There are a great many 9mm and .40S&W ultra-compacts on the market today, but the XD-S .45 is in a league of its own. Many Americans now have concealed carry licenses and there is a huge demand for small, hide-able handguns that can stop an attacker cold in their tracks.
The short barrelâ€”while making the gun easy to carryâ€”will be criticized by some as sacrificing velocity. However, the .45ACP does its work by mass and diameter, not by speed. What may be lost in terms of velocity in a shorter barrel, will be more than made up by the .45's greater stopping power.