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I suspect that all of the negative and false info originate from Glock, Sig, S&W fanboys and possibly their employees. People and companies will to anything to maintain their piece of the market. Unless your department has specific duty weapon that you are required to carry you should carry what you are comfortable with carrying and one that you can qualify with. Aside from that everything else is a side show of a side show. As a former county deputy in Texas I wouldn't hesitate to carry my XDM .45 4.5 as a duty sidearm or the XDS .45 3.3 for backup or off duty.

I currently work at one of the largest independent firearms stores in Texas. Customers line up to buy Glocks and they are expensive. At the end of the day when you are defending yourself, your family or anyone else will the perpetrator be anymore dead if shot with a $350 Ruger LC9 than he would be if they were shot with a $1000 Glock 43. The answer is no.

I made the same argument for hunting rifles. I bought a used Remington 700 .30-06 that was manufactured in 1974. I replaced the original stock with a Hogue overmoulded stock and added scope and mounts that I already had. That rifle won't bring me more than $250 on the used market. I can guarantee that I can take just as many deer as the next guy with a $3000 Weatherby Mark V. Less expensive does not mean less reliable.

With liability insurance costs, threats of lawsuits and negative publicity I can assure you that if any firearm were as unsafe as the internet trolls say they were you'd hear about it in every news cycle. When Smith and Wesson caved to the Clinton Administration and added the hammer lock to their revolvers the backlash was so great they nearly went out of business. Companies realize the power of its customer base and the firearms public and take steps to make/market a product that is reliable and safe.

One YouTube clown went a 15 minute rant about how Springfield Armory XD sucks. He did not provide one shred of persuasive or definitive evidence to back up his claim. At the end of the video you were left knowing that is only grip is that the XD line is not manufactured in the US. Well most firearms sold in the US are made outside the US. Is the FN made in South Carolina not a real FN because its not made in Belgium? To the average customer the answer is no. FN stands behind their product the same way SA stands by theirs.

The bottom line is the XD line offered by Springfield is a solid, well made and reliable product that has a price point that will not break your bank.
 

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I suspect that all of the negative and false info originate from Glock, Sig, S&W fanboys and possibly their employees. People and companies will to anything to maintain their piece of the market. Unless your department has specific duty weapon that you are required to carry you should carry what you are comfortable with carrying and one that you can qualify with. Aside from that everything else is a side show of a side show. As a former county deputy in Texas I wouldn't hesitate to carry my XDM .45 4.5 as a duty sidearm or the XDS .45 3.3 for backup or off duty.

I currently work at one of the largest independent firearms stores in Texas. Customers line up to buy Glocks and they are expensive. At the end of the day when you are defending yourself, your family or anyone else will the perpetrator be anymore dead if shot with a $350 Ruger LC9 than he would be if they were shot with a $1000 Glock 43. The answer is no.

I made the same argument for hunting rifles. I bought a used Remington 700 .30-06 that was manufactured in 1974. I replaced the original stock with a Hogue overmoulded stock and added scope and mounts that I already had. That rifle won't bring me more than $250 on the used market. I can guarantee that I can take just as many deer as the next guy with a $3000 Weatherby Mark V. Less expensive does not mean less reliable.

With liability insurance costs, threats of lawsuits and negative publicity I can assure you that if any firearm were as unsafe as the internet trolls say they were you'd hear about it in every news cycle. When Smith and Wesson caved to the Clinton Administration and added the hammer lock to their revolvers the backlash was so great they nearly went out of business. Companies realize the power of its customer base and the firearms public and take steps to make/market a product that is reliable and safe.

One YouTube clown went a 15 minute rant about how Springfield Armory XD sucks. He did not provide one shred of persuasive or definitive evidence to back up his claim. At the end of the video you were left knowing that is only grip is that the XD line is not manufactured in the US. Well most firearms sold in the US are made outside the US. Is the FN made in South Carolina not a real FN because its not made in Belgium? To the average customer the answer is no. FN stands behind their product the same way SA stands by theirs.

