The XD-9 Tactical pistol from Springfield Armory is nearly identical to the shorter barreled service model. The extra length works to increase the muzzle velocity of the bullet when it leaves the 5” barrel which provides an flatter shot trajectory and increased accuracy at longer distances. These factors combine to make the gun a superior performer at competitions and in tactical law enforcement/military work where accuracy at distances greater than 20 yards becomes a game-changing issue.

Differences is the Tactical XD-9 are primarily limited to the longer barrel, slide, and corresponding recoil spring assembly. The lower receiver of the gun as well as the internal single-action, striker-fired trigger setup components remain identical to the original XD-9.

Safety systems remain the same on this gun. This includes the grip safety, trigger safety, and both internal safety systems. The striker status indicator which provides both a visual and physical indication that the gun is cocked and ready to fire remain intact on this gun. Other crossover elements are the integrated rail system, grip texture, 3-dot combat sights, and ambidextrous magazine release.

Springfield Armory ships the XD-9 Tactical pistol with two 16 round magazines. It would seem logical that 30+ round high-capactiy magazines would be made available, but as of November 2010, the company was not making them and if they are made by aftermarket companies, they are not easy to find.

Springfield Armory Tactical XD-9 Pistol Reviews

Springfield Armory Tactical XD-9 Pistol

Finishes for the XD-9 tactical pistol is limited to black slide/black frame and black slide/green frame. The black-on-black versions of the pistol are available with night sights (XD9411HCSP06) or without (XD9401HSP06) the green frame version (XD9404HCSP06) is not available with night sights unless requested from the custom shop. The Melonite black finish is resistant to both corrosion and wear but some feel that it is not as reliable as stainless steel. Alas, Springfield Armory is not making a bi-tone stainless steel version of the gun available at this time and with the focus shifting to production of the XDm line it is unlikely that this will change in the near future.

Reviews of the Springfield Armory Tactical XD-9 pistol are found below with the newest reviews further down the page. Please feel free to write a review of your own but be sure to include reviews of only the Tactical XD-9 with the 5” barrel here (black or green frame are both fine) as the traditional XD-9 service pistol, and the Tactical XD-40, and Tactical XD-45, Tactical XD-357, and the Tactical XD-45LE with the .45 GAP round all have their own review sets. If you have a photo of your gun, please send it to and we'll be sure to add it to the Tactical XD-9 photo gallery once your review is approved and goes live on the site.

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