XDm vs 2011
My son has been shooting USPSA production with a XDm 9mm, I also own one but shoot open class USPSA and Steel Challenge with a custom 2011. My son wants to try using his XDm for USPSA open, shooting minor PF. It already has a great Powder River trigger, solid guide rod, extended mag release, etc.
We've put a Leupold Deltapoint on it, and it absolutely rocks on the XDm. We are going to add a Pistolgear magwell to it.
This morning while making sure his extended 140mm mags dropped well I was reminded how nice the XDm's are. I have spent quite a bit of time tuning my 2011 mags. They drop well, but no better than any of the 12 mags my son has for his XDm, and they've never been tinkered with other than adding different springs and followers. We each have well over 15k rounds through our XDm's and they're always been really reliable. For the money I think they are a heck of a value.
I wish there was a realistic way to turn an XDm 9mm into a 9 major PF that would be competitive in open. I've talked with Scott Springer quite a bit about it and I just don't think it's very realistic. If my son gets really serious we may end up getting him a 40 and building an open gun off of that platform.