Springfield Armory has announced its new Springfield XD-E, the manufacturer’s first hammer-fired gun in the popular XD line.
Springfield Armory has continued to update and improve upon its respected XD series of pistols ever since the first XD was introduced back in 2002. The Illinois-based manufacturer has added several different lines over the years – the larger XD-M, the carry-oriented XD-S and, more recently, the XD Mod. 2 series. Now it has debuted the new Springfield XD-E, a 9mm single-stack pistol intended for the carry market, at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.
The new XD-E, while still a member of the XD family in name and appearance, is quite different from Springfield’s previous XD models. Most noticeably, it’s not a striker-fired gun, which can clearly be seen in the external hammer at the rear. The pistol, in fact, uses a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger. At this time, pull weight is not listed.
Due to its external hammer, the gun is also able to use a slide that’s easier to rack, which the manufacturer has dubbed the L.E.S, or Low-Effort Slide. According to Springfield, the slide requires 27 percent less effort to manipulate, which will be welcome news to anyone who has difficulty pulling back the slide on standard striker-fired guns.
img source: http://www.springfield-armory.com/xde-series/