The bottom line is the XD line offered by Springfield is a solid, well made and reliable product that has a price point that will not break your bank.
Very well said and I couldn't agree with you more. I really like my XDM pistols and I also like the grip safety as an added safety feature. Some people despise that feature, and that is their preference and choice. But to me, it is an added safety feature and it does not compromise the reliability of the pistol at all.
 

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I suspect that all of the negative and false info originate from Glock, Sig, S&W fanboys and possibly their employees. People and companies will to anything to maintain their piece of the market. Unless your department has specific duty weapon that you are required to carry you should carry what you are comfortable with carrying and one that you can qualify with. Aside from that everything else is a side show of a side show. As a former county deputy in Texas I wouldn't hesitate to carry my XDM .45 4.5 as a duty sidearm or the XDS .45 3.3 for backup or off duty.

I currently work at one of the largest independent firearms stores in Texas. Customers line up to buy Glocks and they are expensive. At the end of the day when you are defending yourself, your family or anyone else will the perpetrator be anymore dead if shot with a $350 Ruger LC9 than he would be if they were shot with a $1000 Glock 43. The answer is no.

I made the same argument for hunting rifles. I bought a used Remington 700 .30-06 that was manufactured in 1974. I replaced the original stock with a Hogue overmoulded stock and added scope and mounts that I already had. That rifle won't bring me more than $250 on the used market. I can guarantee that I can take just as many deer as the next guy with a $3000 Weatherby Mark V. Less expensive does not mean less reliable.

With liability insurance costs, threats of lawsuits and negative publicity I can assure you that if any firearm were as unsafe as the internet trolls say they were you'd hear about it in every news cycle. When Smith and Wesson caved to the Clinton Administration and added the hammer lock to their revolvers the backlash was so great they nearly went out of business. Companies realize the power of its customer base and the firearms public and take steps to make/market a product that is reliable and safe.

One YouTube clown went a 15 minute rant about how Springfield Armory XD sucks. He did not provide one shred of persuasive or definitive evidence to back up his claim. At the end of the video you were left knowing that is only grip is that the XD line is not manufactured in the US. Well most firearms sold in the US are made outside the US. Is the FN made in South Carolina not a real FN because its not made in Belgium? To the average customer the answer is no. FN stands behind their product the same way SA stands by theirs.

The bottom line is the XD line offered by Springfield is a solid, well made and reliable product that has a price point that will not break your bank.
The fact that the XD is made in Croatia was actually a selling point for me being Croatian myself. Springfield wanted the XD because of its reliability during the war.

I’m on a Harley forum and a majority of the guys have an XD. I was leaning towards the S&W MP 2.0 before hearing how much everyone loved their XD and how reliable and accurate they shoot. Then I did research and found where they were made. Win, win.


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...aside from my previous post, many so called 'reviewers' don't spend enough trigger time with an XD before listing their pros/cons or slamming the XD. Each firearm is different from one manufacture to another and from the same model within manufacture. An XDm 9 may have a different trigger pull than another XDm 9. Why? No manufacturing process is perfect and no company is going to fine tune each firearm coming off the assembly line so that they all consistently have exactly the same trigger pull. There will always be degrees of variances in product. That's why a box of ammo at the range doesn't make for a solid review. A thousand rounds over a few trips to the range and careful documentation of each trip and how the XD and ammo performed is the only way to review, unless you are only providing first impressions.

I bought a new Colt Series 70 a year ago and it wouldn't fire. Really!? A much honored and distinguished name like Colt had a product that left its facility to its customer that somehow defective?

Luckily I am very familiar with the disassembly of the 1911 and began with removing the firing pin to see what was causing the problem. The firing pin and return spring both had some kind of corrosion built up so much so that the firing pin could not strike the primer. I used a fine wire brush to clean the spring and 00 steel wool to clean the firing pin. After reassembly the 1911 worked as designed; squeeze the trigger and it goes BANG. I called Colt customer service to report the issue and gave them the date of purchase and serial number. The rep offered no apologies he just took the information and thanked me.

