XD Mod.2 9MM FDE
I know I have been grumbling now for a while at the firearms industry for pushing “new” gear which is nothing more than a color change. Oh, the bittersweet taste of irony I had when I found out I would be reviewing a new Springfield XD that is part of the 2016 line up.
I bet you can figure out what it is by the title and featured image…
Oh, and USMC03Vet, this article is for you:
I wish they came in more colors though. Black is so 1990’s.
You requested the platform in something other than black, and it appears Springfield listened… 🙂 As for the rest of you familiar with the XD Mod.2 3” 9mm Sub-Compact, there is not really anything new here other than the color difference (and me liking the platform just a little bit more). For those of you not familiar with it (or those that may be on the fence), read on to learn more about this gun.
This gun (despite being in 9mm) is pretty much identical to the Mod.2 in .45 ACP that I reviewed last March. The barrel is a smidgen shorter (in technical terms that is 0.3”), but all of the other dimensions and measurements are the same (yes, yes, excepting round count and caliber as well).
I have to say that it kind of threw me off a little bit as I had assumed that there would be a bigger difference between the calibers. Anyway, not super relevant but still an interesting point I thought.
Overall it is pretty well constructed. Everything is nice and tight and nothing seems shoddy about the design nor construction. The angles of the frame and trigger guard lend themselves to be pretty “snag free” which is definitely a plus in a gun designed to be primarily for concealed carry.
The Mod.2 possesses the bright fiber optic front and very low profile rear (that also has nice rounded corners, making it pretty snag free).
It has a short rail presumably for a small laser or light (or a tactical bayonet if you roll that way).
The grip is patterned in their “Grip Zone” which I do like. As I had mentioned before, I had BMC stipple my XDs, effectively making a Grip Zone.
Just like the other Mod.2s it has the Glock-style trigger safety along with the grip safety, both of which must be depressed to disengage the third internal safety—the striker block safety. It also has the striker status indicator that the gun is cocked and a loaded chamber indicator on top of the weapon that raises up from the center of the slide when a round is in the chamber.
- Caliber: 9 x 19mm
- Magazines: 1 – 13 Round Compact, 1 – 16 Round w/X-Tension™ (both are stainless steel construction)
- Barrel: 3 inches, Hammer Forged, Steel, Melonite® Finish with a 1:10 Twist
- Sights: Fiber Optic Front and Low Profile Combat Rear
- Frame: Flat Dark Earth Polymer
- Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish
- Recoil System: Dual Spring with a Full Length Guide Rod
- Length: 6.25 inches
- Grip Width: 1.2 inches
- Height: 4.75 inches (with compact magazine), 5.5 inches (with extended magazine)
- Weight (with empty magazine): 26 ounces (compact magazine), 27 ounces (with extended magazine)
So overall I’m still not a huge fan of the Mod.2 (over the XDs and now XDM) because it is just not as comfortable in my hand.You may find it more comfortable. I love my XDs, and I definitely like the XDM. I am not saying it is not a good gun, it just doesn’t work well for me. That being said, I have a buddy that adores his. Like in a decidedly unhealthy way.
I reviewed my first XD Mod.2 (in .45 ACP last March), and at the time could only compare it to my XDs. Now that I have had some more time with it and with some of the other Springfield variants, I begrudgingly like it for what it is.
One thing that I had not noticed before and definitely appreciated was the aggressiveness of the serrations on the slide. It really made getting a grip for racking it easier.
Firing the 9mm version, I will note that it is less “snappy” than the .45 ACP version (yeah, no s***, Tom). It still felt tall, and short, when I fired it (especially with the extended magazine), but it was considerably more manageable. And I definitely like the size of the pistol overall—I think it is pretty concealable.
Personally I don’t have a big dog in the fight between Glock and the XD (and variants). I own both, and I carry both at different times for different reasons.
I think the most important thing is to go to a shop and handle the guns and see the one the fits you best. It is even better if you can go to a shop with a range attached and test fire a few magazines.
Back when I first had my Glock and it was the first of the polymer framed weapons to really be available, it was as perfect as it could be. Now there is an overwhelming variety in the market. I think Springfield makes a number of good variants, and you are very likely to find one that will fit you well, and for a good price (and now with new color options). And it is hard to argue with the popularity of their line.