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[RKBArms Blog] Springfield XD 9mm Service Model Review
07-21-2011, 04:48 PM
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Springfield XD 9mm Service Model Review

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This is the XD 4" Service model chambered in 9mm Parabellum. It's too big for an EDC gun but it can be the occasional carry gun with the right holster. My primary use for the XD is for competition and home defense. I've fired approximately 700 rounds of various ammunition brands and only had malfunctions during the first couple hundred rounds. Most were stovepipes but a few times the slide did lock back after the last round was fired. This problem only happened using Tulammo which I no longer use. There is definitely a break-in period for the XD which is around 200-300 rounds. The trigger smooths out considerably.
I only shot factory ammo thus far. Here are the brands I tried:
Winchester White Box FMJ 115 grain
Federal Champion FMJ 115 grain
Sellier & Bellot FMJ 124 grain*
Magtech FMJ 115 grain*
Tulammo FMH 115 grain* **
Federal LE Hi-Shok JHP 115 grain
*Stovepipe
**Slide did not lock back after last round fired
Pros: I really like the Grip Safety. I don't really see the importance of the Striker Status Indicator if you have the Chambered Round Indicator. The XD has a metal trigger that is really smooth and pretty much feels perfect. Springfield Armory states the trigger is between 5.5 - 7 lbs which I thought was strange to have such a variance.
The gun is well balanced, it doesn't feel top heavy and naturally lines up with the target. I did have to get accustomed to the full size grip since I'm used to sub-compacts but the XD fits nicely for my medium sized hands. The 3 dot sights are pretty easy to see in low light.
The XD is easy to shoot and is accurate. I don't know what exactly the XD does to reduce the amount of perceived recoil but it does it well. The muzzle flip is quite controllable or it's easy to quickly setup for the next shot.
Cons: The XD has a Melonite coat before it is parkerized. I had a few noticeable surface scratches from practicing drawing almost right away. It's not a bad finish and it looks good but I don't think it's as durable as Glock's Tenifer coat.
As I said previously, I've had problems with some brands of ammo. I shoot Federal Champion FMJ 115 grain for practice and Federal LE Hi-Shock JHP 115 grain for defense.

Value: I paid $400 and that included two 16 round magazines and the XD gear (belt holster, dual magazine holder, ammo loader, and lock). The only thing I've used so far is the ammo loader. Springfield Armory has a rebate through December 31st for 3 extra mags and a dual mag holder. A total of 5 magazines !!

Conclusion: I love this gun. It's the most accurate gun I own and it's dependable. It's perfect for home defense and competition shooting. I have no regrets purchasing this gun and you can find great deals online. I would not get the 4" barrel if you plan on carrying this gun, it's simply too heavy with a 16 round magazine. I will probably end up purchasing the sub-compact in the near future.

There are a lot of accessories to choose from. Springfield make a Picatinny light holder that works great with 1" diameter tactical lights like the Streamlight Polytac or Surefire G2.
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