The Grip Zone is Gone: NEW Springfield Armory XDS Mod.2 9mm

Adam Scepaniak
by Adam Scepaniak

While some of you might rejoice there will be others left scratching their heads and pondering this question: “Where do I hold it?” Springfield Armory is proud to announce their newest handgun in the XDS Mod.2 9mm and they are leaving the “ Grip Zone” phrase behind. What is far and above Springfield Armory’s most popular concealed carry pistol, the new XDS Mod.2 9mm will be available to consumers in three variants.

You can add the standard configuration to your arsenal featuring Fiber Optic Front and Tactical Rack Serrated White Dot Rear Sights for $524. A second upgraded choice is the Pro-Glo™ Tritium/Luminescent Front and Tactical Rack U-Notch Serrated Rear Sight variation at an MSRP of $586. The third and final offering is a Viridian Red Laser equipped option that punches in at $555.

All of those MSRP price-points are below the XDS Mod.2 .45 ACP which is great for shooters. Not only is the price coming down slightly to make it more affordable than ever to carry and recreationally shoot, but Springfield Armory is bringing more desirable traits and characteristics into this model as well. A thorough overview of the rest of the features for the XDS Mod.2 9mm can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • Magazines: One 7-Round, Flush Fit w/ Grip X-Tension™ / One 9-Round, w/ X-Tension™
  • Barrel: 3.3″ Hammer Forged, Steel, Melonite® w/ 1:16″ Right-Hand Twist Rate
  • Frame: Black Polymer w/ Enhanced Grip Texture
  • Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish
  • Recoil System: Dual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full-Length Guide Rod
  • Overall Length: 6.3″
  • Overall Height: 4.3″ w/ Flush Mag / 4.85″ w/ Mag X-Tension™
  • Overall Width: 0.975”
  • Overall Weight: 21.5 Ounces w/ Flush Mag / 22.5 Ounces w/ Mag X-Tension™
  • Fiber Optic Front & Tactical Rack Serrated White Dot Rear [XDSG9339B – MSRP $524]
  • Fiber Optic Front & Tactical Rack U-Notch Serrated White Dot Rear & Viridian Red Laser [XDSG9339BVR – MSRP $555]
  • Pro-Glo™ Tritium/Luminescent Front & Tactical Rack U-Notch Serrated Rear [XDSG9339BT – MSRP $586]

While the new Springfield Armory XDS Mod.2 9mm has all the aesthetic looks and styling as the previous XDS Mod.2 .45 ACP it does boast some newer, upgraded features as well. The most noticeable element will be the absence of the “Grip Zone” phrasing. The handle also has an undercut trigger guard for a higher purchase on the firearm and a frame that is smaller for the 9mm cartridge. While the grip safety is a component that is carried over from all XDS handguns, the new XDS Mod.2 9mm has a flared bottom to it that is more reminiscent of a 1911. This should ensure more positive engagement of the grip safety whenever grasping the pistol.

With the roll out of this new offering coming with your choice of essentially 3 different sight pictures, consumers can have their pick of what will suit them best without the need of hunting down aftermarket components once they leave a gun store. This truly makes this pistol range or duty ready aside from the copious amounts of ammo you will want to buy.

Many firearm owners have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this firearm since the .45 ACP version was announced in January. Springfield Armory is also very excited and further elaborates about this newest temptation for concealed carry:

The next generation of the most popular pistol ever produced by Springfield
Armory is now available in the most popular caliber with the introduction of
the XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm.

Since the release of the XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP earlier this year, Springfield
Armory has engineered a pistol specifically designed around the 9mm round,
resulting in a smaller frame and slimmer profile in this latest version of the
XD-S Mod.2. With a frame less than 1-inch wide, the XD-S Mod.2 9mm
disappears under even the lightest clothing.

Built upon a time-tested platform, the XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm was designed to achieve maximum concealability while maintaining life-saving reliability when you need it most. The XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm survived a grueling 25,000 round torture test without a failure. This is an amazing testament to the quality of the pistol especially when considering its small size.

For those looking for a trusted every day carry handgun, the Springfield Armory XD-S platform is consistently amongst the most popular and widely-chosen carry guns on the market. The XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm will provide superior reliability, safety, and concealability when you need it most.

Lastly, you will absolutely want to check out this great overview of the new Springfield Armory XDS Mod.2 9mm by our in-house Concealed Carry Aficionado and Executive Producer of TFBTV, James Reeves! Anything that I may have missed he will cover for you in the video below. Subscribe to TFBTV for more content, check out our Patreon account to support our work (thank you in advance) and we hope you enjoy all of our videos!

So with the introduction of the Springfield Armory XDS Mod.2 9mm at a price-point that floats between $524 – $586, are you a buyer? Let us know in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback and would like to hear your take on this new firearm!

Adam Scepaniak
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  • John1943 John1943 on Aug 05, 2018

    My wife chose an XD-S 9mm, maybe three years ago. After a short while, she decided the grip bit into her hand so much it hurt, so she bought an S&W M&P which mostly she now carries (she prefers her Kimber 1911 but can’t carry it concealed comfortably for long.). I inherited the XD-S as my backup for my 1911. I too hated the grip and bought an aftermarket stick on grip. Now I can shoot the XD-S without tearing my hand to pieces. Still prefer my 1911, unless I want to slide it into my boot.

  • Spon Rilker Spon Rilker on Aug 05, 2018

    Glad they went back to the 9 round reload. That was kinda crappy they started with that, then went to 8 round mags for no apparent reason.