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The XD 40 Sub-compact reviewed

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by orangeninja, Jul 3, 2005.

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  1. orangeninja

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    The Springfield XD Sub-compact 40 arrived in the usual black plastic Springfield Armory box along with one standard magazine and one of the factory extended grip high capacity magazines. I ordered the stainless model due to rapid finish wear on the blue coated XD 9mm Sub-compact I had a while back. I also opted out of the night sights due to the 2 dot (one on top of the other) causing some problems with my usual method of shooting with both eyes open. Upon receiving the gun I immediately placed a Pierce Grip extender on the standard flush fit magazine so that my little finger is not left dangling, it popped right in.

    I broke the gun down and gave it a quick cleaning. Internally no surprises, everything I have come to expect from the Springfield XD line, no nonsense, quality workman like internals. The slide finish itself however was a bit more surprising, it seems to be more evenly applied with no marring or light spots. The trigger and safety components were all the same as any other XD with the polymer frame holding to the same robust quality the XD has become known for.

    At the range I shot 200 rounds of WWB 165 grain Wally World Value Packs. There were no malfunctions or fail to feeds save one, when I first loaded the standard magazine I did not fully seat the round because that spring is TIGHT. Once I started to pay attention to what I was doing, everything went great. The magazines seat perfectly and the extended magazine was a true delight to use. The grip angle was like an old friend coming home, familiar and welcome. The standard grip kept the gun compact yet still managed to fill the hand comfortably. The extended magazine felt like a full sized handgun in my fist, the exception being the shortened barrel; however the sight picture looks like a standard duty weapon. What you end up with is a comfortable, quick handling .40 with a great sight picture.

    Shooting the .40 was a bit of a shock, I fully expected some sharp recoil similar to what I have come to expect from compact big bore guns. To be quite fair, I seemed to remember more snap off of my Sub-compact 9mm with 147 grain Hydra-shocks. The .40 did give some snap as to be expected, but not at all unmanageable. I consider myself fairly recoil sensitive and I like to always be able to make quick follow up shots, I found that this gun recovered very quickly and controlled pairs were easy to come by. Guns that I have found to be harder to shoot due to recoil are the Glock G36, Taurus 605 snub .357 Magnum, S&W Air-light .38 special, the Kahr P9 and Kel Tec P11. I have not tried the Glock sub-compact .40 because in all fairness, it does not fit my oversized hands well at all. Thus the XD 40 comes into its own in terms of balanced feel, controllable recoil and speed. Muzzle blast was not too bad, certainly not on par with a snub magnum however one thing I did notice when running through 50 rounds of rapid failure drills and reloads, this gun can get HOT. I don’t mean the slide or frame necessarily, but the trigger. The trigger can get hot in a hurry, so if you plan to do extensive training with rapid shooting, I recommend some shooting gloves.

    Accuracy of the weapon was very nice for a sub-compact. At 9 feet I could shoot as fast as I could pull the trigger with deadly results. One handed shooting slowed me down a bit as to be expected but I was still able to score center mass and head shots right handed and center mass left handed reliably. At 21 feet, failure drills were dead on, point shooting (2 rounds) at the torso as fast as possible; a quick aimed shot (1 round) at the head, no flyers, no misses and all good shots with good speed. At 33 feet, head shots got a bit more difficult and took a second longer, but were defiantly manageable. At 45 feet head shots were okay, but in a real life situation, I would be shooting torso at that distance regardless of the handgun I am carrying, just too much liability otherwise. 50 feet I was hitting a tad low of a 3 inch bulls eye, once I changed my aim, I would hit it with a bit of concentration.

    Conclusions: This gun is a quality, no bull, defensive piece of equipment. While 200 rounds are certainly not capable of predicting reliability, I have generally found my “lemons” within the first 2 boxes of ammo. The price of around $550 combined with a lifetime warranty and XD’s incredible reputation leaves me one happy camper. I strongly recommend this weapon for anyone looking for a solid, light weight, compact defensive arm. This arm will soon be replacing my Sig Sauer P225 as my summer time carry piece.

    Cheers
     
  2. HighVelocity

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    Nice write up. Where the heck have you been, thought you fell off the planet?
    The XD truly is a great pistol. I'd recommend one to anybody.
     
  3. orangeninja

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    HighVelocity.....

    I've been in academy...again. Refresher training.
     
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    I just got the xd9 sub compact--my second xd--already had the 4". As with the 4", its a keeper. No failures of any kind, accurate for its size, and $429 brandy new--whats not to like?
     
