So I’ve been scouring local, and a few remote gun shops looking for either a Springfield XDs or Beretta Nano. After speaking with mutiple sources I was leaning heavily towards the Springfield. I knew I wanted the 9mm, and since the 4″ barrel model came out, I’ve been drawn to that model.
From initial handling, I’m beginning the question the 4″ barrel over the 3.3″ barrel model. I decided to purchase a smaller pistol for those times I want something more easily concealed. I am fully aware that I will not be shooting the gun in self defense at distances longer than a 3.3″ barrel is capable of, however I do like the longer sight radius the 4″ barrel provides.
Since I initially found difficulty in locating a 4″ model in stock, I had only handled the 3.3″ models. Now that I have a 4″ model, it feels very top or nose heavy. I don’t remember feeling this with the 3.3″ models I have handled. I can say that once the longer of the two included magazines are installed, this feeling goes away as I can get the entirety of my bear paw on the pistol. I’m also noticing that the weight of loading one of the magazines also makes it feel much better balanced.
It comes with the standard compliment of gear from Springfield. Pistol, 7 round magazine, 9 round magazine, cleaning brush, cable lock, two mag holder, paddle holster, different sized backstrap, and allen key to adjust the mag holder and holster. I know none of this extra swag is market leading gear, but it is definitely an added value to the consumer. I have heard the jerks that find something to complain about no matter what the situation. “I would rather pay less, or have a better pistol than get cheap stuff I’m not going to use anyway.” I think that is ridiculous. The included gear is useful. The average gun owner will find it very well suited to their needs. With adjustable retention, I find both the mag holder and the weapon holster well suited to long term use. Honestly, I rarely carry spare mags, and I find that leather holsters are much more comfortable, but find having the availability of these items extremely useful.
When taking friends to the range, when by myself at the range using multiple guns, I find the paddle holsters easy to change without fiddling with my belt. Pass gun and holster to a friend. I’m not a fan of shoving a weapon halfway into my pocket to reload a magazine. Why not take the extra swag and be happy to have it. Many may be on a budget that after purchasing a pistol may not have the option of additional purchases to be able to carry the firearm. The cost of differentiating the stock to a with and without extras is probably higher than the cost of including it with all. At the volume being produced, I would imagine Springfield is getting excellent price per piece on the XD gear items.
I didn’t get to shoot it after work yesterday due to a close friend being involved in a motorcycle wreck. Not sure if I will have the opportunity to shoot it until this weekend or not. I can say that once I have an opportunity to spend some time at the range with my new pistol, I will post a full write up and review. I’m going to attempt to get a few others involved in the review so we can get multiple points of view. I know what I like and dislike varies from others, so If I can provide more insight than just my own, then the information offered becomes more meaningful.
On a final note I would like to thank the guys over at Ace Firearms in Easley, SC for the great deal they gave me on this pistol. I won’t post the price without getting their permission, but after they found out I am a Veteran they made me an excellent deal. I regularly make rounds to most of the shops in the Greenville and Spartanburg Areas, and never knew they existed. I was looking at gunbroker ads and saw this pistol in Easley, looked them up and stopped by the store. They are a great group of guys and I really enjoyed speaking with them and browsing their shop. They can be found at:
116 Kay Drive, Suite B
Easley, SC 29640
Authored By Halon330 Remember, I'm not crazy, just extremely sincere!