NO TWO GROUPS are more opinionated or fickle than trainers and gun writers. I am guilty of being a party to both groups as well as being a 30-year law enforcement veteran and we know how old cops are. We all have a hard time accepting change and embracing new pistols. When Springfield Armory decided to import a polymer framed semi-auto pistol from, of all places, Croatia, I thought they had lost their mind. Besides, in 2002, the polymer market was owned by the folks from Austria. Well, six years later, the Springfield XD pistols have earned the respect of trainers and writers alike. From humble roots, the XD family now includes five different models in five calibers and four finish options. What a family.

springfield2.gifAs successful as the 9mm and .40 calibers were, sales of the XD went through the roof with the introduction of the .45ACP version. I’ve previously reviewed a 4-inch Service Model and a 5-inch Tactical Model. The Tactical Model was used during a side match hosted by the US Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The pistol digested over 5,000 rounds with no malfunctions without being cleaned or lubed! I even froze the pistol in a block of ice and then buried it in mud, and it kept on running.

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