Tuesday, October 14, 2008

REVIEW: SPRINGFIELD XDm .40 (vs. the market leading Glock)

This article is a bit long but after several outings with the Springfield XDm, I've found there’s a lot to write about.

Currently, the most talked/written about pistols are the Springfield XD and XDm family. There’s a good reason they’ve been on the cover of so many magazines and the subject of so many forums. From everything the media says they’re obviously great guns. Instead of just taking the word of others, I took my brother’s recently purchased Springfield XDm .40 cal. And spent a day at the range shooting it side-by-side with a Glock 27 .40 cal. (belonging to my friend Doug), a Springfield XD 9mm (belonging to my friend Bruce) and a Glock 34 9mm (Belonging to my friend Josh). What a fun day!

First off, I want to say I have not been a huge fan of the polymer pistol. They’re growing on me at such a high rate of speed as I began to buy and shoot them. I’ve shot Glocks for years and have never really developed “big love” for one of the world’s most popular and best selling pistols. Several of my friends owned them and I wanted to jump on the band wagon back in the late 80s, but after several shooting opportunities I didn’t see the big deal and stayed with the old “standard all metal” guns. It shows how closed minded I was.

As time passed, I’ve come to appreciate Glock’s design leadership and those that have followed. But until the Springfield XD and now XDm, I’ve seen most as “Glock wannabes”. The XDm is no “wannabe”.

To be fair, this is as much of a Springfield XDm vs. Glock article as it is a review of the XDm. But as a familiar baseline, I thought it would make the review more relatable to most readers.
Let’s start with this; it seems like the things I don’t like about the Glock I love about the XDm and the things I love about the Glock, I’m disappointed in with the XDm. Here are a couple of examples.

Feel:
For me, in-hand comfort is one of the first (of many) things I evaluate in a gun since that point of contact is crucial to functionally interacting with the firearm. The second I picked up the XDm (with medium back strap) I got that, “Ohhhh, that feels nice” tingle up my spine. To me, the ergonomic feel is perfect and with the replaceable backstraps (S, M, L) the gun should feel good to any sized hand. The checkering is aggressive and provides a lot of grip against the .40 S&W recoil.


Trigger:
Now, let’s flip back the other way. Springfield claims the XDm has the shortest trigger reset of any polymer, striker-based pistol on the market AND since the trigger releases the striker only (does not pull striker back like other striker based pistols) it has the lightest pull/break. Well, I love the light pull and quick, short reset of the Glock and after shooting the XDm along side two Glocks and an XD, the claim is false. The XDm definitely has shorter reset than the XD – 50% shorter by my estimation - but it’s in no way shorter than, or even as short as, either the Glock 27 or the Glock 34…period. A couple of my friends and I shot and reshot and reshot…and reshot the guns over and over and we unanimously came to the same conclusion. The Glocks resets quicker (shorter) – hands down.

We were divided on the pull. Without a digital device that measures trigger pull, we had to rely on feel. And the results were so close, we were split on which was lighter.

Sights:
I like the XDm’s sights but I like the adjustability of the Glock’s ingenious, low-profile combat sights better. Most combat/CCW guns have fixed sights that are bullet-proof and snag-free. Glock managed to build a tough, snag-free, low-profile set that can also be adjusted.

Safety:
Let’s face it. The Glock’s passé safety system (trigger-lock only) is the subject of much debate – love and hate – and has encouraged potential Glock owners to look at other options. In the past, I’ve personally have looked at their system with apprehension that has more to do with distrust of my own trigger finger than it does of Glock’s safety system. Now, as I’ve learned more about gun safety I can say that I’d carry a Glock without hesitation.


The XDm takes that same safety system and improves on (or just adds to it) to give shooters an improved “feeling” of safety. It adds a 1911-like palm safety that adds a marginal amount of added security and even offers a more logical thumb safety that option that I think should be standard and the palm safety eliminated. Either way, they’ve heard the public opinion and smartly reacted accordingly. In the long run, this will have a positive two-fold effect in purchasing decisions and in courtrooms.


Safety Part 2:
Both guns disassemble very easily but the XDm (only – not XD) can be field stripped without pulling the trigger to “de-cock” the striker. This reduces that possibility of an accidental discharge in your living room. Nice touch.

Shooting:
Now it’s time to get to the good stuff. All four guns shot like a dream. At 10 yards all four were quick to sights and easily delivered lethal hits on silhouette targets. At targets downrange, the Glock 34 reached out to 75 yards the easiest (by far) while the Baby Glock 27 struggle just a bit but still did a fine job for a 3” barreled gun. There wasn’t a dog among them. BUT, the things that differentiated them while throwing bullets down range were the things I already write about. For example, while the XDm and the Glock 34 both felt balanced the Glock grip felt bulky and slick forcing me to repeatedly re-grip the gun between shots. The XDm has more aggressive checkering and a better ergonomic feel that allowed me to keep my hands firmly attached to the grip for 10 continuous shots.

You already know how much I like the Glock trigger for the reason that the less you have to move your trigger finger the more likely you are to keep your gun on target.

Function:
In a long day of shooting and hundreds of rounds, not one of the four guns malfunctioned in any way, at any time. My Kimber Ultra Carry II has an occasional failure to feed but these guns fired without a single hiccup. As a matter of fact, there was a recent 20,000 round torture test done on an XD (see it here: http://springfield-armory.primediaoutdoors.com/SPstory11.php that’s so impressive, it literally made me want to run out and buy one on the spot! Read the torture test (after finishing this)!

Superficial:
While the trigger reset is demonstrated fact, the following is shallow opinion. Glocks are a utilitarian, flawlessly functional tool and look that way. They’re cool looking in an ugly kind of way (if that makes sense) but I don’t like the style. The Springfield XDm, on the other hand, is much more appealing to the eye. It comes in stainless or black and the angles give it an oddly “futuristic” look that I really like. It’s a good looking gun that also functions flawlessly.

Summary:
Glock has set the standard in polymer pistols but Springfield definitely raised the bar. They listened to the focus groups, police officers, military personnel and average consumers to create a product that’s an improvement in almost every way (except one).

With all of the XD and XDm size and caliber options, there’s definitely something that will fit your needs – carry, home defense, target, competition, etc. If you’re looking for a new gun, don’t buy anything until you look at, shoot and evaluate a Springfield XD/XDm. If you’re resistant to the polymer trend, snap out of it and shoot one! They’ve been so popular that someone you know has one, or someone you know knows someone that has one. Don’t be shy, ask. They will gladly let you give it a run, but you’ll have to buy your own ammo… $$$

My Brother Says:“I love the look and feel of the gun, especially with the SureFire light on it. The stainless steel slide allows me to keep it on my boat with minimal worry about rust and I also love the fact that it has a utility rail so I can mount a light for defense when I spend the night on my boat or at home.”



