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We have already been over why the XD series of pistols is so highly acclaimed – they surpass the competition in terms of performance, reliability and safety. The factory-standard, two-stage trigger will have you placing tight groups on the targets with ease. Features like the loaded-chamber indicator and the striker-status indicator provide the shooter with both visual and tactile confirmations as to whether the pistol is loaded and cocked. Couple this with the grip safety, ultra safety assurance (USA) trigger, drop safety and out-of-battery safety and you have a pistol that is at the top of its class in all the areas that matter most. And those are just the features of the XD series.
The XD(M) series takes everything a few steps further and makes each pistol just a little bit sweeter. In addition to all of the aforementioned features, all XD(M) pistols boast a number of cosmetic changes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but 100 percent rooted in functionality as well. This includes increased slide serrations that are cut both deeper and longer for a better grasp. But that is not all the XD(M) series has to offer. The most noticeable differences come in the form of a match-grade barrel and interchangeable backstraps. Additionally, the disassembly process has been made fool-proof with the reconfiguration of the disassembly lever, which no longer requires pulling the trigger. As you can see, the XD(M) is much more than a different name.
Of course, this says nothing of the fact that this is a compact pistol chambered in .45 ACP, which makes for a mean choice in concealed carry. Why? The .45 ACP cartridge is a powerful cartridge known for its high degree of both accuracy and stopping power – and it is all packed into a compact pistol that is easily concealed.
The Springfield XD(M) 45 compact features a 3.8-inch barrel and an overall length of 7 inches. The match-grade barrel rivals aerospace manufacturing and has both a melonite finish as well as a fully-supported ramp. The forged steel slide also features a melonite finish, which provides the slide with a surface that is highly resistant to corrosion. With its lightweight, polymer frame, the pistol weighs in at just less than 1.75 pounds – making it manageable by just about anyone. The XD(M) 45 also has a 3-dot iron sight system that features a dovetail front sight and provides for a rapid acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. As noted the pistol includes one 9-round magazine and one 13-round extended magazine. You may also be delighted to find that the MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail found on the XD series has stuck around to make attaching lights, lasers and other accessories quite simple.
The only reason that the Springfield XD(M) 45 compact is still available is because I already own an XD 45. The XD(M) 45 compact is a powerful, versatile pistol suitable for any number of applications. You may consider this pistol for:
- Law enforcement
- Personal protection and concealed carry
- Target shooting
- Match shooting
- Much more…