While primarily known for turning out supped up 1911 longslides, the Springfield Armory Custom shop also will extensively refit and upgrade your standard XD in a number of options for carry and competition.
Springfield Armory Custom Shop series XD(S) 3.8 Compact Carry (Photo by Springfield Armory)
About the shop
If you want to set up your XD to run like a Swiss watch, there are several methods of accomplishing this. In addition to aftermarket suppliers such as Springer Precision, Pistol Gear and Galloway, Springfield itself runs a renowned custom shop http://www.springfield-armory.com/custom/ that they bill as "The last of the true custom shops."
While Springfield Armory imports their new-made XDs from IM Metal in Croatia, their custom shop in Geneseo, Illinois will take one of these and offer any number of services for it. Several forum members have had good luck with sending their guns into the shop for installation of everything from sights to improved triggers.
In the "under $100" category, the shop will add a fiber-optic or Trijicon front site, swap out an extended mag release, change out a factory guide rod for a tungsten or full-length variety, increase the trigger pull to 10-12 pounds or Armory Kote all metal parts in either Matte black or OD Green.
Moving up from there you can get any manner of extensive trigger or barrel upgrades, frame mods, and sights that range from fixed to custom adjustable to Dawson target sights and Heinie Straight 8 Slant Pro tritium night sights.
Then there are three different packages for three different purposes that range from $500-$800.
- Carry Package with combat action job bringing it down to as little as 4-pounds trigger pull and a variety of sight options
- Production Package with a complete action job (can you say 3.5-pound trigger and match barrel?)
- Custom Competition Package (smooth face trigger, Bomar style sights, and tons of other bells and whistles
They even make a custom series XD(S) 3.8 Compact Carry with 4.5 5 lb. trigger pull, over-travel stop trigger, match barrel, Springfield Custom 3 Dot tritium night sights and "X-Tremeflauge" finish.
For more info and pricelists, check SA's website.