On the frame, users will notice that the gun sits deeper in the hand. This higher grip, combined with improved grip texturing, makes it much more shootable than earlier iterations, ensuring that owners can put shots on target confidently and capably. The thin 0.975-inch grip enables the gun to be more easily concealable on the body.
Also located in the frame is an improved trigger design, featuring a more tactile short-reset point and enhancing the consistency of the trigger pull, so shooters can be confident in their trigger control. The pistol is also equipped with the tell-tale grip safety used in the XD design, while an internal striker block prevents the gun from firing if dropped.
The slide on the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP is thinner than older models and can be had with a pair of night sights produced by Ameriglo. The system provides users with enhanced aiming capabilities in low-light scenarios, thanks to a Pro-Glo tritium lamp embedded into the front sight post. The lamp is surrounded by a luminescent yellow circle, allowing for an easy focus on the front sight. At the rear, consumers will find a tactical-ledge U-notch design for use in racking the slide off a flat surface, if needed.
Other features on the slide include a loaded-chamber indicator and the company's Posi-Wedge slide serrations, giving users more gripping area for positive slide racking and manipulation. Inside the slide is a Melonite-finished 3.3-inch barrel made from hammer-forged steel and featuring a 1:16-inch twist rate for enhanced accuracy. Recoil is managed through a dual recoil-spring setup captured by a full-length guide rod.
Magazine capacity on the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 is five rounds with the flush-fit floorplate. An extended six-round magazine is also included. With the flush-fit magazine installed, the unloaded weight of the pistol is 21.5 ounces. Three models of the XD-S Mod.2 are available, including options with night sights, fiber-optic sights and an integrated Viridian laser. The suggested retail price on the new gun starts at $568.