I got the opportunity to try one of these out this weekend, and I liked it. Blogger friend, Serenity, brought her brand new one out for Schutenfest 2013 (I’ve got pictures too, but I haven’t cleaned them up for posting yet. And hers are better anyway.).
I liked it enough, I was thinking about writing it up for the new writing gig. And then one of the other writers beat me to it. Curses! My kingdom for content!
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. I haven’t been particularly impressed with the XD’s. Sure, they are fine pistols, but I just don’t like them. They feel awkward and flimsy and just never shoot right for me. The XDM is a vast improvement, but I haven’t felt compelled to add it to my want list.
So when I started thinking about a little .45 to carry when I can’t carry the tactical toaster, the XD-S didn’t even make my radar. I wrote it off too hastily. The Springfield XD-S feels solid and points naturally. The lightweight package does make the .45 surprisingly snappy, but it doesn’t jump out of your hand and stamp your forehead or anything. It has now become a contender in my search. Even if it will never be as pretty as this.