July 6, 2013

Springfield Armory XD40 Pro Carry XD9302HCSP06 40 S&W

The Pro Carry version of the XD pistol is a Springfield Armory Custom Shop pistol with a specified set of modifications. The Pro Carry package is the most basic of three available levels, providing a 4.5- to 5-pound trigger job, optional sights, the application of a national match barrel, a slick Armory Kote of all internal metal parts, and extension of the magazine release to one side as specified by the customer.

The second level of modification is the Tactical Pro pistol, which along with other custom work adds more sophisticated trigger enhancement. The Custom Pro adds even more refinement, including grip-frame reconfiguration. Similar packages on customer-supplied guns are also available, with a complete price sheet at springfield-armory.com/custom.php.

The basic XD pistol is a polymer striker-fired pistol with a 4-inch barrel. It has a beavertail grip safety, which sets it apart from other non-1911 pistols. The XD lineup is based on the original 9mm Croatian police pistol that was proven before Springfield Armory began running the show. We don’t think the Croatian police were carrying anything as fancy as the Tactical Pro XD, let alone our Pro Carry with stainless-steel slide. Our pistol also had a Trijicon brand tritium-dot front sight and the grooved target version of the rear sight found on the new XDM pistol. We ordered these parts piece by piece. The face of the safety lever at the center of the trigger face was polished, as was the surface of the grip safety.

Springfield Armory XD40

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In our opinion, working the trigger of the Pro Carry required finer motor skill much closer to the demands of a fine single-action 1911 than a double-action service pistol. Not all professional lawmen are world-class marksman. But we think superior shooters will favor the Springfield Armory XD Pro Carry.

The most noticeable difference between the stock gun and the Pro Carry was the trigger. Promised to be somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0 pounds, we measured it repeatedly right at 4.75 pounds of resistance. We wondered how exacting the rest of the modifications had been carried out. Disassembly and inspection revealed several highly polished surfaces among the smaller action parts.

Our first test of a Springfield Armory XD40 was performed for the October 2002 issue of Gun Tests. This was the first production run of the XD40. One test round was common to both the stock 2002 model and our Pro Carry. That was the Winchester USA 165-grain FMJ round. In 2002 we printed groups ranging from 1.7 inches to 2.4 inches across with the standard edition. The average size group was calculated to 2.1 inches. Our Pro Carry shot groups ranging from 1.3 to 2.7 inches across. If we could only leave out the 2.7-inch group, we wouldn’t have to suggest you read between the lines that the Pro Carry is more accurate than the standard production pistol.

The Black Hills 165-grain JHP EXP Express cartridge pumped out 457 ft.- lbs. of muzzle energy on average, and group size varied between 2.2 inches and 2.5 inches across from 25 yards. Groups from the Winchester USA Personal Defense 180-grain JHP rounds were a little tighter, and the Pro Carry felt the most comfortable with these rounds, in our view.

Springfield Armory XD40

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The most important upgrade, in our view, was polishing the action parts to render a smooth, fast-acting trigger.

In our rapid-fire tests at Top Gun Range, we learned that our Pro Carry was the hot rod of the test. Cycling speed is the time it takes for a round to be fired, the chamber reloaded and the trigger made ready to fire. This speed is a product of the machine and is more or less constant. What varies is the ability of one shooter versus another to reacquire the sights and press the trigger. Overall, our perfect runs were about 0.05 seconds quicker. But the majority of our staff reported that the gun was ready and the sights were under control well before we re-engaged the trigger between shots. Firing our other test guns we could recall a period of pressing, steering, and waiting. The trigger of the XD40 Pro Carry seemed to short-circuit this process. In our opinion, working the trigger of the Pro Carry required finer motor skill much closer to the demands of a fine single-action 1911 than a double-action service pistol. Not all professional lawmen are world-class marksman. But we think superior shooters will favor the Springfield Armory XD Pro Carry.