This issue could have caused me death or serous bodily injury. How? Had I not inspected the firearm and noted the corrosion I could have easily loaded and holstered it from day one as my EDC. If a situation had come up where I needed to defend myself and my 1911 did not go BANG when I squeezed the trigger my attacker could have gotten the better of me.

When I consider buying a used firearm I call my gunsmith and asked his opinion of the reliability and availability of parts should it need repair. I did that before I bought a S&W revolver. After I bought the revolver I dropped it off so that he could make sure its OK. He found out the trigger return spring had been shortened and that someone had taken a file to one of the parts in an effort to smooth the action, this caused two of the six cylinders to be out of sync with the barrel. He made the necessary repair and I noticed how much better the action worked.

Either by manufacture defect, by someone tampering with the firearm or an inept person who won't take the time to thoroughly familiarize himself with a given firearm then spend some serious trigger time at the range you will get misinformation or lies to slander a quality product.
 

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I am a deputy Sheriff with a small office in south Texas. I have carried the XD40 Tactical 5” that my office issued me 13 years ago and have never looked back. Sure, it’s battered and worn but I know it will go bang if I ever need it to.


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I know this is an old thread and such, but being new here, I just wanted to thank you for the original post. Great info!
Glad you liked the information. I wanted to add that I did a test this past weekend with my XDM compact in 9mm. I loaded two 13 round magazines, and also a 19 round magazine to full capacity with hollow point ammunition. I then loaded the XDM with one of the 13 round magazines, chambered a round, then topped off the magazine again so that it had a full 13 rounds. I also had lubed the pistol, and I let the pistol and all three magazines sit for 2 years.

Then, I took it out to shoot this past weekend and I did not have one jam or malfunction with all three magazines. I also shot another 150 rounds through it without a single problem. I did not re-lube the pistol either; it only had the lube I put on it 2 years ago. As far as I am concerned, that XDM compact is totally reliable and very accurate also. XD/XDM pistols are very reliable pistols despite what Glocktards call them.
 

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Glad you liked the information. I wanted to add that I did a test this past weekend with my XDM compact in 9mm. I loaded two 13 round magazines, and also a 19 round magazine to full capacity with hollow point ammunition. I then loaded the XDM with one of the 13 round magazines, chambered a round, then topped off the magazine again so that it had a full 13 rounds. I also had lubed the pistol, and I let the pistol and all three magazines sit for 2 years.

Then, I took it out to shoot this past weekend and I did not have one jam or malfunction with all three magazines. I also shot another 150 rounds through it without a single problem. I did not re-lube the pistol either; it only had the lube I put on it 2 years ago. As far as I am concerned, that XDM compact is totally reliable and very accurate also. XD/XDM pistols are very reliable pistols despite what Glocktards call them.
I did something similar with a 1911 that had likely sat for 30+ years...it just wasn’t +1 in chamber for that time.

However, it was a WW2 era R-R with a GI surplus mag from the same time period, shooting ammo that was manufactured sometime in the 1960’s, going by the box design, and had been loaded and sitting loaded since, at the latest, 1973...and I fired it in 2001.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that that really isn’t much of a test. Most quality firearms will pass it easily.
 

