Springfield Armory XD-S in .40 S&W

Springfield Armory XDS 40

After several years of only 9mm and .45 ACP, Springfield Armory finally introduced .40 S&W to the XD-S line of pistols. The new gun comes in the 3.3″ version, though I would expect a 4.0″ version to also be introduced later.

Like the original models, the new XD-S is a single stack pistol designed to be a good balance between concealability and shootability. The gun is small enough to carry on an ankle, yet is not abusing to shoot.

These guns are thin: 0.9″ to be exact. This is the same size as the original .45 ACP and 9mm guns.


Springfield Armory includes a normal sized fiber optic front sight on the gun. That is a lot better than some of the subcompact pistols hitting the market, and it helps you get on target fast.

The pistols have a grip safety, but do not have a thumb safety. In my prior experiences with the XD and XD-S lines, I have never encountered any problems with the grip safety.

Springfield Armory ships the guns with a flush fitting 6-round magazine and an extended 7-round magazine. According to the company, 8-round magazines will also be available.

XDS-40 review

The external dimensions are the same and the original calibers: 4.4″ tall, 0.9″ wide and 6.3″ long. Since both the .45 and 9mm fit the same holsters, I expect the new .40 to be able to fit all of the existing carry rigs as well.

Springfield Armory advised the guns should be available by mid-February 2016.

.40 S&W XD-S Specifications

caliber.40 S&W
capacity6+1 (7+1 extended magazine)
weight22 oz with magazine
barrel length3.3"
overall length6.3"
grip width0.9"
stated trigger pull weight5.5 - 7.7 pounds
sightsfront fiber optic, rear two white dots (dovetailed)
finishblack or stainless slide, black polymer frame
MSRPnot given, approximately: $599 (black), $669 (two-tone)

I’ve had the chance to shoot all of the XD-S variants thus far, and I have been impressed by them. I think they make an excellent CCW and backup gun depending on your needs. The 4.0 version (reviewed here) is particularly good for inside-the-waistband concealed carry as the handle is chopped for less obvious printing while still retaining the longer sight radius and increased velocity that a 4″ barrel provides.

Springfield XDS 40 review

The XD-S series pistols go head-to-head with guns like the Smith & Wesson Shield, Walther PPS and Glock 43. While I like the XD-S quite a bit, of the thin, subcompact pistols, I settled on the G43 for my own needs. My wife chose the Shield. Frankly, I think any of the four are amazing weapons and would serve you well.

So, what do you think? Has the lack of .40 kept you from buying an XD-S? Or, is this really not of any interest to you at all? Sound off in the comments below.


The New Kahr CT40 and CT45 Pistols

Kahr CT45

Kahr will introduce two new, full-sized pistols in 2014:  the CT40 and the CT45 handguns.  The new pistols will be the same size as the TP series guns, but with a much lower suggested retail price.

Like the CW-series of handguns, Kahr is reducing the production costs on the CT40 and the CT45 through the uses of MIM parts, a less expensive barrel and the reduction of machining operations on the slide.


Springfield XDS 40 – When Will It Hit The Market?

Springfield XDS 40
Remove the 9mm markings on this pistol and you have what the new Springfield XDS 40 will look like.

(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.


Charter Arms Rimless Revolver

Charter Arms Pitbull revolver

The Charter Arms Rimless Revolver (CARR) took a long time to get to market. There were a number of false starts and premature press releases. However, the revolver that takes rimless cartridges without the need for moon clips finally did make the market in 2012 – almost four years after the first announcement.

The final product was the Charter Arms Pitbull. Although we were promised a .45 ACP version also, the gun is only available in 9mm and .40 S&W. Read more about the new guns here.


Smith and Wesson 610: A 10mm Revolver

Smith & Wesson 610 revolver

[Editor’s note: This article was from the 2008 re-introduction of the Model 610. The gun did not stay in the company catalog very long. However, in 2019, Smith & Wesson brought back the 10mm revolver. I encourage you to read my Smith & Wesson Model 610 Review.]

In recent months, it seems the 10mm cartridge has been gaining a lot of followers.  The problem is, there aren’t many firearms currently manufactured that shoot the 10mm.  Consequently, the prices of used 10mm handguns, like the Colt Delta Elite, have been climbing.

Smith and Wesson, rather quietly, has been selling a 10mm handgun.  Rather than an autopistol, S&W is selling a revolver chambered for the 10mm: the Smith and Wesson model 610.  The original 610 was introduced almost two decades ago, and Smith discontinued production for a period of time.  However, S&W brought the gun back and it is currently available.

The S&W 610 is a stainless steel revolver with either a 4″ (3 7/8″ actually) or 6 1/2″ barrel. The handgun holds six rounds, has nice Hogue rubber grips, and weighs in at 42.5 ounces and 49.4 ounces (unloaded) respectively.  Loading is handled via full moon clips.

Two major advantages exist for chambering a revolver in 10mm.  The first is a lot of 10mm owners like to hunt with that cartridge.  A revolver offers increased reliability in adverse weather and environmental condition, making the 610 a good platform for 10mm hunters.

The second advantage of a 10mm revolver is the 610 also chambers .40 S&W cartridge.  While the 10mm is clearly a superior hunting cartridge, the .40 S&W is much more common and cheaper to shoot.  Additionally, all major manufacturers make .40 S&W personal protection ammunition with the latest bullet designs, while few make 10mm ammo with the current generation of self defense bullets.  So, .40 S&W ammo may be better for self defense applications.

These two advantages mean that one revolver can be used for plinking, self defense, and hunting…without a decrease in reliability in virtually any environment…simply by choosing which ammunition to feed it.

The S&W 610 retails for $980, but I have seen them significantly cheaper at some dealers looking to move them due to a lack of interest.  The funny thing is, I imagine that they are not selling as well as other Smith products due to a lack of advertising, not due to a lack of interest.  If more people knew about them, they would probably be selling a little quicker with the dealers I talked to.

Smith & Wesson Model 610 Revolver