SPRINGFIELD XD SUB-COMPACT 9mm

The XD-9 Sub-Compact, shown equipped with extended mag and ArmaLaser…

The XD-9 Sub-Compact, shown equipped with extended mag and ArmaLaser RSS laser unit, offers plainclothes officers 17 shots of concealable firepower.

There has always been a demand from those who choose, or need, to arm themselves for discretion. Sometimes it is simply not convenient, polite, or wise to carry a full-size pistol on one’s person. Whether for a law enforcement officer off-duty or undercover, or for a concealed carry permit holder’s comfort, manufacturers have responded by offering many of their full-size pistols in compact and sub-compact versions.

The Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact, available in .40 S&W and 9mm, provides an outstanding iteration of this concept. The main advantage of the sub-compact is a ready familiarity with the manual of arms for those already accustomed to its full-size cousin, easing the transition from one to the other. The XD pistols are based on the HS2000, designed and manufactured in Croatia and now the standard issue pistol for that recently independent nation’s military and police forces. Springfield Armory, recognizing the gun’s potential, licensed it for sale in the US and renamed it the XD, or “X-treme Duty” in 2002. Since then, this pistol has received multiple industry awards.

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Springfield claims the XD Sub-Compact is “the shortest carry polymer pistol in the world that features the only light rail in its class.”

The Springfield XD Sub-Compact is a striker-fired, recoil-operated, semi-automatic, polymer-framed pistol. The most distinctive safety feature on the XD is its grip safety, which prevents the pistol from firing unless fully depressed. The grip safety also prevents the slide from moving back unless it is depressed, something to keep in mind when trying to lock the action open or otherwise work the slide.

springfield-xd-sub-compact-9mm-c The XD-9 Sub-Compact features an ambi mag release and right and left
thumb rests/memory pads.

Load Comments
  • ron

    I BOUGHT THE XD SUB-COMPACT 9MM FOR MY WIFE BECAUSE OF THE BALANCE OF THE GUN WHEN SHOOTING.WE NOW SHARE THE GUN AT THE RANGE.I ALSO HAVE A SPRINGFIELD XDS-45 I CARRY. JUST INSTALLED PIERCE GRIP EXTENTIONS ON BOTH OF THE SMALLER MAGS ON BOTH GUNS.MY PINKY FINGER NOW FITS ON THE GUNS WITH EASE AND CAN CONCEAL BOTH GUNS WITH LITTLE IMPRINT VS THE LARGER MAGS FOR THESE GUNS.

  • MacTex

    I’ve owned and carried the XD 9mm sub-compact for over two years now and have found it an excellent weapon all around. I settled on the Crimson Trace laser that fits around the grip and is activated by depressing a button located in the front portion of the grip so that your hand automatically turns it on when securely griping the weapon. So as not to betray your location, your trigger finger easily blocks the laser when in the non-firing, safe care grip. I own over 50 firearms and utilize lasers on 10 handguns and 5 long guns. I have discoverd that by dual training, with both lasers and iron sights, that not only do I get the advantage of ‘point and shoot’ looking at the target, but can also drop to the iron sights with very little transistion.
    I have used CTC Lasers for over ten years and have never had a failure issue of any kind.

  • Pat McNally

    Does this model Springfield XD 9mm sub-compact have a history of discharging unreliably or accidentally? An officer was fatally shot with one that looks like an accident, but I was wondering if there was any design or mechanical flaw in the Springfield Armory XD 9mm (sub-compact)?

  • THX

    I just ordered my XD subcom 9mm today! I have never shot it, but I have tried the XDM .40, and I fell in love. Im no pro, so the XD model will work fine for me. The laser sight does make the gun look even more mean, but I was always taught to never use them, because you essentially cheat yourself and train yourself to look at the target, rather than the sights and have the target in peripheral vision. But yea, ill probably get one anyway hah.

  • Dante gordon

    I have an XD9 subcompact and its great but iv really been wanting a laser for mine kind of like the one in the picture, where could i get one at ?

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