Springfield Armory Releases XDE in .45 ACP

Tom R
by Tom R

Earlier this year, Tom Gomez did an excellent write up of the XDE (in 9mm). Today, Springfield Armory is releasing the XDE in .45 ACP. We had an opportunity to shoot one at the Springfield Desert Duel (the first week of November) and it definitely stays true to the characteristics of the XDE line, both very concealable and much easier to rack, due to the “low-effort” steel slide, which makes the slide easier to rack by an estimated 30%.

”Our customer told us they’d like the fight-stopping power of a .45 ACP, with the easy carry of our XD-E Series,” says Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “The new XD-E .45 gives them exactly what they asked for: a no-compromise .45 weapon that forges quickness and control into a pistol so comfortable against they body they’ll carry it everywhere.”

Technical Specifications

  • Caliber: .45ACP
  • Magazines: (1) 6 Round, Grip X-Tension Mag, (1) 7 Round, w/ Mag X-Tension, Stainless Steel
  • Barrel: 3.3” Hammer Forged, Steel, Melonite, 1/10 Twist
  • Trigger: Double Action/Single Action
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front & Low Profile Combat Rear
  • Frame: Black Polymer, Thumb Safety w/ Integrated Decock
  • Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite Finish
  • Recoil System: Dual Spring with Full Length Guide Rod
  • Length: 6.75”
  • Height: 5.25” with both Mag with Grip X-Tension & with Mag X-Tension
  • Grip Width: 1”
  • Weight: 23 ounces
  • MSRP: $566

Some features of note are the dual-recoil spring system with a full length guide rod, the double action/single action trigger, and the exposed hammer. The thumb safety has an integrated decocker

If you are interested in finding out more information, visit Springfield Armory’s website at: http://www.springfield-armory.com/xde-series/

Tom R
Tom R

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, ability...to find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com or at https://thomasrader.com

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  • DangerousClown DangerousClown on Nov 23, 2017

    So they asked one customer?

  • Clarence Worley Clarence Worley on Dec 15, 2017

    Has anyone tried racking one of these? My dad is in his 70's and has trouble racking most guns but wants a semi for the range. He also has some sight issues from eye cancer (yeah, that shit actually exists) so I'm thinking the red fiber front sight might be a plus for him.