Springfield Armory XD-45LE Tactical Pistol
The XD-45LE GAP tactical pistol is similar to its 4” service model sister pistol but it gets upgraded to a 5” barrel along with a longer accompanying slide. Together these two elements make for slightly more accurate shot groups as, theoretically, a longer barrel will optimize the velocity of the round as it leaves the muzzle allowing for a flatter trajectory shot and yielding tighter groups.
While the Tactical XD-45LE does come with an integrated accessory rail, the “Tactical” nature of the pistol pretty much ends there as all the other elements of the gun remain in common with the 4” version of the gun. It may be that this is just as much of a competition pistol as it is a tactical one.
All XD-45LE pistols are chambered for the controversial .45 GAP cartridge. While the performance statistics on this round tended to be all positive it was not widely accepted and is difficult to source ammo for as well as reload. This has led to less-than-satisfactory sales for Springfield Armory where this pistol is concerned and the company has chosen to make them only in the Black-on-Black Melonite finish.
All elements of the Springfield Armory Ultra Safe Assurance (USA) system including the striker status indicator, loaded chamber indicator, and trigger and grip safeties are found on the 5” XD-45LE Tactical. As with most tactical pistols and all XD guns this one comes with an integrated rail setup.
The pistol comes standard from the factory with 3-dot combat sights dove-tailed into the front and rear of the slide. Upgraded adjustable sights are available from the custom shop.Magazine capacity for the Tactical XD-45 GAP remains at just 9 rounds which can be problematic for many competition events as well as in real-world tactical response scenarios.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory XD-45LE tactical pistol can be found below. We would like to thank you in advance if you choose to write a review of your experience shooting this gun. Please be sure to keep the reviews here limited to the 5” Tactical version of the pistol as the 4” XD-45 GAP service pistol has it's own review set as does the XD-45ACP and the XD-40 Tactical. If you want, email a picture of your pistol to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to add it to the XD-45LE Tactical Photo Gallery.