Comments (8)

I bought a new XD45 compact bi-tone about a year ago and after a few hundred rounds honeymoon was decidedly not happy. It functioned 100% but the crunchy trigger, crappy(imo)sights, 100 psi mag release button (200 psi from the right side), poor grip with the too short 10 rd mag and weird squirming sensation with the extended 13 round mag- it was downright miserable to shoot.
Tempted to dump it, I instead opted to invest another $230 and sent it back to SA for their XD CARRY PACKAGE. While it was away I got another 10 rd mag and a couple of Pearce finger grip extensions. Just 4 working days later (your mileage may vary) I had it back. That included SA having to call me to work out MY screw-up regarding return ship address and FFL regs.
Absolutely AMAZING difference! Everything that was wrong is now everything that is perfect!
For the last 15 years I steadfastly claimed my Glock 17 is the only handgun to have if I can have only one...I'm singin' a new tune now in the key of XD.
Buying a $600 piece and then tossing another double fistful of cash at it is probably not an intelligent sounding pathway to satisfaction, especially since the 45M is now available at about the same price with all the upgrades and then some included, however
I am so pleased with my improved XD and knowing the money well spent went to a great company that I would seriously recommend it as a viable option.

Posted by: Dragonchow | July 8, 2010 2:16 PM    Report this comment

For years, my wife told me that she would not fire a gun to save her life. This did not make me happy (to say in the least). I convinced her to attend a "citizens" police academy with me (I was a formerly sworn Texas deputy sheriff) During the academy, we had the opportunity to fire a variety of weapons. To my amazement, she became so enamored with firearms, that I purchased her the model shown above for self protection. We went to the range to get her comfortable with it. Much to my surprise, she was a natural with this pistol. In keeping both eyes open, she fired extremely well. We are very happy with this firearm. In a way, it changed our lives for the better. I now know that she can and will use this weapon to save herself and others if necessary. Thank you Springfield.
I am also very happy with my Bi Tone XDm .40 Perhaps one day, I can convince her to purchase me one of your 1911 models. :)

Posted by: John C | July 8, 2010 11:15 AM    Report this comment

Sailfish - I would buy the XDm, especially if it fits your hand better. I have an XD-40 SC and absolutely love it. I've also fired XDm's, and they are great as well. The comments about Springfield standing behind its products are right on the money. If you decide to go with the Glock, be aware many people advise against shooting lead bullets.

Posted by: PVB | July 8, 2010 10:21 AM    Report this comment

I purchased the 4.5 inch bi-tone XDm(stainless & black).40 cal and I loved it. I put thirty rounds through it before qualifing for my CHL. I had absolutely no problem, I then purchased my wife an XD stainless and O.D. green (also .40 cal.). She had never fired a handgun prior to the XD, but she had no problem placing her rounds center mass of target first time out. These are great firearms. I want to trade up my Taurus Millenium Pro .40 for the new XDm 3.8 bbl to match the 4.5 inch bbl that I already have. Great firearms!

Posted by: Big Tex | March 26, 2010 7:15 PM    Report this comment

I've got the XD Service model as well with the 4" barrel. I traded in a Glock 22 for it (1st generation). The XD fits my hand like the Glock didn't. Pure accuracy and comfort. I like the trigger as well as is. I shot a friends 3" barrel XD this week and it shoots the same as mine, just fine. I had a problem a couple months ago with a chip in my extractor. I called Springfield, and they faxed a FEDX label. I sent it in on late Friday, and got it back the following Thursday with a new extractor and no bill. Great company.

Posted by: dgray64 | February 11, 2010 10:24 PM    Report this comment

Looking for a quality .40cal. Narrowed it down to the glock and SA XDM. I am really leaning towards the XDM. Looking for guidance novice shooter but looking to get more experience.

Posted by: Sailfish236 | February 11, 2010 8:02 PM    Report this comment

I now own three XD's - two 4" and one 3" subcompact. These are good, tough and on-target weapons. Springfield stands behind the product if ever a problem. Springfield's customer shop is easy to work with and gets the work out promptly. I recommend the XD to friends frequently.

Posted by: dgpcpa | August 6, 2009 10:03 AM    Report this comment

I haven't tried this one yet, but my XD40 service model is a perfect fit in my hand, moderate recoil and back on target quickly! Great pistol!!

Posted by: dgray64 | July 10, 2009 11:04 AM    Report this comment

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