You can’t just select winners of something like TTAG’s first Readers Choice Awards and not, you know, give the winners something to commemorate the occasion. As we told you earlier, Springfield took the title of best new handgun for 2013 with their diminutive, concealable XDs-9 and I had the honor of presenting Chad Dyer, their marketing honcho with a little something for his office wall . . .
While I was there, I had a chance to fondle the new XDs-9 4.0, the winner’s newer, slightly bigger brother.
I shot it at Media Day yesterday and, given the longer sight radius and slightly increased heft, it’s a little less snappy than the original. The good news: the new gun (along with an optional mag extension for those with big hands, which was extra with the original XDs-9) is the same price as our champ.
Somehow, though, I missed shooting Springfield’s new(ish) RO 9mm 1911 yesterday. Silly me. I hope to rectify that soon.