XDS 9mm Gun Review
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Springfield XDS Specifications
Model: 6XDS 9mm
Barrel Length: 3.3 inch
Ammunition Capacity: 7+1, 9+1 with extended magazine
XDS 9mm Usage & Features
Primary Use: Concealed Carry
Are you right handed or left handed? Left
What features does this gun have that appealed to you?
I was looking for a smaller gun that I would be able to conceal easily but shoot well and I also didn’t want a manual external safety. With training, the act of disabling the safety would come naturally, but I liked the idea of a point and shoot gun. If I am awoken in the middle of the night to an intruder, I wanted to know I couldn’t panic and forget to disable the safety. Also, as a left handed shooter, it is more difficult to find a handgun with an ambidextrous safety.
Tell us about shooting this gun:
Shooting the Springfield XDS 9 is amazing. Compared to a larger, full size polymer framed 9mm, it does have more recoil, but nothing unmanageable. I am 5’2″, 120 lbs. I could shoot this gun well from the first shot, and with practice, it is a pleasure to shoot.
How does it fit your hand, how do you like the sights, how difficult is it to rack the slide, how would you describe the trigger pull, and how would you describe the recoil?
The XDS fits my hand really well. I am able to use the mag release without giving up my grip. I really like the sights. This is my first gun with a fiber optic front sight and I love it. It is easy to see in bright daylight and even low light conditions. The slide is not difficult to rack. I always use the hold the slide still and push the gun forward method and it is not hard to manage at all. Even if I hold the gun still and just rack the slide, it is done easily. I am still working on being able to rack it one handed though.
The trigger is smooth and not at all gritty. It does have a fairly long pull, but I like that for safety reasons. Once you learn the trigger and where it breaks, it is very nice to shoot. The first few times out, I couldn’t make it through too many magazines because my trigger finger would be worn out, but now that I’m used to it, it is very manageable. Recoil is manageable. It has a good amount behind each shot, but it is nothing to be afraid of. I find is easy to shoot and for the size, The recoil isn’t as bad as I would have expected. It has a good balance and fit to my hand so it is very pleasant to shoot.
How reliable is it?
I have owned the Springfield XDS for a couple years, putting somewhere between 1500-2000 rounds through it. I have yet to have any kind of failure to feed or fire. Definitely my most reliable gun. It gets a lot dirtier than I would like to admit, but it was flawless.
Any problems with any type of ammunition? None that I have found so far.
Does this gun have any specific ammunition requirements? If so, please explain: Not that I have come across yet.
Was it easy to take down and clean?
The Springfield XDS is a breeze to take down and clean. My only complaint is that you have to pull the trigger to take it down, but that is just a personal preference.
Would you recommend this gun? Yes
For someone considering this gun, what would you tell them?
I would tell them this gun is awesome to shoot, reliable, and accurate. By far my favorite gun in my safe. I have also become a huge Springfield Armory customer after the reliability that I’ve had with their guns.