Well, it finally got here! After a long, long wait, here it is, the XDS 9mm. I loved the 45 acp XDS so much I wrote two pieces on it. I like the 9mm even more and I’ll tell you why.
I considered writing this long drawn out review over every little tech spec and whatever else I could come up with. I abandoned that plan. I wrote a lot out in the XDS 45 reviews. Everything is virtually the same except for weight and the caliber. Anything that applies to the 45 applies to the XDS 9mm as well. So go ahead and check out the reviews already on TGR. Suffice to say the XDS has been my all time favorite carry gun since the 45 came out first. The XDS 9mm to me is even better.
I’ll just reiterate a couple of reasons why I love the XDS’s so much:
1. The entire XD line is well made and has uncompromising reliability. I’m just totally sold on the entire lineup.
2. It has a grip safety-I love a grip safety, you can keep all slide or frame mounted safeties. This is what I like.
3. The mag release operates from either side. I like that as I often use my trigger finger to release from the right side.
4. The Fiber optic front site is easy to see and “glows” well. It is also large enough to see which is not always the case on such a small gun.
5. A light is a must have for me. This small pistol has a good tactical rail. Again not the case with everything.
6. It’s not a Glock or a “Smith and Wussin’ ” LOL Relax haters That was for the benefit of a couple of buddies who will read this, but seriously….it isn’t.
Now I do prefer this 9mm XDS to the 45acp model out first, a few reasons for that.
1. Due to a couple of near misses from what was probably Russian made mortar rounds I have a hard time firing a 45acp without ear pro on. If I do within 2-5 rounds I feel like I’m going to fall over and things often get grey. Internal ear damage and some extra holes punched in my skull by shrapnel from my war days have left me very sensitive to the noise and concussion of bigger rounds. The 9mm doesn’t bother me without ear pro. So considering in a life/death situation there isn’t time for ear pro the 9mm is for me a better choice. I carried the 45 XDS before this one but I always hoped if I needed it I would be “done” before the darkness set in, in my head. I’m very happy to finally see the 9mm has arrived.
2. The XDS 9mm holds the same number of rounds with the flush fit mag as the 45acp does with the extended mag. Say/think what you will…the 9mm with a good bullet in it is enough for the job. It’s all about placement folks, always has been. That’s why around this household we practice at least twice a week. I’d rather be winged with a 50 cal Desert Eagle over shot dead center mass with a 22lr any day, just an example of what I think concerning the tired, age old 9mm vs 45 debate.
3. The world over the 9mm round is available. I just like the cartridge and how common it is. In Iraq the dudes with 45’s couldn’t scrounge up ammo. There was 9mm galore. (on both sides) I would think it still has to be the most commonly used pistol round in the world. Not only that it is generally much cheaper to shoot and for the recoil sensitive it is easier on people than a 45.
Summing Up: If you’re noise/recoil sensitive, $$ for ammo sensitive or just feel better with a couple extra rounds in a flush fit mag your issues have just been solved. That’s pretty much that with why I prefer the 9mm XDS. The first reason being the most important.
I will go over a couple more small things and show some groups fired with the correct target for the range. Along with all the usual stuff you get in an XD package, the holster, mag pouch, lock, manual and nice hard case, they put in 2 colors of replacement fiber optic cable for the front site. Green and orange, enough of it to make at least 2 sites each if you lose it or you want to change colors or replace it. So that was nice and it didn’t come with the 45 when I bought that one.
The Groups: Throughout the shooting I fired the XDS 9mm against my Diamond Back 9mm. The DB 9 at the time I bought it, it was the smallest 9mm made, as far as I know it still is. The DB9 has been a good little gun. Yes, smaller than the XDS, but not so much so that it makes a world of difference. There is a world of difference in how they handle and the XDS 9mm is light years ahead of the DiamondBack. So, I do not want you to think I would recommend it over the XDS. I absolutely do not. It’s not even in the same class, accuracy wise it will hang in there but that’s where it ends. Everything else with the XDS 9mm is far superior.
I’m always happy with interchangeable back-straps and this has one just like any other XDM or S. One thing I did notice is the trigger seemed a bit stiffer, I’m hoping it breaks in a bit. I fired the heck out of the last one in the first two days I had it. I don’t recall if it started out a bit rough or not? I only put 250 through this one so far, so there is a real possibility it still needs some use to smooth out. All in all though for me and a handgun I thought the groups looked pretty good for such a small gun. Go ahead and check them out. Remember most any pic on TGR can be blown up if you click on it.
I guess that’s about it folks, please feel free to review the links to the 45 at the top of the page. Everything is the same except for this is a 9mm and because it is I like it even more than the 45. I LOVED the 45 but the noise factor just makes the XDS 9mm the best choice for me. This is a great carry gun, perfect in my opinion. You’ve got everything going here in your favor. Quality, accuracy, reliability, user friendliness and price. (I paid $540.00) A bargain for what you get. Load up with some Hornady Critical Defense and rest easy knowing you are very well armed.
As always thanks for reading and train often.
By: Cary Kieffer
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