XDM 45/XD 45 Tactical


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Blackhawk30
September 19, 2010, 07:25 AM
So how are these guns working out?Any problems?What are they going for?

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Wishoot
September 19, 2010, 09:35 AM
I don't own one, but I rented an XDM in .45 last week and it worked great. It may just be my next new gun.

G27RR
September 19, 2010, 09:41 AM
I've had an XD45 Tactical for about a year. Zero problems, it balances well in the hand, very accurate, and I'd buy it again. I use mine with a Streamlight TLR-2 as my HD weapon. 13+1 of .45ACP in a good package. I think mine was $499 when I bought it.

The new XDM 45s look nice too, but I don't think I'd pay the extra asking price over mine. At that price point I'd be tempted to add more and start looking at another 1911.

skipsan
September 19, 2010, 12:08 PM
I have a G21 as well as an XDM.45. Both have been reliable, and are good shooters. The XDM is a little more comfortable to shoot given the smaller circumference grip (I have the fat grip G21), but the trigger pull/break on the G21 is much better in terms of reduced creep or squishiness or whatever that no-man's-land is called between take-up and break. I paid $599 for each fairly recently.

Hanzo581
September 19, 2010, 12:16 PM
I have had the 4" XD45 for five years or so, zero problems. You can get the 5" version for $532 from Buds.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_24/products_id/31171

Jackal1
September 19, 2010, 02:13 PM
I have the XD-45 4" compact model.

1) The gun is super reliable. I can not make it jam. The XDm's are supposedly just as reliable as the XD's but more accurate due to a match barrel (somewhat of a contradiction but perhaps it is true).
2) The XD-45 grip is just slightly too big for my comfort (it is bigger than the 9mm/40 versions). The XDm has interchangeable backstraps which would probably make it work better for me. Hold one before you buy one.
3) The trigger on the XD is hit or miss. It is meant to be a duty gun and due to manufacturing choices some of the triggers are okay but some are atrocious. Mine was atrocious. I've been dry-firing mine for a couple thousand rounds to smooth out the trigger mechanism. I should buy a polishing compound and go to work on it. Otherwise I may just send it in for a trigger job at Springfield Armory.
4) The grip texturing is generally inadequate for the operator to maintain a strong grip when sweating profusely. You can buy aftermarket texturing to stick on the grip or you can send it to Springfield Armory for them to machine the grip. The XDm's have deeper grip texturing to help alleviate this issue.

mstrat
September 19, 2010, 03:02 PM
The grip texturing is generally inadequate for the operator to maintain a strong grip when sweating profusely. You can buy aftermarket texturing to stick on the grip or you can send it to Springfield Armory for them to machine the grip. The XDm's have deeper grip texturing to help alleviate this issue.

I'll second this.

When I was last shopping for a 9mm polymer frame I rented as many as I could get my hands on. The XD9 was my favorite. I wasn't able to find an XMD to rent, but no way was I going to pay an extra $100 for some "match grade" barrel.

But at the counter I asked to handle an XDM, and WOW what a difference. The grip on this, to my hands, was amazing!

I immediately bought the XDM. To me, the extra $100 was worth the grips alone. I've been very happy with this gun.

So I'd strongly recommend handling an XDM before you buy an XD, just in case it makes a big difference for you (and if not, you save yourself some cash).

Valkman
September 19, 2010, 05:40 PM
I have 2 4" XD45's and have had no problems. One is a Compact I use for carry occasionally but there's nothing I don't like about these guns.

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