The Springfield XD pistols. Just horrid looking. Oh, they are indeed good guns… but the are hard to look at. The M’s are better looking, but not by a huge amount. Like the West Virginian Cousin of an Okie.
Springfield really needs to just drop the XD line and lower the price of the XDM’s. The M is all around the better pistol in every caliber and size.
The other day I was shooting with The Fellas, and my buddy gave me a loaded magazine and an empty pistol. The XD Tactical in .45. He had stippled the gun the same way I did my Glock… and I have to say that it really improved the feel. I also have to say that the pistol shot extremely well and was uncannily accurate. This was the old XD model, not a newer M class. But in the .45 guns, there’s not a lot of difference. Same Mags, same cold hammer forged barrels… the M triggers are nicer, and of course, the outside cosmetics. But I don’t like the way the M’s feel slippery in my hands. Some texturing work fixes that real easy.
Now, I respect the XD’s and know they are all very good guns… but I’m not particularly fond of them. This one though… I like it. The XDM’s I think are a bit better and I like them more. If anyone out there are thinking of getting an M model… it is a good buy. Especially the long barreled versions if you are looking for an accurate, easy gun to shoot, with a lot of capacity.
While I’m not going to line up to buy one… if any of The Horde does, it would be a good choice.
We got in a few of the .40 XDMC’s… You know, while at SHOT I took a look at them and at the time they just didn’t blow my skirt up. However after handling the production gun here… taking some more time to examine it…
I like it. It’s the first XDM that I could see myself getting if I was in the market for a Sub-Compact sized Poly-Striker. The grip is short, but it works. The 3.8 inch barrel and related sight radius makes getting a good Sight Picture easier than on other sub-compact guns. And the XDM’s lines seem to work better with this hobbit sized grip. I give it my nod of approval.