May 16, 2008

Springfield Armory XD9 Service XD9101HCSP06

In European countries, it is not unusual for police to work with a dog on a leash. That is one reason why many Euro-pistols favor single-hand operation.

Springfield Armory XD9

This one is simple, reliable, and affordable. Each staffer shot above-average scores with the XD9 with little practice.

The XD9 is a simple pistol. It has a polymer frame with an accessory rail in front of the trigger guard and button magazine release available from both sides of the pistol. There was no active mechanical safety that switches the gun off or on, but there was a lever located in the center of the backstrap that must be compressed for the gun to fire.

There is also a lever inside the face of the trigger that must be compressed to clear the striker. The slide was topped with three-dot sights dovetailed into place front and rear. Cocking serrations adorn the slide fore and aft. Field-stripping begins with removing the magazine and locking the back the slide. This all but guarantees the chamber is empty. A latch on the left side of the frame is rotated clockwise 90 degrees. The slide can now be released, but before the slide can be completely removed, the trigger (with the grip safety compressed) must be pulled to the rear. Under the slide we found a dual-spring plunger-style guide rod and the barrel.

The XD9 Comfortable Grip

We think the key point of grip circumference is the area covered by the thumb and middle finger. The XD9 excelled in offering a strong comfortable grip to the shooter.

When we measure the circumference of the grip we list the maximum number. We wrap the measuring tape around the widest part including any palm swell or undulation in the grip. But it can be argued that the most important dimension of the grip is the circumference covered by the thumb and middle finger. This is the strongest point of support and control supplied by the human hand and it is here that the XD9 excelled in providing a balanced grip.

Loading the pistol for our bench session two additional safety features became apparent. A lever atop the slide leading from the rear edge of the barrel hood showed that a round was in the chamber. A silver pin poked through the rear face of the slide to show the striker was cocked. Of controversy is the matter of whether or not the XD is a double-action or single-action pistol. Once the striker is ready to be launched pressure on the trigger results in a very small rearward movement of the striker before it was released toward the primer.

From the bench we were able to achieve an average five-shot group measuring just 2.2 inches with both our hollowpoint defense loads. Our $18 per 20-round Federal Hydra-Shok loads showed less variation in group size than our $15-per-hundred-round Remington budget ammunition but each round produced sub-2 inch groups. The XD9 finished second firing the Winchester rounds.

Given the short smooth trigger and the ease of control from the grip, the XD9 was the top performer in our action tests. Average elapsed time freestyle was 0.75 seconds to the first shot and 1.15 seconds in total time respectively. All shots were found on paper and the consistency of our first shot times bears mentioning, (in order, 0.79, 0.75, 0.75, 0.73, 0.73 seconds). Strong hand only shooting was slower, (0.84 seconds first shot, 1.47 seconds total elapsed time). But the XD9 was the only gun with which we completed the action test without a single miss.

Comments (41)

I enjoy reading all the comments. Just shows how many folks have their likes and dislikes. I have an XD9 and a Glock 32. Like them both, shoot well with them both, and have had ZERO issues with either of them. I would unhesitatingly recommend both.

Posted by: Monet61 | June 18, 2015 9:11 PM    Report this comment

I've had an XD40 since 2004. No misfires & no jams. I've had the slide run closed twice after a hard, new loaded magazine change. Saved me the split second it takes to release the slide release, but it's not supposed to work that way. I prefer the XD's grip over all my other semi-auto's. I've never met a XD owner that does not like this firearm.

Posted by: cabin cowboy | June 18, 2015 8:54 PM    Report this comment

Yeah, I agree with the testers that just about ALL of the weapons in the Springfield XD line are good serviceable weapons now that they have gone exclusively to the striker fired system(s).

BUT... try to replace a broken extractor and your opinion will quickly change. These are pressed into the slide at the factory and have to go back to Springfield to be fixed.

BUY A GLOCK!! Extractor, striker, trigger, ANYTHING can be user replaced in a matter of a few seconds to a few minutes and parts are always available.

Posted by: mwp2634 | June 18, 2015 5:41 PM    Report this comment

In response to the comment on how "junky all plastic guns...and can't give them away" posted June 18 2015:

In my experiences with the XD45, XDm9 and 45 the results have proven much more favorable.
Rounds in the 1000's through each bang every single time. Junk? Really? What is your metric?

Being jaded toward a polymer frame is fine. In 2015, it's like ripping on computers because you loved typewriters.

SIG's are great guns. So are XD's.

Posted by: csqp18 | June 18, 2015 12:22 PM    Report this comment

I own several XD weapons (concealed carry/competiton), and find them to be exceptionally well made. In fact, I use the XDM 5.25 for IDPA matches. The features, performance, safety, and quality of the XD line is outstanding.

Joe Gallagher
Hellertown, PA

Posted by: robespierre1794 | June 18, 2015 12:20 PM    Report this comment

The Springfield XD, like most plastic guns are a piece of junk. Springfield goes a step further by having them made in Croatia. I have three I've taken in in trade for Sig Sauers and I can hardly give them away.

