When first introduced, the XDm-9 service pistol was marketed by Springfield Armory as the newest rendition in a purposeful evolution of the original Croatian HS200. While there was nothing inherently wrong with the XD pistol platform, the desire to increase magazine capacity and integrate some of the newest features inspired the company execs to bring an entire new pistol online instead of just upgrading the current lineup.
Instead of phasing out the original XD however, the company execs decided to take heed to two pieces of sage advice. First is the adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” while the second is that “New Beats Newly Improved” any day. In the end, Springfield Armory would continue to have their Croatian partners manufacturer the highly successful XD while at the same time introducing the new XDm.
The determination was made to first introduce the new gun in both the 9mm XDm with a 4.5” barrel alongside an identical twin chambered for .40 Smith & Wesson.
Both a Black-on-Black Melonite finish and a Bi-Tone version with a Satin Stainless slide mated to the black polymer frame have been always been offered on XDm-9 pistols and the company eventually introduced Bi-Tone Black-on-Green and Stainless-on-Green editions as well.
Grip has always been a major focus for the XDm guns and the Xdm-9 was originally offerered with Springfield Armory's well-researched (M)ega-Lock Texture. Both front and rear slide serrations have been found on the gun from Day 1 but they originally were forward slanting only. Eventually, after the introduction of the 3.8 version of the pistol, these were upgraded to the V-shaped slip resistant slide serrations.
As mentioned before, it is commonly assumed that increasing magazine capacity was the major factor in bringing the XDm from concept to production as the major player in the polymer service pistol market, Glock, had a 17 round magazine capacity in their 9mm Glock 17 for years. Springfield upped the ante ships each of the 4.5 inch guns with two 19 round mags.
A major benefit that the XDm-9 has over its Glock competition is the inclusion of a fully supported barrel. The structurally reinforced chamber allows the Springfield Armory gun to shoot +P and even +P+ loads without significant risk to damage to the gun. The company does however inform their customers that doing so may cause premature aging to the gun. They also say that +P+ rounds, as they have no universal loading standard, should be approached with caution.
Springfield Armory XDm-9 Service Pistol
All of the typical XDm pistol elements are integral to the XDm-9 4.5. Match grade barrel, single-action, striker fired trigger system, grip safety, trigger safety, striker status indicator, low-profile 3-dot combat sights, integrated rail system, and interchangeable backstraps are all present and ready to go out of the box.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory XDm-9 service pistol can be found below with the newest reviews found at the bottom of the page. If you own one of these guns or have had a chance to borrow one to shoot, please write a review of your own so other shooters can get a good perspective on the gun's overall value and quality. Please remember to include only the reviews for the 9mm version of the gun with the longer 4.5” barrel as the XDm-40, XDm-45, and XDm-9 3.8 all have their own respective review sets. Also, if you would like to include a picture of your gun, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the XDm-9 photo gallery.
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As an owner of 14 handguns, I can honestly say that this is the best modern handgun available. Action is incredibly smooth, takedown simple, maintenance nonexistent after 2000+ rounds, rugged and durable construction... I love my glock and my colt 1911...even my beretta 92, but my Springfield XDM is the clear prize of the bunch. Buy one, you will NOT regret it! Read More
As long as I have owned this handgun it has performed to standard for its intended purpose. No problems at all as far as I can tell. It is a SERVICE WEAPON as many people forget, so maybe not the best choice for concealed carry. Im not using this weapon for carry ( carry Smith and Wesson 442 Airweight) My wife can handle the XDM 9mm 4.5 very well and its just a great weapon to shoot! Read More
I own and carry the 4.5 tactical XDM 9mm! It is by far the best gun I have ever owned! 19+1, shortest trigger pull and fastest reset on the market! Field stripping is so fast and easy, even a girl can do it! 🙂 I'm going to buy the XDM 3.8, 19+1 soon for carry and enjoy both guns that fit my needs perfectly! Every round goes where I want it to with very little effort! Read More
I have had my concealed carry permit for eight years and I know that Obama would be cracking down on magazine capacity, so I went out and bought the highest capacity magazine for a gun I could purchase. It was The Springfield Xdm 9MM, 19 + 1. This was not the best reason to buy a gun. When I got the gun to the firing range, I was shocked! I shot the best groups I have ever shot with any pistol in my entire life. The recoil was about the same with my HK P30, Which was about double the price, so I stayed right on target the entire time. I ran myself through my usual drills with any weapon I buy, before I carry in a real situation. The trigger was extremely smooth, the recall is very light, the gun handled very nicely in my hand. Takedown of the weapon for cleaning was very easy. I like this gun so much, I went out and bought the Xdm 40mm. It's a great combination because they both use the same holsters. The only drawback, for concealed carry, is the butt of the gun is a little long. So, I wear it in my 5.11 tactical shirts. Beautiful weapon, couldn't ask for better. Read More
I bought a green frame/ black melonite slide 4.5 9mm xdm new. I have put well over 12000 rds. through it without one ftf or jam of any kind. The trigger pull was 4.5 lbs. out of the box. I love the ergonomics of it! The gun is still completely stock, and accuracy- I can consistantly hit empty 50 rd. Magtec ammo boxes at 75 to 100yds( w/ cheap range ammo). I have used between 25 and 30 different kinds of ammo(fmj,jhp,frangible and tracers) I purposely dropped it in sloppy red clay/sandy mud w the action open stomped the mess out of did the same with 2 mags(loaded), then checked to make sure the barrel wasn't stopped up picked the mags up out of the mud slammed one in the gun and emptied it as fast as I could. Did the same thing with the other mag-not a single problem. I've since put 10k or so rds. through it. As far as I'm concerned Springfield knocked it out of the park! Read More
I have owned my XDM-9mm black on black for about 2 years and have had no issues with it. The gun fires smoothly and gotta love the 19+1. I served in the infantry for about 5 years and used the m-9 or Berreta 9mil. Huge difference. Almost no muzzle snap to the XDM-9, and I have had no issues with this weapon. I would buy it again. I carry this everyday in the pants holster. Made by holster.com the new york branch. Wouldn't trade it for the world. I have had no issues with carrying it around every day. And yes I have the full size. a little tip for those who buy this great hand gun, get the .40, wish I did and when buying the black on black use a little white crayon to make the engravings on your pistol look cool I love it. Read More
Costant jams, overtly bulbous slide. Looks and feels like a tanfoglio/high point wanna be. Would not waste money on this overpriced paper weight. Read More
smooth operation with no jams. very accurate and seems durable. hard to hide the full size because of the edges on the gun, sub compact easier. Read More
I have a new XD-M 9 and it is a Superb gun! it worked flawlessly right out of the box, rapid fire had no problems either, I have fired about 500 rounds so for and now notice that the slide won't stay back after the last shot out of the magazine. After carefull study of this and re cleaning and lubeing of the slide stop arm, the part which is supposed to be kicked up by an empry magazine, thus holding the slide back, it seems that the plastic part in the magazine dosen't kick that arm up like it can't reach high enough. Can anybody help me on this??? Read More
I just traded my Smith and Wesson 9mm Segma in for the Springfield xd 9mm.Did not like the S&W because the only safty it had was the trigger. Also the trigger pull was too strong. My son bought a Springfield 9mm about a year ago.He let me shot it, and I fell in love with this pistol. This pistol had everything I was looking for . I can carry this pistol and feel safe doing so. The springefield XD has all the safties you need. I highly recommend this pistol to anybody. Thanks, XD shooter. Read More
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