Machined from stainless steel bar stock, this part will fit XD Slim models in 9MM, 40SW and 45ACP.
Note: Have a XD-S MOD.2? Click here to see fitting instructions for your model.
Part is Black (Cerakote)
Over a period of eight months, the team at PistolGear has gone through several design iterations for this part. The PistolGear XD Slim Slide Stop takes the best of each of those tried designs and consolidated them into one design for the sake of maximum form, function, simplicity and safety. It is our hope and intent that you will appreciate this part as much as we do.
While considering this part for your XD-S, we suggest you review the following points:
Form. The XD-S is a “carry” gun for the purpose of personal defense. For this reason, when using a proper thumbs-forward grip, the paddle design of PistolGear Slide Stop offers the thumb of your strong hand* a place to rest – think of it like the safety on a 1911. The downward pressure from your thumb helps to reduce felt recoil and muzzle flip during live fire. A need for those who like the power of 45ACP but don’t like the abuse doled out by this load when combined with the XD Slim’s small frame. Please note that if your thumb does ride the paddle during live fire, there is a good chance that your slide will not lock back after the last round if fired since you will be holding the slide stop down.
Function. The XD Slim, because of its short barrel length, has a very heavy recoil assembly which ensures that the slide goes into battery during live fire. However, because the gun is sprung so heavy, using the stock slide stop takes a great deal of force to release because the amount of forward pressure on the slide stop. For many XD-S owners, it is a difficult and sometimes painful feat to press the stock slide stop down in order to release the slide. The PistolGear XD Slim Slide Stop was designed to give all XD Slim owners a means of dropping the slide with as little effort as possible. The length, width and shape of the paddle puts the downward pressure in the correct location. Our testing shows that the effort required to drop the slide is significantly less than the stock slide stop and even those who lack dexterity and strength will find that dropping the slide using the PistolGear XD-S Slide Stop will be both easier and less painful.
Safety. Because the XD Slim is a small-frame pistol, we wanted our design to help keep your hand away from the muzzle at all times. Hand-cycling the slide on small pistols, typically done with a reverse-overhand movement, while under stress increases the chance of personal injury. One may pass their hand in front of the muzzle while racking the slide, while at the same time inadvertently pulling the trigger. Stress makes the body do crazy things. Think it can’t happen? Think again. By releasing the slide with the use of the slide stop ensures that your support hand is away from the muzzle – where it should be – while charging the pistol with a new round.
Simplicity. Sure, the PistolGear Slide Stop is simple to use and operate. The PistolGear Slide Stop is also easy to install. Please see the below video for some direction.
* comment assumes you are right handed.
XD-S is a registered trademark of Springfield Armory
WARNING: This product can expose you to Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Jason C –
Couldn’t of asked for a better design for this little beauty of a pistol, I love it ! Makes for a much better grip. It functions flawlessly and looks great too! I got the silver which goes great with my bitone .45!! Thanks for providing this part I will do more business in future.
Mitchell from MI –
I really like my XD Slim 9 but I cannot stand the factory slide catch. I find it to be unusable and a pain to use. I was excited to see this product available from pistol gear and while I felt the price was a little high, I gave it a try. I am glad I did as it is amazing and does what pistol gear says it will did. Easy to install and operate. As for the cost, now seeing the part in action and seeing the machine work required for the results delivered, it is worth every penny. Springfield should buys these from pistol gear and ship them with the guns from the factory.
This is the third slide stop I have installed on my Springfield pistols. I’ve been extremely satisfied with the two previous slide stops and this was the first change I wanted to make after buying an XDS. Relatively easy to install with the correct size punches. The stop functions exceptionally well is well made and is very comfortable. I highly recommend it.
BILL V. –
I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE! WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES FOR SMOOTH HANDLING OF MY WEAPON. VERY VERY EASY TO INSTALL, ONLY MINUTES. THANKS PISTOL GEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rob Brunnemer –
I ordered two slide stops for 9mm and 45. Service was great and slide stops are an excellent product, they work great as advertised. Thanks for a great product and service!