Posted by: lcjonez | June 18, 2015 8:38 AM    Report this comment

I proud to own a firearm loved by so many. If I may be allowed to be repetitious, it was dead on accurate out of the box, comfortable to hold, and a real pleasure to shoot.

Posted by: Mark G | January 1, 2015 12:09 PM    Report this comment

THE XD9 IS THE BEST AUTO-PISTOL IVE EVER OWNED. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE:
IT'S ACCURATE..
IT'S RELIABLE
IT'S A GREAT 'CARRY PISTOL'
& IT'S PRICED RIGHT

Posted by: JimQ | January 1, 2015 10:40 AM    Report this comment

I bought the XDM 9mm when they first came out. Since then I have sent it back to the factory for the adjustable rear sights. Expensive sights, but they are worth the money. I love the gun as I tell people it is everything the Glock should be. The case and many accessories that it comes with add a nice touch.

Posted by: Cliffdropover1 | January 1, 2015 8:27 AM    Report this comment

I am going to get it in 10 days; nailed my choice after looking many other handguns

Posted by: alexR | October 8, 2009 2:20 AM    Report this comment

I bought the 2-tone XD9. Got the store's display model. After almost 200 rounds, it jammed and the guide rod was sticking out about about an inch. Sent it back to the factory. They replaced the complete recoil assembly and disassembly lever. Turnaround was fast. No problems since, but now and then I make sure the guide rod is screwed in all the way. Love the lifetime warranty. Love even more the way this gun feels in my hand.

Posted by: jackrabbit | August 4, 2009 9:55 PM    Report this comment

I have been trying to find another weapon that can come close, and the only one that comes close is the Beretta 92fsM9 but that is another animal of a different color. Maurice Weller

Posted by: Mortisha | January 2, 2009 10:02 PM    Report this comment

If you have a small hand and can't get a Glock to fit, the XD is your polymer gun of choice. I have yet to have a malfunction with my XD9.

Posted by: 1911/XD9monkey | January 1, 2009 8:04 PM    Report this comment

I got the XD9 Subcompact in early Oct 08, have been shooting it almost every weekend at the range. It has become my FAVORITE gun to shoot. SUPER accurate and after putting hundreds of rounds through it, not a single malfunction. It is a little on the heavy side, but that also translates into great control when firing. Got a Fobus blade holster for it and it rides on my hip just fine. Salesman at the gun store carries a Glock 26 and he told me if he had to do it all over he would purchase the Springfield XD9 - totally sold me on it - and he was RIGHT. Much better than a Glock. I LOVE THIS GUN!

Posted by: TopGun | December 4, 2008 12:22 PM    Report this comment

Dear Jerry
If you like weapons like myself please consider one of Springfields other XD handguns.

Posted by: Mortisha | June 3, 2008 5:36 PM    Report this comment

The sub compact 9mm I have has never malfunctioned with about 500 rounds thru it. It is also an accurate piece , considering it's size

Posted by: jerry g | June 3, 2008 12:51 PM    Report this comment

I have one of the first models, the HS 2000. I also did a lot of research prior to getting the gun and after my purchase, all the later reports were right on. It is one of the best guns I have ever shot. Springfield made a very smart move when they acquired the rights. Good safe shooting.

Randall S.

Posted by: Randall S | May 27, 2008 9:05 AM    Report this comment

Dear Tarheels
This Weapon is for everything you mentioned. My use is primarily Self Defence, But you cannot do a good job at that unless you have alot of range time. You must train those muscles in order to be effective in your own self defence, or self defense of others that depend on your training for their survival or safety.
On another note I love the feel of this weapon in my hand for just poit and shoot fireing.
Maurice Weller

Posted by: Mortisha | May 7, 2008 9:48 PM    Report this comment

I have both an XD 9 & an XD 45- both service styles. Am very satisfied with peformance, quality and accuracy. A fine handgun!

Posted by: Tanners Owner | April 18, 2008 3:08 PM    Report this comment

I have numerous semi-auto hand guns. My XD 45 is my carry gun because it is light, accurate, and fits my hand perfectly. I then purchased the XD 9mm for target practice and I find only the amount of recoil and cost of ammunition sets them apart. Both excellent firearms

Posted by: Michaelgb | April 18, 2008 12:13 PM    Report this comment

i have a springfield xd in 357 sig. i love the gun. shoots well and works like a dream. glad i bought it

Posted by: pa-cman | April 18, 2008 11:47 AM    Report this comment

I bought an XD 45acp tactical last month and have put about 400 rds through it. Very impressed with accuracy and handling even with my relatively small hands. The spring does feel stiff to chamber a round now but I hope that improves with use. Watching video of Todd Jarret on blackhawk.com makes his slide look effortless. (Impressive video and advice by the way.) I also have a B92F and the SA-XD 45 is by far my favorite. You can't go wrong.

Posted by: b4d | April 17, 2008 8:20 PM    Report this comment

I have an XD-45 coming from FrontSight, free with purchase of class,can't wait to take this to the classes there . This will be my 1st plastic.Although they recommend Glocks, this is the gun they give away? Go figure.

