By GabbyYep, I was giddy when I saw that sign. The XDs 9mm was within my grasp! Since shooting the XDs .45 I had been saying,
"I am gonna love that gun in a 9,"so I went into the Springfield tent with high hopes.
In the side by side comparison, it's hard to tell these two apart:
The width of the XDs is similar to my PPS, both are under an inch. Barrel length is almost identical, and overall height is actually identical.
Safety features for each gun are similar when comparing the trigger, but as with all in the XD line, there is a grip safety on the XDs.
Small guns, like these, often require an adjusted grip which shooters may forget.If not held correctly, malfunctions can occur. The grip safety on the XDs may help counter this. The PPS has a "cocked indicator" which appears as a red dot through the back plate on the slide.
Some have complained to me that the Walther magazine release, hinging from the base of the trigger guard, is awkward. To this I say, "Eh! You'll get used to it!" Or, you'll find an XDs with a normal mag release.
When shopping for a pistol, it's good to have more than one model or brand that would make you happy.Similar to buying a car or a house, this gives you a slight advantage in negotiating. (Unfortunately, even with this tip, it's unlikely that you will have much negotiating power in our current firearm market.) The XDs and the PPS are so similar, I love them both. As I have said, I added a palm swell to the grip of my PPS making it fit my hand to a T. Would I do the same to an XDs? I'm not sure. I'm also not sure which has the best trigger. This information would require a more in-depth and side by side trigger time comparison. (A job I am more than willing to do for you, my readers!) What I can ascertain from my short experience with the XDs at Media Day, I like shooting it a lot. Though I've owned the PPS for about six months, my shots are never as dead on as they were from the moment I picked up the XDs. I am yet to pin-point the exact reason for this, but I'll keep working on it. Based on my groupings with my Walther, I would assume that I am jerking the trigger ever so slightly. Maybe the trigger weight of these two is considerably different.
If you're in the market for a 9mm concealable pistol. The XDs and Walther PPS are both great options! The bigger question will be, which can be found? The PPS has been around since 2007 which would usually mean that it would be easier to track down than the brand new XDs, but I believe they are going to be equally tough to find any time soon.
Next up, will be the Beretta Nano's upgrades for 2013! Also, CZ-Custom now has an option for you as well! ...
Coming Soon ...
Have you read the other posts in this series?
Part III : The Beretta Nano
Part IV is coming soon!