Utah Concealed Weapons Permit (Utah CCW)

Review of Springfield XD .45 ACP

The following are the opinions of a SLC, Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor:

If I was to be in an actual gunfight (& I hope this never happens) this would be my primary self-defense pistol of choice; primarily because of its caliber and magazine capacity. It also serves nicely as my primary home defense weapon with an Insight Technologies M6 light/laser combo attached.


  1. It feels good in my hand... not "boxy"
  2. 2 magazine options allow for increased concealability or a full size grip. They provide 10 & 13 round capacity respectively - That’s a bunch of firepower for this caliber.
  3. This really makes it 2 guns in 1 – excellent for home defense & a great concealed carry weapon. I even use mine in 3-gun competitions.
  4. It is super easy to field strip and clean.
  5. It includes a tactical rail for light/laser attachment.
  6. Its grip and trigger safeties provide added safety features.


  1. Non-adjustable stock sights are less convenient for setting up your preferred sight picture. I replaced them on mine with Dawson adjustable fiber optic sights.
  2. The XD design requires you to pull the trigger to remove the slide.
  3. This pistol is a little wide to easily conceal in a side holster. When I do I use a Blackhawk Serpa rig. I usually conceal mine in a shoulder carry bag however.

This gun is a joy to shoot at the range, and provides my family and I with a great level of personal protection and home security. The recoil is very manageable and this gun has been very reliable and trouble-free. I highly recommended this pistol; In fact, two of my sons have one. It offers a great value for the price you pay (apx. $500).

Mike Munnerlyn,
Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor

I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.

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