Springfield XD Tactical .45ACP Handgun Review – A Second Look

Springfield’s long slide XD Tactical .45ACP pistol—meet the Master Blaster!

The bigger the cartridge, the bigger the gun. The bigger the gun, the worse fit it is for our hands. Add to the mix a double-stack magazine, more of these bigger cartridges, and you have a handful and more. This can be a problem, especially in the day of small stature police officers and military types. The solution is a smaller caliber, hence a smaller gun, but then you do without the vaunted power of the .45ACP. If you want a light .45ACP that carries lots of ammo, you can dream on.

masterblastr.jpgLeave it to the crew at Springfield Armory to come up with a solution to this problem. Their XD (“X-treme Duty”) in .45GAP was “all but ACP” in power with the size of the existing XD. It was also a 9-round auto. To get 13 rounds, you needed a smaller cartridge.

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