I am an unabashed fan of the Springfield XD platform and have been for the last 15 years or so. I am also a huge fan of sub-caliber conversion kits. (the photo to the right of this post is me dumping a magazine through an AR conversion kit) . It is amazing to me that there is not a huge business providing conversion kits but I guess there aren't enough industry folks out there with 2 clues to rub together who can figure out that there is, you know, a market to be catered to.
In any case what we are here to talk about today is the Advantage Arms .22 conversion kit for the Sringfield XD . There are 2 issues I have with this kit..the first is that it is stupid expensive and the second is that it is the only game in town. Seriously...is there nobody out there that can step up and offer an alternative?
One issue I absolutely don't have with the kit is how it performs. Despite the manufacturer insisting that it will only work with high end .22 ammo I have had no problems with it using the cheapest .22 ammo out there. The fact that the cheapest ammo is 4 or 5 cents a round is a topic for a rant on another day.
I really like that the kit fits the holslers I carry and (try to) compete with and , more importanty, the magazines fit standard mag carriers. This alllows for quality training.
The kit is also pretty accurate and comes with fully adjustable sights. I have not made any adjustments yet and have only shot offhand but the results are fairly good so far.
10 yard offhand groups with the cheapest .22 I had in the ammo locker. The Armscor did really well and the Remington Thunderbolts did OK as well even if the POI was a few inches below POA The blue-green blob is some chewing gum I stuck on the target as an aiming point (Appalachian engineering) to try and get a frame of reference for the Remmy bargain basement ammo. Considering that this ammo was specifically name checked by the manufacturer as being a no-no I was surprised that it ran flawlessly and grouped fairly well.
Too "gun show" for the hippies, too "hippie" for the gun show, I'm the misfit liberal gun nut in the crowd. Probably the only one. Stick around if you are pro-choice on everything including the right to own guns or can handle an opposing view on things.