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I guess what I’m trying to say is that that really isn’t much of a test. Most quality firearms will pass it easily.
Well, it was most definitely very much of a test for me. It confirmed for real world usage that my XDM compact can be counted on for self-defense even if left fully loaded for years. I understand that quality firearms should easily pass such a test. Since my XDM compact passed, then I guess it is a quality firearm despite what Glock fanboys and others say regarding it. :mrgreen:

BTW: My XDM pistols have never given me brass to the face either :-D
 

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This post is an exploration of the popular myths, hype, and misinformation floating around about Springfield XD/XDM pistols; specifically, the suitability of the XD/XDM for professional use. I would like to share some information that I have been gathering for several months now. Just so you know where I'm coming from on this subject...I'm a police officer with a large PD in Texas. I'm a firearms instructor in several disciplines and am currently assigned full-time to the Training Unit. I have worked patrol and criminal investigations. I spent 8 years on a well-respected SWAT team and have had some excellent luck in SWAT competitions and USPSA/3-Gun matches. I have received formal training at some of the best schools in the country and from trainers who are widely acknowledged to be among the best in the business. I am professionally experienced with Glocks, S&W, and multiple variations of the 1911. I am personally familiar with Sig, CZ-75, Para-Ordnance, Beretta, and several other semi-auto pistols. I do not purport to be an expert or a "gun guru" but it's appropriate to say I have a practical and professional foundation where shooting and handguns are concerned. I carried a 1911 for 10 years and I carried a Glock 22 before that and I still believe both of those platforms are excellent for LE duty.

I currently use a Springfield XDM (.40 S&W) for my duty weapon and have about 10K rounds through it with no problems whatsoever. I do not have an emotional attachment to any duty weapon. If a pistol is unsafe or no good for saving my life, my family members' lives, or your life, then I won't carry it....period. I have always said that if anyone could offer any evidence that XD/XDM pistols are unsafe or unsuitable for duty use, I would ditch mine immediately and tell everyone else to do the same. Thus far, the overwhelming majority of my research has shown nothing of the kind. I conducted extensive research (emails, phone calls, internet, actually shooting them, examining the XD's used at my agency, etc.) on XD/XDM pistols, trying to chase down the internet myths and stories told by a small number of people who claim the XD is not suitable for duty purposes. I made contact with pretty much all of my resources which includes trainers, shooters, and end users at numerous, "Tier 1" LE and MIL organizations. I pretty much pulled every string I could with old teammates and current colleagues and those guys made phone calls and forwarded my emails to their old units and talked to current members. I even looked into the secret testing hinted at on another forum and I was able to get an answer on that. I have received specific information about the real-world test results of the XD/XDM from trainers and firearms gurus employed by the absolute best organizations/teams in North America.

The bottom line:
There's nothing wrong with XD/XDM pistols and they have "beaten" other popular pistols in some tests even as they have been "beaten" by those same pistols in other trials. I am not allowed to publicly distribute the test results that were sent to me. I have confirmed that some of the largest police departments in the U.S. extensively tested the XD/XDM pistol and found the platform to be reliable and robust. Many smaller departments and professional users have come to this same conclusion after conducting their own testing.

By far, the biggest weak spot on XD/XDM pistols is the roll pin in the top of the slide. That pin is known as the “Striker Retainer Pin” and it is quite possible to break after extensive dry firing or under extreme usage. If that pin breaks, your striker (AKA: “firing pin”) can be seized and your pistol may not fire. Some users report being able to fire their XD's with the pin broken and/or removed. I have confirmed several instances in which the pin broke and caused the pistol to cease functioning. Luckily for all XD users, the pin is easily replaced. The white arrow in the picture below is pointing to the striker retainer pin:





When one of the top 5 largest PD's in the U.S. conducted hard-core testing of five (5) XD pistols, the factory pin broke in one of the sample pistols and it stopped functioning. They replaced it with a stronger pin from a Sig pistol and kept shooting without incident. A SWAT officer whose XD was used in the Texas SWAT Competition and the Florida SWAT Roundup (where it was subjected to use in water and sand) was recently having his pistol serviced by an armorer and the pin was found to be partially broken when removed from the slide. That officer had fired thousands of rounds through the pistol during the train up for both comps and the pistol continued to function.

The pin that Springfield uses is a single layer of rolled metal that looks like this:


Powder River Precision and other suppliers offers stronger striker retainer pins that look like this:


If you run your XD hard or if you just want peace of mind, you should replace the pin. They are available at many industrial outlets or you can buy a set from Powder River Precision for $12.00. You can also call (541) 403-2999 to buy them over the phone.