139 comments:

  1. Nice review. You noted that the XDm was your brothers. And you later indicated that you have considered getting an XD/XDm so the reviewed XD wasn't yours.

    Did you own either of the Glocks?
    Have you shot Glocks off and on over the years?

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  2. Just bought an XDm 40, love it, feels great, fires true.

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  3. Just purchased a XDm in o.d. green/ stainless yesterday at one of the local gun shows! I love this pistol! My main carry pistol has been a Sig 226 for quite a while but I might be switching now after shooting the XDm!!!

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  4. Just bought a XDm .40 myself. Haven't shot it yet and I'm new to firearms but apparently I picked a good one.

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  5. My Friend has an XD in .40 . He likes it especially for the price. However, after shooting my Walther P99 in .40 he is thinking about selling the Springfield to get a Walther. The extra couple hundred bucks buy IMHO a lot nicer of a pistol.

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  6. I just put 300 rounds thru my XDm40. GREAT GUN!!! Verry accurate and smooth. Not near the weight of my Beretta 92fs. This is the best hand gun for the money......

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  7. I also have a XDm40 and Beretta 92fs. Both are great guns. I have put 1000 rounds thru both. The XDm is by far the best hand guns that I have shot. Shooting the .40 has mad be more acurate with my 9mm. XDm GREAT gun! with a reasonable price.

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  8. 75 yards down range with a... give me a break! Those nines and fourties don't even go that far. Who do you think you're fooling?

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    1. I do not agree, being part of the prison emergency response team we do alot of shooting from 50 yards and out with a M&P 40. cal so it can be done, no fooling :)

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    2. I can hit a target 75 yards away with my xdm 40 but I bet he meant to say feet.

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    3. Hey there, buddy! Do your research before blasting someone's review. I have seen 9mms shot at 100 yards freehand-and hit the target every time for that matter. So, that being said, and using my powers of deduction, i would say that it would be very capable of hitting a target at 75 yards. :)

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    4. think again, they will go even a hundred yds. shot my XDm for fun at 100 yds and hit 4 out of ten in kill zone.

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    5. I have seen it done by means of estimated drop free hand with an early model tactical xd Springfield .40, Im not saying every bullet hit target exactly (broken clay pigeon up hill estimated 60-75 yards distance) but I wouldn't stand there as it gets pretty dam close. At 60-70 feet an inch and a half group is pretty impressive, I believe that everyone has a style of hand gun that they shoot better than others models. I personally loved my xd Springfield ,40 and couldn't place shots as accurate with a similar framed glock. (Apologies for not being up on my glock models)

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  9. I like my XDM 40 Cal it shoot accurately
    recoil is controlable not like glock 40
    has a strong recoil safety wise Xdm is more
    safety and you can count on it thats my personal
    comment and opinion. Edward A condon

    EC5@Valmont.com

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  10. try standing 75 yards amd i'll try to hit you... hehehehe

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  11. just bought a xdm .40 shooting a clay at 70 yards is an accurate gun dont go 75 yards... FOOL

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  12. Just bought an XDm .40, can't wait for it to arrive. By the way, those of you arguing like a couple school girls probably aren't mature enough to own a firearm.

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  13. i just bought a xdm 40 and it is a very nice gun with very little recoil but at 10 yards the group is always down to the right about 12 inches i even had my old man give it a try and it was the same for him...any ideas on what could fix that?

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  14. Wow, 12 inches at 30 feet is a huge amount for a gun to be off. There are a couple of things to consider as a remedy for this. First is your aim and grip. Read this thread and see if it applies to you (there's more so keep reading after you scroll down past the huge line of text.

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/6821/correcttargetpistolsighym7.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f55/proper-sight-picture-target-mistakes-4871/&usg=__p1vZ8FaThqn1AosDniW6ej-zqmA=&h=266&w=264&sz=8&hl=en&start=49&sig2=7z0HTjYO7DmTH5vnmaZ00w&um=1&tbnid=JNTiqq8eajYCVM:&tbnh=113&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpistol%2Bsights%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den-us%26sa%3DN%26start%3D36%26um%3D1&ei=UvrESdj1Kt-JtgfL_snNCg

    Next, if this doesn't apply, my brother's Taurus Millennium Pro shot down and to the left out of the box. Even tightly bench rested and vised, we had the problem. The Heinie sights on that gun and the ones on the Springfield are windage adjust only. So if you adjust them you can get the gun back on center but not elevated. A gunsmith can do this for you if you don't have a sight tool. Most well built guns are very close to perfect but some have slight maladjustments from the factory. A rear sight that's a millimeter off will shoot WAY off downrange.

    Lastly, some guns are set up to be aimed differently. Some are built to have you put the white dot on the front sight on the 10 ring, some are set up for you to "set the 10 ring" on top of your front sight. Try moving between those two sight pictures.

    12 inches is a big issue. In a defense situation, if you aim for for the sternum, you could miss your target all together. If none of these fix your problem, I'd contact Springfield for assistance. Thank you for reading and for sharing your question for others to see.

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  15. I read the link and tried lightening my grip when shooting and it improved my aim tremendously, thanks for the help!

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  16. I am a US Army sniper, and IF I was given the option of sidearm, this would be it!
    I have shot many weapons, many times, and I will say that the xdm (.40) beats out the two that I alternate for my CHL/CCW. Beats out my Kimber Ultra Ten II Compac (45ACP), and my HK USP (.40) Compac.
    Not much of a Glock fan - never have been, and its not cause of the "plastic" gun thing that so many have been hung up on.
    Give it a try. Remember, EVERYONE has certain things that they want in a handgun, and things they don't want.... with that being said, NO gun is going to be for everyone.
    Oh, and the 75 yard thing.... you should be a sniper - but only use your sidearm.... HA HA HA!

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    1. The shots were one at a time alternating between two shooters, used glass to spot splash and attempt correct next shot when you had another turn. I believe that it was more luck or hand of god than skill for us to get a direct hit out of two boxes of ammo. 165 gr

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  17. I have a Glock 22c .40 cal with a ported barrel. My brother had a Glock 23 .40 cal. We were at range and were hitting @ 100 yards. Just aim right on top of it. We love our Glocks but excited to shoot the xdm that my father in law and brother in law just bought.

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  18. Just purchased an XDM 40 and right out of the box I was grouping within the 8's at 25 yards. This gun has excellent accuracy due to the Match barrel. Better than my Glock 23!

