Check out this little bad boy. Very accurate for a 3″ barrel.  5 + 1 in the magazine. This would make a great little concealed carry gun.  Special shout out to Billy Tosheff for shooting the killer vid…

Brandon

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Go Navy! January 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

It's a good little handgun that packs a lot of punch. It's a good CCW firearm for upclose and personal. It's got the grip safety and a fiber optic front sight. I wish it would carry more than just 5+1. I heard that they may launch a 9mm or .40 cal in the Fall 2012. Personally, I think this is too small for myself. The smallest firearm that I am comfortable with is 4" barrel.

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Brandon January 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

We think alike! -BW

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Go Navy! January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

Cool!! Us Squids got to stick together. Some people like small handguns like 3" or even less. But I think the firearm gets so small, you can't get a proper grip and control. One comes to mind is the Ruger LCP and S&W Bodyguard .380. For this XD .45, the only difference between this version and the subcompact version is the "slim" factor since it's single stacked…..which there is a trend for this year…like the Walther PPS.

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ajspades January 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

The Springfield Armory website has 3" barrel guns with 9mm (13+1 round) and .40 S&W (9+1). Pretty telling that you can get nearly twice the ammo by just dropping .05 of a inch. I like the XP for the variety of options you can get (3, 4, or 5 inch barrels) in common ammo (9mm, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP).

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Stormcharger January 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The Ammunition capacity has nothing to do with barrel length. The width of the pistol does, as well as using a single stack magazine rather than a wider double stack that can hold more rounds in the same vertical space.

Looks very good for concealment, thin, no sharp corners, but how much velocity is being traded for a 3" barrel? Probably not much, but both .45 and 9mm have minimum velocities for hollow point ammunition to work most effectively, a concern if the pistol is to be used for self defense.

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HalP January 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

Man he looks excited – but that does look pretty awesome for the size. It's funny I was just at Springfields website yesterday for about an hour, just staring at the pictures. Let us know how the torture testing goes…

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jmcboots January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thats the little XD not XP!

GREAT gun!

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Go Navy! January 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

Good Catch….I missed that too :)

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Lance January 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

I want it. Brandon I hope you bought one at SHOT for every fan of yours here. ;) LOL

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Go Navy! January 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

I hope so too! My XD9 has been great….thousands of rounds and no issues. I heard that the MRSP is $699….so I am not sure if Brandon has the cash for all of us fans :)

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Dan January 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Does this XM still have the same high bore axis as the rest? I liked the subcompact XD's until I handled one. It just felt very top heavy and not comfortable.

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guest January 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Almost right <friendly grin> It's an XD with a -S added for single stack or a -M added for the .45ACP single stack (5+1). The XD-M is my everyday concealed carry pistol that conceals itself very well. I'm a large guy with size XXL hands that it fits just fine.

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jagersmith January 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

It's called the XDs, not the XP. I think calling it the "XP" would be TOO obvious of a play for COD gamer customers.

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Nick V January 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I guess I'm the only one who daily carries an FNP45 Tactical… Somewhat consealed. It's winter so you really can't tell with a hoodie or jacket on and It holds 15+1…
I'll stay with my FN

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nraddin January 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I have the standard XD 4" service model (Not the XDM) in 40. I really liked the idea of a squeeze and trigger safety on my conceal weapon, they are both passive but there is safety redundancy without making you have to perform an extra action before firing and it was the right size to hide and fit well in my hand (Small hands why I didn't get XMD). But it turns out it's pretty accurate (3"target 25m NP) and will eat up crappy ammo, my reloads, even cowboy loads without issue. It has become my all time favorite pistol for it's combo of features. Thanks for reviewing their new ones, they look great.

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bbb January 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

As for the capacity, I'm sure SOMEONE will make 6-7 rounders with grip extensions.

5 rounds is pretty small though. A five-round string of rapid fire without +1 loading leaves you empty instead of with one left.

The comparison to a J-frame 5-shot revolver is obvious, but the ability to load +1, the slimmer profile, lighter trigger (especially if it's DA/SA), lower recoil (especially compared to a 357 defense load), and ease of reloading (plus the concealability of a magazine versus a speedloader) give this gun a lot of advantages.

Other than price and reliability.

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Corsair8X January 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

But then I guess the question is, how will this compare to the Glock 36?

Did it have a grip safety? I couldn't tell from the video. That guy didn't want to let it go.

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Dustin January 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

Its got a grip saftey, trigger saftey, and also a round indicater that pops up on the top and a cocked indicator on the rear.

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Dustin January 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

I know I spelled safety and indicator wrong, my new keyboard screws me up a bit.

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Slag January 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Submit a reimbursement voucher for field testing to the JCOS & it should go thru,
you've got my address Brandon, just ship it straight to me :-D

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Dumb Grunt January 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Brandon- Good piece! Is that Robbie Leatham? Looks and sounded like him.

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jagersmith January 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

Indeed it is. He was Springfield's spokesman for the product at the range day.

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Dumb Grunt January 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

If I remember correctly he also manages the custom shop as well. Thanks.

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Kenspear January 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

With modern ammo like MagSafe or some of those other devastating rounds i prefer 380 for smaller guns and 9 or 40 for regular.

