Springfield Armory’s Answer to Army MHS Search?


Springfield Armory is now offering its XD Mod.2 in a 4-inch Service Model just in time the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System competition.

To be clear, Springfield Armory officials are not marketing this new pistol as its entry into the Army’s recent XM17 MHS request for proposal – but the timing and the name can’t be ignored.

Anyway, the new, 9mm Service Model features a slim, ergonomic design with a 16-round magazine capacity.

“With high visibility, low-profile sights and a slim-contour frame, the XD Mod.2 Service Model is a feature-packed, full-sized double-stack pistol,” according to a Springfield Armory press release. “The noticeably slim profile and other features combine to make the Mod.2 Service Model a pistol that offers excellent ergonomics and serious firepower in a surprisingly concealable, full-sized handgun.”

Like all XDs, the Mod.2 Service Model is loaded with safety features such as the striker status indicator, loaded chamber indicator, grip-safety, internal firing pin block, and the Ultra Safety Assurance Action Trigger System, according the release.

The new model also has a really huge “GripZone” engraved into the grip to highlight the ergonomics of the XD Mod.2 line that’s designed to ensure that “contact between the human hand and the frame of the pistol keep the Mod.2 Service Model on target for round after round.”

The new Service Model is available in all black or bi-tone finishes.

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  • 45k20e4

    I could be mistaken, but this does not look like it has replaceable grip components, which I believe was part of the MHS. (Again, noting that nothing in the article says that is why they came out with this model).

    Personally, I’m very “meh” on the XD.

    1) Mag release is a PITA to get to in a hurry, almost mandating an extended one be installed if you need to wear gloves.

    2) Stock trigger is mushier than a Glock. But at least it’s better than the crap that Walther puts in its pistols.

    3) Extremely high barrel center line.

    • babola

      You have to give its maker a little credit, though. The pistol isn’t perfect and they know it, but for the pistol maker (Croatian factory known as HS2000) which literally existed a little less than 20 years in its current form, they’ve done pretty well for a factory on the outskirts of a little city with some 45000 inhabitants. I happened to be there last year for a visit, I have to say I was nicely surprised, great team and great future is in front of them.

      I actually like it, it’s far from Glock IMO, but it’s slowly getting there. Not sure if this should be the the U.S. Army choice but don’t forget the price, US $ buys a lot more of these on volume deals than you’d get from Glock etc.

      • 45k20e4

        Yep, I got my hands on the HS2000 and was impressed at the quality for the price.

        Then Springfield put their name on it and marked them up far beyond what they are worth in my book. No different than the insane asking price of the M1A. A design that hasn’t changed, and the tooling has been paid off, for decades.

    • Curious about your Walther comment. I’ve only owned a PPK which I traded years ago for a Sig P229, but most of the reviews I’ve seen on the PPQ trigger make it sound like the best thing out there right now bar none. Have you tried that particular model or is it several of the others that seem mushy? Thanks for your thoughts.

      • 45k20e4

        Actually, I was competing at the USPSA Area 4 Championship just two weeks ago.

        Walther was a primary sponsor, and they had a bunch of demo guns out there. I had the chance to put a few mags through the new PPQ 45, and the 9mm version.

        Both guns were accurate and decently balanced, hitting 6″ plates at 20 yards with no previous practice on the guns. But yes, the trigger is LOOOONG with no perceivable break point, although they were a consistent weight. Don’t try to anticipate when it will fire. All you can do is pull the trigger until the gun goes off.

        Considering how well striker triggers CAN be made to run, it’s sad that factories send them out half-baked.

    • rclayne

      Just bought a Walther CCP. I like it.

    • augest west

      I am still 100% against any pistol that is not a 45ACP. Why does a field soldier need a concealable weapon? They make these in 45 ACP with high capacity magazines. Springfield makes a 14 round capacity XD model, Why are they intent on 9mm?

  • Lance

    Don’t matter MHS is a waste of money for the military and if we stay with 9x19mm then staying with the M-9 or a upgraded M-9 would be far more logical than this.

  • Although it may have better ergonomics than a Glock 19, I think one of the requirements is adjustable grip sizes. Further, safety nuts in the Army may want a manual safety (thumb) instead of simply a grip safety. The biggest problem is that this pistol is manufactured in Croatia, not the US, so there is a disadvantage (compared to S&W, Sig, Beretta etc) of pistol not being domestically manufactured (at this time).

    • Ronin

      Your right.
      Remember that the original 1911 only had the thumb safety and the ordinance department pushed for the grip safety too.