Travis gilliam –
Great product, I’ve got really big hands, so this was a must have for my xds. Extremely easy to install, and works great as advertised. Ordered and had my part in less than a week! Thanks pistol gear!!!
K Burrice –
simple upgrade for the XDS. This product is exactly as advertised. Just as on the video, it took about 1 minute to remove the original slide stop and add this version. Dropping the slide is now easier than my XDM or even my Sig P226. I can even do it holding my XDS in my left hand and using the inside of my index finger. A MUST buy for XDS owners.
Hal F. –
I am left handed and normally release the slide with my left index finger while gripping the pistol in my left hand. While not impossible with the factory slide stop, this part makes it much easier and more efficient. Next best thing to a truly ambidextrous setup.
B Wagner –
I have a weak thumb and could not lock the slide back without inserting a magazine. Install was 4 minutes and it cured the lock back problem. Also releases the slide easily. This is a must have product!
mike t –
Absolutely a must have. Now the slide releases easier and faster especially for left handers. Installation is easy. Customer service is excellent. Received the product 48 hrs after placing the order and I live on the east coast. Good job, pistolgear
I received it today and took me about a minute to change it from the factory one. Feels and looks great!!! I’m a left handed and this helps me a lot!! Great product great customer service!! Thanks.
My wife was having problems locking the slide back with the Mfg. XDs slide stop. I found this product and gave it a try. She has no problem at all now and I appreciate that it greatly improves her mechanics handling the pistol. Worth the money for that alone.
Another Plinker –
Easy install. I swapped this out in the time it took one commercial to play on the TV.
Anthony H –
I will agree with the guy who said it takes about the time for a commercial to play to install this. But that’s not why I am so happy. This is the best mod you can do for the XDS, as the action and ease of locking and racking the slide. It’s just awesome!!!!!
NC Living –
Great addition to the XD Slim. Much easier to release the slide. Can’t even tell its on the gun when holstered! Thanks PG!
James Taylor –
I ordered this BEFORE I even had my XDS, and I am glad I did. The hardest part was figuring out how far is half way out for the trigger pin. All of us past 65 thank you, PISTOLGEAR!
Phil W –
WOW!!! This made 100% difference in the functionality of the gun. Fast Mag changes would be almost impossible with the old stop lever. I would recommend this part for everyone.
Ordered the part on Tuesday and I got it on Thursday. Took less then a minute to install. Works way better then the original part. Have not fired the weapon with the new part installed but do not see any problems with it. Will be telling my sister in law about this part. Thanks for the fast service.
A Jarhead –
The factory slide stop was a major pain in my backside. It hurt my thumb on occasion. I bought this or my bi-tone .45 and it not only looks great, it’s highly functional. It should be one of the first upgrades you perform on your weapon along with a rubberized grip wrap, mag extensions, mag button extender and tritium sights to name a few. All of which can be found in this store. SEMPER FI
Installed in less than a minute and works way better than the factory stop, anyone buying a XDS 3.3 this should be your first upgrade!!
After you get an XDS this should be one of your first mods. The XDS has a particularly stiff slide release, this aftermarket slide release gets the slide release out of the way of your grip and makes it easy to do a tactical reload and release the slide. An A+ part! Would buy again in a heartbeat!
MR. SKEPTIC –
I was skeptical this item was going to help with the tough slide stop release that comes on the XDS, but hoped it would decrease the tension just a little to help decrease the difficulty of releasing the slide. It was easy and quick to install and I was in disbelief of the result. All I need to do is flick the slide release with my thumb and it releases. Very impressed with the results and would highly recommend this purchase to any XDS owner!
Great addition to the XDS pistol. Surprising how a little addition makes such a big difference. Positive lock back on the last round fired and fast positive release when needed. No issue with my Kydex holster or any of the others I have. Fit and finish are excellent. Well worth the price of admission, makes a very good firearm just that much better. If you have any issue with the small slide release that comes from the factory, this is the answer you seek. Very pleased with the purchase. Easy install, see their posted video if you need assistance. Two thumbs up!
Great, easy to install part. Nice functional upgrade. NO SHARP EDGES.
This should be your first mod when you purchase an XDS! It’s affordable and it’s an easy install. It’s a night-and-day difference between the before and after slide release! Don’t battle with the slide release, have fun shooting!