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  19. My fiamcee wants to get a handgun soon. We have both shot Glock 9's, 40's, walther 22 cal;I personally have shot 1911's and Glock 45. She liked the Glock 40's the best, would an XDm be appropriate for her? If so what barrel length? This would be a home defense, personal carry weapon.

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  20. Dont count on their lifetime warranty nor their quality control. I have a xdm 40 and has been the worst functioning firearm I have ever owned or shot.
    I have S&W, Glocks, Rugers, You name it and Ive owned it at one time or another and have yet to see one this bad nor seen a company so determine to make a piece of junk work.
    Maybe someday Ill get one of those special addition ones that actually can cycle the slide by itself.

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    1. Try another before you give up on the xdm,xdm is not known for any problems,they are a good weapon,I would tell them to give you another and to ram that one up their a..,good luck.

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    2. Always stood behind their warranty for me. I'll admit, mainly with their 1911s.

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    3. My baby mom's relative had one the he fired a wadcutter through and it dropped the clip free ( planned safety from company design?) I do know the chambering on glocks and Springfield s are pretty tight from my limited experience s. Long story short it still is in use in his family, but he won't shoot it.

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  21. I would never buy a xdm for defense or to carry till they become reliable.

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  22. I have a .40 XDm and I am pretty happy with it. I was a Navy small arms instructor for 8 years and like the 1911 over the 9mm. Still I thought I would try the .40 and do not regret it for a moment. The interchangeable backstraps are a great idea and the grip is comfortable. New out of the box the gun is very tight and stiff. I hope to see that stiffness reduce with time on the range, but I don't see anything else I would change.

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  23. The XDM spells the end of the XD. Waiting for the XDM .45.

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  24. Mongolian MudsuckerApril 13, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Have Had my XDm .40 for 2 months now and have fired over 500 rounds of various manufacturers of bullets (weights and tips) HP, Conical, Shotshell etc. and it fed and fired all! It did not like the shotshell since not enough recoil forcing the action to operate correctly. Kind of fun though.

    Awesome pistol. Twenty years in the Corps and 15 years shooting for recreation

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  25. I JUST BOUT AN XD COMP. .40 IT IS AN AWESOME GUN, ITS ACCURATE, VERY COMFORTABLE, AND EASY TO DIASEMBLE!

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  26. Nice post.I think it was an honest mistake about the 75yds. Same for the 100yds.
    DA

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  27. Any idea if there will be a XDM .45acp soon?

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  28. I've had an xd and xdm in 40 cal. The compact i have nearly 10k rounds though it and it has never failed to feed except once with wolf ammo (bullet too deep in case and bulging to cause misfeed. If I stay away from wolf ammo i don;t have to clean except maybe after 6 or 7 hundred rounds (what you use in a front sight 4 day class. The xdm is smooth accurate and nice to shoot. Very accurate. If you have a problem with hitting the target with either of these and I have watched hundreds of people shoot them at the front sight school. The problem is the shooter. Take a class at front sight and they will prove to you. By the way, front sight will give you a course (four days) shooting gear knife etc.including an xd for less than 1200 dollars and make you a better shooter from concealed carry draw. look at there web at frontsight.com

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    1. Amen. i just got done with a 4 day handgun course there. Good times :)

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  29. I just completed the four day defensive course w/the xdm 40 at Front Sight. I watched them hand out hundreds (yes I said hundreds) and watched from novice to trainers use them with no problems or complaints. The shooter needs to be accurate not the gun. "The UI does not know that he does not know". Front Sight,Firearms Training Institue is an elite school.

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  30. I have an XD 9mm Compact 4'. It is a very reliable gun and i concealed carry it everyday with no problems. I read some of the reviews of the XDM and i believe it is a great gun. Do you really think the M is good for concealed carry? Will it print? Also, I'll be using it as a combat handgun and not really for competition.
    Thanks...

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  31. the spring field xdm .40 cal how many shots does it hold in the clip?

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  32. Anybody there yall

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  33. The XDm .40 holds 16+1 and the 9mm holds 19+1!

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  34. is it ideal for concealed carry?

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  35. In mu opinion, no. It's too big and too thick. But if you're a big guy/gal, it might be ok for you but not for me. If you want a Springfield to carry, try the compact XD.

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  36. I have an XDm 9mm and the regular XD9 compact. I must say that they have a little difference in the accuracy. I tried to CC the XDm and i must say, its really uncomfortable if you're planning to CC it the wholeday. I still stick with the original XD compact as my CCW and the XDm for range shooting only.

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  37. XD-M .40 caliber owner here. I here lots of talk about these guns, for good reason. They are simply the best out there right now. Take some time with one of these guns in your hand and you will see how every single detail of this gun is engineered with the shooter in mind. Notice even the terraced grip pattern on the front of the grip to lock the handle into the hand!

    A shooter since birth.

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  38. I've finally found the "meaning of life"...the XD(M) pistol.

    Glockhead

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  39. Try the Kahr CW40 for the money. Some give bad press but for reliability gets good press from me. They say to run 200 rds thru it to break it in. I've run 400 rds and 6 types of ammo from LRN to the very best and hottest self defense rounds -- all with a cool to hot barrel. No problems. Ingested all nicely. Great value. Very accurate for the long trigger pull, no stacking to speak of.
    XDM ultra nice, just saying...

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  40. I received my XDM 40 last week. My partner brought his Glock 17/19/22 to compare. I am a Kimber 1911 nut so accuracy is paramount. After shooting both side by side the XDM was hands down smoother and easier to control. At 25 yards the XDM was dead on with no adjusting. I did not bring my trigger gauge but I can say the XDM was much lighter and really easy to control vs Glocks. It all boils down to what you practice with. Both will do the same thing given practice time and becomes a choice of likes and dislikes.

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  41. I own an XDM-9 and a Glock 19. On my last time at the range I shoot both side by side same target (different bulls eyes) same ammo, distance and person which is me.

    The Glock trigger felt "clicky" hard and weird; the XDM felt smoother the reset is slightly longer but smoother, my Glock click when it resets.

    The XDM-9 is more accurate at least on my hands. I can not carry the XDM, It's long and slimmer and longer grip it stick out out of all my shirts,

    My Glock with my sidearmor IWB holster stick to my body and blend in on my side. I like the XDM sights the basic three white 3 dot but my G19 has TruGlo/tridium and are great day and night. I recommend the XDM-9 my hand is med size but I will not put down my Glock any time soon...

    However I am considering getting a XDM-40 to compete as USPSA major. I have not competed IDPA yet. On my list of things to get it is a Comp-Tac holster and the Beltfeed magazine carrier, 95 rounds of craziness for USPSA.

    The only other weapon I may consider to get is the Sig X-five, or a FN 5seven, just because is neat...

