I’ve been interested in giving the Springfield XD-S a more thorough run ever since I shot the 9mm version at SHOT Show. My initial impressions were that I liked everything about the pistol, except the grip safety (not a fan). Other than that, it seemed like another worthy competitor in the single stack 9mm pistol category.
Yesterday, Rob Pincus from I.C.E. Training published his T&E results of the XD-S in 9mm, and it was an interesting read.
200 Rounds of FMJ Immediately followed by 50 rounds of hollow point defensive ammo. Because the timing worked out, I taped this test for a future Personal Defense Network video as well. The gun ran through 200 rounds of Winchester white box without a glitch. I loaded up 3 magazines (2 standard, 1 extended) with Winchester PDX1 (my personal preference for defensive HPs), inserted one and racked the slide as I was talking to the camera about the continuation of the test and why it was so important to test a defensive gun with actual carry ammo. In fact, last year when I got my new Glock 26L, I wrote a short article that included a reference to my 100% Reliability requirement with HPs. As I was finishing my sentence and I released the slide, I felt the hiccup… the gun did not go into battery. I looked down and saw that the slide had moved forward about 1/4-1/3rd of an inch and that the front of the bullet was resting on the feed ramp. The XD-S 9mm had failed to feed the first round of the HP test. I was seriously disappointed. Being human, I immediately hypothesized that I might have failed to rack the slide properly… maybe I didn’t pull back fully? Maybe it was the odd angle I was at while talking to the camera, but keeping the gun pointed downrange? Maybe I left my hand in contact with the slide as it started moving forward? Maybe, maybe, maybe… but, there I was with a gun that didn’t feed the hollow point.
You might remember my single stack pistol comparison between the Beretta Nana, Kahr CM9 and Smith & Wesson Shield from last year. Well, I think adding the XD-S and Bersa BP9CC to the comparison would be fun. Call me crazy, but I am particularly interested in the BP9CC.