XDS experience?


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Wilbert
January 27, 2013, 08:27 PM
Hi all!

I've been seriously considering buying an XDS as a concealed carry pistol for those places where my 1911 might start to show a bit too much. I've been hearing some people say some great things about them, but then have heard some people that had had some terrible experiences with one.

Can anybody chime in and relay any personal experiences they've had with the XDS?

Thanks!

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RBid
January 27, 2013, 08:34 PM
Very easy to conceal. FO front sight is very easy to track while firing. I was easily combat accurate (on a pie plate) at 50 feet, from the first mag I ran through one. Capacity sucks. Recoil pattern (iso stance/thumbs forward grip, without elbow locked) was predominantly up at the front, rather than sinking back. While noteworthy, the muzzle rise was less than I expected after reading reviews, and the FO sight mitigated follow up shot time.

It would be a huge win, except for that "5+1" thing.

Double Vision
January 27, 2013, 08:35 PM
Based on my good experiences with other Springfield firearms, I recently picked up an XD-S, even though I cannot conceal carry.
That being said, it disappeared easily into the pocket of my overalls when carrying it around the house.

I've only been able to put 100 rounds through it but I'm pretty darn happy with it. I found the recoil manageable, and it didn't beat me up.
After I got comfortable with it, I was able to shoot accurately at short range. I found it enjoyable to shoot, and well-made.

Good luck!

rcmodel
January 27, 2013, 08:38 PM
Delete

Wrong gun!

My son has had an XDc for about three years.

rc

JEB
January 27, 2013, 08:41 PM
got a chance to shoot one that belonged to a friend of mine a while back i was a bit surprised that the recoil was as low as it is. i was expecting it to be pretty brutal being a .45 in such a small package. the sights were nice, the trigger was decent, and it wasnt hard at all to make decent hits out to 15-20 yards. yes, the capacity is pretty small, but carrying an extra mag or two would be easy enough seeing as they are so small.

Wilbert
January 27, 2013, 08:46 PM
Well, I think I'm pretty sold. Now I just have to wait for a little income tax returns ;)

b7tac
January 27, 2013, 08:51 PM
I had one and I liked it ok, but I traded it for the m&p shield not too long after buying it last year. I just liked the way that the shield felt in my hands. Plus, with .45 at it's current prices, I have been ok with my decision to trade the XDS .45 for the Shield 9mm.

That all being said, it was nice, and if you are looking for a really compact .45, you can't go wrong.

Wilbert
January 27, 2013, 09:01 PM
I had thought about the shield a bit too. I was looking for a 9mm or a .40, but after handling the xds I thought, "Well... why not?"

my 1911pd is one of the most stupid accurate pistols I've shot, and I just kinda like the little extra thump of that .45. I'll be sure to let everyone know what my final decision is and I'll post pics when I get it :D

m3mh0g
January 27, 2013, 09:16 PM
I've had mine since October and I love it. While it isn't as easy to shoot as my Colt Rail Gun,it is plenty accurate for needed social work. I've carried it both in the pocket and IWB and have found it just as comfortable as any other including my j-frame Smith. The capacity was not an issue for me since I've carried a j-frame before. Every time I've let someone else shoot it I get the "that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be" look. I have talked 4 buddies in to buying one.
One piece of advice: don't be concerned when trying to manually it may (probably wont) cycle. It is such a tight little package, without the violent action of pulling the trigger it doesn't work as well.
Here are some before and after pics of mine.

178554

178549

leadchucker
January 27, 2013, 09:16 PM
I went in a gun store looking for a new XDs, and came out with a used Glock 36. It carries pretty well.

Wilbert
January 27, 2013, 09:22 PM
I've had mine since October and I love it. While it isn't as easy to shoot as my Colt Rail Gun,it is plenty accurate for needed social work. I've carried it both in the pocket and IWB and have found it just as comfortable as any other including my j-frame Smith. The capacity was not an issue for me since I've carried a j-frame before. Every time I've let someone else shoot it I get the "that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be" look. I have talked 4 buddies in to buying one.
One piece of advice: don't be concerned when trying to manually it may (probably wont) cycle. It is such a tight little package, without the violent action of pulling the trigger it doesn't work as well.
Here are some before and after pics of mine.

178554

178549
Where did you get that holster? Or did you make it yourself?

Mainsail
January 27, 2013, 09:54 PM
Great gun.

Wear a glove when you're practicing as it can get painful around round 50.

http://www.topohiker.com/news/newspics/Shoot/Grip.png

bigfatdave
January 27, 2013, 10:07 PM
nice little gun

sort of snappy
very rough texture on grip
capacity is as advertised
nice sights
very tight inside
requires a good overhand slide rack and proper release, or the first round hangs up
feed problems ONLY when casually chambering that first round by hand, otherwise it runs perfectly

My 5'2" wife with smallish hands ran it at a bowling pin match, and did just fine except for needing to hit with every round to clear the table without a reload. It was an interesting experiment, we'll probably try it again now that we have more 7x magazines

I might consider picking up another when the gun-buying stupidity calms down and/or when they start showing up in 9mm

Steve H
January 27, 2013, 10:57 PM
Mine has been great

Wilbert
January 27, 2013, 11:10 PM
I might consider picking up another when the gun-buying stupidity calms down and/or when they start showing up in 9mm

Good thinking. It looks like things are starting to slow down a little, but I attribute that mainly to lack of stock

Tomcat47
January 27, 2013, 11:17 PM
Awesome Firearm .... Love Mine!

