If you have been on the fence about getting a single-stack slimline XD(S) 3.3 in either 9mm or .45ACP but just really wanted one in flat dark earth, its time you dig into the cookie jar because you are now in luck.
As reported this week, Springfield Armory, through Davidsons (one of the largest firearms wholesalers in the country), is now offering a number of M1A rifles and XD series pistols in flat dark earth.
Included in the release are two new XD(S) 3.3 variants, in 9mm and .45ACP respectively, that are already shipping to retailers that we can find. Flat Dark Earth (also known as FDE), just in case you have been under a rock for the past five years or so, is an extremely popular tan/earth color that contrasts well against the black upper of the XD and is one of the most common custom earth tones requested nationwide from coatings producers like Duracoat and Cerakote.
And now you can get your XDS 3.3 direct from the factory. As such, it is now the third finish offering besides black on black and stainless over black polymer.
The XDS in a nutshell.
With the "S" in the series denoting a single stack magazine, these guns took the improvements that came about with the M-series XD over the original HS2000 pattern gun and shrunk everything down. Using a 3.3-inch or 4-inch barrel coupled with a frame that is slimmed significantly by the use of a single stack rather than double stack mag, you have a handy little .45 that is only an inch thick. This gives you a subcompact gun that is about the same relative "palm-size" as a snub-nosed .38 special or a Glock 36 subcompact (and in some cases even thinner, sorry Glock) that is capable of firing that grand old gentleman that is the .45ACP.
Team Springfield's Rob Leatham on XD-S Concealability & Extra Magazine Placement
Concealable and popular
Guns America named the XDS .45 in either 3.3 or 4.0 as their top recommendation for concealed carry .45s. It's a short list, but the XD beat out the Glock 30/36, the Kahr PM45/CM45, and the ubiquitous 1911 itself. "Tiny enough to carry inside the waistband (IWB) in any weather, no manual safety to manipulate under stress, and the reliability it has demonstrated make this my first choice every time," wrote the reviewer.
Springfield XDS 3.3 Flat Dark Earth
Manufacturer: Springfield Armory
Model #: XD-S Essential Davidsons Exclusive
Type: Pistol: Semi-Auto
Finish: Black Melonite Finish Slide
Stock: Dark Earth Poly Frame W/ Enhanced Grip Texture
Sights: Ft; Fiber Optic Rr; Fixed Dovetail
Overall Length: 6.3"
Weight: (empty) 21.5 oz (.45) 23 oz. (9mm)
Caliber: 45AP or 9mm
Capacity: 5+1 & 6+1 (.45) 8+1 & 7+1 (9mm)
Action: Double Action Only (USA Trigger System)
# of Mags: 2 , 1 standard and 1 W/Mid-Mag X-Tension
Packaging: Plastic Case, Cable Lock
Receiver: Single-Position Picatinny Rail
Features: Davidsons Exclusive