Range Report - XD® Mod.2™ 4" Service Model

Posted by Rob Leatham

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Sep 8, 2015 5:27:00 AM

You knew it was coming...

And here it is - the all-new XD® Mod.2™ 4” Service Model with GripZone®! Hot on the heels of the 3” Sub-Compact Mod.2™, the Service Model chambers the increasingly popular 9x19mm cartridge and utilizes the same 16-round magazine as standard XD® models.

And just like its little brother, the "New Guy" gets the new Mod.2 look and feel.

 Let's check out the slide assembly. 

  • Fiber-optic front sight - easy visibility in any ambient light condition
  • XD(M)®-style, high-visibility combat rear sight
  • Slim, narrow slide
  • Built-in, Posi-wedge cocking serrations
  • 
Loaded-chamber indicator
  • Striker-position indicator

So that's the top half of the story - what about the frame?

More GripZone®!

The bottom half of the pistol is the rest of the magic. Just like the Sub-Compact, this new XD® Mod.2™ model features our prized GripZone® technology.

Wait - what's GripZone® again?

By dividing the surface of the frame into regions, we can vary the level of coarseness of each individual zone - hence the name GripZone®. We fine-tune the friction coefficient between you and your gun. Kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, GripZone® allows us to get the texturing of each zone “just right,” improving both comfort and control.

The Zones Defined

So what are these zones” anyway? Let me break them down for you.

  • Zone 1 - The coarsest or “sharpest” texture - applied only to zones that come into contact with the most critical points of the shooting hand and fingers, it helps keep the gun firmly under the user's control
  • Zone 2 - The medium texture - applied to secondary gripping surfaces to improve grip while not causing discomfort, abrasion or snag on clothing
  • Zone 3 - The minimal, nearly smooth texture - applied to areas in which your body or clothing will come into contact when carrying while not affecting grip or control

But wait, it gets better!

The XD® Mod.2™ 4” sports a 30 percent increase in GripZone®!

New texturing? Check. Great sights? Check. Improved GripZone®? Check. Anything else? Well...

Enhanced Frame

There are a variety of factors other than GripZone® that contribute to making the XD® Mod.2™ 4” frame exceptional. Take your pick:

Shape: The contours are fine-tuned for greater gripping comfort and control

Contour: Its ultra-slim form features relief cuts on the sides of the frame for a more comfortable shooting experience

Finger Grooves: Subtle grooves create a more ergonomic contact area between hands and frame for better control

High-Hand Beavertail: The shape and position of the tang ensures hand safety and shooting comfort, as well as permitting easy, fast and positive gripping of the pistol

High-Hand Grip Relief: Your fingers are moved high up the frontstrap of the grip, gaining you greater control and increased comfort

Ergonomics Refined

Everything we've discussed so far coming together in perfect harmony makes up what we call Point & Shoot Ergonomics™, a system combining grip shape and surface with a natural bore-to-grip angle. When grip and control improves, so do accuracy and speed. You just grip it and rip it and let the gun do the work for you.

Range Report

I gave the XD® Mod.2™ 4” a good workout at the range. What I found didn’t surprise me. Like all XD®s, this model shot very well. It was accurate and right on target from the get-go. In controlled, medium-paced fire, the shots went right where I aimed them. As expected, accuracy is not an issue.

The gun really shines when you push the pace. At seven yards, firing as fast as I could pull the trigger, every round went into the A-zone of a USPSA (United States Practice Shooting Association) target. And the last six shots of the magazine went onto the upper A/B panel.

My first time shooting the gun I immediately noticed how comfortable it felt in my hands. I especially appreciate the ultra-slim, contoured frame, as it allows my stubby little fingers to easily reach the trigger. And the pistol was totally locked in when I gripped it - no slippage. 

That GripZone® shape and texture really works!

The Bottom Line

The XD® Mod.2™ is a great package. The 4” Service Model is a heavy-duty, work-horse pistol that performs like a thoroughbred 

Accurate, reliable, durable and dependable, the XD® Mod.2™ 4" is the service model you've been waiting for. 

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