I'm not sure if they already make these for the XD. I've seen them for Glock's, Berretta's, and a few others. Haven't seen one for the XD however. Do this little test before you install or make one, just to see how much metal on metal "SLAM" there is on recoil. I have the .40 S&W Service Mod and I wouldn't trade this hand gun for any other I could think of! Maybe The FNP-45. But now we're in a totally different price range. Field strip the gun, remove the recoil spring and the barrel. Now slide the slide back on to the gun so you can work the slide back and forth easily. Pull it back and listen, feel the slide slamming on the inner metal locking plate. Sounds pretty harsh, doesn't it. Well this happens, as I'm sure you are all aware with every shot. Sure, the recoil spring slows it down, but I 'm gonna show you an ultra simple way to make it as soft as a baby's bottom, and as an added bonus, the gun doesn't recoil near as much. It easily cut mine in half!
Find an old pair of rubber soled shoes, or a solid chunk of stiff rubber. Atleast, 5mm thick, 15mm wide and 5mm high. Something like that. You can measure after looking at the pic and seeing exactly were the padding goes.
Now, you see what I'm talking about? That is the exact spot Your slide hits when the gun recoils. If you've field stripped your XD at least 3 times, you know this part of your gun.
All you have to do is cut out a piece of the hard rubber like in the picture, that is the same height as the piece behind it, and as wid as the flat part of the bottom of that portion of the gun. I hope I'm making sense......
Here's another pic..... I promise you it looks much cleaner than it tyrned out looking in these pics. and shadows play hell on black,
You want it about 5mm thick. Only as wide as the bottom of the gun and as tall as the piece that it will be absorbing the shock for. Make sure the interior where you will be gluing the rubber is cleaned with alcohol as well as the rubber. Then take a rough file or course sandpaper and rough up the back part of the rubber that will be attached to that piece you are protecting in the gun and the bottom that will be attached to the bottom part of the gun.
Now add just a tiny drop to both sides of the rubber being attached abd spread with a toothpick. It only takes a TINY BIT. Make sure its centered and press it into place. Hold tight for a minute or so and you should be done.
NOw.... want to "feel" the difference? Just put the slide back on the gun, no barrel, no recoil spring. and Simulate the slide recoiling with your hands..... You should feel the bumper padding the slide and not the clang slam that you felt before installing the pad.
Now, put it back together like normal. If you did it right, You will not even know the piece is in there until you fire it. You should see a nice recoil reduction, and enjoy the fact that this simple trick couold prolong the life of your weapon.
Let me know if it works for you.