When I recommend a pistol for a Civilian Operator for purchase, it must fulfill two prerequisites:
This is not to lock out any other pistol manufactures, as there are many. But the only thing that I wish to convey is that we must at all times as Gun-Fighterseek to maximize Fight Efficiency. This should be a priority for the Gun-Fighter. With that being said let us examine the Springfield Armory XDS. This is not to short change the gun, as we all know by now that it will fire (duh); and it feels great in the hands.
But what we are focusing in on here are the pathologies associated with the deployment of this gun for SD (self-defense) applications. Not being able to shoot multiple calibers through a hand gun is something that we may be able to overlook; as they are just way too many pistols on the market to make barrels for all of them in all our favorite calibers. But what I absolutely WILL NOT overlook is the fact that this gun:
WILL NOT SUCCESSFULLY FIRE AMMUNITION FROM ALL MANUFACTURES.
What I mean by "successfully fire" is that the pistol should not only just "fire" the round but it should also be able to positively eject each and every spent casing; no matter brand name, premium, or the over priced "Self-Defense" ammunition or not. The Springfield XDS (or any Springfield XD series for that matter) pistol FAILS to accomplish this task. The pistol should be able to reliably fire and extract the spent casing of brass, zinc, steel, bi-metal, nickel and aluminum with no issues. Now the extractor may wear down faster over time (some 1,000's of rounds latter) but it should still be able to accomplish this task regardless.
The gun can do without:
rear grip safety
loaded chamber indicator
reducing the trigger to 3.0 - 3.5 pounds
cocking serrations on the front of the slide
squared out or robust rear sight for one-handed cocking operation