Posted by: KVK | April 17, 2008 7:51 PM    Report this comment

I own the XD in the 9mm and the 45 acp.Now this is coming from someone who thought "plastic" guns were junk. I am and always will be a "1911" man no matter what comes down the pipe. I got the 9 for a carry gun as i have a lot of faith with springfield. I was very apprehensive at first but after one stop at the range all worries went away. I liked the 9 so much and its such a shooter that as soon as they said they were coming out with the 45 i was first in line ,literally, at my local gun shop and was the first one to get one from this particular store. Buy this gun i promise you will not be dissapointed.

Posted by: injun51 | April 17, 2008 5:27 PM    Report this comment

I FOUND THE XD45 COMPACT, TO BE EXTREMLY STIFF. THE RECOIL SPRING ? I AM HOPING THAT IT WILL EASE UP, AFTER A FEW HUNDRED ROUNDS. STILL LOVE IT.

Posted by: ROBERT L | April 17, 2008 2:38 PM    Report this comment

If you want a solid polymer handgun for a great price with a 1911-style grip safety, there is only one choice and this is it!!
I love my pistol and would recommend it highly.

Posted by: AJ L | April 15, 2008 8:37 PM    Report this comment

If you want a solid polymer handgun for a great price with a 1911-style grip safety, there is only one choice and this is it!!
I love my pistol and would recommend it highly.

Posted by: AJ L | April 15, 2008 8:37 PM    Report this comment

I managed a Gun Shop where we stocked over 2000 firearms so I had the privilege to shoot ALL handguns on the market. You can't go wrong with ANY of the Springfield Armory XD Series. As usual Springfield Armory came through with a top quality firearm. I personally carry the XD40 compact. A truly FINE firearm.

Posted by: Wendell S | April 13, 2008 1:18 PM    Report this comment

i WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A WORD OF ADVICE. I HAD ONE PROBLEM, THE RECOIL PIN BENT ON ME AND I HAD TO SEND FOR REPAIR. I BELIEVE THIS WAS AN ISOLATED INSIDENT. THE XD40 IS THE SWEETEST WEAPON ON THE MARKET TODATE.

Posted by: Mortisha | April 12, 2008 9:54 AM    Report this comment

I own the xd .45 compact and the XD .40 sub and they are my favorite pistols. I have had no mechanicals after many 1000's of rounds fired. I enjoy them more than other more expensive pistols that I shoot.

Posted by: Ken T | April 11, 2008 1:26 PM    Report this comment

I shoot an XD40 Tactical in USPSA and find it to be accurate and jam free. My daughter carries the XD9 because I know it is safe and works 100% of the time.

Posted by: macon_holes | April 11, 2008 9:49 AM    Report this comment

I've owned an XD40 for some time now and I have to agree with everything I've read about it. It is truly a sweet shooting pistol and the grip is one of my favorite features. Also take down is a breeze, as is shooting, and loading with the supplied tool and ... is this weapon perfect? Can I marry it?

Posted by: Ethan S | April 10, 2008 10:47 PM    Report this comment

I have owned the XD9 service for two years and 4000 rounds. It is the most comfortable handgun I own, accurate, reliable, easy takedown and assembly. I have recommended this weapon many times.

Posted by: ROGER O | April 10, 2008 7:14 PM    Report this comment

I have a XD40 and XD9, both are tactical 5" models. Very, very accurate and super reliable. Not any problems. Wanting a XD45 Tactical now...........

Posted by: poncaguy | April 10, 2008 6:21 PM    Report this comment

I've own the XD40 for over 3 years, and use it as my primary CPL weapon. Now I've up-graded to the 45Compact. Total reliability, ergonomics, control. Even my 13 and 11 y/o sons love to shoot the 40!

Posted by: Dad-of-7 | April 10, 2008 4:57 PM    Report this comment

my XD40 4-incher is also an excellent weapon and is the gun I take to classes, because it never fails to fire and is very accurate at SD distances ... planning to get a .45 soon ,,

Posted by: BILL S | April 9, 2008 5:16 PM    Report this comment

I have owned an XD40 for three years and this is the finest weapon that I have ever fired, and when I say ever fired I mean I have fired over 100 handguns in that three years and I will swear by the good old faithful XD40 handsdown.

Posted by: Mortisha | April 9, 2008 12:57 PM    Report this comment

I liked this gun so much, I bought it 4inch and 5 inch and in the newer 45acp. very reliable, high capacity, and they shoot tight groups!

Posted by: ljh41570 | April 9, 2008 10:33 AM    Report this comment

We have the 9mm sub compact and the 9mm Service and they are damned fine, reliable guns. You can't go wrong. I haven't shot the FN, but for the price you can't beat the XD.

Posted by: DAVID H | April 9, 2008 10:16 AM    Report this comment

I have owned the 9mm XD for over three years and absolutely love. I love it so much in fact, I bought the .45 XD in the service model.

Posted by: Mark G | April 8, 2008 6:16 PM    Report this comment

how does this gun compare with the FN in similar caliber?

Posted by: TCole | March 13, 2008 1:01 PM    Report this comment

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