When Springfield Armory released its wildly popular single-stack model, the XD-S Mod.2, self-defenders everywhere were thrilled with the semi-automatic pistol. The only thing it was missing was the ability to easily add a reflex sight. Today, Springfield’s self-defense specialists are announcing their brand-new XD-S Mod.2 OSP in 9mm. That OSP stands for “optical sight pistol,” so let’s take a good look at those optics.
As you already know, a good reflex sight can be a (literal) lifesaver in an armed-citizen encounter. Red-dot sights allow you to instantly acquire a proper sight picture, so the shooter doesn’t have to worry about sight alignment in a high-stress situation. The problem is that reflex sights add size, bulk and weight, so a gun mounted with one can be tougher for concealed-carry permit holders to tote in their everyday carry (EDC) rig. That’s where Springfield’s XD-S Mod.2 OSP 9mm comes in.
The Springfield XD-S Mod.2 OSP 9mm is built on the same well-loved and ultra-reliable platform as the XD-S Mod.2, and like its older brother, it was designed to make concealed carry as simple as possible. The main difference is that it comes with a factory-milled slide for low-profile, direct mounting of compact optics … and that means it can accept the tiniest micro red-dot reflex sights on the market. That’s a huge boon for CCW. (Springfield also offers a model that comes direct from its factory with an optional Crimson Trace micro red dot.)
As any self-defense instructor will tell you, you still need to be able to access your iron sights if needed. The XD-S Mod.2 OSP 9mm is set up such that the optic mounts directly to the slide and sits low enough to effectively utilize iron sights in an emergency. The sights 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 to carry your XD-S Mod.2 OSP 9mm pistol without an optic, Springfield has included a seamless polymer cover plate that installs with ease and adds additional slide serrations.
Springfield Armory’s new XD-S Mod.2 OSP ships with both 7- and 9-round magazines. The concealable 7-round magazine features a pinky extension, while the extended 9-round magazine has a grip extension for increased capacity and enhanced ergonomics. An 8-round magazine is also available for purchase to round out the package.
MSRP for the XD-S Mod.2 OSP is $425; the XD-S Mod.2 OSP with Crimson Trace Red Dot is $549. Springfield-Armory