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  42. Just purchased the XDM .40 as my first gun, I have shot a glock previously and immediatly I could tell a difference in overall feel, the XDM hands down is the better gun, my second clip with this gun I shot 14 out of 16 shots within a couple inches of the bullseye from 35 feet and hit one dead in the bullseye and third clip had a similiar result with once again hitting one in the bullseye, I think the major difference was the grip and confidence I got from the feel of the gun allowed me to be more accurate than I ever shot with the glock. Plus the look of XDM makes you want to put your eyes on this gun all the time. I love this gun!

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  43. I bought a XDM 9mm for my nephew and liked the feel of it so much I bought one in .40 cal for myself.

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  44. I've been a Glock diehard for several years.I own three and swear by them , but I just got an XDM 40. I am really impressed for all the above possitive reasons.It shoots ,feels,and looks head and and shoulders above any pistol that I have ever owned. Kudoos to Springfield for the XDM 40.

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  45. I have purchased an XDM .40 this was my first hand gun, I've accesoriesed it with a laser pointer and fired it couple of times in the range, I was very impressed considering I was going for an XD only to find out they were sold out, I paid a little bit more for the XDM, I love the grip, the intimidating sound of a round off the burrel and definatelly the sight, I'm thinking of buying another one so I can keep one in the car and one in the house

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  46. Great Review. I am very satisfied with mine. I have done quite a bit of side by side comparrison and the XDm is by far my favorite.

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  47. I'm considering buying an XDm 40. This review was very helpful. I currently have a SW 40. Thanks

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  48. Just returned CZ-PO7 Duty because of mag probs and a wierd bulge in the frame. I replaced it with XDM 9mm because it has an excellent feel like the Duty and mostly positive reviews. I will test this weekend and hope it shoots as good as it looks!

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  49. I've owned several hand guns, including a Sig 226, F92 9mm, S&W 44 mag...I have never shot an XD-M until I purchased one. Buying a gun without the benefit of knowing how well it shoots (for me) is something I don't do. However, everyone I talked to about the XD-M bragged on it so much, I couldn't resist the purchase. I've put MANY rounds through it, it is VERY accurate!!! I LOVE the way this gun shoots and feels in my hand - almost like it was MADE just for MY hand! I can say with all honesty, this gun is, by far, my FAVORITE one to shoot. Bravo, Springfield! Bravo!

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  50. I could easilly see someone hitting targets at 75 yards with a handgun since with my 1911 .45 cal My cousin and I hit milk jugs about 3 or 4 times out of 10 rounds at 90 yards. We check it with range finders. With the Ruger Mark II .22 cal milk jugs are no problem at all at a 100 yards. I'm sure the .40 shoots flat for a longer distance than the .45 too.

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  51. My local shop guy says you can send the Springfields to the factory, their armorers can/will shorten the trigger. His is there now.

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    1. You can get the Powder River Match trigger installed as a factory option.

      I bought mine from xdgunparts and installed it myself.

      What a huge difference! I now love everything about the XDm, where before the trigger was its weak link to feeling good about the shot.

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  52. I never thought I would see the day when an off the shelf Bean Sheller could shoot as good as a honed and slicked Wheel Gun until I picked up an XDm 40. I also have a S&W M&P 40. It is also a reliable decent shooting pistol, but when the Fit
    Hits the Shan, and you need results, I put my money on the XDm. 75 yards is not a real stretch, nor is a 100, but you need a good rest.
    Elmer Keth, one of the best hand gunners of the 20th Century, is credited with dispatching a wounded elk at 600 yards with his S&W model 29 44 magnum.

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  53. I have the XD in .45 and just picked up the XD-M
    Noticably more felt recoil w the XD-M than w the 45. The M grip fits my hands better but I think I need more time on it. I have had the XD .45 for much longer.

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  54. I recently purchased a XDm 40... I'm amazed at how tight the groups were at the range the first couple times. Unfortunately, all three uf us that fired that gun shot groups that were about 6 inches low and 4 inches left at 35'... Any suggestions?

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  55. Yes. Use a vise and shoot under completely controlled conditions. If the gun shoots low then, you've got an issue. Contact Springfield. If it shoots dead on, then it's your trigger technique or the way your hand holds the grip. Don't have a vise, talk to people that are members of your club (of you're a member) or ask around. Once you find a guy that has one, he'll more than likely be glad to help out. Good luck and please post what happens.

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  56. I recently purchased a xdm40 and I love it, it is now my new comp gun. I own and xd 40 and the sub compact for cc. I was switching between my sig p229 and the xd 40 for target, but the xdm out shoots them both. I would have to agree with an above post as i dont think there is one gun out there for everyone. I have Kimbers, Smiths, Rugers, Sigs and my xds. For ME the xdm fits me the best, with my sig and xd40 a close 2nd. I have only put about 500 rounds the xdm so far, but if its like the xd, i have put countless rounds through both my xds and never had a jam or glitch of any kind. other then nigts sights both my xds have the orginal componets, my comp sig has a bar sto barrel, a extended barrel and diff guide rod tension springs. So bang for the buck Im way ahead with the xds. I would recommend the xdm to anyone who ask, or to at least look at one before they bought.

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  57. Someone was talking about shooting at 75 yards. Yes a 40 can hit at 75 yards. I used to shoot my G32 in 357 sig at 100 yards at a b27 target. I could keep all my shots in the torso area. I used to watch guys hitting a 100 yard gong all the time with a 40 at the gun club. Watch videos on youtube, there is a guy that regularly puts videos on where he is hitting at 75 and 80 yards with G27--the compact 40 from Glock. His name is handcock45 i believe.

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  58. I am not good shooting with either glock or sig style handguns. Not a marksman but much better with any 1911 style grip. Friends at range today touting the xdm as 1911 style grip. Wondering if this observation is consensus among those experienced with the xdm.
    thx!

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  59. Just purchased an XDm 9mm. I was going to purchase a Glock 17 (9mm) and or a Glock 22 (.40) but asked the clerk what he recommended. He suggested a Beretta. While I know Beretta is a good name the look and feel of the pistol was off for me. I am by no means a pistol conossiour... A customer behind me belted out that he liked and had SA XDm .40 and by this point I had gotten down to the choice of a 9mm because of my main use is target shooting, target practice. Secondary is self defense carry pistol. Anyways... I asked to look at one in a 9mm and everything clicked just like it did with the Glock 17 but I liked the saftey features of the XDm over the Glock. Now I just purchased this gun yesterday 11 29 09... So I have yet to shoot it. But have shot my fathers Star 380 and his Makarav (Spelling is probably wrong) 9mm. Both are smaller guns and I wanted something a little beefer and the XDm sure fits the bill. I also like the accessories that come with the XDm plus the high capacity 19+1 round mags. I am highly looking forward to firing this soon! I am so far happy with my purchase.

