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.
Ready to take advantage of your right to bear arms within Chicago city limits? And with so many great firearms it has to be a tough decision. Well let me point you in the right direction by mentioning the up coming .45 caliber Spring Field Armory XD(M). These Polymer pistols are the cats meow and when fired shot for shot with comparable handguns such as the H&K USP, you’re sure to be more than impressed. Take a look at some of the sneak peaks we’ve found and be sure to register for SA’s mailing list to get the latest info on how to be the first on the Chicago block with the new Springfield Armory .45 XD(M)
Springfield Armory .45 ACP XD(M)
Springfield Armory is finally leaking information about the 45acp XDm series pistol. No samples were available but they had what they called their Ghost XD poster hanging up announcing the existence of the pistol. According to the Springfield Reps, execs from the company flew to Croatia last week most likely to finalize things with this new pistol. Reps said it was real hush hush and thought the prototype would make an appearance at the show, so I will have to check back every day to check. Since there is all of the secrecy no one knew or would talk about MSRP, colors, barrel lengths. Speculation was that the NRA Show would be the first major release of the the new pistol.
The XDm series of XD pistols is getting a second generation. From now on they will be called XDm-3.8 and XDm-4.5. The 3.8 & 4.5 denote the barrel lengths, respectively. The new features include redesigned slip resistant slide serrations, factory available fiber optic sights and the new 3.8 and 4.5 engravings.