Gun Review: Springfield Armory XDm 5.25″ 9mm

44 responses

  1. avatar
    Tyler Kee
    December 8, 2011

    Excellent review and great pictures as always!

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      Ryan Finn
      December 8, 2011

      Thanks Tyler

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    HSR47
    December 8, 2011

    “I have reservations about utilizing a pistol with a big chunk of the slide gone in a combat situation.”

    All I can really add to this, is that I’ve been carrying an XD9 V10 (what springfield calls their factory ported model) on and off for the better part of a year now, and I’ve never had a single issue with function due to fouling of the ports.

    The only issue I’ve run into has been the occasional extraction issue, and from what I can tell it’s almost certainly the fault of the ammo (likely due to improper storage and/or ammo being out of spec to begin with).

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    Tim McNabb
    December 8, 2011

    I had to send an XD9MM back to the factory for light primer strikes. Excessive oil had gotten into the firing pin channel and gummed up the works.

    I was a little surprised that this was possible. My M&P seems to strike with much more authority than the XD, but I lack the expertise to know for sure. Thoughts?

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      Ryan Finn
      December 8, 2011

      I don’t even know if there is a way to measure that Tim. I can say that my first duty weapon was an XD40 and I never had any malfunctions with it. My M&P is my current duty weapon and it too has had no problems. I could see how that issue would be possible with almost any gun though.

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      JK
      November 24, 2013

      “While it may not have a Glock trigger . . .” Lol. Is this a bad joke? Glock trigger is worse than my kid’s cap gun.

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    Texan
    December 8, 2011

    Great review, great pics. Thank you.

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    Sean
    December 8, 2011

    A few shooting buddies of mine have these. And another few have M&P Pro’s. And one has a Glock 34. And weirdly, they all brought them out to the range last night. I shot them all. The Smth was the most accurate for ME. The XD was the fastest for me. I could get more shots on target,faster with the XD. I suck with Glocks, so I won’t mention how that went.

    Of course, none of them were as good as my CZ75. Or my stepbrothers CZ75 SP-01 tactical. But that is comparing apples and, well not oranges. Perhaps apples and pears.

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      Ryan
      December 8, 2011

      Funny you mention the CZ75, Sean. I’m the same way. I’ve shot a Glock 34, M&P Pro and several extremely expensive custom race guns. I can’t shoot any of them as accurately as my CZ75. I don’t know if I got lucky and happened to get an exceptional one off the line years back when I purchased it or if the ergonomics of the pistol just match my hand perfectly or what.. but I’ve never shot any pistol as well as my CZ.

      There’s no other gun I’d rather have for a competition or in a self-defense situation than that big heavy hunk of Czech steel.

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        NCG
        December 9, 2011

        Thanks for further stoking my desire for a CZ P-01. I’ve never shot a CZ, but I really don’t feel right with all the squared-off plastic pistols, and I don’t like DA only. Glocks just don’t work for me. Haven’t tried the many clones. I like an exposed hammer, and minimal plastic.

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      Sean
      December 9, 2011

      My CZ is stock except for the fiber optic sights. I have 10-15000 rnds thru it. It is more accurate than almost anything. I paid $279 about 8-10 yrs ago.

      I mention the anything part, as that SPo1 is better. But it is had a lot of custom work.

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    Chris Dumm
    December 8, 2011

    The video looks like an MW3 screen capture; very cool.

    • avatar
      Ryan Finn
      December 8, 2011

      Thanks Chris. I’m working on the review of that camera system.

  7. avatar
    Patrick Carrube
    December 9, 2011

    My guess is that Springfield left the “factory” trigger installed in their “competition gun” so it would qualify for Production Class shooters. The Springer Precision trigger kit is fantastic. I personally didn’t bother wasting my time installing it myself. Instead, I sent it to them and had them install the Dawson F/O sights, a magwell, and some other goodies while they were at it.

    The only thing I would change on this pistol would be (will be?) the rear sight as I much prefer contrasting-colored rear sights on my comp guns.

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      RightYouAreKen
      December 9, 2011

      Glock installs a lighter trigger connector in their G34 and it qualifies for Production class in USPSA and SSP in IDPA, so I’m not sure that’s why. My guess is lawyers.

