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Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact 9mm

Several months ago, I acquired a 4" XD 9mm pistol through a promotional offer from a firearms training company.  I got it with the idea of using it as a backup pistol for my other XD9 that I use for training and routine range practice.  Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago....I'm discussing XDs with a co-worker and discover he had recently purchased a XD9 sub-compact.  After doing so, he discovered it was not going to meet his needs as the barrel was too short.  To make a long story short, we ended up swapping our new-in-the-box XDs with each other.  He now had my 4" service XD9 and I had his 3" sub-compact XD9.  My new XD9sc (sub-compact) can still fill the roll as a backup when I go to training.  At the same time, I also have another CCW option.  Granted, it is not as small as my Kahr 9mm, but it does have a fairly small footprint for a double-stack semi-auto.

Springfield XD9 Sub-Compact Essentials

Compared to previous XDs I have purchased, this sub-compact 9mm came in the "essentials" package.  In contrast, previous XDs came with two magazines, a holster, double magazine carrier, magazine loader, and gun lock.  The "essentials" package came with a bore brush which I believe is more suited for cleaning the magazines and magazine well.  It also came with the obligatory gun lock and two magazines.  Understand that for me, this "essentials" package is not an issue as I do not need more magazine loaders, holsters, or magazine carriers.

XD9 magazines

This particular "essentials" package was configured for states which do not allow hi-capacity magazines, such as California.  I've no idea how my co-worker ended up with this particular configuration since Arizona has no magazine capacity restriction.  The two included magazines were designed to hold a maximum of 10 rounds.  Those two magazines are shown on the right in the above photo.  The XD9sc model would normally ship with a 13 round mag and an extended 16 round magazine.  I think I'll pickup a 13 round magazine for CCW use and use either the 10 round or a 16 round extended mag as a backup.  That will give me either 23 or 29 shots to stop a threat. 

For the 9mm sub-compact configuration, a very tight fitting sleeve (far left in the above photo) is slipped over the what would otherwise be a too long 16 shot magazine prior to using the magazine in the pistol.  This sleeve fills the gap between the bottom of the grip and the bottom of the too long magazine.  At the same time, it gives notably more grip for a person to hold. 

disassembled XD9sc

Break down of the XD9sc is performed in the same manner as the other XDs:

  1. Point the gun in a safe direction.
  2. Remove the magazine and unload the pistol.
  3. Pull the slide to the rear and lock it back (open) with the slide stop.
  4. Again, check the chamber to ensure it is empty.
  5. With the slide locked back, rotate the slide disassembly lever to the 12 o'clock position.
  6. Pull the slide to the rear and then gently allow the slide to move forward (under spring tension).
  7. While holding the slide, pull the trigger (with the firearm pointed in a safe direction).
  8. With the slide now unlocked from the frame, move the slide forward and off of the frame rails.
  9. Remove the recoil spring from the slide assembly.
  10. Remove the barrel from the slide.


trigger pull gauge

There was an expected difference in the trigger pull between the new sub-compact and the full sized XD I use for training and range practice.  Some time ago, I picked up a Lyman electronic trigger pull gauge.  They are not the expensive and if you have a number of guns and ever do any trigger work on them (or have someone else do the work), it is nice to know what the before and after pull weights are. 

The XD9sc came in at a trigger pull weight (averaged over 10 pulls) of 6 pounds, 9 ounces.  In contrast, my full sized XD9 measures 5 pounds, 3 ounces.  That may not sound like much of a difference, but when you compare the pull of each, you can easily tell the difference.  Aside from the trigger pull weight, the trigger job I did on mine notably reduced the take up as well as the over travel.  The reset is much less as well.  For the training and practice drills where I use my XD9, I would not want a lighter trigger pull.  I will be reworking the sub-compact's trigger in the near future.  Powder River (the company I bought my first trigger kit from) has some new additions to their XD trigger offerings.  I'll be looking through what they have to see if I will be installing the same kit as before or opt for a newer version. 

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