XD vs XDM ?

Discussion in 'General SA-XD/XD(M) Talk' started by acelungger, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. acelungger

    acelungger XDTalk Member

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    I went back to 2008 on here and I didn't get the answer that I was looking for? I know that the (M) stand for match, so other than the match grade barrel and a few cosmectic features what is the big difference?
    In my reading I kinda got confused, several guys said (M) right off without a doubt!:shock: I wasn't foresure if those that had jumped in with the (M) had actucaly shot the XD and then shot the XDM and I don't mean a few mags threw each!:rolleyes: I also read where a guy said that they were totaly different guns, and I don't buy that at all!!
    I have owned 1911's since 1973 and have owned the Officers Model, Commander model and of course the Goverment model, they all have there place! But if some one ask me what was better a 1911A1 or a 70's series I would not be able to answer, but if I was ask which one was better a 70's or a 80's I can tell you the 70's and there are answers to that.
    Thanks for your time.
    Greg
     
  2. Stol3n

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    XD-M :

    - match grade barrel
    - slightly higher mag capacity
    - improved trigger
    - better ergonomics (more aggressive slide serrations, thinner slide, grip texture is better, slide stop is improved)
    - adjustable back straps
    - no dry fire to disassemble
     
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    I'm absolutely lovin' my 3.8 9mm XDm !!! I just got some more ammo, so I'm going back to the range on Saturday !! woo-hoo !!
     
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    XD.

    The only thing the M is for is More Money.

    (Had an XDm. Have an XD. The XD is, imho, a better pistol).
     
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    Having owned both, I like em both. Biggest advantage of the M is the changeable backstraps, imo. For those with exceptionally small or large hands, its a nice feature to be able to customize the grip size. Myself and others here have found that both models shoot with similar accuracy, so don't get too hung up on the match barrel aspect.
     
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    Once again I find myself agreeing with Cuda!
     
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    I'd say improved trigger is a stretch.

    I owned both the XDM 4.5 and XD Service. Still have the Service. Both are great guns however. You just have to way the cost difference for what you get.

    I will say that the grip texture and shape of the grip are a definite improvement. Especially on a hot sweaty day. I ended up putting grip tape on my XD Service because it was more slick when my hands got sweaty.

    It's a sleeker, sexier looking gun and 20 rounds of 9mm is pretty cool. But I can also get Mec-Gar 18 round mags for my XD Service making it 19 rounds. That's not bad either.

    I like to carry a full size gun. The XD Service won in that respect for me because the grip is a little shorter as well as the barrel. This was before the 3.8 C came out.

    Now the 3.8 C is almost the perfect all around gun for carry and the range in my opinion. I don't own one. I've been too happy with my XD Service to make the jump back to the XDM line.

    I'd like to see them do an essentials package for the XDM like the XD to reduce the cost a little. Because the holster and mag pouch really aren't that great and you'll want to upgrade those anyway.

    Just my 2.
     
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    AKC XDTalk 5K Member

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    Well maybe that's why I let my XDM go even with a trigger job and night sights.

    I ended up liking the XD better. Even though it is bone stock. Still is. And the fact that my girl and I could share mags.
     
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    I love my XD. All comes down to what works best for people.
     
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    Completely agree with this statement, and others that sound similar - it's personal preference. I loved my XD's. Probably still would if I hadn't swapped them all out for XDm's, which I personally like better - notice it's just my personal opinion. Others have differing opinions.

    Here is my take, which I wrote separately to cut and paste here after I saw your question earlier:

    You are comparing entire families of pistols to each other. What exactly do you want a comparison of? There isn't an exact cross match in each family. For instance, in the XD family of pistols, you have the following:

    XD Sub-Compact 3" in 9mm and .40
    XD Service 4" in 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 and .45 ACP and GAP
    XD Tactical 5" in 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 and .45 ACP and GAP

    Then you also have :

    XD Compact, which is a .45 ACP with a 4" or 5" barrel, but shortened grip
    XD 45 ACP section, which lists other .45 ACP XD's, but highlights the 14 rounder.

    Moving over to the XDm models, you can see a difference:

    XDm 9mm, .40, .45 ACP in 4.5" barrel, full size grip
    XDm 9mm and .40 in 3.8" barrel, full size grip
    XDm 9mm, .40 and .45 ACP in 3.8" barrel, compact size grip (about like the subcompact XD length grip)
    XDm 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP in 5.25" barrel, comp series

    Note a few differences right off the bat:

    1) No same size barrels to compare in the XD to XDm series. XD's have 3,4,5, and the XDm's have 3.8", 4.5" and 5.25". Think they don't make any difference? Some say yes, some say it's all in your imagination.

