It’s the time of year for new guns…a lot of new guns. One company, Springfield Armory, has unveiled five new handguns, one a day since Jan. 8. Here are the details:
1. XD-S in .40 S&W
First up is a new XD-S in .40 S&W with a 3.3-inch barrel, putting the the subcompact semi-auto on the most popular caliber list. The XD-S was originally introduced in 9mm and then in .45 ACP. Like the originals, the .40 S&W version comes with both flush (six rounds) and mid-mag (seven rounds) magazines, so the capacity falls between the 9mm and the .45 versions.
It reaches that nice mid ground of power and capacity for the slim carry gun, without the kick of a .45, which some find hard to manage with such a small pistol.
2. XD MOD.2
Saying the XD line has been successful for Springfield is an understatement. Say hello to the XD Mod.2. The whole design has been fine-tuned, with improved ergonomics, features have been tweaked and enhanced, says Springfield, to make the gun easier and more comfortable to shoots, and it’s been smoothed out and made even more suitable for concealed carry with a 3-inch barrel, fiber optic front sight, Flat Dark Earth polymer frame, and 13- or 16- round magazines in 9mm.
It weighs in at just 27 oz. with an empty magazine.
3. 1911 Range Officer Stainless Steel
Now, out of the polymer and into the 1911s.
The new Range Officer 1911 in full stainless steel is tuned to be a competition pistol with a straightforward configuration. It has the same national match frame as the company’s Trophy Match and TRP 1911s, and gets the same precision fitting. It also gets the same national match stainless steel barrel ad bushing and is topped with a fully-adjustable rear target sight.
It’s available in 9mm and .45 ACP.
4. 1911 Loaded w/ Crimson Trace Lasergrips
Here’s another 1911 entry, this time in the Loaded line. These are 1911s with features that usually have to be added by a gunsmith. The lasergrip model here includes a parkerized finish with low-profile grip panels from Crimson Trace, which don’t affect the fit of the handgun in 1911 holsters.
It’s a full-sized model, complete with a five-inch stainless steel match grade barrel. Both the frame and the slide are forged from carbon steel and parkerized.
5. XD(M) 4.5” Threaded Barrel .45 ACP Flat Dark Earth
Another full-sized gun and another XD, this one made for use with a suppressor.
It comes with a 4.5-inch barrel with a 3/4” threaded section that extends from the front of the slide, so no suppressor threading adaptor is required. The threading cuts are standard at 1/2” x 28 (9mm) and .578” x 28 (.45 ACP) threads per inch. A finely serrated thread protector cap is provided for shooting without a suppressor attached.
The front sight post is extended for use with a can, rising .365” above the top of the slide. The rear sights is also raised with a square notch flanked by two white dots, all designed to eliminate the need to “shoot through” the obstruction of the suppressor body.
The forged carbon steel slides are treated with Melonite and the polymer body is available in Flat Dark Earth.
And Springfield isn’t done there. They’re going to be introducing five more products, one a day until SHOT Show 2016 starts on Jan. 19. Check them out as they appear here: