While the 9mm may be the most popular pistol cartridge in the world, the .45 ACP holds a special place in the heart of American shooters because of the perennial popularity of the 1911 pistol. Eventually, Springfield Armory realized the necessity of producing a polymer gun for the cartridge and the result was the long-awaited XD-45acp.

This gun, which is slightly larger than it's 9mm and .40 S&W brethren, is otherwise identical to other service pistols of the XD platform. All elements of the Springfield Armory Ultra Safe Assurance (USA) system are found on the XD-45. This includes the center positioned trigger safety, the 1911-style grip safety, and the two internal safety systems which make the gun drop-proof.

The barrel and slide are made from forged steel and feature front and rear slide serrations which provide a good grip when manipulating the slide to chamber a round. The grip of the gun's polymer frame is treated with a no-slip patter as well. The underside of the dust cover features an integrated rail which will accept most tactical flashlights and laser sights.

Springfield Armory XD-45 Service Pistol Gallery

Springfield Armory XD-45 Pistol Gallery

Due to immense popularity which the XD-45 has received Springfield Armory has gone from producing the gun in just a Black Melonite coated slide and barrel to a black polymer frame (XD9611HCSP06) to a Bi-Tone Stainless Steel-to-Black (XD9613HCSP06), Black-to-Green (XD9612HCSP06), Stainless-to-Dark Earth (XD9163HCSP06), and Stainless-to-Green (XD9165HCSP06) configurations.

Standard equipment includes 3-dot combat sights but Springfield Armory produces the guns with optional night sights as well. As with all XD pistols, switching out the sights is no easy task and usually requires the services of a experienced gun smith so if you want night sights on this gun it's often best to make it easy on yourself and get a gun which has them pre-installed at the factory.

The gun ships from the Springfield Armory factory with two 13 round magazines, slide-style holster, double mag pouch, and a few other freebies.

Reviews of the Springfield Armory XD-45acp service pistol can be found below. If you've had a chance to shoot this gun or perhaps own one yourself, please write a review to let other shooters who are considering purchasing one of these guns know the good and bad elements of this gun. Be sure to include your review in the proper place. All color combinations of the 4" service model can be included here but the XD-45 Tactical, XD-45 Compact, Thumb Safety XD-45, and XD-45 GAP, which are similar in appearance, are different guns and have their own respective review sets. Also, be sure to email a picture of your pistol to prictures@gunreviewspot.com and we'll be sure to add it to the XD-45acp Photo Gallery.

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