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Review: Springfield Armory XD-M .45 ACP

Late but not never we’re following up the review on the 9mm Springfield Armory XD-M with the all new .45 ACP XD-M. Thanks to GunBlog.com we’ve got the insides and out of the latest and greatest along with a great video review.

SpringField XD-M .45 ACP Review

After more than 2 years after releasing the XDm in .40 and 9mm, Springfield has now introduced to the market the Springfield XDm in a .45; and we at GunBlog.com got our hands on the first one that came into town. We’ve put about 1,500 rounds of various loads through it, tested it side by side with a Glock 21, and we’re ready to tell you all about it.

Springfield touts the same M-Factor marketing with the .45 as it does with the XDm .40 and 9mm. It features a multi-adjust rail system that features 3 picatinny rail slots to give some freedom for mounting laser or lights. The XDm .45 also features main focus 3 dot sights, a match grade barrel, supposedly the industry’s shortest trigger reset for a polymer framed pistol, a maximum reach ambidextrous mag release button, minimum error disassembly lever, adjustable grip with various backstraps, and Springfield’s mega loc grip texture. Notice all the features start with an “M”, which is what Springfield likes to call the “M” factor.

Opening the Case

Just like all the other Springfield XDs, the XDm .45 comes with all the bells and whistles. Opening up the case (which is bigger and more industrial looking/feeling than the standard XD cases) you’ll find your new pistol, an OWB holster, a dual magazine carrier, a speedloader, two 13 round magazines, a cleaning brush, 3 different sized back-straps, and a gun lock.

All the given accessories are great and usable items (assuming you’re a righty for the holster) except for one, the cleaning brush. I am a creature of habit, and I habitually remove the brush head off my push rod after pushing it from the breach to the muzzle through the bore when cleaning–the supplied brush seems to be twisted steel threads with the bristles incorporated at the end of the push rod, making removing the brush impossible. Most of us would never clean our pistols this way, especially a match grade barrel, so it baffles me why Springfield wouldn’t supply a better brush.

The barrel for me is the most notable feature of the XDm .45. Being fully supported match barrel is a very noticeable feature to have. It’ll allow you to show a wide range of ammunition while lessening the fear of a kb!. The barrel has match stated on the side of it. For me, having a fully supported match barrel is a huge plus when thinking about purchasing an XDm .45. Its almost a steal when comparing prices and features between other pistols.

Read the rest of this review over at GunBlog.com

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