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  60. Traded my S & W sigma 40 ( terrible trigger pull), for the XDM 40. Just love the new gun. Couldn't hit the target with the sigma. Called S & W told them about the trigger pull. told me the gun is not for every one, that maybe I should sell it. Just what I did! Should have realized that you get what you pay for. XDM is very accurate.

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  61. Purchased SA's XD(m).40 a year ago November, since then have put just under 2000 rounds into the targets, and have previously been a Glock 23 guy, but I sold the 23 last month in favor of the XD(m).40 cal, A well engineered pistol.

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  62. Got my new XDm 40 last week. I've wanted an XD pistol for a while, but the XDm's are even better. I like the capacity & styling. 2009 NRA handgun of year. I love this weapon! Wish it was made in the USA instead of croatia though. I'm gonna add a light to mine. I may also add a Gen 4 Glock 22 RTF2 to my collection.

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  63. Well, I just got back from the range tonight and I'm very impressed with my .40 XDM. I had a Glock 22 RTF2 this time last year, and the very first time I had fired the Glock 22, I had about 7 or 8 FTE's or Stovepipes (out of 50 rounds). In all fairness, it could have been my grip on the Glock, but when I was 12 I had shot Glocks on the range with my Father and never had a problem, but after about 350 rounds through my XDM, I only had 1 feed malfunction, and at about 30 feet out, was grouping 25 rounds in about a 4" space, which is good for me after not having shot a pistol in a long time...I'm sold on the XDM, and it's a pretty bad-ass looking gun too, check one out!!!

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  64. I’m a 1911 freak. I think they’re a beautiful gun. I’m still pretty new to the shooting scene…not a great shot, but I do okay. I shoot a Springfield .45. Perversely, my best scores are when I shoot my son-in-law’s XD .45. I think it’s a butt ugly gun. I like target shooting – not so much into home defense. Not long ago I thought about getting a 9mm to save bucks on ammo. I checked into getting a 1911 9mm, but it seems all the 1911 manufacturers are too busy pumping out .45s to bother with 9s, even though they feature them in their catalogs. Heard just about everything from 6 months for a Kimber to maybe never for a Taurus. So, I sucked it up and bought a butt ugly XD(m) 9mm. After 600 rounds I’m guessing I’ll never put it down. Maybe I’ll put that pretty 1911 on a wall display and take the XD(m) to the range for some real fine shooting!!

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  65. I have now owned an XDM 40 now for over a year now and after shooting many handguns before and after, it is still my favorite weapon of choice if it came to a life or death situation. I feel that now Glock has taken the back seat and has to catch up to the Springfield XDM. For the price and the awsome gear you get with the purchase of the weapon it is a steal in my book. I have shot numerous manufactures ammo and shot close to 2000 rounds with it and never had a missfire or a jam.

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  66. I've had my XDm .40 for about 8 weeks now, and have put around 800 rounds through it. I only owned 1911's before this, and swore by them. At a range session with buddies we all rotated guns a couple times, and they all have poly pistols. One was an XD 40, and i liked it so mich inwent to buy one the next day. When I got there they had the XDm on sale, and out the door was only $60 more than the XD. It is now my match pistol. My only regret is not geting it in 9mm, so I could afford to shoot it more often!

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  67. Bought a new XDm-40 with a 3.8" barrel yesterday, and took it to the range today. I had tried to do a lot of on-line research, along with talking to friends. Looked at a bunch of different 40's but decided on the XDM. I thought that the 4.5" barrel made the gun unwieldy, but when I found that the 40's came with a shorter barrel, I was sold. I love the safety features of the gun. I also found the gun to be very accurate, and the operation was smooth and flawless. The accessories that came in the kit with the gun were nice, but the pistol itself was everything that I expected it to be.

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  68. I have owned a .40 XDm for almost a year now. I have only put about 1000 round through it but the gun has functioned flawlessly. I paid $599 for mine in OD green with the stainless slide. I have owned a Springfield XD .45, and a Bersa Thunder .380. The XDm outperforms both of these guns by far. I am a big guy, 6' 285lbs so carrying the .40 comfortably is relatively easy for me, however I can see a smaller framed person having an issue. I recommend the XDm to anyone. It is smooth, comfortable, reliable, and accurate. I am just waiting for the XDm to be available in .45, and with the slide safety.

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  69. I own 4 SA handguns being 9 and 40 sub compacts and a 40 service and the latest addition to my collection is the xdm 40. I Love my xd's and cc the service model regularly. It fits nice and doesnt print in most normally clothing. However the xdm is a little uncomfortable to cc with the longer barrel. The gun shoots flawlessly reguardless of what kind of ammo I use, and I use alot of wolf (nasty) and wal mart ammo and not a single time have I had a misfire or ftf. Normally I shoot at about 20-25 yards as that is what my "range" is set up for. Although for laughs I decided to take my kimer 1911 and xdm at diff ranges a few days ago and say what you like I hit a mt dew can at 75 yards with my xdm and have video to prove it. Im not gonna say that I hit the target every shot, but I was hitting 5-8 rounds in a 5 inch target each clip. The mt. dew can was probably luck but the point is that it did hit it. With that said at my normal range 15-25 yards I can group about 2 inches with any one of my xd's. I own several guns ruger, kimber, a sig, walther, taurus, s&w and even a jennings lol and I will admit that I tend to use my kimber for comp shooting but for out shooting with the guys or cc i use my xd's. Im planning to use the xdm this year for some of my comp shooting and I will be surprised if I dont do as well with it as I do with my 1911. All in all I would say if the gun feels good in your hand you cant go wrong with any of the xd's. My girlfriend can shoot the xdm easily with a quick change of the back strap and she has fairly small hands where mine are fairly big. As far as SA warranty policy I have had very good luck with them, the only problem I have ever had is with my service model and wasnt a problem as much as wear and tear, I have shot thousands of rounds through it and the finish on the slide faded I sent it in and they refinished it at no charge. I didnt even have to pay the shipping. Now for those of you that have a xd series and plan on putting the 75 yards to the test I would highly suggest that you get some bright orange 5 or 8 in targets, and I promise you that if you can see the target the gun will fire that far, and last but not least aim high. I was aiming at the top of the target and it was hitting down towards the bottom which by my calculations means a shooter would have to aim about 4-5 inches above where they want to hit. I plan on making a better video this summer from 25, 50 and yes 75 yards and posting it on youtube. The SA xd's get 2 thumbs up IMO.

