(Ed. note: Springfield Armory finally announced the new XDS 40. The details on the new gun are here.)
Rumors of the Springfield XDS 40 have been floating around since the introduction of the original XDS 45 at the 2012 SHOT Show. At the time of this writing, there has not been any official word from Springfield Armory, but people believe an announcement is close. I would expect the .40 caliber version to be rolled out in January at SHOT Show 2014. But, I would not be surprised to see the gun at the 2013 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) show this fall.
The XDS 40, whenever it is introduced, will likely have dimensions identical to those of the 9mm and .45 ACP version. Both of the current versions share the same height, width and length. They both fit the same holsters. There is a slight weight difference (the .45 ACP is lighter) because of the diameter of the bore in the barrel. With a flush fitting magazine, the 9mm holds 7+1 rounds while the .45 ACP holds 5+1.
The XDS 40 would likely be the same size and would have a weight between the two existing handguns. Magazine capacity would probably also fall between the two with a 6+1 capacity. The pistol would fit the same holsters the other two XDS handguns fit.
Some people suggest the higher pressure of the .40 S&W would make this a difficult and uncomfortable pistol to shoot. I do not doubt that the recoil would be more than that of the 9mm. However, I do not think the recoil and muzzle flip would be so significant as to render the gun useless. I would expect the recoil to be about that of a Glock 27, which is generally regarded as a good carry gun.
I’ve had the chance to shoot both versions of the current XDS pistols and neither struck me as being heavy recoiling. I expect the .40 to be a little heavier, but not much. If you prefer a a gun chambered in .40 S&W, the XDS when released will likel fit the bill.
Reporting staff from GunsHolstersAndGear.com will be at the SHOT Show and the NASGW expo. When the announcement is made, we will bring you all of the details and photos of the new Springfield XDS 40.