As Jeremy’s review detailed, Springfield Armory’s XD-E pistol is a good, concealable, reliable option…particularly if you’re attracted by its DA/SA operation. If you want something a little bit more, Langdon Tactical’s taken the stock XD-E and given it more than just a fluff ‘n buff.
Among other updates, Langdon’s gone to work on the XD-E’s stock trigger, upgraded the sights and given it a low-profile hammer for smooth concealed carry. Here’s their press release . . .
Springfield Armory’s XD-E is the only viable DA/SA single-stack on the market. Reliability and safety are the two major advantages of this action type, but rarely are they an option in a single-stack 9mm. Lesser-trained shooters may struggle with learning two trigger modes, but Langdon Tactical has found a way to lessen the learning curve by enhancing the trigger and action. Introducing the Springfield Armory XD-E Langdon Tactical Edition.
Like the Langdon Tactical Beretta 92s and PX4s, the Langdon Tactical Edition XD-E features greatly enhanced trigger feel and performance without sacrificing safety or reliability. Improvements made by Langdon Tactical on the Springfield Armory XD-E have also further enhanced Springfield Armory’s Low Effort Slide by reducing effort needed to rack the slide and cock the hammer even further.
The Springfield Armory XD-E upgraded by LTT includes:
- LTT emblem engraved on Sniper Gray Cerakoted slide
- LTT Trigger Job with the option of a 12lbs. or 12.7lbs. hammer spring
- 20% reduction in pull weight with a 12.7 lbs. spring for reliability with US and NATO-spec ammunition.
- 25% reduction in pull weight with a 12 lbs. spring provides reliability with US-Spec ammunition.
- New low-profile hammer for better concealment and snag-free draws
- Two 8- and one 9-round magazine included.
- Option of two different hammer spring weights.
- Upgraded Ameriglo CAP Sights.
I hope Springfield Armory burns in hell along with that other POS traitorous company. That is all
You seem fun.
You have to understand the I hate Springfield clowns that appear on every Springfield article. Most would never have ever considered buying Springfield before the controversy. It’s easy to boycott something you would never own.
I’m not sure I “hate” them but I certainly would have been interested in their guns and now am not. It took time and changes in management to repair Ruger’s rep. It should take the same for Springfield.
To be fair, I owned and thus sold an XD-E. Replaced it with a Taurus G2C and I think I’ve got the better deal.
I really wanted the XD-E 4.0, but as I better my financial situation and think about being under 30 and how important the long game is for my rights (and my kids rights!), I’m becoming more willing to vote with my money (and shopping local is becoming nice too, except for lower receivers lol)
So not all of us who turned our backs did so only symbolically. I could have gotten a Saint, too, for a lot less hassle than building my own and been just as happy (street price, not MSRP). I chose not to.
I have no problem with HS Produkt and their pistols. I almost bought one of the original HS2000 imports when they were blowing them out at less than $300 in the mid 2000s. Then Springfield Armory comes along, slaps their annoying branding all over the gun and doubles the price. I know they didn’t used to make any of their guns- the 1911s came from Brazil. Do they actually manufacture anything in-house today?
Springfield Armory just seems like the annoying middleman nobody wanted, from taking a name designed to imply that they’re related to a famous US government arsenal, to their childish marketing (eXtreme Duty!, grip zone!). There’s nothing wrong importing other companies firearms, but why do you have to try and make us think that you made them? The antigun lobbying was just icing on the cake.
I was hoping that Langdon had gotten rid of the safety as well. It’s still pretty cool, but with a manual safety, not a must have.
