I have browsed this forum for a while now, but have finally decided it was time to make an account. I am a long time shooter and only own two handguns myself, a Walther P99AS Full size 9mm and a Walther PPS .40S&W. Yet I have shot plenty of other handguns: loads of .22s; S&W bodyguard and Sig P238 (.380); FN FiveSeven (5.7x28mm); Beretta 92FS, Browning Hi-power, XD sub-compact (9mm); S&W 360PD (.38 + .357); S&W M&P (.40); Kimber Custom Carry II (.45) and probably some I have forgotten about. Now, as you may or may not have noticed, I own a 9mm, and a .40S&W, so logically I am now looking to get a .45ACP. My dad owns the XD sub-compact (9mm) listed above and I like the way it shoots. I am therefore looking at getting an XDm in .45! Just my luck they are giving away free magazines these next couple months, yea, more ammo to burn! Anyway, I had a couple of questions that I am hoping some of you would be able to help me out with. I just experienced using night sights for the first time last weekend, and man was I impressed at how bright they were just after dusk. Therefore I was really hoping to get a pair on my new .45. I guess I should preface this with saying that my PPS is my carry weapon due to its concealability, and plan on using the .45 for a farm gun/target/plinking/dueling trees etc. If they were to come out with a compact .45 though, it would most likely top my list just for the potential of being able to carry it if I wanted to. On to the questions. With the new 5.25" just coming out, is it worth the extra money? Please correct me if I am wrong, but these are the advantages and disadvantages that I see with this new version: 1. The lightening cut, whilst making the gun lighter would have potential for allowing debris to enter the slide of the gun. 2. The longer length will most likely add some accuracy to the shots, but also hinder holstering and maneuverability. 3. Finally, I am a fan of 3 dot sights, was really looking forward to getting some night sights on my next handgun. Yet I was informed that night sights are not offered at the time on the competition series. Now, don't get me wrong, I'd love having fully adjustable sights, but with the rear sight being, from the pictures I see, all black, that makes me a little distraught, are they quick to get used to? Are fully adjustable match sights easy to replace if I don't end up liking them? Anyways, thanks for putting up with me and reading my post. Any thoughts, comments or suggestions are welcomed! Thanks a ton in advance.