Springfield Armory has released their new XD-E™ compact hammer-fired polymer pistol. In what appears to be a response to a somewhat growing inquiry by customers for enhanced hammer-fired pistols, the XD-E focus is clearly on “the hammer reinvented.” In a market flooded with striker-fired, polymer framed pistols, it is kind of refreshing to see a classic design emerge with the highlights of engineering and design manufacturers have been displaying in recent years.
The XD-E features solidify its place in the concealed carry arena, or back-up handgun for on-duty use. Designed with a slim profile, polymer frame, and enhanced features, the Springfield XD-E should be a welcome option to any Springfield Armory fan or concealed carry customer. The new Springfield XD-E will have a slim profile polymer frame and stainless steel slide, providing the best of both worlds for weight and durability. The XD-E action is double-action/single action (DA/SA), with a de-cocking lever/safety on the rear of the frame. One of the main advantages the new XD-E advertises; however, is the reported 27% less energy required to manipulate the slide.