The past 18 months or so have been something of a challenge for the firearms industry, but as gun manufacturers begin to catch up to the tremendous demand for their products, they immediately turn their eyes to innovation. Springfield Armory is no exception—just a few days ago, the company released two new variants on its popular XD-S Mod.2 OSP model. If that sounds like an awful lot of acronym for such a tiny handgun, rest assured that each of those letters and numbers adds up to concealed-carry perfection. Think of it as an XD-S smorgasbord, with two new flavors hitting the buffet.
As our reviewer Holly Marcus explained when the original XD-S Mod.2 OSP came out, that S stands for single-stack, and that stands for extra concealability. Last year, the original XD-S was only offered in 9 mm—and many armed citizens prefer that their handgun be chambered in something beefier. That’s why one of Springfield’s new XD-S Mod.2 OSP offerings is a .45 ACP. It’s called the “XD-S Mod.2 OSP 3.3" .45 ACP,” and it comes standard with a flush-fit, five-round magazine and an extended six-round magazine with grip extension just in case you find this little pistol’s grip a little small.
Of course, Springfield hasn’t neglected us 9 mm fans. The other new model, the XD-S Mod.2 OSP 4" 9 mm offering, also represents a little bit of an “upsize” on the subcompact XD-S. It boasts a longer barrel for increased sight radius and improved terminal ballistics. It comes with one seven-round flush-fit magazine and one extended nine-round magazine with grip extension.
These pistols, like the entire striker-fired XD series, feature passive grip safeties. These add an additional layer of security and safety to these world-class CCW pistols. The result is a safety that is automatically disengaged when you grip the pistol, and re-engages when you're no longer holding the pistol.
As part of the Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) configuration, both pistols come with a factory-milled slide for low-profile, direct mounting of compact optics for an intuitive sight picture and uninterrupted focus on target. The result is a handgun that accepts the smallest, most popular micro red dots on the market.
What about your traditional sighting system? The XD-S Mod.2 OSP pistols allow direct mounting of the optic so that it’s low enough for you to still see the gun’s iron sights. Those irons are made up of a white dot front sight, paired with an anti-glare serrated U-notch rear to ensure quick and positive target acquisition. If you choose not to mount a reflex optic, Springfield includes a seamless polymer cover plate that installs easily.
“These new XD-S Mod.2 OSP offerings in .45 ACP and 9 mm provide our customers with even more EDC options,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The 3.3" .45 ACP is ideal for those who want big-bore power in the smallest package, while the 4" 9 mm gives you increased ballistic performance in a still extremely concealable pistol.”
As with the earlier XD-S Mod.2 OSP offerings, these two new variants provide a great deal of value to the consumer. Both versions have an MSRP of just $550 with the Crimson Trace optic, and $450 without. springfield-armory.com