Reviewed By: Mark T on 05/16/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
So to start off the transaction was smooth. I put the 20% down for the layaway 3 weeks ago and paid off the final 80% on Monday. It shipped Tuesday, arrived at my FFL on Thursday and I picked it up today, being Friday.
Let me say this gun is slick! Being I'm a little guy (5' 6"), I switched to the size 1 grips, it comes with the larger, size 2 grips on it, to accommodate my smaller hands. It feels really nice in my hand, not too small, not too big, just right, easy to get a firm grip on. Came with a nice light coat of oil all over the slide and barrel, ready to shoot.
Standard at the range I always shoot at 7 yards with my carry pistols. Used to shooting my XD-M I aimed it just like I would it at 7 yards, bulls-eye! Tight groupings, gun's very accurate. I am a big fan of the minimal trigger reset, makes for very fast and easy follow up shots. Factory sights came right on, just as they did on my XD-M.
Compared to my old concealed gun, the XD-S is a little weighty(25 ounces empty). I like heavier guns though, they make for steadier hands and keep the felt recoil low. This gun seemed to have less kick that my full sized XD-M. It feels good to shoot, doesn't make your hands sore like my old light gun did. Put 500 rounds through it and wish I had brought more as I could've shot it all day.
Being that this gun is so thin, IWB carry comes with minimal printing with the holster I had made for it. Keep in mind I'm not a big guy height-wise but I am broad which helps, but maybe not as much as a little more height might.
Not exactly a fan of the mag extension but that's just my personal preference, glad I only ordered 1 extra vs 4 extra 7 round mags. I won't be carrying it with them or as spares, no point it training with them in my opinion. I'm sure my friends might get a kick out of using them, but it felt better in my hands without them than it did with them.
If I could give this gun 6 out of 5 stars I would, it is truly exceptional. If you like the XD or XD-M platform then look no further, I guarantee you will love this gun. Out of all the single stack options available out there that I have tried, and mind you I have tried a wide variety, this was the only one I fell in love with. Glad I own one, I'd recommend it to my mother.
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