Gun Report

Springfield Armory XD 45 .45 GAP

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In our opinion, the XD pistol boasts perhaps the best ergonomics of any pistol outside of the single-column 1911. We are wary of single-action pistols without an on/off mechanical safety, but the grip safety was a welcome addition.

Springfield Armory XD 45 .45 GAP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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When the XD was cocked, even without a round in the chamber, an indicator protruded from the back of the slide (arrow). The rear of the grip provided a deep recess and palm swell plus a safety that required compression before the gun would fire.
The XD pistol provided an ambidextrous magazine release. We liked the indentation above the grip for one handed shooting.
The frame of the XD 45 showed a central block with rails (arrow) that were the primary points of contact. The lever seen sticking up on the left side of the gun unlocks the frame and slide.

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