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  70. I think the Glock G-22 and G-17 are great guns to shoot. Very accurate, very predictable, and very reliable.

    That said, I like my XDM-40 even more. Less recoil, even easier to shoot. And follow up shots are a dream. The XDM makes me look better than I am.

    I wish I could post a picture of my most recent target here. A picture is worth a thousand words. 6 shots so close together the paper is torn out. The XDM-40 is just fun to shoot.

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  71. Been reading the comments for a long time! OK I just bought the XDm .40! I have carried a S&W for many years in double first round single following and was well pleased and was never interested in a in a "plastic" gun! Was I ever wrong, I found nothing to complain about with this 21st century firearm, it works and works well!! Try it, you will like it!!

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  72. Those of you that scoff at shooting a hand gun at 75 yards had better head for the Range including the sniper. I was with a swat team of police officers that shot 9 mm pistols at a 14 inch metal gong at 218 yards. By the way That is a little farther then 75 yards. And yes hit that gong alot. So pracitce up boys.

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  73. i just went and put the xdm 40 on lay-a-way i should be getting it out this thursday. i have owned the xd 40 and i loved it. i also owned a colt 1911 goverment model with wison combat trigger. and guide spring. and belive it or not i had less jams out of the xd. so i caint wait till i get the xdm 40. let you know how i gos

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  74. Exactly where do u live as to where it would be any clear space between you and a target that is 75 yards out? Especially when firing with a pistol

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  75. ^^^to comment on the last post, i wasnt referring to a gun range

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  76. For everyone arguing that a handgun can't shoot at 75 yds, just do the math:

    If you can shoot 8" at 25 yds, that's roughly equivalent to 24" at 75 yds. 6"@25yds~18"@75yds.

    Bullet drop for 9mm, .40, even .45 is easily compensated for. No you can't hit the bulls eye every time, nor should that be anyone's expectation. But trust me, practicing at 75 or even 100 yds can definitely improve your accuracy closer up.

    Have fun and shoot safely.

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    1. What math are you using?I can easily shoot 2 inch groups at 25 yds.with any of my pistols and 4 inches at 100 yds.And I'm not even a professional.Most any gun will be able to shoot 75 yds ,given enough practice.

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  77. I regularly shoot a Para P14-45 Limited, Glock 20 10mm, and a S&W 657 41 Mag. They all have their place and purpose... that being said, one of my favorite pistols to shoot is the XDm 40 that my son purchased last year. It fits my hand much better, and shoots just as accurately as the Para Limited that costs 50% more. We each picked up an XDm 45 as soon as they came out. Another excellent firearm, but I still prefer the XDm 40. I read some of the earlier posts about reliability; we have never had a single malfunction with the XDm 40. It will eject extreme light loads;, ie 4.2 grains of Power Pistol behind 170 grain cast bullet. For the money, the XDm 40 can not be beat.

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  78. can somebody please post something on the HS XMD in .40S&W vs the walther p99.the walther looks very ergonomic but in .40S&W may be too light.I am finding it hard to get the specs for the HS XMD in .40S&W,weight and all.

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  79. I have owned my Walther P99 since September 1999. I have shot so many rounds through it that I already had to send it back to get a new slide and barrel. That being said, I have had a Springfield XDM since January, 2009. Both are .40 CAL. I like the XDM. it's a great gun. But NOTHING beats the P99! Especially in trigger reset. Granted it only holds 12 rounds compared to the 16 that the XDM holds, but I CC my Walther, whereas I can't CC my XDM. And for me, as ergonomic as the XDM is, I just can't find anything that is as well-balanced and feels so good as the Walther P99. Not to mention accuracy! Only down side? I have an original P99 imported by Interarms from Germany, so no tactical rail. But the one's that are mainly sold now that are imported by Smith & Wesson all have the rails that can accommodate tactical tights and lasers. Just my humble opinion....

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  80. I have owned my XDm 40 for a little over a year now. I LOVE this gun! I was never that great of a shot with my Ruger P-85 I had back in the day so was a little apprehensive about buying a 40 semi-anything pistol. I learned quickly it wasn't me...it was the previous gun I had. The XDm is a dream! I shoot often now and use my own re-loads without any problems at all. I'm on the "verge" of buying another XDm 40 for my wife as she loves the gun!

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  81. It would be nice if Springfield would make a holster for left handed people for the XDm.

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    1. Fobus makes one for it.Called the SP11.Some mixed reviews about it,mainly having to adjust the retention screw.That the only one I found in left hand.You can also find it on e-bay.

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  82. True, but most people end up buying a better quality holster anyway. But I do see your point, the optio. Would be nice. Have you thought about calling Springfield to see if they offer one that they'd exchange with you?

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  83. Where you reviewing the Glock or the XDM? Nearly each paragraph started with a sentence about Glock. I would challenge you to be more precise with your content.If a review is about the XDM, don't write about complaints about Glock. Get to the point, you and your review's credibility can easily be questioned by your ability to create a proper compare and contrast review. The title Glock vs. Springfield would be more appropriate with how you present your content.

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  84. I agree with your comment and will amend the title of this review. Thank you for reading.

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  85. Great review... I agree with it pretty much to the bone. The Glock just is't comfortable in my hand either, it shoots ok but hen I picked up an XDM at a dealer I fell in love. It was one of the first in Denver and I looked around on line and found a great price with free shipping, I bought it and have had nothing but fun since it arrived. I do use it as my CCW and have no problem with it showing, of course I'm not a small guy 6'2" and over 250 lbs but have no problem what I wear. I found the only malfunctions were all feed related and the bullet was seated to deep in the case so I started checking my round before I load the mags, no more malfunctions...

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  86. Now people saying hit a target at 75 yards and called him a fool well iv seen people hit metal targets at 200 yards with the glock 23 so your the fool

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  87. I think that the poster doesn't shoot much or has never shot at an outdoor range. Torso sized target steels (18x30) are easily reachable with snubs, .380s and .22s at 75 yards. 75 yards is a long way but a steady hand and a decent pistol can reach out and ring the steel at that distance. I admit that I don't bat 1000 at that distance with my .380 or my Snubbie but I'm consistent enough that it's a fun exercise. 200 yards with a G23? That's impressive!

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  88. I own and carry a xdm 45 and will not switch for anything! Pair it up with a crossbreed holster and it's the best combination you can get for carry conceal.

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  89. I have an XD 45 Tactical that has seen thousands of rounds and has never ever had a jam or malfunction! I also carry an XD 40 sc that has seen thousands of rounds with no jams or malfunctions! All the guys I shoot with have XD'S or XDM's I have never seen any of them have in malfunctions! The XD's are the best off the shelf guns for the money you can buy! As a pistol instructor I give my students advice to buy them!

