Springfield XD-9 Subcompact
Let me start off by saying, I think the Springfield XD-9 Subcompact is a great little gun! However, I think the design of the grip safety could potentially have a safety flaw for women and younger shooters with smaller hands. In a stressful reload or malfunction, a shooter with smaller hands could easily fail to engage the grip safety fully and not be able to get the slide to lock back to be able to clear the weapon.
Some folks have suggested just taping the grip safety down with some black electrical tape, but I would just like to see Springfield change the design so that the grip safety not being fully depressed doesn’t keep the slide from being pulled to the rear. Seems like a no brainer to me.
To see more on the potential safety issue, checkout the video below.
Click here to watch the video on YouTube if you don’t have Flash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPKm9r7M2qg
The Springfield XD-9 Subcompact Specifications:
Magazines: 1 – 13 Round Compact, 1 – 16 Round w/ Grip Extension
Barrel: 3” Steel, Melonite, Fully Supported Ramp
Sights: Dovetail Front and Rear (Steel) 3 – Dot
Trigger pull: 5.5 – 7.7 lbs.
Frame: Black Polymer
Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite Finish
Recoil System: Dual Spring with Full Length Guide rod
Height: 4.75” w/ Compact Mag, 5.5” w/ Extended Mag
Weight w/ Empty 26 ozs. w/ Compact Mag, Magazine: 27 ozs. w/ Extended Mag
The Springfield Specifications sheet can be located here: http://www.springfield-armory.com/assets/pdf/1SPRINGFIELD_Book_XD9801.pdf
Have you had any issues with the grip safety on your Springfield XD-9 Subcompact?
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