The Springfield Armory XD-40 service pistol big brother to the higher capacity XD-9. Both pistols are produced on the same production line and share almost everything in common. This includes finish combinations, safety features, and included accessories.

While the 9mm cartridge is the most popular pistol round in the world, American shooters always had an affinity for the .45 ACP. The adage goes that if you want to win a gun fight, make sure your gun is chambered for a caliber that begins with a 4. This seemed to prove true when FBI agents found themselves struggling to win in the 1986 Miami Shootout. The question of wound balistics was brought up and eventually the Bureau began testing of the 10mm cartridge.

Eventually rejected because of the large amount of recoild, the ammo wizards at Smith & Wesson convinced the FBI that they could reduce the recoil and increase the capacity of the average service pistol by cutting down the case of the 10mm. Thus the .40 Smith & Wesson was born.

Since that time there has been a consistent debate as to whether the power of each individual shot or the overall capacity of the pistol is the more weighty factor in determining which gun is best. Willing to play to both sides of the debate, Springfield Armory brought both the XD-40 and XD-9 to market at the same time.

The .40 S&W version of the pistol ships with two 12 round magazines which is pretty much the only difference between the twin pistols. Both have striker-based single-action trigger systems. Both share identical safety systems which include internal firing pin blocks, trigger safeties, and grip safeties. Both feature dovetailed 3-dot combat sights as standard equipment with the ability to order the guns with night-sights from the factory. Both sport an integrated accessory rail.

Springfield Armory XD-40 Pistol Reviews

Springfield Armory XD-40 Service Pistol

Springfield Armory offers the XD-40 in a black/black Melonite finish, Bi-Tone stainless steel finish, as well as offering the gun in both green and dark earth frame colors. As with all Springfield Armory guns, the XD-40 come the company's highly acclaimed Lifetime Warranty.

Reviews of the Springfield Armory XD-40 service pistol can be found below. If you have had the opportunity to use one of these guns before please write a review of your own. All color variations of the .40 S&W version of the pistol can be included here. Separate review sets are made available for the XD-9 and XD-357 as well as the ported XD-40 V-10 version of the pistol so be sure to include your review in the proper place.

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