I recently received a press release from Springfield Armory announcing that “Effective April 7, 2016, a special edition of the XD-S 9mm was approved by the NYPD” for off-duty use.
Being ever inquisitive about special edition pistols, unlike most press releases I actually read this one. The fact that I like the XD-S is perhaps also an important consideration. If you’re unfamiliar with the XD-S it is a compact striker-fired 9mm pistol fed by 7-round magazines.
Here’s the text of the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NYPD Approves Springfield Armory® XD-S® For Off-Duty Use
Firearms Training Section Completes Armorer’s Training Program
GENESEO, IL, May 3, 2016 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce that effective April 7, 2016, a special edition of the XD-S® 9mm was approved by the New York City Police Department. Off-duty uniformed officers are now able to select the XD-S® 9mm pistol as their carry gun of choice.
The New York City Police Department wanted to afford off-duty officers with a pistol option that provided maximum concealment with absolute reliability. As a single-stack 9mm pistol with superior ergonomic features, the XD-S® fit the bill for concealment and controllability. With the new approval, NYPD officers may also carry the XD-S® 9mm NYPD Model as a backup gun while on duty as well.
The NYPD Firearms and Tactics Unit worked in cooperation with the Springfield Armory® engineering and design teams to develop a special edition of the popular XD-S® carry pistol that conforms to the exact requirements of the NYPD. After passing the department’s rigorous testing procedures, the Springfield Armory® XD-S® gained acceptance for use with no performance modifications and only minor adjustments to meet NYPD policy guidelines.
“We’re pleased that we were able to work with the team in the Firearms Training Section to meet specific needs of the department,” stated Dennis Reese, CEO, Springfield Armory®. “Our engineering team developed a new disconnector and grip safety spring that adjusts the trigger pull weight of the XD-S® to the specific policy requirements of the NYPD. The concealed carry community has responded to the XD-S® with overwhelming approval so we’re pleased that law enforcement officers can use it too.”
The NYPD-approved XD-S® pistol includes many of the same features that have made the handgun so popular in the broader concealed carry market. At just .9-inches wide, the XD-S® is easy to carry and conceal. The NYPD special edition pistol comes with three 9mm magazines including a seven-round flush model and two eight-round extended magazines. Like the commercial XD-S® the NYPD model includes a 3.3-inch hammer forged carbon steel barrel treated with Melonite™. With the flush magazine installed, the overall weight of the pistol is 23 ounces.
The Springfield Armory® Law Enforcement team completed the XD-S® Armorer’s Training Program April 9th, marking the official launch of the program to all uniformed officers. A detailed armorer’s manual produced by Springfield Armory® enables the NYPD Firearms Training Section and other law enforcement agencies to expand training internally after the launch event.
Now used for on and off duty carry at hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country, The New York Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to recognize the reliability and functional benefits of the XD®, XD(M)®, and XD-S® handgun platform.
The NYPD XD-S® is available now to qualified officers through local law enforcement dealers as model number XDS9339BNYPD.
The XD-S is a great choice for an off-duty pistol. It is very concealable, yet large enough to shoot quickly and accurately. There are several reasons the pistol is so easy to shoot for its size—it is relatively heavy, which helps keep down recoil, it has great sights, and it has a very nice trigger. The trigger pull on the original XD-S is very similar to that of the full size XD and XD(M), about 6-6.5 pounds in weight and relatively crisp for a striker-fired gun.
However, what concerned me about the press release was the quote from Dennis Reese, the CEO of Springfield Armory. “Our engineering team developed a new disconnector and grip safety spring that adjusts the trigger pull weight of the XD-S® to the specific policy requirements of the NYPD.”
This concerned me, because the NYPD has a long history of doing stupid things in regards to the triggers on their pistols.
In short, when the NYPD switched from revolvers with long heavy double-action trigger pulls to Glocks, which have much shorter and lighter trigger pulls, their officers began having lots of negligent discharges because they had not been properly trained in gun handling.
There are two ways to solve this problem: 1. Improve the training of your officers to that they internalize the whole “keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target” safety rule, or 2. Change the firearm so that it is much harder to pull the trigger.
The NYPD, of course, went with #2.
The end result is what is known as the New York and New York Plus (NY-2) trigger for Glocks. Currently the Glocks being fielded by the NYPD have trigger pulls above 12 pounds in weight, as opposed to the +/- 7 pounds in the typical Glock. The NYPD department policy is that approved pistols must have trigger pulls at least 12 pounds in weight. Anyone who has ever fired a pistol knows that when you drastically increase the amount of weight required to pull the trigger, your accuracy will drastically suffer. I consider myself a very good shot and I would have trouble shooting a Glock with a 12-lb trigger quickly or accurately.
Negligent discharges among NYPD officers went down when they installed these heavy triggers on their Glocks….but accidental shootings of bystanders went through the roof.
The most well-known of these incidents is perhaps the one that happened in August 2012 outside the Empire State Building. A bad guy had just shot a few people, and responding officers caught up to him on the crowded sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building. The incident was caught on video. The two officers engaged the suspect from a distance no greater than ten yards. At the time the suspect was moving no faster than a walking pace. The two officers fired a total of 16 rounds, hitting the suspect…..as well as 9 bystanders, with direct hits and ricochets.
Unfortunately, this is just one of many such incidents involving the NYPD. Do I blame the officers? Absolutely not. I blame the NYPD brass which has decided that handicapping their officers is cheaper and easier than giving them the additional training they need.
Naturally curious as to exactly what the trigger pull on this NYPD approved XD-S was like, I contacted Springfield Armory for some clarification, hoping against hope that it wasn’t as brutally heavy as the quote from Dennis Reese seemed to hint. My contact at Springfield ran my question up the chain, and this is what I received in response: “Hi James–I was trying to find out this info but unfortunately I guess Springfield does not feel comfortable giving it out.”
You issue a press release on the NYPD approving one of your pistols with a unique trigger, but don’t want to acknowledge what the weight of that trigger pull is? I can draw a lot of conclusions from that, but I’ll let you make your own.
More info on the XD-S from Springfield Armory’s website.
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