      • Daniel E. Watters

        Actually, the grip safety was introduced as a standard feature on the Colt military prototypes starting with the M1907. However, even the early M1910 prototypes had no thumb safety. The addition of the thumb safety was one of the last changes made before the M1910 prototype was officially adopted as the M1911.

        • guest

          When the 1911 was introduced, the military still went to war on top of horses. The cavalry rode horses, the artillery was pulled by horses and the gunners road atop a horse, and infantry officers commanded from atop a horse. Thus the need for three manual safeties on the 1911. They were: grip safety, thumb safety and half cock safety.

  • Jay

    Why would they not use the XD-M. I’ve owned one since 2009 and it comes with 3 different back straps as well as the match grade barrel of course. It seems like a better choice to me.

    • balais

      Because XD-Ms, like XDs, have had numerous reliability issues, especially with high round counts. I don’t recommend XD-Ms for civilian shooters, let alone servicemembers.

      • Jay

        I don’t know. I’ve owned mine for six years and put about 1200 rounds through it in the past year. The other day I had one failure to feed but I racked the slide back and it fired the rest of that session just fine. Most likely, I had not properly cleaned it after the previous session which can be the case with any gun.

  • JCitizen

    All I know is my XDS is one sweet shooting little belly gun. I bought the one in .45 caliber, and could NOT believe how controllable such a small compact little fist full of dynamite it was. I fully expected it to kick like a mule, but it did better than my Dad’s service pistol!! Unbelievable!

    I wonder if Springfield could meet the ammo requirement – after all – they are not an ammunition maker anymore – right?

    • stefans.

      XDS has issues with hollow points and slide racking issues. That is a big downer. I own one. Fired it once and it’s going for sale or trade ASAP.

    • tom

      Both the 1911 .45 ACP and the Beretta are, in my opinion much more accurate than the XD pistols. About a month ago I was at our range with my son (younger eyes and grips) and he was hitting 24″X24″ targets at 100m with the 1911 and the M9, which I own both. I also own a couple of Sigs that are impressive, but I refuse to buy a pistol that was made in Croatia and changed the name on it with double the price. I have an M1A from Springfield, but that is it…

    • msgingram

      I own one and have fired 2200 rounds through it with .45 ACP ball ammo. No jams, misfires etc. and it is very accurate for a small handgun. I do not like the trigger but have gotten around that. I do not recommend the pistol for troops simply due to the fact I have been a troop and foresee issues.

      • JCitizen

        Good to hear your opinion. I wouldn’t want a belly gun in the field either, but I know what you mean.

  • bigfatduke

    The government should be very cautious dealing with that Springfield Armory, years ago i bought an M1A from them that was crap, I had to send it to the Fulton Armory to be redone and made right.

    • FormerActionGuy

      SA has had QC issues for years.

    • SAM

      MIA, not a pistol. I have never had anyone come through any of my classes with a bad Springfield pistol. I carry one, in all environments and have never had ana issue. Thousands of rounds through it, freezing conditions, 100 degree plus conditions, mud, sand under water. Not one issue.

      • bigfatduke

        Having carried a M-14 in a combat zone, I am very aware that the M1A is not a pistol. My point was that the Springfield Armory sometimes makes crap and the government should be very cautious dealing with them.

        They screwed me over with a very lousy product.

        • 45k20e4

          No factory has a 100% perfect production rate.

    • msgingram

      SA builds weapons that are substandard just like Glock or any other cheap weapons. You can get a good one or a bad one depending on the luck you have. Most are very functional. If I buy a $60,000.00 cadillac do you think I will tell you how I got rooked? I will tell you all the good features and the same goes for weapons. The M1A1 is a pile of crap and needed upgrades, mine has the upgrades and works great, shoots fantastic and I really like it. I have several Colt 1911’s that have been highly modified and shoot extremely well so it goes like this: Buy something close and modify it to what you want or need, even the quality ones are not perfect.

    • John

      what did you have redone ,,and what were the qc issues?

  • Thomas_67

    Does this pistol actually have the words “grip zone” on it? Wow, that’s obnoxious.

    • Ken C

      it also has “made in Croatia” on it

      • guest

        The “Grip Zone” is necessary so that poorly trained soldiers know how to hold it. Sort of like the face toward enemy on claymores.

  • guest

    Just adopt the Glock 17 and be done with it. If the Army insists Glock will put a thumb safety on the thing. Need a compact pistol, there is the Glock 19.

