Springfield Armory XD and XD-M Semi-Automatic Pistols
By Mike Barrett
The Springfield Armory XD in .45ACP was my first move away from the 1911 pistols I have used for years. One of my hang-ups was the fact that the XD, like the Glock pistols that inspired it, does not have a hammer. It does not sound like much, but it caused a problem for me. Never the less, there are many features on the XD's that impressed me to the point that I eventually took the plunge and purchased an XD-M in .40 S&W. Here are the key features:
Of course, there are some good things about the John Browning designed Colt 1911 mechanism. For one, I love the trigger pull on my 1911 pistols and it took some time to adapt to shooting the XD because of its very different trigger mechanism. Here are the specifications for the Springfield Armory XD pistol:
Following the success of the XD, Springfield Armory introduced the new XD-M model. They improved the pistol's ergonomics and features, right down to the frame textures. This new version is awesome! Here are the specifications for the XD-M:
The XD-M comes with adjustable grips to better fit various size hands. Springfield did a major overhaul of ergonomic features and made all controls, such as the magazine release, easier to operate with one hand. The trigger mechanism requires less travel than the XD to fire the weapon, allowing better control, and features a minimal reset for faster repeat shots. The XD-M incorporates a longer accessory rail, allowing more mounting options for lights and lasers. Even disassembly is easier. Compared to a Glock or a Kahr, these are heavy pistols for daily concealed carry. However, they are not particularly burdensome if you are used to carrying a 1911 pistol.
Accuracy is typical for semi-automatic service pistols. I have shot over 500 rounds with no cleaning and only one feeding malfunction. One misfeed in 500 rounds is excellent performance compared to the multiple feeding malfunctions typically encountered shooting a similar number of rounds in one my 1911 pistols.
Springfield Armory's XD and XD-M pistols are loaded with features designed to make them easy to use. I recommend them to anyone interested in personal protection. If you have wanted to try a polymer type handgun, I am convinced you will not find better pistols at a lower price than the Springfield XD and XD-M.
Note: A full review of Springfield Armory's XD Tactical pistol, as well as a review of Springfield's 1911A1 "G.I." Model 1911 pistol, can be found on the Product Reviews page.
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