The Springfield XD Gun: The Glock Copycat That Beats a Glock?
The Springfield XD series could rightly be considered something of a copycat of Glock’s line of pistols. While undeniably true, it is also true HS Produkt/Springfield has embraced features Glock won’t, such the grip safety and removable backstraps.
Key Point: The Springfield XD series could rightly be considered something of a copycat of Glock’s line of pistols. While undeniably true, it is also true HS Produkt/Springfield has embraced features Glock won’t, such the grip safety and removable backstraps. This, along with an attractive price point due to cheaper Croatian labor, has allowed the XD series to carve out an impressive niche in the U.S. market.
In the early 2000s, a new handgun hit the market from an unlikely place: the Balkan republic of Croatia.
The gun drew considerable inspiration from the Glock pistol and quickly gained a reputation as a well designed, reliable, relatively inexpensive weapon. The HS 2000 was quickly licensed by Springfield Armory, which dubbed it the XD (“Extreme Duty”), and sells it to this day.
Croatia was the second republic to secede from Yugoslavia and suffered heavily in the ensuing multi-year civil war. After the war, the country proceeded to produce its own small arms, in part to ensure self-sufficiency in defense and increase exports. One of the first weapons developed by an independent Croatia was the HS-95, a close copy of the SIG 220 shown for the first time in 1991.
This copying of a successful handgun design was repeated with the HS-2000. After a brief run sold under the HS name American gun manufacturer Springfield Armory purchased the exclusive distributorship rights, renaming the HS-2000 the XD. The Springfield XD was re-released to the public with only minor changes and it remains on the market today, and it is still manufactured by HS Produkt in Croatia.
The Springfield XD is a recoil-operated, locked breech, striker-fired handgun. In both inward and outward appearance, it is very similar to the Glock 19 handgun. Like the Glock, it used a polymer frame and grip paired with a steel slide and barrel to achieve significant weight gains over comparable all-steel handguns. The HS-2000 even disassembles in a similar manner. Like the Glock, the XD’s trigger needs to be pulled in order to complete the takedown process.
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