Point and click! ..... Sights are awesome! :cool:

dagerv
January 27, 2013, 11:28 PM
m3mh0g that is a sweet setup. Who makes it?

The XDs is great! 150 rounds downrange with no problems. Took me awhile to get used to the thinness of the grip but it shoots great. Almost boring making one hole in the target on a regular basis.

tommyS4
January 27, 2013, 11:33 PM
How about a Beretta PX4 Storm sc in 9mil. I just picked up this last week. I like it and I have owned a XDS sc too. The price of the Beretta is similar to the XDS,

wriggly
January 28, 2013, 01:31 AM
Great gun.

Wear a glove when you're practicing as it can get painful around round 50.



Get yourself a Talon grip, the rubber one. Also round the edge of the backstrap on the right side where it digs into the meat of your thumb. Just smooth the corner down a tad, and it makes a world of difference.

Mainsail
January 28, 2013, 01:49 AM
Already have!

http://www.topohiker.com/FS/XDS4.png

InkEd
January 28, 2013, 02:08 AM
Shot one belonging to a gut at the range. Shot excellent. Recoil was not bad. Would prefer a regular white dot front sight.

JohnsXDM
January 28, 2013, 02:20 AM
You do know that they just came out with the XDs in 9mm now.

ryno31
January 28, 2013, 02:33 AM
I've been very impressed with mine. I had a couple of light primer strikes within the first couple hundred rounds but its been rolling like a tank ever since. It conceals amazingly and is the same size as most pocket 9mm's but its a .45, can't beat that if you ask me. As one person posted above, yes it's definetly not a range gun or an all day shooter as after 50-75 rounds it does beat your hand up but it's made to be a high quality, very concealable .45 that will be used to save your life not for plinking at the range. The recoil is actually more comfortable to me than my cousins little kel-tec 9mm and has never been an issue. It's pretty obvious that I'm a big fan of this little .45 and its a winner in my book.

bigfatdave
January 28, 2013, 02:58 AM
yes it's definetly not a range gun or an all day shooter as after 50-75 rounds it does beat your hand up but it's made to be a high quality, very concealable .45 that will be used to save your life not for plinking at the range. The recoil is actually more comfortable to me than my cousins little kel-tec 9mm

I agree that it isn't an all-day shooter, but it isn't unpleasant to maintain skills with either. It is plenty comfortable to shoot for the designed purpose, a life saving "SURPRISE" moment.
And I forgot to mention above that I also find it more pleasant to shoot than my KelTec pf9.

I should also mention that while there are internal differences, if you know how to operate & maintain an XD or XD(M), you know how to run an XD(S) - which is a nice feature, assuming you like the XD design.

m3mh0g
January 28, 2013, 09:57 AM
For those that asked about my holster rig. A THR member actually made them for me. TAKtical. He is just starting to make holsters full time and does great work at fantastic prices. He doesn't have a website yet, you can PM him here, send him an email at TakticalHolsters@aol.com. He also has a Facebook page for those that use FB. Give him your business you won't be disappointed.

iblong
January 28, 2013, 10:12 AM
I like mine I have about 500rnds through it,It even shot my 200gr Lswc with no issues.I put the talon grips on to save on myside when I carry it.
Shot it yesterday and was hitting my 60 yard steel most shots.

scaatylobo
January 28, 2013, 10:24 AM
I love it with the mild load of Federal Hydra Shocks.

I carry it with the 5 rounder mag in and the finger extensions removed from the 7 rounders as spare mags.

I find it VERY easy to shoot and yes to practicing with a glove if your shooting ball loads [ I am using Federal ball ] and they seem a bit hotter than the Hydra shocks.

The service from them is AMAZING and I am considering another Springfield due to the experience with my first.

btw, I have been a big Glock fan and own 6 prior to the first XDS.

herkyguy
January 28, 2013, 10:39 AM
No complaints with mine. reliable, light, built with the quality one should expect from Springfield, and easy to conceal. recoil is quite good and accurate at the ranges that gun is designed for. luckily, 45ACP is a caliber that still occasionally pops up at Wally World.

460Kodiak
January 28, 2013, 11:07 AM
I love mine tremendously. I was pissed about the price when I bought it, but have no regrets now. It has become my EDC.

I wrote up a relatively detailed, but amature review.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=685730

Wear a glove when you're practicing as it can get painful around round 50.


I hear this a lot. It really isn't bad. If you grip the gun firmly and keep it from jumping around in your hand, it doesn't hurt. Everyone's tolerance is different though.

requires a good overhand slide rack and proper release, or the first round hangs up
feed problems ONLY when casually chambering that first round by hand, otherwise it runs perfectly


This is very true. This is a gun that when you operate it, you NEED to operate it like you mean it. No limp wristing, no casual wracking of the slide. It is a tight gun, and you need some decent hand strength to ensure proper function.

Mainsail
January 28, 2013, 01:13 PM
^^^To clarify, I found I needed a glove for the trigger bite, not for the rough texture of the grip. It wouldn't bother me whatsoever in a self defense situation, but for extended range times I prefer to wear a glove.

J2FLAN
January 28, 2013, 07:30 PM
XDs is my carry gun, went to the range this morning, didn`t intend to shoot it but couldn`t resist, put a few mags of 200gr lswc through it.
Great gun, never a failure, no gloves, and it don`t bite. (sorry, mainsail :) )

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