Its a decocker as well as a safety if you carry it cocked and locked similar to a 1911. I carry my stock XDe cocked and locked. The DA positions the trigger too far forward and reduces the finger space available, creates an awkward quick finger placement and can affect followup shots, and it makes for a very long pull. That’s the draw back. Its fine if you prefer DA for safety, but, most less experienced shooters will find it difficult to shoot it well regardless of an lightened extra smooth pull. Hopefully the mod has corrected this problem, if not, they ruined the gun. I find it just as easy to carry it cocked and locked because I want my shots on target. That is much more important to me than a blocked and smoothed hammer. The gun was designed to be carried either way. John Browning designed the 1911 without the grip safety, the Army added it. That’s the first thing people ask me and that’s my reply. Griping the gun and lowering the safety is the same as the 1911. The XDe was designed for hammer guys, that’s why I got mine. There’s plenty of other guns out there that have been neutered. There’s no reason for the XDe to suffer a sex change. Hammer snag is a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist with a belt holstered gun and the XDe is not a pocket pistol.
The other guns with Langdon’s name on them are DA/SA’s also with the safety’s removed because he teaches to carry a decocked gun with the safety off (or preferably non existant.) That’s why I was expecting this one to be the same but was surprised/dissapointed that it wasn’t.
If you’re a cocked n’ locked guy the world of guns is your oyster. For guys like me that prefer a DA/SA sans safety the pickings are slim, I was hoping this was going to add an option.
$738 for an XD-E, no thanks. I will take an HK P30SK over it any day even though it is a little bit thicker but with more capacity. Being from Illinois I would certainly not buy any SA product anyhow.
What is this? Promote Springfield Armory day?
How am I supposed to know where to hold it without “GRIP ZONE™”
“LTT emblem engraved on Sniper Gray Cerakoted slide” is number one on the feature list.
That says a lot.
They forgot about at least the P225 and PPK when stating the XD-E is the “only viable single stack DA/SA”.
You are correct that there are other single stack DA/SA guns on the market but I agree that the XDE is still the only viable option. The 225 and PPK are cool but are both outdated. The 225 is larger than a G19 but only holds 8 rounds and the PPK is very large and heavy for a 380.
According to James Yeager DA/SA are antiquated.
Haha true. Of course according to the great mind of James Yeager a duel contract is a good idea:
Don’t forget the Sig 239
So we’re still mad at Springfield????
Ton E, the true 2A supporters are the question is how long, it was a little more heinous than bill and ten rounds and s&w antics
For me, the more egregious crime was refusing to own up to it when caught.
A lot of cat-slinging and acting like they were the victim.
It was them and it was their plan.
No disrespect to Ernest Langdon as there’s nothing wrong with getting your piece of the American Pie but I’m NOT spending significantly more money for a Beretta PX4 or the Springfield because Langdon waved his magic wand on it and did modifications the manufacturers should be doing in the first place.
Thanks very much but no thanks!
S&W 3913– Singlestack 9mm, DA/SA, decock safety, bobbed hammer.
Accurate and reliable.
Not made of plastic. (And for those who care, not made by Springfield Armory.)
My CCL instructor was a police officer and later a federal agent. He never had anything good to say about Springfield’s products. I’ve tried a few but they don’t naturally point properly in my hand anyway.
People can be found today who are still mad at S&W for decisions made by the company two owners ago, still mad at Ruger because of things Bill Ruger said about magazine limits (and Mr. Ruger has been dead since 2002), and presumably still mad at Springfield Armory because of their mistaken actions in 2017.
Springfield Armory has recanted the position that go them in trouble (see https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/springfield-armorys-gun-rights-turn-around/) and when all is said and done, the man who apparently made those troublesome decisions in 2017, Mr. Reese, passed away in June of 2019.
Is the pro-2A community so large, prosperous, and successful in defending our rights that we can afford to shun one of the major gun companies that gives money to the cause and sells good quality weapons for prices people can afford? How much penance must Springfield Armory do then? This at a time when the 2A community cheerfully buys weapons and ammunition made in places like Russia and Communist China.
What Springfield Armory did was, on the face of it, hard to defend. They reportedly made a sneaky decision driven by their own company’s financial position, not adhering to higher principles relating to protecting everyone in the gun business. They tried to explain it, but were not entirely successful in rationalizing it away. So they got spanked, deservedly, from what I can tell. Three years later, it is time to move on – while keeping an eye on them and anyone else involved in the business — and look for more relevant and meaningful ways in which we can defend our 2A rights than boycotting Springfield Armory.