We went to the Fort Worth Gun Show at the Will Rogers Auditorium yesterday. The show continues today. I had no intention of purchasing a firearm, but loaded up my pockets with cash just in case.
Mrs. Wolf said that I had to make this post, eating crow, for bashing Springfield Armory, the only gun manufacturer based in the ONE state that bans all handgun carry outside of the home, Illinois. I loathe the lame state of Illinois and have purposely avoided Springfield Armory firearms.
But the Croatians have come up with a must have sub compact .45ACP pistol in the Xds 3.3 model. It’s the Big Boy version of the M&P Shield, manufactured in the gun hating state of Massachusetts. But after Hickok45 pulled the trigger on the XDs, the Wolf had to jump on the bandwagon.
These are not easy to find, but are out there. There were at least 4 available at the Gun Show yesterday. If you want one now, they will set you back around $600. If you are willing to wait until you can grab one at Academy Sports, you can scoop it up for about $50 less.
As you can see, the XDs can’t be sold in California, so it’s a must have in Texas or any other free state.
The XDs is a single-stack compact pistol chambered in .45ACP. The overall length is 6.3” with a slim width of only 1”. Empty weight is a light 21.5 ounces, partially due to its light polymer frame construction. Standard capacity is 5+1 rounds. A new and welcome addition to the XDs pistol is the red fiber optic front sight.
One of the most exciting features of the XDs is the fact that it was designed around the .45ACP cartridge, which is arguably one of the best self-defense rounds available.
The XDs is equipped with the Ultra Safety Assurance Trigger System which is designed to prevent accidental discharges due to dropping or bumping the gun. The trigger will not operate unless direct rearward pressure is applied to the face of the trigger.
All XD series pistols include a grip safety which only allows firing when the grip safety is depressed.
The XDs has a loaded chamber indicator: which is a notch that pops up on the slide when a round is seated in the chamber.
A new feature on the XDs is Fail-Safe Disassembly. This feature will prevent manipulation of the takedown lever with a magazine in the pistol. It also prevents the insertion of a magazine unless the lever is in the shooting position. This will prevent an accidental discharge when disassembling the XD-S for cleaning, for those who foolishly fail to 100% follow the Four Rules of Gun Safety.
Springfield detailed the XDs grip by adding a new “secure grip texture” to the “all terrain” style grip that is found on the XD(M). And just like the XD(M), the XD-S comes with different sized, interchangeable back straps.
We will shoot both the Shield 9 and XDs at the Range tomorrow and post a report. It’s Football Day in America and more importantly, MUST WIN day for the poorly managed and coached Dallas Cowboys.
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