Springfield Armory is expanding the options available on their hammer-fired line of XD-E concealed carry pistols. The original gun had a 3.3-inch barrel (see our review of the 9mm pistol here). Now, for those of you who prefer the smaller grip’s concealability with a longer sight radius, SA’s adding two new 9mm models with 3.8 and 4.5-inch barrels.
Notice anything else that’s changed from the original pistol? Springfield’s axed that “GRIP ZONE” imprint on the handle for the new models (it’s still there in the images of the 3.3-inch 9mm and .45 ACP guns on their website).
Here’s their press release:
GENESEO, ILL. – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce that the hammer fired XD-E pistol, already available in 3.3”, is now available with longer 3.8” and 4.5” barrels.
The XD-E takes the best elements of the Springfield Armory XD series and combines them into a double action-single action (DA/SA) pistol that’s perfect for concealed carry.
Combining the XD’s 1911 style grip angle into a sleek frame measuring just an inch wide, the slim profile is a comfortable fit that is ideal for everyday carry. The design features a Low-Effort-Slide that requires 27% less effort to cycle the slide when compared to leading striker-fired pistols in its category. The exposed hammer is also an excellent feature that adds peace of mind by clearly showing the mode of carry the firearm is in. The XD-E can be carried “cocked and locked” with the safety on, or with the hammer down and the safety on or off. The fully ambidextrous, dual manual safety and de-cocking system allows the user to safely lower the hammer without pulling the trigger.
The first double-action shot requires an intentional, longer and deliberate trigger pull for increased safety while carrying and drawing. After the first shot, the XD-E reverts to single-action operation, giving the operator a much lighter and crisper trigger break. The result is improved accuracy and faster, more controllable follow-up shots.
The Mod.2 grip texturing provides a secure fit in your hands, wet or dry.
Both new models carry 8 + 1 rounds of 9mm, and with the Magazine X-Tension™, the capacity increases to 9 +1. Even the flat-base concealment magazine offers a pinky extension that allows a full grip. These three magazine configurations let you further determine capacity, comfort, and concealability.
Now available in these configurations:
XDE9389B – 3.8” Single Stack 9mm – MSRP $542
XDE9459B – 4.5” Single Stack 9mm – MSRP $542
About Springfield Armory®
In 1794, the original Springfield Armory was designated as our national armory by General George Washington, and began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. This monumental institution went on to serve as a think tank for developing innovative firearms concepts and producing some of the most storied rifle platforms in our country’s history. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, IL revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy and restore the Springfield Armory name.
Springfield Armory Inc. engineers, manufactures and assembles their high-quality 1911, 911, SAINT® AR-15 and legendary M1A™ lines of firearms in Geneseo, Illinois. Since 2001, Springfield Armory has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of-the-art factory in Croatia working hand-in-hand to develop and engineer the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at: springfield-armory.com.