiple safety modes for peace of mind no matter how you choose to carry.”
The XD-E is the latest expansion of the XD lineup, although it’s pretty radically different. Unlike the other XDs, the E-series is hammer-fired with a manual thumb safety and decocker. The rest of the guns are striker-fired.
One advantage of hammer-fired pistols is that they can be easier to rack and load compared to striker-fired guns. With the hammer cocked it takes less effort to rack the slide.
This means that these guns combine the time-tested controls of a double-action semi-auto with the modern construction of striker-fired pistols. The XD-E can be carried in single-action with the hammer cocked with the safety on or in double-action with the hammer decocked.
And the construction really is modern. In addition to its polymer frame and ergonomic grip, the XD-E has a fully ambidextrous magazine release and left- and right-handed safety and decocker levers.
Like the other single-stack XDs the XD-E has a high-visibility polymer fiber-optic front sight and contrasting white dot rear sight. It also has a loaded chamber indicator, oversized cocking serrations and an accessory rail for lights and laser sights.
The .45 ACP model has a solid standard capacity of 6+1 rounds with a flush magazine and 7+1 with an extended mag. The extended magazine offers a full four-finger grip and so does the flush mag with an optional included pinkie extension baseplate.
For now the .45 ACP XD-E comes with a black frame and matching matte black slide assembly. The slide and barrel are forged steel with a hardened Melonite nitride finish. It has a 3.3-inch barrel.
The .45 ACP model is about an inch wide, a little wider at the controls, and just under 7 inches long. It weighs 23 ounces unloaded with a magazine and measures only 5 inches tall with a flush magazine. The extended mag adds half an inch to the overall height.
So far the XD-E series is following the XD-S pretty closely. Like the striker-fired original, the hammer-fired models first came out in 9mm Luger with the .45 ACP soon after. Hopefully down the line we’ll see .40 S&W options along with 4-inch models like the XD-S.
In .45 ACP the pistol is priced in line with the XD-S with an MSRP of $566. Street prices should be around $500. Springfield also partnered up with Viridian to offer a laser-equipped model for just $33 more.
There aren’t a lot of compact and contemporary hammer-fired single-stacks out there today with double-action/single-action triggers. The XD-E series really stands out in a market flooded with striker-fired options.
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