Why did I buy a Springfield 40 S&W Sub-Compact?

I have been asked several times why I purchased a Springfield and not a Glock.  I have taken both shooting, and I like the feel of the Springfield a little better than the Glock, and I also like the safety features of the Springfield better.
But first, lets discuss how the gun handles.  I have very big hands.  I thought for sure that there was no way I could use a sub-compact and feel comfortable with it.  So when I went to the store I was set on buying a full size XDM, but I tried the sub-compact.  I have to be honest, I would not of bought the sub-compact if it did not come with the extended magazine.  But with the extended magazine I liked the gun better than the full size XDM.  Below is a picture of me holding the gun with the standard magazine, and then one with the extended magazine.

Notice that the lower part of my hand and my pinkie finger hang under the gun with the standard magazine.  But when I have the extended magazine the gun fits nicely in my hand.  The reason I felt I had to have a gun that fit nicely in my hand was because I thought I would have a tendency to move my hand up higher on the grip, and that would increase the chances of my hand getting caught by the guns action.

Now, for safety reasons, I am going to stress that you use snap cap rounds when you try loading, unloading, or handling your gun to get use to it.  DO NOT USE REAL AMMO.  Below is a picture of what snap caps look like in a clip.

Some of the XD models are equipped with a thumb safety which can be operated by both right and left handed shooters.  The sub-compact model that I purchased does not come with this thumb safety.  (NOTE: The thumb safety does not count as an action when determining if the gun is loaded.  In Utah a gun is considered loaded if there is only one action to shoot the gun.  ie, if you pull the trigger the gun will fire.  The safety does not count as an action, so you cannot consider the gun unloaded if you can pull the trigger and it will fire even if the slide safety is on.)

The second safety feature I like is the trigger safety.  The trigger safety locks the trigger from moving backward.  The trigger safety is a lever located in front of the trigger.  It is shown in the picture below.

The third safety feature I like on the Springfield’s is the grip safety.  The grip safety is located at the top rear of the firearm grip.  The grip safety must be depressed to be deactivated.  So in order to shot the gun you must have the grip safety and pull the trigger safety before pulling the trigger.  The grip safety is shown below.

But these three safety devices are not the only things that make the Springfield a very safe gun to own.  There are two indicators that will let you know if the gun is ready to fire.

The first indicator is the Loaded Chamber indicator.  This will let you know if there is a round in the chamber.   When the loaded chamber indicator is up, the firearm is ready to fire.  The next picture is a picture of the fire indicator down, or the firearm does not have a round chambered.

Notice how the metal piece just below the chamber is flush with the top of the gun.  The next picture shows the loaded chamber up, or the firearm is ready to fire.

Notice how now the indicator is up, it is not flat with the top of the gun.

The second indicator is the striker status indicator.  This indicator is in the rear of the slide.  When the firearm is cocked, the pin will protrude out of the rear of the slide.  (Note: The cocking indicator does not always mean that the firearm is loaded, both the chamber indicator and the cocking indicator have to be showing for the gun to be ready to fire.  NEVER  TRUST A SAFETY OR AN INDICATOR!!!  ALWAYS ASSUME THE FIREARM IS LOADED, AND READY TO FIRE).  The following picture shows the striker indicator without the gun being cocked.

Notice that there is not a silver pen in the middle of the loaded striker status indicator.  The picture below shows what it looks like when the firearm is cocked.

Notice that the round hole now has the silver pin in it.  This indicates that the gun is cocked.

These are some of the reason I chose to purchase a Springfield over the Glock.  But as noted before, always treat a firearm as if it is loaded and ready to fire.  Keep your finger away from the trigger, and when you pick up a gun, make sure the magazine is not in it, and that there is not a round in the chamber.

Next, I will show you what this firearm looks like when you field dress it and then reassemble it.



  1. I find the premise of the leading question: why didn't you buy a Glock? to be extremely annoying. Glocks are great handguns, but I get tired of the assumption that anything other than a Glock is sub-standard, and you must have some justification to buy anything not-a-Glock. "Why did you choose the XD?" is a great question. "Why didn't you get a Glock?" lessens my opinion of the questioner's opinions about firearms.

  2. Glocks are good guns, but I like the feel of the Springfield better. It was more of a personal preference.

    It is kinda like buying a car, you buy what you think is a good deal, gives you the functionality you want, and you like the look and feel of.

  3. You only gave a partial answer to your question. You answered the question as to why you bought a Springfield XD SC, however you left out the part about why you bought a 40 (compared to a 9mm or 45).

    Curious minds want to know.


  4. When I was taking my CCW class, they had different types of ammo that they had shot into ballistics gell. I got so see hollow point bullets after being fired. Lots of people think that hollow point means small hole going in and big hole going out. That is not the case. The hollow point is designed to flatten or fall appart after its inital impact to mushroom the force so it slows and stops. The 9mm does not do that a large percentage of the time. But the 40 cal does it almost every time, having a larger surface area.

    Since this gun will be used most of the time for concealed carry, I wanted the bullet to stop after hitting its first target, and not to travel through it. So the 40 has a higher chance of doing that over the 9mm. I was willing to give up the extra magazine capacity of the 9mm for the extra hollow point effect of the 40.

    So when I conceal carry the handgun, I will have it loaded with hollow point rounds. But when I am using it for target practice, I will be using full metal jacket rounds.

  5. So, the reason you went for the 40 over the 9mm was because you want the bullet to stop when it hits the target and not travel through it, mainly because it has a larger surface area. Why not go with the 45 then? Larger surface area, slower bullet, bigger hole, etc…

    You cannot guarantee that a 9mm or 40 hollow point will expand every time, but you can guarantee every time that a 45 won't shrink. =)

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