I just recently started competing in IDPA and noticed that I have been the only one there with the XDm 9mm compact version competing in ESP. Everyone else had the 5.25" competition version. Granted I have been training with it for over a year before I decide to compete, I wanted to get the 9mm 5.25" but since I was out shooting them with a much smaller weapon why should I get the longer barrel? I want to get the competition 45 ACP version to shoot CDP, but dont think I need the competition 9mm one for ESP. Am I missing something? Do I need the longer gun to compete at the state and national levels?