COMPACT, W John Taffin PhoToS: RoBBiE BaRRKMan SPRINGFIelD ARMORy XD-S 9MM DelIVeRS All ThRee. e can know our ABCs and watch our Ps and Qs but for Springfield Armory “X” marks the spot. The Springfield X-guns have been very popular beginning with the XD, then came the XD Compact, the XD Tactical, the XD(M), the XD(M) 3.8, the XD(M) 3.8 Compact, the XD(M) 5.25 Competition, and the XD-S .45 ACP. The beat goes on as the latter, previously only offered in .45 ACP, is now available in 9mm. The “S” stands for single stack. Now why would anyone want a single stack .45, or 9mm for that matter, in these days of high-cap magazines? EAL C N O C &CONTROLLA I can think of two great reasons, namely a smaller pistol is much easier to conceal than a larger counterpart and is certainly easier to pack all day. Perhaps even more important is the fact the grip frame can fit smaller hands, which have a hard time wrapping around a long, doublestack magazine grip frame. Concealability is also aided by the relatively short 3.3-inch barrel. OK then, why would anyone select a 9mm over a .45 ACP? That is even easier to answer. One word will suffice, namely recoil. I find the XD-S .45 to be a very serious John found the Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm more pleasant to practice with extensively than its .45 ACP brother. John feels no handicap with today’s high-quality 9mm expanding ammunition. The snag-free rear sight has two white dots and is drift adjustable for windage. The square front sight is fitted with highly visible red fiber optic insert.