  • guest

    Easy peasy, the Glock

  • JohnD

    These two trigger weapons, Glock etc, will take much retraining and many negligent discharges that come from them. Check the numbers in the Police forces. Their AD rates went up when they went to the Glock type trigger which is on many pistols. KISS, the military does NOT do enough training with a pistol and range time once or twice a year isn’t enough! Stick with the Beretta get the upgrade M9A3. Best deal for a shrinking budget.

    • rclayne

      100 percent on the money with negligent discharges and the Glock. The agency I retired from has had multiple negligent discharges with the thing, including one officer shooting another in the back. I refuse to call them accidental, they all occur because of negligence on the handlers part.

    • guest

      If you are trained to keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are actually ready to fire a round, these so-called accidental discharges will not happen. All this shows is that many PDs and the military are sadly deficient in their training. The military manages to find time for every other kind of darned fool training. They could find time for small arms training if they though it was important, which evidently the big brass does not.

      • 45k20e4

        I have seen the best shooters in the world have NDs. No one is immune. Not having a safety lever just makes it a little easier to have them.

  • stefan s.

    You glock-steppers.. Juts like all the camo experts before the army adopted scorpion. LOL.

  • Mavricxx

    I only wish they had put the slide lock on both sides of the gun for those lefties. We need an ambidextrous gun

    • Hotel 55

      reloading, rack the slide after inserting new mag. Gross motor skills are always better in combat than the fine motor skills it takes to find and release a small lever.

  • Eric

    “Grip Zone” Just in case you have no idea what to do with a pistol

  • Fred

    Give me a single stage trigger. The two stage might be good for competition, but not to pratictical for combat situations. If memory is correct, one of the reasons to look at a possible replacement was that the 9mm did not have sufficient killing power. The .45 might now carry the same ammo load, but you don’t need five rounds to take out the opponent. Mag release needs to be large, not a dot that can’t be operated with gloves on.

  • m1a3

    US de-industrialization will lead to the collapse of the military industry

    American military technology is increasingly dependent on foreign technology

    M249→ Belgian Technical

    XM25→ German technology

    M9→ Italian technology.

  • ken c

    I am thinking that i am correct in stating this gun is made in Croatia. I guess they will be moving the production line to the US if we buy it……

  • big daddy

    In the future there will be more of a need for a quality handgun for the troops. As they turn to being police as much as combat troops the side arm will become more important. As the police of the USA are finding out the best compromise caliber and round is the 9×19 NATO. The gov goofed on the Gold Dot G2 147 but the standard GD 124+P and HST 124+P & 147 rounds work great. The best handgun is like the 9mm a compromise weapon and it’s a Glock. The Glock really doesn’t do one thing great it does everything well though. I ended up selling everything and just use Glocks now. Yes one gun did this or that better but none and I mean none did everything as good. If the DOD feels the 9mm does not do well enough against car windows and vests than go with the .357 SIG which is a 9mm. Just ask the highway patrol of many states who use the SIG round, it will outperform all others in that category, the 9mm, .40S&W & the .45ACP. But there is no magic bullet or weapon and like most police forces they do not spend enough time on the range. So whatever they use if they don’t train it won’t matter.

    • guest

      The Glock is the AK47 of pistols. Ultra reliable, get it filthy dirty and it still functions. Very simple to field strip and/or repair. The 9mm 124gr GD +P is an awesome round. Very good terminal performance

    • Ron L. Culver

      I agree about the Glock. I was firearms Instructor for the CID and in civilian law enforcement. The civilian agency is a Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming. Our Deputies provided their own side arms. We had Glocks, Smith&Wesson, Sigs, Colts, and others. Most carried 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45. I was the first in my agency to carry a Glock Model 22. Glock was the only weapon most Deputies could use right out of the box without much problem. As far as the safety issue, keep you bloody finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Besides, the Glock has three safeties In the eight years I ran the firearms program for my agency we never had an Accidental Discharge. If the weapons discharges, someone pulled the trigger to the rear. Repair of the glock is a piece of cake. The most expensive part is a barrel. .

  • jose

    General Dynamics and S&W joint venture will win the day. Your read it here first

  • Lookidat

    I’ve been shooting my Springfield Armory M1A since around ’88, 89 and haven’t had a bit of trouble with it. The parkerizing is a bit worn on the edges, but it still eats any ammo i have fed it. Was I just one of the lucky one’s who got the proverbial “1000 mile a gallon carburetor”?

  • John

    ive had mine since the late 90’s ,never a hiccup

  • TDooley

    I just love how a company with the “First name in American firearms” sells Croatian, Brazilian, and wherever else manufactured firearms.

    That being said, i have two SA 1911s, both fully Brazilian made, which appear very well made, in spite of horrible triggers.