5/26/2009

Springfield XD 9mm


Chuck Taylor's view of the Springfield XD 9mm:

In the category of small arms, the names of B. Tyler Henry, Hiram Maxim, John Browning and George Luger attained legendary status, as did Sam Colt, Daniel Wesson. John Garand, Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov cast huge shadows in the world of military rifle design, as does Gaston Glock in the world of handguns.

Yet, though on the surface, these men's achievements appear unrelated, they all share one thing in common – they took existing concepts and reshaped them into something whose time had come. And in so doing, they facilitated a quantum leap in technology that elevated the state of the art in their respective endeavors.

So it is with the Vukovic-led Croatian design team engineers who designed Springfield Armory's XD-9 9x19mm pistol. Although they're probably not aware of it, they created something significantly better than anything that came before. Incorporating the best of both Glock and SIG designs with a few new wrinkles thrown in for good measure, the XD-9 is a strong contender for the title of being the first true pistol of the 21st century.

Historically, the XD-9 began life as the HS-2000, which itself was an improved version of I.M. Metalworks (Karlovac, Croatia) HS-95 of 1995. But it actually first appeared as the PHP in 1991, though that particular pistol was fraught with a few quality control problems due to the ongoing Croatian civil war. Vukovic's design team continually refined the PHP and HS-95, correcting its design and metallurgical weaknesses, the final version being designated as the HS-2000. At this point, I'll forego further historic commentary because it would be redundant, since the HS-2000 was covered in detail in a previous issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. Shortly thereafter, Springfield Armory acquired importation rights and re-designated the weapon as the XD-9.

9 comments:

Brooke said...

Nice!

Brooke said...

Combat Handguns is an addiction of mine. I was published in "it happened to me" a while back.

Papa Frank said...

Oh really. Is there any way to get ahold of that article online? Or maybe you could put it in a place where I could find it.

Papa Frank said...

I put this post here because my lifetime membership with Front Sight came with a free Springfield XD. I chose a 9mm for the cheaper ammo. I also am a firm believer that if a gun says .45 it should also say Colt. ;0)

Brooke said...

PF: I honestly can't remember the issue it was in, and due to some water damage I no longer have it.

If you have any back issues, there is a picture sketch with the article which has a woman in a house robe holding a snubby while her husband is answering the door to a questionable character.

It should be within the last year.

Papa Frank said...

I found it.

The Merry Widow said...

Brooke-Oh, THAT incident...I forgot what happened.
G*D bless and MARANATHA!

tmw
Though I vaguely remember the high points...good going ezer!

The Hermit said...

Nice looking pistol. I don't have one though, I am old fashioned and pretty much stick to steel guns.

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