Ed Armstrong –
Installed the slide stop on my XDS and what a difference! Much easier to use than before. I had no problem releasing it even when new, but applying it was hit or miss till Your product arrived. One day at the range convinced me Springfield should have these from the start.
Kyle Ross –
Absolutely easy to install, just watch the video. This one part makes a very good pistol an almost perfect EDC. Kudos to the folks at PistolGear, you are among the best in the business! Thanks!
Jake K –
I’ve been carrying my XDs more lately and have always had trouble releasing the slide with the stock slide stop because of the beefy double recoil spring. I’ve seen this extended version and have passed on it but went ahead and bought it. If you have an XDs-BUY ONE! Buy one for a friend that has an XDs. It completely changes the gun. Way easier to release the slide and much easier to “find” with your thumb and manipulate without looking at the gun.
Matt Butler –
Finally got one of these for my XDS 9mm. The install was even easier than I thought it would be. Great little upgrade. Easy on the thumb, for both setting the slide and releasing the slide.
White Rabbit –
This is among the first purchases I made when acquiring my second XDs. Great modification for both the 3.3 and 4.0. Highly recommended for your EDC.
Bill M –
My girlfriend was so excited when she finally was able to release the slide for the first time with this product. I will purchase for my other Springfield models.
I wish I had found this earlier- if you have an xds its a must have. Excellent addition- makes mag changes twice as quick, doesn’t interfere with any of my holsters. Perfect in every way. To anyone that is thinking about it Like I was, don’t hesitate just get it, change it and it is so easy to do (like the video shows). Improves the firearm 10 fold. Seriously, and I do mean SERIOUSLY DO IT. You will not believe how much better that slide stop improves the functionality of the firearm. I f****n love it
Steve M –
Well designed and well made this is a perfect addition for an XDS. Very easy to install. Should be on every XDS.
William J. –
I bought this for my wife, who has developed arthritis in her thumbs, and has become nearly unable to use her XDs 9mm. I installed it on her XDs and instantly knew that I wanted one as well even though I have no trouble operating my XDs .45ACP. You won’t have any idea of how bad the stock slide release is until you feel this one. It’ not a subtle difference either. It really improves the gun and reduces the pressure needed to release the slide.
Robert Quinn –
This part needed fitting for mod 2 Xds. I asked, if I paid, would they do it for me and they said that they would do it no charge. Now that’s first-class Cust svc thanks, guys.
Really great part! I installed it on a mod 2 so I had to file it down, which was a little confusing as to how far to do it. I did it without calipers; just holding it and filing. I just wish the videos on this site were better quality so that I could really see what’s happening. Overall, not a difficult install. The slide is released with ease now that the new part is in.
Jacob R. –
Bought for my wife’s gun. She has trouble with carpal tunnel. After installing the part she was able to drop the slide no problem. Great part.
Pros: the extended slide stop was a huge improvement in being able to release the slide when reloading.
Cons: I had to modify the slide stop in order for it to work on the XDS mod2. This took some time and a great deal of effort. Why don’t they just make a slide stop specifically for the mod2 to begin with?
PistolGear Support –
Thank you for your review! We do have an instruction guide on our site for those who have the MOD.2 version. We can modify the part in about 2 minutes with the use of a file flat file and calipers.
Don S. –
I received the slide stop Within two days of ordering it. I found a video on YouTube on how to install it and it was very simple. This is a very good quality product and I would highly recommend this upgrade for the pistol. I am very pleased with my entire experience with pistol gear.
Ryan A –
Bought a XDs mod2 for wife as a carry gun. The factory slide stop was too hard for her to operate. Ordered this slide stop and, after some flat file work and touch up, it installs in seconds and gives plenty of leverage for her to release the locked slide. Haven’t gone to the range yet, but functionally testing the pistol shows that it operates just perfectly. A great addition to increase the ease of function on the XDs. One note, when filing in order to fit to the mod 2 make sure you keep masking tape protecting the side that is on the bench. I took tape off halfway through and rubbing on the bench caused some of the finish to wear off prematurely. Well worth the price!