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    ScottH
    December 9, 2011

    Pretending I was in California, I loaded up 10 rounds and steadily fired the whole mag.

    LOL. The XDm is not on the CA roster. You’d be exempt as law enforcement, but the rest of us would have to find a FFL willing to do a single shot exemption, have LE friend who bought one and suddenly ‘didn’t want it,’ or via an out of state parent. And then there’s the magazine. You’d be exempt from that one as well, but Springfield doesn’t make a 10 round mag for the XDm series. The rest of us would have to modify a magazine down to 10 rounds if for no other reason for the function test during the dros process.

    Fun gun though. Very fast on follow up shots. As a Californian, my Dad who splits his time between CA and AZ, was kind enough to provide my early Christmas present. Intrafamiliar transfer is the easiest way to go.

    Nice review :)

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    Sam
    December 21, 2011

    Do a review on the Glock G34 Gen 4! I’d love to see it!

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    BrandonH
    March 30, 2012

    I just purchased the XDm as my first hand gun. As a novice shooter i cant be any more pleased. I took it to the range with my friends who both happen to be expert marksmen with a pistol. I am happy to say that i was able to keep right up with them. One friend was shooting a Glock and the other a MP. Both of my friends were amazed with the accuracy of my first time shooting a handgun. Although I am a long time rifle shooter and understand how to use front and rear sights, i should not have performed as well as i did. I can only attribute my success to this weapon, it made me look good!

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    D Dub
    July 8, 2012

    I was shocked when mine jammed on the very first shot. Was shocked once again when it jammed again before I had two hundred rounds through it.

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      MattK
      July 23, 2012

      My XDm jammed three times in the first 200 rounds I put through it, but after I cleaned it I have able to put more than a thousand rounds through with no further jams.

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        Zach
        July 24, 2012

        Did you clean it before first shooting it? Typically they come from the factory with a thick almost packing greace on them. It is to prevent rust in long term storage. It will collect dirt and grime pretty easily.
        It will tear up the AP brush you use on it, I’d reccomand an old one or throw away tooth brush.

        Just my friendly 2, maybe even 3 cents.
        -Zach USMC

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        Mattk
        July 24, 2012

        I did wipe off the factory coating of grease, but I’m guessing that the thorough cleaning with hoppes is what got rid of anything I missed. I’ve put a couple thousand rounds through since then with zero further malfunctions.

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    Bob
    July 29, 2012

    I have one in the .40 flavor. Very pleased with it. I do like the tactile cocked and chamber in battery indicators too. I will get another one with a shorter barrel and night sites for another defensive weapon.

    I cleaned it before (and after) shooting and it has yet to have a jam in several hundred rounds.

    I am shooting Hornady 175 gr FMJ FP with 4.5 gr HP38. Brass is ejected out about 18 inches. Perfect.

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    JAMES R. HAGER
    October 27, 2012

    I HAVE A SPRINGFIELD SUB-COM @ IAM VERY HAPPY WITH IT NOW IAM GOING TO TRY AND BUY A XDM COMPETIT 9MM XDM9525BHC I HAD TO PUT IN A ORDER FOR I DO-NOT LIKE TO DO THAT BUT I HAVE NO CHOISE.

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    JAMES R. HAGER
    November 5, 2012

    is there any were i can track my order that gandermnt made for me?

    • avatar
      JoshinGA
      November 5, 2012

      You may want to ask gandermt about that…

  15. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 8, 2012

    my waiting is over i got my9mmxd(m) from gandermnt yesterday now i can-not wait to to the shooting range some time this week end after i shoot it i will leave a message on the goods @ if there are bads you will here from me.

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    James R. Hager
    November 9, 2012

    today is fri oct 9 2012 iam very disapointed to change my grips i have to go out and buy a punch 3/32 to get the pin out to change my grips iam not happy so this is a warning to any one thinging about getting this xdm.

  17. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 11, 2012

    This is the day nov.11 2012 am very happy with gun i would recommend this gun to ever one who likes a very good group did very very well thanka to springfield xd(m) meets my standers @ i have great standers when it comes to a firearm keep up the great work springfield….

