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The .40 held great promise as the ultimate defensive handgun cartridge. It seemed every law enforcement agency began issuing or permitting the use of .40 S&W chambered handguns.

The 9mm vs. .45 debate became a dead horse, and there wasn’t much sense in beating it further.

When concealed carry was passed into law in 2004 for Ohio and many other states, the .40 also became the must-have gun for permit holders. After all, if it was good enough for cops, it was good enough for civilians too.

As time went on, however, certain issues cropped up and took some of the shine off the .40 S&W. These problems reignited the 9mm vs. .45 debate.

First, the .40’s stopping power did not reach the legendary level of the .45 ACP’s stopping power record. As just one example, there was the shooting of a suspect by a Columbus Officer 15 years ago.

The suspect was shot 14 times with the .40 S&W 180-grain ammo before he finally gave up.

The second problem with the .40 is its blast and recoil. It is difficult for new shooters to handle, which is why we used the 9mm at our academy before it became the universal gold standard. It is also why we chose the .357 SIG round at my sheriff’s office.

The .357 had less recoil than the .40 due to its lighter weight of 125 grains, and muzzle energy was much higher.


What Happened to .40 Ammo?

Two additional major events worked hand-in-hand to cause the demise of the .40. The first was the FBI’s ballistic testing. It declared that, in terms of stopping effectiveness, the 9mm and the .40 were essentially the same.

The second was a special law enforcement deal from Glock. Law enforcement agencies were allowed to trade in their existing Glocks for brand new Gen3 9mm Glocks with night sights for $75 per gun, as I recall.

Talking to my Glock dealer, nearly everyone who traded in their old Glocks walked away with 9mm versions instead of .357s, .40s or .45s, due mainly to the FBI report.

There was also the fact that 9mm ammo was cheaper and recoiled less. The police duty caliber landscape changed immediately. With the .40 effectively out of the picture, the question comes back to 9mm vs. .45 again.

Springfield Armory extends its XD-E pistol line with a version chambered for the .45 ACP caliber. Many shooters around the world have a soft spot for the powerful and venerable “Forty-Five”, and like its 9mm sibling the new .45 model is a compact, sleek external hammer-fired, polymer-framed handgun. The frame is just 1” (25 mm) wide.

Total length is 6.75″, for a weight of 23 oz / 652 g (with empty magazine). The pistol is equipped with the Low Effort Slide (L.E.S.) that, according to manufacturer, requires 27% less effort to manipulate compared to striker-fired handguns in the same class thanks to the patent-pending hammer design, for an easier and quicker round chambering.

In times of striker-fired pistols, the XD-E range offers traditional external hammer-fired guns. And the new Springfield Armory .45 XD-E – which is produced in Croatia – includes a set of safety features that should inspire confidence for those who are not comfortable carrying a striker-fired pistol with no external safety lever.

The external hammer and loaded chamber indicator give a visual and tactile indication when the pistol is loaded.

The XD-E also features an ambidextrous thumb safety that can be used as a decocker to safely lower the hammer on a loaded chamber.

The double action trigger has a smooth, yet long and deliberate trigger to avoid unwanted shots. The magazine release is ambidextrous too. For a better grip purchase and control, anti-slip texturing has been applied to strategic areas.


The hammer-forged barrel is 3.3” / 84 mm long with a 1:16 twist. The gun features a dual recoil spring system, managed by a full-length guide rod, which should offer improved reliability and a soft-shooting feel. Barrel and slide have a hard-wearing black Melonite

Out of the box the XD-E is equipped with a fiber optic front sight paired with a low-profile white-dot rear, providing a positive sight picture that’s easily picked up in low light conditions. From January 2018 the XD-E will also be available with a Viridian E-Series laser.

The XD-E .45 ships with a 6-round magazine with pinky extension and a 7-round magazine with the grip extension. It also ships with an interchangeable flush base plate, allowing users to fully personalize concealability and capacity.

Design: The Springfield Armory XD-E 3.3 Single Stack speed loader is specifically designed for .45 ACP carry handgun magazine.

Material: The XD-E 3.3 speed loader is made of a tough used polymer, as opp to a more flimsy plastic, and the shape is fairly ergonomic as well.

Save Time & Hands: Offer shooters mean to quickly and efficiently load magazines, the device saves thumbs and time on the range. You will get an incredibly smooth experience.

Smooth Experience without Sore Fingers: This Springfield .45 ACP speed loader increases your speed and helps you enjoy your shooting experience up to the last round without having sore fingers and injury by loading your magazines fast and easy.

Made in USA: We are proud to say that all of our speed loaders are 100% designed and manufactured completely in the USA unlike most of the other companies who manufacture their loaders from outside of the USA.

All RAE Industries magazine loaders are specially designed to help you load your magazines faster and easier without wearing out your thumbs. Our loaders are designed using the dimensions of your specific handguns thus, it fits perfectly and comfortably. RAE Industries magazine speed loaders fit over 99% of all types of single or double stack Handguns.


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