OK all, truth in lending here.... I am a 1911 fan first and foremost.
BUT...I have to say, the second I picked up the new XDm 9 5.25, I was sold. This gun has the closest feel to the 1911 of any polymer gun. I was so impressed, I bought it right out from under another guy in the gun store.
I made some mods to the gun, broke it in, developed a load specific to the gun and went out to see what it could really do.
Let me show you the target then I will go over what I did to the gun and my load data. I shot 100 rounds total standing off hand. The first 10 went through the chrono, the next 89 went into A zone and the last shot went into the head....OK so I got cocky and pulled the shot due to rushing the shot....lesson learned. Shots were fired at 10 yards at about 1 shot per second then reloading a single mag over and over again (for a bit of a break).
OK so here is the final target:
And here it is at 10 yards from where I was shooting:
As you can see, this gun is wicked accurate. That is 89 rounds in a 2.5" group shot standing....not from a rest. It may be the most accurate gun I have ever had in my hand.
I am already being harassed by my 1911 buddies so it kills me to admit how good this gun really is....so much so that my 1911 is collecting dust because I just want to shoot this thing. I really like this thing and it has become my new go to game gun.
As for the gun mods:
1) I stippled the grip and under the trigger guard
2) I installed a drop in PRP trigger kit (just the drop in model)
3) I added a Canyon Creek Custom Tungsten guide rod
4) I installed a .100 Dawson Precision fiber optic front sight
As for my load data (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!)
Primer: CCI SPP
Powder: 3.4 grains of WST
Bullet: 147 grain Precision Black Bullet
Power Factor: 130
I think Springfield really delivered here. They built a platform that can be easily and cheaply upgraded to a true match gun. By the way, I now have about 3000 rounds through the gun without a single FTF or FTE/E. I did have a single primer fail to go off but that can't be blamed on the gun...it had a really good primer strike.
Hope this range report helps folks......