"If XD pistols are so great then why didn't [insert name of team/unit/dept here] adopt them?"
I asked this question of every person I talked to about XD/XDM pistols. After all, critics of this platform (especially fans of the Glock and M&P) do have a point about the XD/XDM not being formally adopted by a major PD/.MIL/.GOV agency. The answers to this question usually broke down into four basic forms:

1) They're made in Croatia and the people in charge of purchasing/procurement believe that's an unstable region of the world which may or may not necessarily be a friend to the U.S. We're not prepared to enter into a commitment which would require us to use a pistol made there. There's plenty of good pistols made in the U.S. or Western Europe that work just fine. We're not switching.

2) We really liked it but the pistols we have now are working fine. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We're not changing over to another polymer framed pistol when our Glocks are working just fine.

3) We really liked it but we already have a relationship with [insert name of company here]. Why would we want to jeopardize that by switching to a new pistol now?

4) We don't have the money to buy all new pistols and holsters right now. Budgets are shrinking and there's no way I'm going to call the [insert title of potentate who controls $$ here] to request that we dump our current weapons and buy something new.

Regarding the claims that XD's have been jammed so badly that they had to be sent back to the factory while still loaded:
Springfield Armory LE reps informed me that this is untrue and that no such incidents have occurred. The LE rep informed me that these stories are internet myths with no basis in fact. She stated that there have been a few people send pistols back with bullets lodged in the barrel due to squib loads. She also stated that when the XD's were first released, some people horribly jammed their pistols while reassembling them by pressing down on the barrel hood while also forcing the slide/barrel assembly back on to the frame (BTW: There's a quick and easy fix for this and no it does not involve beating on the pistol with a mallet). These few instances may have been the root of the internet myth in question. Springfield Armory LE Reps state that there are no recorded instances of XD pistols suffering catastrophic, unfixable-except-at-the-factory jams while being loaded, unloaded, or fired. It's internet myth. I have discussed this issue with trained XD/XDM armorers and long-time users who likewise deny that it's a realistic story.

Regarding claims that XD's cannot be manipulated with one hand (AKA: Incapacitation Drills or Wounded Hand Shooting)
This is simply not true. Despite the fact that the slide cannot be retracted unless the grip safety is depressed, the XD/XDM can be effectively manipulated, loaded, cleared, and fired with one hand, including the "weak" hand. I have tested and demonstrated this myself in the presence of other trainers. I am seriously considering making a video which proves that the XD/XDM can be successfully and normally manipulated in the same one-handed/incapacitation drills that will work with any other duty pistol (e.g. Glock, Sig, 1911, H&K, etc.). The grip safety on the XD requires so little pressure to activate it that it's almost (I say almost) negligible.

Regarding claims that Springfield Armory does not offer ample support for LE or the professional end user
It is true that for years, there was not a great deal of end user or aftermarket support for XD/XDM pistols. That is no longer the case. There is now ample after-market support and accessories available for the XD/XDM. For police and military personnel, Springfield Armory is now offering armorer's courses via Team One Network. Spare parts, tools, and all other standard accouterments for the professional user have been available for several years now. Speaking from personal and professional experience, Springfield Armory's customer service is both responsive and eager to please.

Regarding claims that XD/XDM pistols begin to break down after a high round count:
Every time I tried to validate this claim, I ran into a dead end. Nearly every claim I have read or seen about this turns out to be from the internet or a "guy I know who knows a cop who heard it at a shooting school" or "a secret government test that I cannot tell you about but believe me it happened." I'm a professional who works off evidence, probable cause, and facts. When I hear critics bashing any weapons system or TTP, I look at their professional background and then I try to get the answer to this question: What do you know and how do you know it? There is a lot of anecdotal information about XD/XDM pistols supposedly breaking down and failing horribly after 30K or 40K rounds. I have been unable to locate corroborating evidence of this. When you start asking people hard questions such as, "What's his name? What agency does he work for? When did this happen? Who can I talk to about this incident? Were you there? Did you see it? Did you contact Springfield Armory about this?" the claims dry up right quick.

