Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 in 4″ Service Model

Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory announced a 4″ Service Model version of the XD Mod.2 pistol. The new guns are chambered in 9mm and come in all black and two-tone versions (stainless slide on black frame.)


  • caliber – 9mm
  • magazine capacity – 16 rounds
  • barrel length – 4″
  • weight (unloaded) – 28 ounces
  • sights – low profile rear, fiber optic front
  • height – 5.5″
  • length – 7.3″
  • width (grip) – 1.2″

The new guns use the new Grip Zone texturing (and label) on the frame. The trigger guard is undercut to allow for a higher grip on the pistol. Slide serrations are fairly aggressive to ensure a positive grip when running the slide.

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  • Tyler McCommon

    Thank god they have the grip zone labeled. I would have never known where to put my hands!

  • Lana, someone call Rob Leatham, because you are in the Grip Zone.

    • schizuki


  • Bill

    I just don’t get the umbrage over the “Grip Zone” marking, but then Ruger revolvers seem to work just fine with an entire safety briefing engraved on them, and i’ve never felt the need to de-badge my car and pop all the manufacturer’s plastic -chrome doodads off of it.

    • USMC03Vet

      There is far worse on other handguns such as what is on the side of the M&P line. I don’t understand why people are so bent out of shape regarding something completely covered while using the handgun.

      • Garcian Smith

        The fact that you can’t see it when holding the pistol is immaterial. Its like being married to an exceedingly ugly woman and justify it with “You can’t see how ugly she is in the dark!”

        • Bill

          By your logic, I should pop out all of the Colt and Smith and Wesson medallions, or any other manufacturer’s marks off my stocks.

          Jeez, if it’s a good pistol, who cares? If it’s a bad pistol, is that the worst thing about it?

          • Cymond

            Do you find the medallions ugly and stupid? If yes, then why not remove them?

        • anomad101

          Can she cook?

      • Bill

        Perzactly. Someone was making engraved recoil spring plugs for 1911 with different designs or logos on them…I have my share of problems, but nothing so bad that I want to stare at the muzzle end of my pistol, particularly given that it spends about 90% of it’s time in a holster.

    • Garcian Smith

      Nobody likes the warning engraving on Rugers but those warnings, unlike the Grip Zone, serve a legitimate purpose. Those warnings protect Ruger from frivolous lawsuits and the unnecessary expenses therein. The Grip Zone is nothing more than overzealous marketing gone terribly wrong. It definitely captures ones attention but that’s because it is an affront to the intelligence of their consumers. You may have never wanted to pry the emblems of your car, but they are proportional minuscule in comparison to the cars entirety. If the emblem on your car were the size of a large pizza, then it would be as proportionate to the car as the Grip Zone is to the XD.

  • iksnilol

    THEY ACTUALLY MARKED WHERE TO GRIP THE PISTOL! What’s next? A couch with a marked sit zone?

    Springfield troll game is off the chain.

    • KestrelBike

      oh shi if they mark the sit zone, then dogs will finally have the legal loophole needed to jump on the couch!

      • iksnilol

        Now we’re all sons of b******.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    “The grip zone really helps. I’d been holding it by the slide all of these years.” -Nobody

  • Beomoose

    I look forward to the next generation of Glock having “Grip Region” markings and everyone telling us how amazing it is.

  • R

    I’m pretty surprised by this announcement. I thought the XDM was supposed to be the evolution of the XD? I don’t understand why Springfield would want to support two redundant product lines?

    Additionally, the civilian gun market has already shown that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to grip. Instead of focusing on the grip zone, they should invest some R&D into a design that allows the consumer to change out the grip with an aftermarket part (e.g AR-15’s, AK’s, 1911’s). I’m not a big fan of Sig but I have to give them credit for thinking of that with the P320.

    • USMC03Vet

      Everything on the Mod 2 is mint and it would be stupid to not include it on all their XD lines. The changes are just that good even if you aren’t using it for conceal carry. I’d be surprised if the XDs isn’t next to get Mod 2.

      • Menger40

        Do you like the Mod 2 grip better than the texturing on an XDm grip? I haven’t had a chance to hold a Mod 2 yet and I’m curious how it compares.

        • no

          I’ve held one and damn if it doesn’t feel nice, way better than the original XD for sure. I didn’t get to hold it long enough and/or shoot it to make an accurate comparison to my XDM.

        • USMC03Vet

          Yes. The trigger well cut and redesigned thumb indent makes it melt into your hand. I think it’s the best handgun grip out there. When I use my subcompact it feels like a fullsized handgun in my hand because the grip is so well designed.

    • iksnilol

      HK P30 has a grip that you would like. Very customizable. Changeable backstraps and grip panels.

    • Madcap_Magician

      I thought this a bit, too. Seemed strange to have two separate lines of striker-fired guns with overlapping purposes, but I really like the look of the Mod 2 guns. Well, minus the ‘grip zone’ foolishness. The grip looks so comfortable it doesn’t really need any extra emphasis in my book.

  • USMC03Vet

    Mod 2 amazeball grip is one of the reasons I went subcompact over a full size XD. Now that I can get an non sub XD with mod 2 it’s real tempting. I dig the new front serrations a lot even I’d never rack the slide from the front.

  • schizuki

    Do you want EXTRA BIG ASS FRIES with that Grip Zone?

  • USMC03Vet

    Where it talks about the gun being able to fire without a magazine inserted.
    Literacy helps.

  • anomad101

    What it really needs is engraving on the slide, “this end towards threat >”.

  • kenbay2020

    I think this pistol is a winner for sure, but I’m baffled by the “Grip Zone” marking. I’m thinking SA is extremely proud off their grip texture design, but kind of went overboard with advertising it on the gun itself. They should’ve just marketed the gun as like the “Mod2 GEM (Grip Enhanced Model)” instead. Maybe SA will give in and take it off eventually.

  • Stevean

    As hilarious as all these comments about the GRIP ZONE are, and they are completely justified and funny, the grip zone label isnt there to say “THIS IS WHERE YOUR HANDS GO STUPID”
    Its what they call their new grip texture guys. They call it the Grip Zone, and labeled it as such, in giant obnoxious letters across the grip which I cant believe springfield didnt think that through all the way.
    Aesthetically, this gun looks great except for that obnoxious lettering, and it looks more comfortable and more refined than its predecessor, so its worth a look despite that