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  90. I brought a Springfield 40 used. I have a problem with the magazine extender moving while being fired.

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  91. I own 14 pistols of various brands, calibers, and styles. I had 13 until one day, while picking up some primers at a local Bass Pro, I stumbled across the Springfield XDm 3.8" 9mm behind the glass case. I overheard the salesman telling another customer about its 19+1 magazine capacity. So, out of curiosity, I asked to see it. The minute I picked it up I fell in love with it. The ergonomics made it feel like an extension of my arm. It's balance was perfect, the checkering on the grip such an amazing and simple improvement that one has to wonder why the heck it wasn't done THIS way before.

    I bought it on the spot. First firearm impulse purchase that I ever made.

    This 3.8" match-grade barrel pistol is now without a doubt my favorite pistol in my collection. It's my concealed-carry piece, my hog-hunting sidearm, and my general all-around target pistol. 14 pistols and I shoot this one 2/3's of the time. Absolutely amazing gun that should be scaring the bejesus out of Glock management (I own two Glocks). Unbelievably accurate, well balanced, very well made, sexy looking, easy to strip and clean, with a plethora of aftermarket options now available. Get it and add a Veridian 5mW green laser and you will probably shoot it 2/3s of the time too.
    I give this line of guns 5 cartridges out of 5 and definitely plan on getting the 40 S&W caliber soon.

    You won't be disappointed. In my opinion it blows my Glocks away.

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  92. Bought an XDM 3.8" 9mm Compact last tuesday, perfectly fits my small hand. Tested it yesterday(Wednesday) in the range. Shoots perfectly for 50 rounds, No jams.

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  93. Just tested out a Springfield XDM 40 versus a Glock 22 yesterday at the range. I prefer the XDM hands down. With the XDM 40 my scattering was vertical, versus the Glock 22 where my scattering was in a circular pattern with a wider diameter. With the XDM I was able to recover much more quickly, but with the Glock I needed to reseat my grip after several shots.

    First shot with the XDM 40 was dead center on the bullseye. With the Glock 22 I needed a few rounds before I could adjust to the sights. But practice would correct that.

    Today, purchasing my first XDM 40. First, it works for me, second I had much better horizontal control over my aim than with the Glock 22. Both are great guns, but the XDM 40 works better for me.

    If you're trying to find a semi-auto handgun that works for you, find a range that has rentals of the handguns you are looking at and try them all. I wish I tried the Sig P226.... But a bit out of my price range, for now...

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  94. Oh, by the way, I just purchased the Springfield XDM 40..... So excited....

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  95. I just purchase a XDm 40.

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  96. I have had the 3.8" 9mm XDm for a couple of months.. it is what all say it is, accurate, reliable, and very ergonomic. With a compact pistol, I was able to empty the 19 round clip into the center of the head on a silhouette target at 15 yards in 13.5 seconds.... I'll take that with a compact pistol! No vest can save you from that...

    I was impressed enough to have just ordered the 5.25" .45 XDm.... I CAN'T WAIT! I don't plan on doing much 75 yard shooting, but I'm guessing I'll be able to have my way with any target inside of 50... oh, and it's "Bitone", does that mean it's stainless or just steel with a proprietary coating?

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  97. ...I just changed my order the 5.25" .40.....can shoot more often, 3 more rounds in the clip, and a lil flatter shooting. I'll let ya'll know how it goes once I shoot it, since I haven't been able to find any reviews for 5.25" models yet.

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  98. ok - whew - after reading all the reviews

    My question is SA XDm 40 or Walther P99 40?

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  99. I don't think you'll go wrong either way. I'm biased towards the XDm, but the P99 always has good reviews as well... I've only handled the XDs and XDms, and I love 'em and have never heard anybody have anything but good to say about them...unless they haven't shot one yet!

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  100. well - I went an did it saturday - wife about to kill me - hehehehehe

    I ordered the XDm 40 3.8 - the dealer wouldn't even show me the Walther P99 - - lol

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  101. I don't think you'll be disappointed

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  102. I just ordered a Xd 45 ! what is the difference in the XDM 45

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  103. Let's start off saying Glock is a fine weapon,reliable,affordable,and accurate.They had raised the bar for the tacticle user.As for the xdm,there is now a weapon that can just as good or better,depend upon the user.You now have another choice,flip a coin,you cant go wrong with either.

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  104. I did a lot of reading on reviews on the XDM .40 and have heard nothing but good things about it. I decided to call a friend and he let me shoot his Glock and CZ...I liked the CZ the best out of the two. I then called a friend that has the XDM and shot it...loved it! I bought one 2 weeks later. I bought the .40 cal 3.8" subcompact. The only thing I would change on it would be to rubberize the grip somehow. My wife loves to shoot it and wish they made a .22 conversion kit for it or a .22 version....for plinking

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    1. Good choice,they do make a slip over grip for these xdm's,very thin so it doesnt oversize the grip much,better control and feel.I have the xdm 40 5.25,my first shot out of the box was bulls eye at 30 yards,not feet.It shocked me,expecially for someone who has been shooting a 22 for a monthe everyday with no recoil or diff. grip angle.As for the .22,i bought the ruger mkiii ss,5.5 barrel,tomuch fun,heavy,but reliable,and heavy duty.It is a target pistol.

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  105. The most common problem i have found with the xdm,and maybe with some new weapons is that some people dont clean there weapon more often after shooting alot of ammo,aprox.,100 rds.My pattern went from 3" to 6-8"at 30 yds, and then key hole.I was useing federal fmj 165,after cleaning,i was back to normal,dont have the problem with cci.The cci were plated.

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  106. I bought the XD 40 Subcompact (3") about 3 months ago, mainly for a CCW. Like many have said here, it just "fits" my hand. It shoots quite well (at least as good as I do) and conceals quite well - especially with the short 9 round mag. It also comes with a 12 round which fills out to a full-sized grip. When new, it's very tight and does require a little break-in. I've put over 500 rounds through it and "we" just keep getting better. It's breaking in and I'm breaking in to it. I like the thing so much that I'm now looking to buy a 9mm and a .45. Unfortunately, they don't yet make the .45 in a subcompact. That's ok - I'll wait for it and snatch one up as soon as they come out. I've always been a 1911 guy, but this XD has changed me forever - especially for concealed carry!

