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Springfield XDm .45 caliber

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by coloradokevin, May 13, 2010.

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  1. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Rumor has it that this gun is being released tomorrow(?) at the NRA Convention. Springfield also says that the XDm .45 caliber is "about to be born" on their website, but doesn't seem to provide any additional information.

    Can anyone else speak to this issue?

    Have you found specs on this newest member of the XDm line, or is it still top-secret?

    Have you seen the gun yourself, or will it be seen for the first time later this week?

    Any idea on the ammo capacity?
  2. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    From Shooting Wire(about half way down the page)

    New Springfield XD(M) Rolls Out

    As we prepare for next week's National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, we're starting to get a few previews into what new products consumers and the media can expect to see.

    Shooting episodes of Guns & Gear for the fall television season has had me biting my lip because we've seen several new products to which we've been sworn to secrecy. Shooting TV shows months in advance means we're seeing prototypes of new gear, so we have to stay quiet.

    Springfield Armory was one of those companies with a new gun on the set and under wraps. Last night, however, I got word that it was OK to talk about the newest member of their XD(M) family of polymer pistols.

    Almost from the day the 9mm and .40 Cal models were first introduced two years ago - also at the NRA Show - the question has been asked "What about a .45?"

    2019572.jpg Springfield Armory's new XD(M) in .45ACP
    Next week, the new XD(M) 45 ACP will be rolled out to the general public for the first time.

    If you're like me, you might have a hard time picking up the subtle differences between this gun and previous models. It took Springfield's Rob Leatham putting a 9mm side-by-side with the .45ACP for me to actually see the difference.

    The new gun is larger - slightly- than the lower caliber models. "It's still the smallest frame 45ACP pistol out there," Leatham told me, "it's actually smaller than the XD-model in .45."

    To get the sizing down, it appears the grip area has been slimmed down, but the grip angle remains the same- and the interchangeable backstraps mean you can change the profile of the grips to fit your hand size.

    Like the other XD(M) models, this new 45ACP holds a bunch of rounds - with 13 in the magazine and one in the chamber, it's carrying fourteen rounds of .45ACP. Springfield has maintained commonality between their XD magazines in .45, so the XD model mags will work in the new model. "It's a good deal for shooters," Leatham told me, "I don't like it when a new gun means all new magazines."

    The XD(M) 45ACP will ship with the same hard case, holster, mag pouch and other accessories as the rest of the line, meaning you won't have to go searching for a holster that fits. The polymer gear isn't the top of the line, but is certainly more than functional. I've been beating a set around for more than a year, and it appears to be none the worse for wear.

    2019574.jpg Initially, the finishes are limited to black or bi-tone. No word on green or earth finishes.
    The new guns will be available in either black melonite or bi-tone (black/stainless) finishes.

    For the record, here are the dimensions as supplied by Springfield:

    Caliber: 45ACP
    Magazines 2-13+1 Round, stainless steel (where permitted)
    Barrel: 4.5-inch Melonite, fully supported ramp
    Sights: Dovetail Front & Rear (Steel) 3-Dot
    Trigger Pull: 5.5-7.7 pounds
    Frame: Black Polymer
    Slide: Forged Steel
    Overall Length: 7.7 inches
    Height: 5.75 inches
    Weight: 31 ounces (with empty mag)
    Triple-position Picatinny rail for lights, lasers or other accessories

    No word on when the gun will begin shipping.
  3. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Had my interest until I got to this part...

    Thirty-one ounces empty????
    From a polymer framed pistol? Where the Hell are they putting the extra 10-12 oz? Is the slide made of depleted uranium? My alloy framed 4" 1911 weighs 28 oz, and my steel framed 1911 weighs 36.

    What does this thing weigh loaded? With 14 rounds, about 42.5 (estimated).

    I think I'll stick with my 18.5 oz (empty) Kahr P45. It only holds 6+1, but I could carry two or three extra mags (or another P45) on the other hip and balance it out a bit.
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  4. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Straight Shooter,

    Thanks for the information. Too bad they weren't able to increase the capacity over their normal .45ACP XD, but I'm really not surprised that they couldn't exceed 13rds in that caliber.
  5. AgentV3

    AgentV3 Member

    May 5, 2010
    I kind of figured if they were going to release an M variant of the XD45 that it would be mainly focused on the ergonomics. It would be pretty hard to add capacity without increasing the size of the grip, and it's already pretty beefy on the .45 variants.
  6. Kingofthehill

    Kingofthehill Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I love the fact that it will take the same mags!
  7. ozarkgunner

    ozarkgunner Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    I work with a guy that has been following this auto. He said a gun dealer he knows got a reply email from Springfield that it will be available for purchase in Sept. I believe.
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