Springfield Armory XDm 9x19mm Service Pistol
By David Tong
Springfield Armory tried to react to shooter comments about the few issues or desires they had about the original XD pistol, which is a polymer framed, striker fired single action high capacity handgun, so in 2006 the company introduced the XDm. I’m not sure what the “m” stands for, but perhaps “modification” summarizes it best.
Differences between the two arms include a less overtly rectangular and more contoured slide; a roughly 1/8” longer butt; interchangeable backstrap inserts to provide adjustment for hand sizes; field stripping without pulling the trigger; a barrel proudly engraved “MATCH,” and a few more rounds in the magazine, to provide class leading capacity per caliber.
A bit of color commentary about those magazines is in order. They are made of stainless steel, have detachable floorplates for cleaning, and witness holes on their rear spines to provide visual round count. The 9mm version now holds a whopping 19 shots and with the availability of some very good JHP rounds, such as the Speer Gold Dot 124+P, CorBon 115 and 124gr +P and the Winchester Ranger SXT 127gr +P+, I cannot imagine too many defense situations that couldn’t be handled by this pistol, if one can comfortably carry it concealed. (All of the polymer framed high cap pistols are quite thick.)
The issue that I have about them though, is that the nifty little polymer loading tool provided with the pistol is required to be used if one is expecting to take advantage of the capacity of the magazine. This is well and good if one is at a range, or if one pre-loads his mags before going shooting. The magazine spring tension is very strong and after about round seven or so, began to be a problem to load with thumbs and fingers. Springfield obviously took into account those who carry concealed and kept the butt length as short as possible, hence the strong magazine spring.
The trigger action saw some refinement. While I do not think the release itself has improved markedly, still being creepy and 6 pounds, the reset distance is now quite short, under 0.25”. This means that shooting controlled pairs or hammers drills are now much easier, which is the point of the exercise, as this thing is a social pistol, not really a plinker or a bullseye gun. I was able to produce 25 yard, 5-shot groups of roughly 3.5-4.0” with CCI Blazer 115 grain FMJ ammo from the bench on a 39F degree day. Recoil was negligible, as you might expect with a large butt cross section designed primarily for .40 caliber usage. In my hands the pistol is not match grade, but then again, this ammo is hardly the stuff of champions, either.
No malfunctions occurred during my admittedly short range session. Since there are reports of 20,000+ round reliability tests and the fact that the little shop I work at has never had an XD returned for any (lifetime) warranty claim, I would expect that the XDm will do what the makers intend, which is to sell a pretty decent, full sized service pistol.
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