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  107. OK FOR THE DUMB ASSES THAT SAY A .40 DOESNT GO 70 YARDS IS A FOOL! STOP PLAYING CALL OF DUTY. IN AFGAHNISTAN A 9 CAN GO PRETTY FAR OF COURSE IT DROPS BUT IF YOU ACCOUNT THE DROP AND THE ENERGY THAT DEPRECIATES YOU CAN DO ALOT WITH A .40

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    1. You got that right!I was told the same thing!I have the xdm .40 5.25 and shot it at 100 yards just to see what it will do,took me 3 tries,but i was hitting a 18" target (steel)i dont make it a habit,i was just curious,and it was thumping it good..lol.I'm not that great a shot,but the xdm makes it easeier.

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    2. ..got my xdm40 at the farm and anywhere...the reason??? well I like it most than any of my handgun....its good..

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  108. Picked up an xdm 40. First day shooting damn near blew up in my friends hand. I shot a couple of clips through it fine and it was very very accurate. Then I let my friend take a couple shots and the last bullet in clip blew out the side of the pistol. Don't know why don't know how I might of gotten a bad one

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    1. They dont make bad ones.If that really happened must have been bad ammo!

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  109. I just bought an XDM 40 and shot a 276 at the range on my first time firing this weapon. I grouped pretty good on both targets! The weapon feels GREAT in my hand and I didnt have any malfunctions at all after firing 60 rounds through it!! Just an awesome gun all the way around. I like it way better than the Glock model 22 40 cal!!!

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  110. Just read this review today. I was leaning towards an XD but I definitely am going to pick one up tomorrow. Thanks!

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  111. I am an avid 1911 shooter and always have been. I love the look and feel of a 1911. At the behest of a friend I bought a XDM 45 to give it a try. I am so impressed with this handgun I cannot begin to tell you how much. Straight out of the box at 35 feet the first two rounds were touching on the paper. This is perhaps the best , most comfortable,shooting, most accurate handgun I have ever owned. If you love 1911's you will not be dissapointed with this handgun! I put 300 rounds through it the first day no ftf,fte. The trigger was crisp no creepy feel. The recoil is light and very easy on the wrists withy 230grn ball ammo allowing for quick second shot target acquisition. Springfield Armory Did this one right!

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  112. I am new to hand guns and tried as many as I could before I made my first purchase. I decided on the xdm 5 .25 45 cal. I love it!!! Shot only a few hundred rounds with it so far but love the accuracy. Love the soft feel of the 45. With the barrel length and even with the lightning cutout the muzzle keeps level and is easy to get back on it. I love it so much I am thinking of getting the smaller xds just for the home I got to shoot one and was very happy even with its small size

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  113. Had the opportunity to fire and watch 35 seperate shooter's fire the XDM .40. The XDM felt great, quick magazine change, able to pick up the front sight quickly, and less recoil than the Glock 23 .40. Each shooter's grouping was tighter with the XDM.

    The only problem I had was a broken magazine release on two of the 35 guns.

    Anyone having any similiar problems.

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  114. Thanks for the great article. I am going to (hopefully) purchase my first handgun this weekend and I know feel I've made a good decission with going for the XDm .40cal. Thanks! I was exausted from all the reading and reviews but this was the one that sold me.

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  115. I have currently purchased both the XD 45 & XDM 40. The 45 has the just less than 4 inch barrel, and the 40 has the 5 inch. I cannot say enough great things about both of these weapons. I realize that everyone has their opinions and preferences. Mine are very much in favor of both the XD and XDM that I own. Stay safe my friends.

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  116. Love the XDm. Handles much better than a Glock... Or, actually, any other handgun I have ever fired... Looks great, feels great, easy to aim, and somehow, it even fires more accurately...

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  117. I recently purchased the Springfield XDm 4.5 in the .40 cal. Before I bought this gun, I had never owned one. About a little over a month ago I had only been to a gun range once. The reason I had finally gone to one was to try out a few handguns first to see what type I would become comfortable with and like the most. I started out with 9mm cal. The 1st one was the Glock 19 and as this was also my 1st handgun shot, it felt very easy. Next was a Springfield XD which also felt good. Then followed up the rest of my rounds with a Kahr. Of course because of the shorter barrel it had a little recoil that I did not anticipate not knowing to begin with since this was my 1st time. I had a pump action bb gun as a teen but to finally be shooting the real thing 25 years later...definitely different! After that, I went back to try .40s&w. 1st was the Springfield XDm and it was phenomenal! I wanted to go through all the rounds with this thing but reserved some for one more try out to compare. The last was the Sig Sauer P226 (I believe or could be mistaken on the model). But that gun was just as nice and as my brother put it, "had a smooth buttery trigger". Needless to say that was a little bit more than my price range but not much. I decided on the XDm because of the quality make, modern all around functionality and user friendliness, all of the accessories that are included such as: the various interchangeable back straps, paddle holster, mag holders with rails, speed loader and cable lock/cleaning brush with two 16 round full capacity mag clips (not legal in California by the way but I'll get back to this) and of course the tactical look it displays from the checkered grip to the slide and rail. Basically this was a great purchase for the value in what you're getting. I looked and looked and looked 'til I finally decided and it took awhile because I am also in the process of relocating to... Yep, California! So I also did a lot of research about their gun laws. They require 10 round maximum capacity mags but I found mag blocks that you can use to modify your mags to do just that! I also bought a Streamlight TLR-3 compact light attachment to use with it as home defense at night. I mainly wanted something to also have with me when I get on the road coming from Florida. I have gone to the range a couple more times since the purchase and I am really truly satisfied. This is definitely great for beginners or anyone looking for quality and value. Hope this will also help.

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  118. If your xdm is not working right it might just be you have your self ck out!

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  119. I also just got the xd-m and it shot down and to the left BUT! it was me a friend taught me just to use my finger tip and now at 25 yards its dead center well at 25 yards its with in 2 inchs wow I love it the guys at the ranger shot it and all five are going to buy one.

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  120. I love my xdm compact 3.8 in 9mm. next i got the xds in .45. Then the LGS had to tempt me with a xdm 4.5 in 9mm for 525. Love all three.
    I highly recommend this line. My daughter likes the 3.8, my wife the xds, my son likes them all as do i. The xds is nice for summer attire, easier to wear when active.

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  121. I,too am the proud owner of a .40 XDm with a 4.5 in. barrel.Just got it about a month ago.And man,what a shooter!As with all of the other reviews about it,it truly is dependable and very accurate.At 20 ft.,I was fortunate enough to place 4 shots in an inch and a half consistently.Feels good in the hand too.I used to be a die-hard Glock fan,but after reading the reviews on the XDm(and there were a bunch of them)I decided to try one.It felt much better in my large hands than my Glock does,which is the reason I was looking for another CC weapon.My only regret with my new purchase is that I should've bought the 3.8 inch barrel for better concealability.But it's still a great gun overall.

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