  18. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 13, 2012

    now iam trying to find a side hoister for my xdm 9mm ? need some help

  19. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 17, 2012

    i have found 2 holisters not all that good my hand got a rash from the black DIE @ a terrable itch looking for another type.

  20. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 19, 2012

    NOW I FOUND OUT I NEED TO BUY A GUN BELT ALL MY BELTS I HAVE DO-NOT FIT JUST FOR THE GUN OWERS NOW YOU WHAT YOU HAVE TO SPENT JUST TO HAVE A CCW PERMIT$$$$$$$#$#$$#$$$$$ just be ware.

  21. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 24, 2012

    JUST GOT MY GUN BELT FROM BULLHIDE BELTS GOT SOME MINK OIL PUT IT ALL OVER THE BELT@HOISTERS NOW MABLE I CAN CARRY MY 40 CAL I DO HAVE A CCW PERMIT JUST TO BE LEGAL….

  22. avatar
    James R. Hager
    November 24, 2012

    AS YOU CAN SEE IT TAKES A FEW BUCKS TO CARRY PUT TO ME IT IS WORTH IT……

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    jimf
    December 7, 2012

    I have an XDm 9 …4.5″ barrel and had a few fte in the first few mags, but once it was broken in and cleaned, no problems since…I second the accuracy; it is much more accurate than I.

  24. avatar
    John Costa
    June 11, 2013

    I’ve had my XD/m 5.25″ Competitor 9mm for about 5 months now and no issues whatsoever. I’ve added a Crimson Trace laser as my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. For holsters, I’ve used the N82 Tactical Pro (works w/o the laser), N82 Tactical original (works with the laser), as well as a fanny-pack style by 511 Tactical. All work great and are extremely comfortable for IWB carry (the N82′s that is). I’ve also used a CTC outside the waistband which accommodates the laser. I’ve had other holsters (ugh) but these work the best for me.

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    D. Crawford
    June 27, 2013

    Just bought the 5.25 in 40 cal. Love it! I have used the 3.8 in 40 cal as my everyday carry for four years, Love it also! The site in on the 5.25 was a breeze. Great shooting pistol. 17 rounds in a five inch circle at 15 yards. 17 rounds in a ten inch circle at 25 yards.

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    E. Hoey
    October 10, 2013

    Bought new Springfield XDM 9MM couple of weeks ago, just got to the range yesterday. Only shot it at 25yds. range constraints. The results were not what I was expecting. Shot about 100 rounds first 50 were factory 125gr. JRN than 2 different hand loads. Both hand loads shoot very well in my Sig 226 which is my home defense gun. The XDM is the competition model which I thought I might use to try some kind of action shooting competition. My past experience lies with bullseye so I am capable of shooting a group with almost any handgun. This test evolved to shooting off the bench in an effort to get a group didn’t happen, all loads shot about 10 to 12 inch groups.
    Any thoughts??????

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      MattK
      October 10, 2013

      I also had problems when I first got my 9mm XDM. I would recommend a more thorough take down and cleaning of components. There are videos on you tube that show how to strip it down more than the factory instructions show.

      • avatar
        E. Hoey
        October 11, 2013

        Thanks very much for the response. I am a hobby gun smith and for what it’s worth I did the recommended field strip and a thorough cleaning before my testing. I will take your advice and get the info about the complete tear down. While in the action will probably do some polishing on the striker system which I am sure you know is a lot rougher than I was expecting.
        Thanks again Ed Hoey

  27. avatar
    Eugene W. Riggs
    January 7, 2014

    I have the black and silver and I am a competitions shooter. I spent $3000 on a compensated colt 45 semi and my 5.25 shoot just as well if not better and carries many more rounds. #1 in my book and I am buying more.

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    Eugene W. Riggs
    January 7, 2014

    I am wondering if any one shot the 4.5 45 cal and how it shoots.

  29. avatar
    Eugene W. Riggs
    January 7, 2014

    The most important thing I left out was as 40 yards I was placing all of my rounds in a pie plate with one hand shooting. This is one awesome hand gun.

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