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Springfield Armory XD40 .40 S&W, $489

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The XD pistol exceeded our expectations. Most people see these pistols as an attempt to cross a Glock with a 1911. We like the result.

Springfield Armory XD40 .40 S&W, $489

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Certainly the melding of a Glock with a 1911 pistol is intriguing and quite possibly the next step in the evolution of the handgun. This means a short-action trigger on a gun that can be mass produced at low cost. It would thus consist of a vacuum-formed polymer frame that is light in weight, durable, weatherproof, and easy to fit without tedious and time-consuming labor. This describes a Glock, to some degree. The XD adds safety features such as the grip safety, a loaded-chamber indicator and a cocking indicator in the form of a section of the striker that protruded from the rear of the slide. The striker was shielded from hitting the primer by a blocking device, controlled by a hinged piece within the trigger face.
The striker assembly on the Springfield gun is simplicity itself. Here, you see the XD's firing pin in the cocked position. The firing pin spring pushes the pin forward like a battering ram.
Most shooters don't give these Croatian-made guns their due. The imported Springfield XD adds safety features over and above the Glock, such as the grip safety, and loaded-chamber and cocking indicators.
The Springfield has a 1911-style grip safety built into the frame.

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