If you have been reading Triangle Tactical for any length of time, you probably know that I’m very particular when it comes to pistols for concealed carry. Since I began carrying several years ago, all I’ve wanted was a small, singlestack, 9mm pistol, with no external safety, and a decent trigger.
Smith & Wesson came close with the Shield, but the itty bitty safety is just too small for me.
There are a lot of other offerings out there as well, with the closest to what I want being the Walther PPS, but even it has that funky european magazine release.
Enter the Springfield XDs 9mm that was announced last week at the SHOT show.
Decent trigger, (if its like the .45) check.
No external safety, Ahh…sort of check.
The XDs 9mm shares the grip safety that the rest of the XD line is known for. I could do without the grip safety, but I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. I can’t think of a situation where the grip safety wouldn’t be deactivated when I’m gripping the safety, so it’s a non-issue for me.
The only real con I can find for the XDs 9mm is that if it ships with the same sights as the XDs .45, I’ll have to find something to replace the front fiber optic sight with, as I have a habit of breaking fiber optic sights pretty regularly.
UPDATE: Ben and I had the chance to put the Springfield XDs 9mm up against the S&W Shield, and the Walther PPS. The XDs 9mm was the clear winner. Listen to the podcast episode where we talk about it here.
What do you think? Are you interested in the XDs 9mm when it’s released?