Springfield XDM 45 Review by GunBlog.com
SpringField XD-M .45 ACP Review
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.
The first thing most people look at when purchasing a new pistol is how does it feel in their hands. For me it is the make or break aspect when buying a new pistol. The XDm .45‘s grip is comfortable and provides enough surface area in order for me to get a proper grip with both hands so that I’m confident with my hold and comfortable when firing it.
The XDm .45 also features an ambidextrous safety; its something that is nice but I really don’t see as much of an advantage. Most lefties just use their index finger, and a righty would never use it. I suppose it’s a nice feature for lefties; however the slide release is static still for a right hand shooter.
One feature with the XDm .45 I enjoy is the grip texture. I put grip tape on my glock to increase the friction, and I find the XDm’s grip to provide a similar feel. Although not as rough as grip tape, it is sufficient to eliminate the need for add on grip tape. The grip provides enough friction and has a comfortable angle for a suitable draw and good sight alignment.
A drawback regarding the ergonomics with the XDm .45 for me would have to be the back strap safety feature. I’ve never really been a fan of this style of safety feature, and on the XDm .45 it seems to be a unnecessary redundant safety feature. Although it doesn’t take much to engage it, if you don’t engage it the gun will not charge nor fire. I know one of the main goals of this safety feature is to attempt to prevent children from discharging the weapon–the theory behind it is so that children cannot grip the pistol and pull the trigger. I find width from the top of the grip to the trigger on the XDm to be easily gripped by a child anywhere from 7-10 years old, so I find the feature mute. Also, if ever in a compromised firing position with your grip, the gun will not function. I find the cost vs. benefit to favor not having the back strap safety.
As mentioned before we put about 1,500 rounds through the XDm .45, and with all the various types of rounds we put through it we didn’t have one malfunction. The closest thing we had to a malfunction was for the slide to remain locked back after the last round fired. This is mainly due to it being a brand new firearm and the recoil spring (which is quite beefy by the way) is still tight. The more we rounds we put through it, the less this happened, so I view it as a non issue after a good break in.
Accuracy with the XDm was as good as advertised. I was pleasantly surprised with how consistent the groups were with the pistol straight out of the box. From 7 yards I was shooting about 2-3.5 inch groups with federal 230 gr American Eagle ammo. At 15 yards those groups grew about 2 more inches as to be expected. All in all the accuracy out box stayed consistent and even improved with the more rounds we put through it.
Recoil is very manageable for a .45; it felt more controllable than my Glock 21. Follow up shots were easy to place, and regaining the sight picture with not a difficult task. Speaking of which, I find the sight picture to be very good–I like a fair amount of light between the front sight post shining through, and the XDm .45 provides that making a good, accurate sight picture easy to obtain.
A selling point provided by Springfield that I found to be misleading while at the range was the claim that it had the shortest trigger reset on any polymer pistol. I decided to test this side by side with my Glock 21 and found it extremely overstated by Springfield. The reset on the Glock and the XDm .45 were practically identical. Unless I measure it with a micrometer and pull gauge I might come to a different conclusion. But for practical purposes, I just tested it as I would fire it, and I could not notice a significant difference between the two resets.
The one thing I truly liked about the trigger though would be the surface area and form of the trigger. When compared to my Glock, I liked the way the trigger formed to tip of my firing finger. It seemed to have more of a concave feel rather than a convex feel of my Glock. It also felt as if there was slightly more surface area on the trigger which made squeezing the trigger directly back an easier task; hence, able to place more accurate rounds down range.
As far as the price and features provided; the XDm .45 is performance pistol for a value price. A fully supported match barrel, all the accessories, reliability, and excellent accuracy all for under $700 will make this a hot seller this summer. I found it very comfortable to shoot, easy to break down and clean, super reliable, and extremely accurate.
If it were offered in different feature flavors (optional back strap safety, or an optional thumb safety like the XD or M&Ps) I would give it a hands down best buy. Those are personal preferences though, and I know some will not find those features, or lack there of, quite as cumbersome as I did. The XDm .45 is a suitable handgun for home/personal defense, or a duty weapon. It performed exceptionally well at the range so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up in an IPSC competition or a 3-gun.
As a huge Glock fan, I find it almost treasonable to like the XDm .45 so much; however, a great gun is a great gun–and the XDm .45 is a great gun at a great price.