If you have been paying attention to the pistol market over the past year, then you’ll be familiar with Springfield Armory’s Hellcat which has been extremely popular in part due to the pistol being sold already ready for optics.
Now, Springfield Armory has announced an optics ready version of their most popular single stack pistol which they are calling the XD-S Mod 2 OSP 9mm.
Now, to give some comparison, unlike the Hellcat which ships with 11 and 13 round magazines allowing you to carry 11+1 or 13+1 out of the box, the XD-S Mod 2 OSP ships with 7 and 9 round magazines and, being a single stack pistol, the thinking is that this firearm will be easier to keep concealed for concealed carry purposes and will appeal to those who like the Hellcat but want something a little smaller.
Springfield Armory’s press release gives us details:
The [XD-S Mod.2 OSP] 9mm pistol comes with a factory-milled slide for low-profile, direct mounting of compact optics for an intuitive sight picture and uninterrupted focus on target. The result is a handgun that accepts the smallest, most popular micro red dots on the market, and is also offered from the factory with an optional Crimson Trace micro red dot.
The optic mounts directly to the slide to achieve a minimum footprint and sits low enough to effectively utilize iron sights in an emergency. The sights are made up of a white dot front sight paired with an anti-glare serrated U-notch rear to ensure quick and positive target acquisition. When an optic is not present, an included seamless polymer cover plate installs with ease and adds additional slide serrations.
To ensure a long life and rugged reliability, the XD-S Mod.2 OSP features a 3.3” hammer forged barrel and matching forged slide. The pistol’s passive grip safety immediately readies the gun to fire when gripped but keeps the gun safe during carry. An additional drop safety in the striker block works in conjunction with the grip safety to provide confident carry.
MSRP for the XD-S Mod.2 OSP is $425 without the red dot and $549 with a Crimson Trace Red Dot included, so, for many people, this could be an attractive concealed carry option for their next pistol purchase. If that is you, then this may be a firearm to check out in your shopping process.