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Springfield Armory XD(M) Duty Pistol

Ergonomically, the XD(M) is a vast improvement over the XD, and the XD was an excellent pistol for the price.

March 01, 2009  |  by Nick Jacobellis - Also by this author

Easy to Take Down

To disassemble the XD(M) all you have to do is make sure the pistol is completely unloaded. Next, remove the magazine and rack the slide a few times to further ensure the pistol is unloaded.

Once you are absolutely certain that it is safe to continue, lock the slide to the rear, then rotate the takedown lever on the left side of the pistol so the lever is pointed up.

The good news is that unlike a standard model XD or Glock there is no need to pull the trigger to remove the slide from the frame and complete the disassembly procedure. Clearly, this makes the XD(M) pistol safer to disassemble, clean, and maintain.

Once the XD(M) is disassembled, you get to see how well made this pistol is. I especially like the fact that the XD(M) is constructed with robust-looking parts that make this pistol look ready for rough duty. Unlike some other pistols that are made with anemic looking small springs and stamped pieces of thin metal, all XDs, including the new XD(M), are built like the proverbial brick outhouse.

Included in this rugged construction package is a pair of well made stainless steel magazines that eject from the XD(M) with confidence each and every time the magazine release button is depressed. The XD(M) also comes with an accessory rail.

Shots Fired

I learned even more about the XD(M) 40 once I started field testing this pistol with live ammunition. Once I settled on using the medium backstrap and I started test firing the XD(M), I realized why Springfield Armory engineers designed this pistol the way they did.

I became impressed with the new Springfield XD(M) the moment I started sending 180-grain Federal FMJ ammunition downrange as fast as I could pull the trigger. The XD(M) 40 is more comfortable to shoot than a standard model XD in the same snappy caliber. This includes shooting the XD(M) with a two-hand grip and with one hand.

As far as accuracy is concerned, I had no problem keeping all shots fired in the scoring area of a TQ19 POST Police Firearms Qualification Target at various CQB distances as long as I maintained the right amount of sight alignment and trigger control. This included making head shots and center of mass body shots with 180-grain Winchester SXT Ranger hollow-point service ammunition, 165-grain Winchester SXT hollow-point ammunition, and 180-grain Federal FMJ training ammunition.

Thanks to an incredibly smooth trigger, excellent ergonomics, and one hell of a match-quality barrel, I was also able to successfully engage targets beyond 25 yards with the XD(M) pistol. I also test fired the XD(M) with my weak hand and had no problem delivering accurate shot placement.

I should also mention that I really liked the hip hugging paddle holster that Springfield Armory supplies with every XD(M) pistol. In addition to properly securing the XD(M) pistol, the Springfield Armory molded plastic paddle holster was easy and fast to use. Even though I usually prefer holsters that cover the entire pistol, I liked the fact that I had a good holster to use with the XD(M) until I found one that worked better for me. The plastic double magazine pouch that is provided with every XD(M) pistol and a leather double magazine pouch made by DeSantis Holster & Leather Goods were used to securely carry spare high capacity magazines.

Even though I tend to carry more compact and subcompact pistols, there are times when I like having access to a full-size service pistol, preferably one with a light attached. Clearly, a Springfield XD(M) in .40 S&W caliber with a 16-round magazine that is loaded with 180-grain Winchester Ranger SXT hollow-point ammunition and equipped with an Insight Technology LED tactical light is an excellent pistol for personal protection and home defense.

The Springfield Armory XD(M) is also well suited for law enforcement work. Even though the main selling point of this pistol is the interchangeable grip system, it is important to remember that the XD(M) also has a match barrel to ensure accuracy, a corrosive-resistant Melonite finish, excellent sights, an outstanding safe-action striker-fired trigger system, excellent weight and balance, and it can hold 16 rounds of .40 S&W. The XD(M) is also very reasonably priced, especially for law enforcement officers.

Nick Jacobellis is a medically retired U.S. Customs Agent and former police officer who was disabled in the line of duty while working undercover. He is a frequent contributor to POLICE.

 

Springfield Armory

XD(M) Duty Pistol

Caliber: .40 S&W

Magazine Capacity: 16 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.5 inches

Height: 5.6 inches

Weight (empty): 32 ounces

Sights: Dovetail front and rear (steel) three-dot

Trigger Pull: 5.5 to 7.7 pounds

Frame Material: Polymer

Slide Material: Forged steel

Available Colors: Black, OD green, bi-tone ss/black, bi-tone ss/OD green

Price: $679

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opskmallory @ 3/17/2009 2:13 PM

This is a good article on an outstanding gun. I've been an XD fan for years, purchasing an XD-40 5 years ago as my first firearm. The XD(m) will be the next firearm to go into my stable.

However, I'm surprised that the fact that the XD(m) has an increased magazine capacity from 12 in the original XD to 16 in the XD(m), was all but overlooked. While the article mentions the guns 16 round magazines, it fails to include that as a noteworthy improvement over the prior generation XD. I always believed the XD's limited capacity as one of it's biggest drawbacks, particularly in the LE market.

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