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P.D. Sims January 31, 2012 at 4:56 am

A 9MM or 40 cal round does give you the advantage of carring more ammunition.But what point is there when the round won't stop someone trying to kill you. I was in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, anyone I shot with a 45 was knocked off their feet and never got up to go after me again. Also a larger bullet isn't deflected by brush as quickly as a smaller bullet. I would rather risk a magazine change in combat than trying to bring down some turd with a bullet to small to do the job.

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Pat January 31, 2012 at 6:35 am

Nice, but I prefer a Glock as the Springfield XD series doesn't fit me well at the thumb-ist finger. I have a Colt Officer's .45 that I've had for over 20 years that shoots just fine with a little more capacity.

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crackedlenses January 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

Unrelated, but has anyone had issues with the polymer guide rods (I know that isn't the right name but I can't remember off the top of my head) warping or bending?…..

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Dustin January 31, 2012 at 7:55 am

I loved my XD45 so much I bought a second one. Ive shot glocks and honestly I havnt found a stock glock that comes close in fit and finish, and accuracy. Keep in mind i said stock. I have one tacticle and one compact, both .45acp. I carry the compact every day. I plan on getting another one soon.

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Go Navy! January 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

I agree with you there. My XD9 4" is great as well. Thousands of rounds not a single issue. I carry that with IWB from Crossbreed. Yes, passive safety features are good because there is nothing to "slip". Have a proper grip, aim and squeeze the trigger.

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Joe LittleBear January 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have been familiar with handguns for more than 60 years and I load my own…the difference between the 9 mm. and the .40 cal is much more than just giving up the .05" in diameter of the bullet….The 9mm is not new…the Germans used them in both WW 1 and WW 2…the 9 mm round is a shortened version of the .38 speciaL… as far back as 1905…the US handgun was the .38 cal revolver…with a 158 grain bullet… It was evident in the Phillipines that it lacked the knockdown power to stop a Moro warrior wearing a crude bamboo armor and fortified with a native beverage…..this is when John Browning invented the 1909 .45 ACP which was soon upgraded to the 1911 version…The bullet for the .45 was 230 to 250 grains and was like being hit by a bowling ball traveling at 70 mph… This resulted in "One shot stops " even a hit in the arm or leg was enough to take the aggressor off his feet… Yes, the 9 mm has more capacity,,,but it may take 3 or 4 rounds to accomplish what the .45 can do with ONE… The typical 9mm round has a 115 grain bullet….the .45 cal military round is 230 grains….( twice as much ) The .40 cal is a compromise with the 150 to 180 grain bullet… Here back in the states, many security firms have decreed that their rent-a cops must carry either the 9 mm or the .40 cal sidearm saying that the .45 cal. "causes too much collateral damage " If my life is depending on the outcome of a confrontation…I WANT TO CAUSE THE ENEMY AS MUCH DAMAGE AS I POSSIBLY CAN….!!! this is why I carry either my .45 or a .357 Magnum with a 6 in barrel… for accuracy and knockdown power… Actually, if the prime objective is to carry more ammo….I would rather have a .22 Magnum…it has more knockdown than the .38 special, is more accurate, and you can pack four 50 round boxes of the .22 Magnum in the same space as ONE box of .38…

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xcalbr January 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

45 FMJ and 9mm FMJ are virtually identical in their effectiveness against human targets.

Going from .45 to 9mm: you trade mass for velocity.
Going from 9mm to .45: you trade velocity for mass.

A 9mm with 127 grain +P+ will more than adequately stop an assailant. Again, its about shot placement.

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ANTHONY ANGELINI January 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

ABOUT HOW LONG BEFORE THE XP .45 WILL BE ON THE MARKET.?

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Michael January 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I still have a classic take on handguns, "Sixguns" by Elmer Keith. He died yrs ago and my grandfather gave the book to me as a gift. Keith was an old West law enforcer who sure was a witness to shootouts. This handgun sure beats a North American Arms .22 Magnum for stopping power! Two or three 40 cal. rounds midchest into a perp will put down most thugs, right?

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ANTHONY ANGELINI January 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

THANKS MICHAEL, I'VE HANDLED MANY WEAPONS IN MY TIME. I SERVED 27 YRS . 2YRS IN THE ARMY WITH A CONSTABULARY UNIT AND TRIED CIVILAN LIFE FOR A COUPLE YEARS AND NO GO SO I WENT TO THE AIR FORCE UNTIL I RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY.
I LIKE THE .45 BECAUSE ITS A MAN STOPPER. JUST ONE ROUND IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS CHEST AND ITS ALL OVER FOR THAT PERSON.

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bbb January 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

HEY THAT'S GREAT, COOL STORY BRO!

(is your capslock key broken?)

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ANTHONY ANGELINI January 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

TO: BBB, NO ITS NOT BROKEN, ITS ALL I USE.

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Lee February 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

The 45 has been my favorite since basic training in 1956, however only officers, MPs and fools were trying to shoot someone with a 45 in Vietnam. It has been my experence that those who brag about shooting anyone with anything are wanabees who if in Vietnam were REMF.

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xcalbr February 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

if you have good shot placement (upper chest/head), then the 9mm will suffice just fine. in a law enforcement setting, where +P or hollow point ammunition can be legally used, the 45 is more advantageous (though the 9mm i still effective with +P and/or hollow points).

In a military setting, where FMJ is only permitted, there are no clear advantages of the 45 over the 9mm. The 9mm is perhaps more advantageous due to its larger magazine capacity.

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bbb February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

ON THE INTERNET, THAT'S CALLED SCREAMING.

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