Shooting Illustrated | Overview: Springfield XD-S Mod.2 OSP

In the past, adding red dot optics to the slide of your pistol was impractical and expensive, a custom gunsmithing novelty that you could purchase as standard from the factory. That all changed a few years ago with the advent of the optics-ready handgun – something Glock perfected with the Modular Optics System (MOS) – which in turn has won many shooters into red dot optics as an affordable, accuracy-enhancing option for their personal defense weapon.

Since red dot sights have become more affordable and slimmer without sacrificing reliability, without compromising durability, it is also of great value to integrate them into a highly concealable everyday weapon.

Such is the case with Springfield Armory’s newest pistol launch, the XD-S Mod.2 OSP. This special offer from Springfield is available in 9mm with a single-stack configuration that is identical to the original XD-S Mod. 2 except for the optically-ready, pre-milled slide. Shooters have the option to purchase a Crimson Trace red dot sight with the pistol ($ 549) or there is an option for a milled slide with cover plate ($ 425) for those who want to add an optic of their choice.

The XD-S Mod.2 OSP supplied for this test contained the pre-assembled Crimson Trace red dot sight, which is also supplied with a polymer cover. If you decide to have your own optics, remember that the slide is milled for microred points. This, in turn, does not allow the shooter to maintain the ideal concealment and glide function.

Other functions of the XD-S Mod.2 OSP are standard, including the Mod.2 handle frame. The pistol features rear grip security and ambidextrous mag-release, plus a front mounting rail and chamber indicator. Iron sights are evidence of the red dot.

Springfield sends it out the door with a 7- and 9-round magazine, and has several options that will affect the concealment of the handle and your ability to make a better buy for the gun. The 7-Rounder has a pink extension that prints minimally, while the 9-Rounder provides extra grip area and has the feel of a compact pistol-length grip that makes the XD-S more controllable (and comfortable to shoot). For those so inclined, you can buy an 8-round magazine as well.

The XD-S is equipped with a 3.3-inch barrel which is great for everyday use and – shockingly – probably not suitable for bullseye competitions. The accuracy in the range, especially with the red dot, was far more than sufficient at 10 meters. With the red dot, it’s easy to keep both eyes open, get a quick view of the target, and get quick, accurate follow-up shots.

We tested the pistol with Norma’s 115-grain Range & Training ammunition, as well as Federal Premium’s 124-grain Syntech training charges and 124-grain HST defense charges. Everything worked fine with the pistol and was very accurate in the 10 yard range. The red dot sight was reliable over 60 laps.

The new XD-S Mod.2 OSP is compact, easy to shoot and now has an optic film (or a red dot from Crimson Trace). It is just the thing for an everyday carrying weapon. With so many holster manufacturers now offering the option of a red dot cutout, it is also relatively easy and convenient to pair the XD-S OSP with the carry brand and type of your choice.

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