UPDATED 4/27/17: With new image released from Springfield Armory teasing the new pistol
Just the other day I wrote (see the article here) and speculated a little bit about an exciting new announcement from Springfield Armory who just announced they will be releasing a new handgun that they have been secretly working on for 2 years.
What I wrote in that article was completely wrong! This new handgun is NOT going to be striker-fired, and I actually think it may not include a grip safety. (Grip safety and striker-fired haters rejoice!)
After getting a little better look at the teaser video released by Springfield, I was able to find some more info about the gun.
The New Pistol Will Be Called the Springfield Armory XD(E)
In this image above, just for a split second, the logo is visible where they did not blur it out to hide it from view. Much in the same style as the XD(M) line of pistols, this one will feature the XD logo together with a little ‘E'.
So this new gun will clearly become a part of the XD-series of pistols. This should bode well for them as they have a pretty decent fanbase of XD and XD(M) shooters and owners. I am sure many of those gun owners will want to add this new pistol to their collection.
It's Confirmed: the Springfield Armory XD(E) Will Be Hammer-Fired
That's why I said I was wrong…DEAD WRONG…as I had predicted it was going to be striker-fired in my previous post. But I thought that based on this image:
This image cut-off the hammer portion of the gun. Some people claimed they could see the “slot” where the hammer would fall in this image, but I don't see a slot there. So whatever.
Regardless, with this new photographic evidence, it is clear that the new gun is hammer-fired, and that's pretty cool for you old school fellas…however…
Not so old school is this fact about the new XD(E)…
The Springfield Armory XD(E) Will Be Polymer-Framed
Those other images above seem to be of polymer-framed guns that is visible where the dust cover with integral rail is seen just in front of the shooter's thumb.
But here's another one where we get a little bit of a look at the mag well of the gun…it looks very much like a polymer frame as well:
Looks like black plastic to me.
The New Pistol Will Not Have a Grip Safety
Actually I don't know that for certain, but in this image where you see a product brochure laying on the table in the background, it appears there is not anything protruding from the backstrap of the grip.
This screengrab also gives us the first look at the trigger which I will talk about in the next section.
“The Hammer Reinvented” – The XD(E) Will Be Double Action
In a couple of other screen grabs that I'm not going to bother posting here, I was able to see that an apparent slogan will be “The Hammer Reinvented”. I have no idea what that means. But we know it will be hammer-fired, and we can tell it will be double action of some sort. Will it be a DA/SA? Or will it be a DAO? If it is DA/SA, will it feature a decocker?
The answers to these questions remain to be seen. I personally would hope for a DA/SA action, but then there's this slogan “The Hammer Reinvented”. That tells me that they think they have come up with something clever, and I'm wondering if it might be a type of DAO that is super smooth and light, more like a striker-fired pistol.
The New XD(E) Will Be a Single Stack
Actually, I don't know for sure about this claim either, but I have my suspicions. In the background of a few clips from the teaser video, magazines can be seen that appear to be single stack. But they look like they have a little thickness to them as well. So could this new handgun be a .45acp? That would not surprise me since Springfield Armory had no qualms about releasing the XDs in .45acp first.
Another thought I had is that looking at some of the screen grabs, either the shooter doesn't handle recoil from a 9mm well (which I doubt because his grip looks pretty solid to me), or he's shooting something with a little more kick than a 9mm…and that would lead me to think it's possible it's a single stack .45acp.
I know it's not the best image, but those don't necessarily look like double-stack mags to me…
Will It Be Made in America?
I sure hope so…but I wouldn't count on it, especially since it will be bearing the XD logo and name. We'll see.
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Haven't seen the teaser video yet? Check it out below…
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