Links to reports about the quality, durability, and "shootability" of XD pistols:

Ron Avery on the XD

XD "Torture Test"

Old Review from HiPowers and Handguns

Clint Smith on the XD

20,000 Rounds Test

Two Bullet Test

Another "Torture Test"

Clint Smith Again on XD's

Chuck Taylor on the XD

Ken Hackathorn on XD's

Ken Hackathorn Again on XD's

Opinions regarding Springfield vs. Glock vs. S&W vs. Every Other Polymer Pistol
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Glocks or S&W M&P's. I have personally owned and tested an M&P in .40 (with lots of work done by Burwell Gunsmithing) and I found it to be a great pistol that has its own strong and weak points. I currently own a Glock 22 that I am about to send to Boresight Solutions for recountouring and stippling. All serious shooters have their favorite platforms and we all have our prejudices. It is apparent that for some critics, when Glocks or M&P pistols suffer stoppages or broken parts, the failures are considered to be anomalies or inconveniences that are easily remedied/replaced. For some of these same critics, identical stoppages and failures in XD pistols serve as confirmation of a deeply held belief that the platform is inherently flawed and unreliable. One thing my research has indicated is that there does seem to be a very small but very vocal bit of prejudice against the XD/XDM platform voiced by a few individuals who have an axe to grind against Springfield Armory. I will not discuss this further except to say that a professional and reputable source informed me that one well-respected shooter/trainer who regularly bashes the XD/XDM only does so because Springfield Armory refused to sponsor him. Most importantly, my research has confirmed that much of what one reads on internet forums, even the good ones, should be thoroughly vetted and double-checked before believing it....and that includes the post you are reading right now.

There is no such thing as a perfect pistol...the 4 other faults of the XD/XDM:

1) For some people, the bore axis is too high. Much like Sig pistols, XD's have a significant, reciprocating mass high above the shooter's hand and this makes recoil management more difficult than with some other pistols. A low bore axis is one of the strong selling points of the S&W M&P pistol. For those who are accustomed to Sigs or some H&K models, the XD/XDM slide doesn't seem obtrusive at all. For those who are coming from a Glock, 1911, or M&P perspective, it does.

2) It can be difficult to press the magazine release and drop a fully loaded, or "mostly loaded" magazine. This makes tactical reloads or magazine removal difficult when you have a lot of cartridges still in the mag...but then...why would you do a tactical reload after only a few rounds anyway? This issue reminds me of the controversy with Glock magazines when they first came out. You may recall that Glock mags were not metal-lined and would bulge when fully loaded, thus preventing them from dropping free from the pistol even when you pressed the magazine release. Glock originally stated this was a benefit because it would mean that a fully loaded magazine would stay where it belonged in the event that the magazine release was inadvertently pressed. That was probably BS even if it sorta kinda makes sense. More to the point, if you suffer a serious stoppage (during the first few rounds out of a full magazine) which would require you to drop the magazine out of the pistol, you might have a hard time doing it if you don't press the magazine release hard enough. The way to get around this is to download the magazine by one round. If you prefer to use a fully loaded magazine, you can also press up on the base of the magazine with your support hand as you press the magazine release with your strong hand thumb. (You can also get serious about your hand strength by using Captains of Crush hand grippers.) It should be noted that once you've fired a couple of rounds out of a full magazine, it's quite easy to drop the magazine by simply pressing the magazine release. Regardless, this is seen by some as a flaw in the system....and it probably is.

