Springfield Armory Launches New XD Mod. 2 Tactical

We’ve announced several new models of Springfield Armory guns this week. This brand new XD Tactical is a Mod 2 in 9mm and holds 16+1 rounds of your choice of ammunition. The Tactical has a 5 inch barrel which gives a bit of heft to the front of the pistol providing better control for quick follow-up shots.

Springfields intention is to make this a competition pistol that can also be used for CCW as well as a pistol you can just have fun with at the range. The Mod 2 grip is also slightly larger but still fits the average hand. The grip is still smaller than most other double stacks on the market. The Mod 2 Grip Zone also provides the shooter with a better grip contour and feel.

The sights are low profile with a fiber optic front sight and wide notch rear sight. The potential buyer has a choice of all black Melonite finish or black frame and Stainless slide. I would expect to see this pistol chambered in 45 acp and 40 caliber in the future.

XD Mod 2 Tactical

XD Mod 2 Tactical

GENESEO, IL, January 15, 2016 – Sometimes bigger is better. That’s exactly the goal of the new XD® Mod.2™ Tactical model from Springfield Armory®.

Designed for recreation, self-defense, or competition, this full-size XD® not only offers big capacity but faster-aiming capability thanks to its extra long sight radius. The five-inch barrel not only delivers every possible bit of extra velocity, but it also adds a little more weight up front, which helps control recoil and muzzle flip, allowing shooters to get back on target faster.

“Finally! This is the Mod.2™ I have been waiting for!” says Rob Leatham, Captain of Team Springfield™. “The XD® Mod.2™ Tactical is optimized to increase its performance. It has a longer slide, a full-length frame, increased weight and an increased gripping area size,” he explains enthusiastically, “This gun is pretty much everything I want in a competition-capable package without being too big, or too heavy for other uses.”

The XD® Mod.2™ 5” Tactical Model packs 16+1 rounds of 9mm ammo in its two included stainless steel magazines. While it’s a double stack design, it’s not too thick to carry like so many competitors’ models. Measuring just 1.19 inches wide, it’s a good tenth of an inch narrower than most double stacks on the market and barely wider than single stack pistols with far less capacity.

Whether used on the competitive range or for more tactical scenarios, fast and accurate shooting requires control, so all of the Mod.2™ enhancements are included. High cutouts on the back of the grip and behind the trigger put support near the bore line to minimize muzzle flip. The new Grip Zone® contours and texturing are specifically designed to provide maximum purchase at those points where hands and fingers require the most contact. Three different textures provide the grip surface needed without painful overkill.

The sights are designed for fast acquisition, leveraging the combination of fiber optic front paired with a low profile combat rear sight. The bright fiber optic tube leaps into view while the rear sight is shaped so it won’t catch on holsters or clothing.

The new XD® Mod.2™ Tactical model is available in black with a Melonite® slide or Bi-Tone with a forged stainless steel slide. Overall dimensions measure 8.3 inches long and 5.5 inches tall.

Built for high volume use, the Mod.2™ Tactical isn’t a gun that will require babying. This combat-ready gun is designed to be used, not left in the safe.

Springfield Mod 2 Website

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Dracon1201

    The XD1 was pretty sweet. May have to pick one of these up!

  • Curmudgeon5462

    Looks good, but having “grip zone” etched into the grip seems kind of cheezy. Like something you might see on a super soaker.

    • Phil Hsueh

      I suppose that if it really bothered you but you like the pistol otherwise you could get some modelling putty and fill in the text with it. Not the best solution in the world but it would work and probably the next best to thing to Springfield actually not stamping it in in the first place.

      • Curmudgeon5462

        Not really that bothered, it just seems corny for a firearm. I won’t buy one anyway, I already have the finest polymer handgun in existence; the Walther P99 AS.

    • Pastor Dan

      Just keep your hand over that part whenever the guys are around.

  • Hey Springfield,
    You’re a good bunch of folks that bring quality products to market at fair prices and all, but can you make the “GRIP ZONE” text a little bigger so I can see it better?

    • Jack Griffin

      Pfft, I was super disappointed when I picked up a pair of H&K P30Ls and they didn’t have a “YOU SUCK & WE HATE YOU ZONE” etched on the interchangeable palm swell panels.

      • It only says that on their military and law enforcement exclusives. My old G36k had “lolcivilians” on the receiver.

        • Jack Griffin

          You know, you could do a for-fun post on TFB that features what other major manufacturers would have on their grips if they were following suit as well as being super honest about their attitudes / customers. Anybody with Photoshop and 5 minutes could do it.

          Colt, H&K, Hi-Point, Taurus, Glock, Magnum Research, Intratec, etc.

          Imagine the Lolz.

          • Kyle

            This would be fantastic and probably hilarious.

          • iksnilol

            Just send me pics and what to write for each brand.

            I should be able to cook something up (I am pretty decent with Photoshop).

    • Riot

      Grandpa wants to read it without his glasses

    • Curmudgeon5462

      Look into the HS2000, which an XD for less money. The XD is a licensed and inflated cost HS2000.

      • Yep.

      • Mario AK

        The melonite finish is not applied on earlier models, it’s worth the extra pay.

      • Kefefs

        Yeah… I wouldn’t say doubling the price overnight because you improved the finish and started including a crappy holster and mag pouch is all that fair. Still, they’re not bad guns for the money. They were just a much better value before Springfield got their hands on them.

  • PK

    I’m unclear where one should hold this pistol, the precise zone of gripping if you will.

    • Curmudgeon5462

      Oh, you must have missed it. Understandable, it’s not like it’s etched into grip or anything. It’d be a shame if someone gripped the slide and shot themselves in the foot by pushing the trigger vertically.

    • iksnilol

      You mean like an “index area” for lack of a better term?

  • Timothy

    The grip zone text is terrible. Take it off and you will sell more pistols.

    • iksnilol

      Uh, it’s Springfield we’re talking about. Remember they cater to the “good ole boys” who drank whiskey and rye. The same people who think an M14 is a good basis for a precision rifle or at least a more reliable rifle than an AR (because their cousins friend used one in ‘nam). The same people who believe in stopping power and KO factor.

      Considering those factors, I don’t think that a “grip zone” marking is out of place.

      • Im a drunken Texas redneck and I think its absurd.

        • iksnilol

          I was just hoping there was one Cletus who went: “This here EX-DEE-EM is sure an awfully clever pistol, even tells you where to best grip it… YEE-HAW!”.

          Please don’t take that hope from me.

          • adverse

            Would not think of it. There is always hope.

        • adverse

          I’m ab to surd when I’m drunk too. Ist iksnilol being insulating?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    They should stamp “BULLET ZONE” around the muzzle so I know which end they come out of.

    • Edeco

      The slide serrations should be marked “racking zone” just to be clear.

  • Lance

    Another XD…….. Yawn!!!!!!

  • adverse

    I still think it needs, “This end towards target >->->” engraved on the slide. No, really, I need one of those grip things to keep my beer cold on a hot day at the range.

  • USMC03Vet

    They should rebrand it butthurt zone due to the massive amount of butthurt it causes. Leave it to the internet to complain endlessly about the most frivolous things.

  • Zack

    More slide zone. Good call.