Gun Reviews


Posted Jun 16, 2023

Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact is a great choice for home defense, personal protection, competitive shooting, or just plinking. This compact handgun is lightweight, reliable, easy to maintain, and comes in a variety of finishes and configurations.

In terms of design, the XD-9 Sub Compact is a single action handgun with a polymer frame featuring a structured, ergonomic grip. It features a stainless steel slide, and loaded chamber indicator. The trigger guard is extended for comfortable two-handed operation, and the sights are adjustable, 3 dot system. Magazines for the XD-9 Sub Compact range from 8 or 16-rounds in 9mm caliber.

The XD-9 Sub Compact is an excellent choice for those who are interested in a reliable, compact pistol. It is reliable and easy to maintain, and it's relatively lightweight and easy to carry. The grip angle is comfortable, and the ergonomics are such that this gun points and shoots quite naturally. The longer trigger guard also allows for two-handed operation.

When it comes to accuracy, the XD-9 Sub Compact fares quite well. In testing, the gun managed to consistently land shots in the center of a standard 9-inch target at 25 yards. This is impressive for a gun of its size and caliber, and the adjustable sights can be used to dial in even more precision.

The recoil of the XD-9 Sub Compact is mild. The basic design and lightweight polymer frame of the gun helps to keep felt recoil to a minimum. This is great for home defense and other personal protection scenarios, as it allows for more accurate follow up shots.

Part of what makes the XD-9 Sub Compact such a great choice is the fact that it is so easy to maintain. It features a tool-less, take-down design, which makes it quick and easy to clean and lubricate. The gun is also equipped with a lowered and flared ejection port - which aids in reliable ejection.

The Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact is also a great choice for just plinking at the range. The trigger feels good, and is quite light and crisp for such a small gun. The sights are adjustable, and offer a good sight picture. Furthermore, the gun feels good in the hand and is well balanced.

Overall, the Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact is a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable, compact handgun with good ergonomics, accuracy, and affordability. The polymer frame keeps the gun lightweight, and the adjustable sights make it easy to customize the gun to the shooter's preference. The XD-9 Sub Compact is an excellent choice for self-defense, concealed carry, and just plain fun at the range. For these reasons, it is well worth considering.

Pros & Cons


  1. Easy to operate and highly reliable
  1. Excellent ergonomics and handling
  1. Highly accurate and customizable
  1. Highly durable
  1. Available in three models: 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP


  1. Can be difficult to handle for small framed persons
  1. Not suitable for left-handed shooters due to the magazine release being on the left side
  1. Limited aftermarket modifications are available
  1. Not as lightweight as other similar pistols
  1. Higher price point than some other similar pistols

Who Should Buy

People who should buy the SPRINGFIELD ARMORY XD-9 SUB COMPACT are those who are looking for a reliable and powerful handgun for concealed carry or target shooting. It is a great choice for concealed carry because of its small size, light weight, and the fact that it is highly accurate. It also has low felt recoil, meaning that it is easier to fire accurately.

Those who should not buy this handgun include those who are not familiar with firearms, or those who are looking for something with greater capacity than what the XD-9 offers. It is also not suitable for competition shooting due to its relatively low capacity.

Caliber: 9x19mmCaliber: .45 ACPCaliber: .45 ACPCaliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
Capacity: 10+1Capacity: 8+1Capacity: 8+1Capacity: 30+1
Barrel Length: 3"Barrel Length: 4.2"Barrel Length: 4"Barrel Length: 16"
Weight: 25.3ozWeight: 36.2ozWeight: 32.9ozWeight: 7.9lbs
Finish: BlackFinish: BluedFinish: BlackFinish: Black
Sights: Front & Rear DovetailSights: Fixed CombatSights: Adjustable CombatSights: Tactical Adjustable

Features / Specs

• 9mm caliber

• 3" barrel

• 13+1 round capacity

• Double action/single action

• Low profile three-dot sights

• 5" High Hand Grip Frame

• Polymer frame

• Slim design

• Striker status indicator

• Driven racker for keeping slide open

• Fully loaded chamber indicator

• Short reset trigger

• Weight 26.5 ounces

Popular Accessories

The most popular accessories for the Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact would include a holster for concealed or open carry, additional magazines, extended grips, combat lights, night sights, and even a customized trigger. There are many other options available to customize the firearm to your specific needs.


The Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact is known for its accuracy and reliability. This gun is reliable and easy to use, making it popular among users. Ballistic tests have proven that this gun can extremely accurately fire 9mm rounds, with an average group size of about one inch at twenty-five yards. It also offers good accuracy with two-handed and one-handed shooting stances. The grip safety also ensures that it will not fire unintentionally and ensures security for the user. Additionally, the Springfield Armory XD-9 Sub Compact offers a great deal of customization for the user, allowing them to choose various accessories for it, such as sights, triggers, laser sights and grips that make it more suitable to their individual preferences.

Video Reviews
Cover Image for Awesome Carry Option Or Straight Trash? Springfield Armory XD9 Subcompact Review
Awesome Carry Option Or Straight Trash? Springfield Armory XD9 Subcompact Review
SPN Firearms3:36
Cover Image for Springfield XD9 Sub Compact Review
Springfield XD9 Sub Compact Review
Country Boy Reviews5:52
Cover Image for XD Sub vs Baby Glock
XD Sub vs Baby Glock

See similar reviews
Cover Image for BROWNING Hi-Power


Cover Image for RUGER SR22P


Cover Image for MARK II TARGET


Find your perfect gun

Take out short quiz and find out the perfect gun for you