First Look Handguns Semi Auto First Look: Springfield XD Mod.2 Tactical G&A Online Editors January 15th, 2016 | More From G&A Online Editors Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Designed for recreation, self-defense or competition, the new full-size Springfield XD Mod.2 Tactical not only offers big capacity but faster-aiming capability thanks to its extra long sight radius. The five-inch barrel not only delivers every possible bit of extra velocity, but it also adds a little more weight up front, which helps control recoil and muzzle flip, allowing shooters to get back on target faster. “This is the Mod.2 I have been waiting for,” said Rob Leatham, captain of Team Springfield. “The XD Mod.2 Tactical is optimized to increase its performance. It has a longer slide, a full-length frame, increased weight and an increased gripping area size. This gun is pretty much everything I want in a competition-capable package without being too big or too heavy for other uses.” The Springfield XD Mod.2 5-inch Tactical Model packs 16+1 rounds of 9mm ammo in its two included stainless steel magazines. Measuring just 1.19 inches wide, it’s a good tenth of an inch narrower than most double stacks on the market and barely wider than single stack pistols with far less capacity. relatedFirst Look: Suppressor-Ready Springfield XDM Springfield Armory announced two new suppressor ready XDM handguns for 2016. The new 4.5-inch barrel models chamb... Whether used on the competitive range or for more tactical scenarios, fast and accurate shooting requires control, so all of the Mod.2 enhancements are included. High cutouts on the back of the grip and behind the trigger put support near the bore line to minimize muzzle flip. The new Grip Zone contours and texturing are specifically designed to provide maximum purchase at those points where hands and fingers require the most contact. Three different textures provide the grip surface needed without overkill. The sights are designed for fast acquisition, leveraging the combination of fiber optic front paired with a low profile combat rear sight. The bright fiber optic tube leaps into view while the rear sight is shaped so it won’t catch on holsters or clothing. The new Springfield XD Mod.2 Tactical model is available in black with a Melonite slide or Bi-Tone with a forged stainless steel slide. Overall dimensions measure 8.3 inches long and 5.5 inches tall. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More 2016 SHOT Show Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services WAIT!DON'T MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!