I received a surprise email from our friends at Springfield Armory last week. Their girl Friday (a.k.a., Deb) was sending an .45 caliber single-stack XD-S pistol to my FFL. Following its debut at the SHOT show, the compact XD-S is hotter than Candice Boucher. Astute members of the AI will notice that the grip on this particular XD-S seems a bit long. It’s one of the first extended mags for this gun that’s been seen in the wild. We were hoping to run the gun before it hit the shelves (and disappeared), but we won’t let editorial petulance interfere with an honest and thorough review. After that, it’s off to RF/Ralph for a shoot-out with the Glock 36. Watch this space.