    From personal experience I believe that the XDm Compact (3.8" barrel) has less muzzle jump, and is an easier weapon to handle and get back on target after each shot than the XD Subcompact - both in .40. I owned the XD-40 subcompact, and I now own the XDm-40 compact. The subcompact was a great little gun to shoot, and I really enjoyed it. However, I found it to be a very "snappy" weapon. I was just about to replace the barrel in it with a 4" ported barrel from EFK Firedragon, which I had been waiting on a LONG time to be released, when the XDm-40 compact caught my eye. Instead of buying a new barrel for my subbie, I just replaced it with the XDm compact, and I'm very happy with the results. It's still "snappy", but I find it easier to handle than the subbie.

    The second weapons that I compared are my former XD-40 Tactical versus my newer XDm-40 4.5" full size. Both are fine weapons. However, due to accuracy in my Tactical (a problem several people I had shoot it commented on), I had replaced the XD barrel with a 6" EFK ported model in the XD. It was a great weapon, and fun to shoot. But the deciding factors - accuracy without having to use a huge barrel that extended from the front of the weapon by 1" with the ports. The EFK barrel was more accurate than the factory barrel, but I didn't care for the factory. I almost sold the ported barrel to replace it with a match barrel from either EFK or another manufacturer. The XDm was accurate right out of the box, and only getting better with time.

    2) Magazine capacities - pretty different on the 9mm and .40 models. XDm's simply hold more - unless you are in California. .45's use the same magazines - XD or XDm. Pretty nice.

    3) Changeable backstraps to adjust the grip feel on the XDm - not available on the XD.

    4) You don't have to pull the trigger when disassembling the XDm. To disassemble the XD, you lock the slide back, push the slide disassembly lever up, release the slide, pull the trigger, and pull the slide off. On the XDm, it's the same minus pulling the trigger.

    5) Grip safety and grip angle, USA Trigger system, striker status and loaded chamber indicators are basically the same on both XDm and XD's. The XDm is supposed to have a better trigger with shorter reset. I can't really tell much of a difference, but I do know that the XDm triggers seemed to "break in" much faster than their XD counterparts in my comparisons.


    6) No .357 Sig or .45 GAP models in XDm family.


    Oh yeah... the XDm has that little "m" at the end. :cool:


    Hope this helps.
    All the best,
    Glenn
     
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    I've never owned an XD so I can not compare the two. But, I do have an XDM 4.5 and do really like it. It is bone stock as she came from Springfield and is very smooth, very accurate and a great looking pistol. The high capacity magazine is nice!
     
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    I really think the XD trigger is the same or maybe even a bit smoother initially out of the box than the m.



    I don't think there are any new .45GAP pistols being made. If you like that round, best get the gun now from old stock.
     
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    There's no way to settle on which is "better." It's all opinion-based, and everyone has their own likes and dislikes. I have an XD.45 5" and an XDm.40 4.5". I like them both, but I prefer the XDm.
     
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    Swapped my XD for an XDM to enable me to shoot Semi-wadcutters. I don't see any other obvious reasons.
     
  15. acelungger

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    I want to thank everyone that posted. I apoligies for not stating my question better, I open the door that lead to answers about features and not fundamentals.
    Several of you gave me the answer I was looking for:) I should of as my question in a way that would got understood.

    Take a XD 9mm and take a XDM 9mm both having the same barrel lenght, so then throw away any perct's on either gun getting right down to the basic's both guns run on the same design:?::?: If that being true, my question has been answered.:) You go to the Ford dealership and there are 2 pickup's setting side buy side, one is a plain jane the other is a Eddie Baurer series, if both truck have the same motor and same tranny and they are both the same size both should do any job the same.

    As I stated I am a long time 1911 owner, i have owned 2 XD's both had the same barrel lenght, 1 was a 45acp and this last one is a 9mm, I let a young man that I had be mentoring talk me out of the 45 and I miss it, because it was a throw up spot on bang! As bad as i hate to say this, but I have never owned a 1911 that threw up as nice as the XD 45.
    Later
    Ace
     
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    Sure there is ... The simpler design wins.
     
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    It helped me. Thanks for taking the time. Great post! ;)
     
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    Guess the xdm is better then, no dry firing to take apart.

    :mrgreen:
     
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    Well, personally, I just purchased my first XD. First Springfield for that matter. I researched and researched blogs nearly 6 years old to present date. I too couldn't find much to help me with my decision. Though I was leaning towards the XD for the 3" availability, as this would be my carry weapon. Then one day I went to the shop and up close took a look at the XD40 Sub-Compact 3" and the XDM40 Compact 3.8". As soon as I put my hands on them I made my decision. I'm 5'8 195lbs med build, built I worry about concealment. The XDM grip seemed 20-30% wider than the XD. They say the XDM's have a narrower slide, but I think it's more of just a tapered slide than narrower slide all together.
    So if concealment is an issue, that is what sold me on my XD40 Sub-Compact. I've only had it about 2 weeks and so far love it! Carries just slim enough (I'm used to carrying a Gov. 1911) to conceal comfortably.
    Hope that helps a Little more, because not many people mention the grip thickness issue.


    619
    "Nuke'em till they glow, then Shoot them in the dark".
    -AMMO- I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S *USAF*
     
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    That's your opinion.
     

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