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    Ahhh. Welcome back.
     
  6. orangeninja

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    Good to be back. ;)
     
  7. eagle45

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    alduro - Thanks for a well written review. I agree 100% with your sentiments. I have 3 of the XDs in .40 caliber, the sub-compact, the service model and the tactical, all black finish. The sub-compact quickly became my favorite shooter and carry piece.

    Welcome back.
     
  8. orangeninja

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    Thanks Eagle
     
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    thanks for the review, have been considering this weapon as a ccw.
     
  10. Pietro Beretta

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    I Just purchased this model Today. Wish I would have read this review earlier.

    I have heard lots of good reviews of the 9mm version, I was hoping the .40 version was just as good.

    I was wondering, did you get the XML light for it? Is it a decent light, or is it more of a gimmick to make the Sub-Compact version look.."cool" I was thinking about purchasing in case of a night time intruder.... what do you think?
     
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    I really didn't appreciate the report. I have been fighting myself for several months now over this gun. You didn't help. :D Well, here goes another $500.00. After readinng the report, my decisions made. Well the hard part anyway. Now. The 3", 4" or 5"? :banghead:
     
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    Good review Alduro. I have had my XD9SC now for about 5 months. No failures. The only issue I have with mine is that it shoots low (for me) so I have had to modify my aiming technique. I paid $399+tax for mine and that included the holster and one hicap magazine/spacer. With the hicap magazine the extra weight is noticable but is is all low and in your hand and with the extra length makes the pistol more 'shootable' IMHO.

    I still enjoy shooting my 1911 more but this may change after I get a full size XD, question is which one, the tactical or the service? Any suggestions?
     
  13. orangeninja

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    To those considering the Subcompact in .40 that have been waiting for more information on it...I say go for it. You will not be disappointed.

    As for the XML mini-light, I do not have one, but if the output of the light is 60 lumens or better then you are good to go as using it for a tactical light. I do plan on getting a tac light soon. I will have to look into the XML...I will post what I find here.
     
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    Okay did some quick research on the XML. It has a peak output of 50 lumes. Which puts it in the ball park of between a 3 and 4 "D" cell maglight which I would think would get the job done. My night stand light as it is right now is a 2 D cell maglight.

    As for how it stacks up against it's bigger brothers...most tactical lights are between 60 and 120 lumens depending upon run-time. So I would not feel completely inadequate with a 50 or 45 lumen flashlight. It probably will not be blindingly bright in low light conditions (like a dimly lit street), but in a dark house at night, it probably would. However you could use the XML light in conjunction with a handheld tactical light and really throw some light out.

    For now my maglight does the trick. Remember in the olden days, a 4 cell maglight was considered just fine. ;)
     
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    Just picked up my xd-40 today & i cant wait to fire it. trigger fells perfect.
     
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    I think im going to pick up one of the XML lights, when I'm able to pick up my gun...
     
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    I have an XML for my P-2000SK. I am pretty impressed. It is a little brighter than my Surefire E-1 executive. It isn't on a par with my M-3, but it is nice to have a gun slightly bigger than the Glock G-27 with an attached light. Chances are I would use it with my Surefire 9z in a work situation.
     
  18. eagle45

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    TennTucker - If I could have only one, after shooting all three, I would buy the sub compact.

    But even after you get the first one, the question is always "which one to buy next" anyway :D .
     
  19. orangeninja

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    Personally, I'm gonna have to buy 2 subcompacts. I'm weird like that. Gotta have 2 of all carry pieces. :D
     
  20. eagle45

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    Man that is weird, I thought the rule was three of each! :neener:
     
  21. orangeninja

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    Haaaa......maybe I should reconsider my strategy. :uhoh: :D
     
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    I didn't like the trigger feel after about 100 rounds when I first shot this pistol. It rubbed my finger raw. I took it to the smith and he smoothed out the edges and it seemed to work. Anyone else get this after firing it for a while?

    pwolfman
     
  23. scubie02

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    nope--I think its just you! ;)
     
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    Thanks, scubie02 ... tell that to my trigger finger... :rolleyes: :neener:

    pwolfman
     
  25. orangeninja

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    Actually yes, I got a blister after about 200 rounds, however, I could not see any potruding edges, I attibute it to two things,

    1.) the springs are still very stiff even in the trigger

    2.) I have soft delicate, wussy fingertips.
     
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