The opportunity to travel throughout the country attending training provides tremendous insight into the trends of the pistol world. An ever-increasing trend is the use of the Springfield Armory compact XDM pistols—and most who use them really like them. Every pistol has its detractors, but in the case of the XDM it seldom comes from those who actually use them.
A perfect example is the CorBon pistol school my wife and I attended a few months ago. Most in this class were very new to combat pistols, with some having never used one before. The pace of the class was perfectly suited to beginners trying out the pistols they may have purchased for concealed carry. One such shooter had an XDM compact chambered in .40 caliber. Short pistols can be a handful and are often discouraged—especially at this level—but this young lady had been given this pistol by her husband for self-protection and wanted to see if she could handle it. To my surprise she was incredibly accurate, never had a single issue and turned out to be one of the best shooters in the class. She told me it had no more recoil than the full-sized pistol she had been borrowing and she actually felt it was easier to shoot. Accuracy was not an issue, as she regularly kept shots at 25 yards in the 3-inch range. Having seen seasoned officers shoot about half as well with similar pistols, it was a great testament to the pistol’s design.
So, when the opportunity came up to test the new XDM in .45 ACP it was accepted with significant anticipation. After seeing that compact .40 caliber in action I really wanted to put the .45 ACP through its paces.
Springfield Armory has done a really nice job with these pistols, providing what many who carry concealed have asked for—which is why it is such a popular line. When attending training as a writer, we are often supplied pistols. At a recent event a fellow writer and retired police officer stated, “Man, I sure miss my XD, I love shooting that pistol.”
Much of that popularity is due to the ergonomics of the pistol. Another is Springfield Armory’s willingness to provide more for less. These pistols come with everything you need to carry concealed—except the ammunition. A Kydex holster and magazine pouch and two magazines are provided as well as a number of extras, allowing me to complete the testing with nothing other than what came in the box.
The pistol supplied for testing was a bi-tone compact. The slide is stainless steel while the lower remains black. It is packaged in a very high-quality hardcase designed to fit every accessory provided. Both a holster and double magazine pouch are provided. The holster is a paddle, allowing for easy concealed carry use. The magazine pouch is a belt slide with rail mounts on either side. This allows the attachment of the nifty hand loader, which is part of the package. There are two magazines—a 13-round full-sized mag that offers a full-sized grip, and a flush fit mag that carries 9 rounds of .45 ACP. There are spacers so any other full-sized magazines can be fitted for use with this pistol. Three total cutouts are available for magazines allowing you to keep three full-sized magazines and one flush fit in the package. There are two more grip straps that allow for comfortable fit of different-sized hands. There is also a cleaning brush and gunlock.