3) The trigger could use some work, especially on regular XD's. The reset is considered to be too long by most serious shooters. The factory trigger can also be a bit "mushy." The XDM trigger is a significant improvement over the regular XD, which is one of the reasons I carry it. While Springfield Armory does a phenomenal XD trigger job in their own custom shop, they should consider taking lessons from Springer Precision or Powder River Precision. If they do it right, they could probably put a superb trigger in there for a total cost of an additional $50 per unit. Maybe this is too much to ask when considering the slim profit margins on firearms and the realistic expectations of the average purchaser. FWIW, I have been using the stock XDM trigger for 2 years now and have been shooting great with it. It's fine for tactical and duty work. I have shot a few matches with it but I admit that it would not be good enough for serious USPSA/IDPA competition.

4) While relatively minor for most users, the factory sights are set to more of a "pumpkin on a post" or classic bullseye sight picture that looks like this:


This becomes especially apparent at 10 yards and beyond. Some serious shooters, such as competition shooters and professionals who train to make hostage rescue shots prefer a sight picture that is truly point-of-aim/point-of-impact and which looks more like this sight picture where the blue dot represents the actual impact of the bullet:


Sumary and Conclusion:
Most if not all of the internet myths about XD/XDM pistols have been busted. There have been some valid criticisms of individual XD pistols which were found to be faulty. However, there is no probable cause to believe that XD/XDM pistols are not suitable for duty use, even after extensive firing. It should be noted that all pistol brands break and malfunction. All weapons manufacturers produce lemons; this includes manufacturers such as Glock, Sig, and Colt. I've seen it with my own eyes. To date, no quantitative, objective evidence has been presented to support the claim that Springfield XD's are more likely to break and/or malfunction than other polymer framed pistols.

As mentioned above, the lack of support for professional users of the XD/XDM has been solved. Parts, accessories, armorer's tools, and holsters are now readily available for the XD/XDM. Law enforcement armorer training is available and Springfield Armory has been supportive of the LE market.

Professional users of XD/XDM pistols are strongly advised to replace the factory striker retainer pin with a more robust model. Shooters who require a true POA/POI sight picture may wish to consider changing the sights. Excellent options for sight replacements can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

I have about 10K rounds through my XDM with no no breakages of any kind and no serious malfunctions. The pistol has been accurate and dependable thus far. Contrary to internet myth, the magazines are solidly built and function well. The weapon functions as it should and has not failed me yet. However, I have taken my own advice in the paragraph above and upgraded the roll pin.

While it may not seem so when reading passionate internet discussions about pistols, we are actually living in a "golden age" of semi-automatic pistols. The pistols that are being produced today are among the best hand held weaponry made in the history of mankind. There is a good pistol out there for you. Use objective, common sense criteria to pick the one that meets your mission essential tasks, test it thoroughly, and then drive on.

Thank you for reading this. I sincerely hope it helps you with your decision to purchase, discard, retain, or upgrade your XD/XDM.
Great work sir. Many of us agree. my EDC is a 4" XD service pistol and has been for the last 10 years. As for the high bore axis?....Well I guess it suits my aim well as my number two is a Sig. I did not care for the "hold" of the XDs from the get go. but I loved it from day two. A $9.00 Hogue handball slip on completely changed the weapon (for the better). Anyone with larger hands should give one a try. Thanks for all the info.
 

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@ ChasingChaos I think he is sipping the Glock kool-aid a bit too much as well. He has no proof of those issues he speaks of, because there aren't any. I have NEVER seen any of those things happen. I carry concealed all the time, and I live in FL. Let me just say my XD has been caught in the rain and soaked more than once. NOT ONE BIT OF RUST OR A SINGLE PROBLEM. Between my father and I we own 4 XDs and I have 1 XDM. My subcompact alone has close to 2000 rounds through it. Maybe more. Never had an issue with the gun. That guy is just a hater.
My experience as well. 4" XD is my EDC for the last 11 yrs. has seen more weather than Al Roker. haven't seen or experienced any of those issues. but then again, I'm not a glock guy. xd and p226 is where our comfort zone lives.
 

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I will never understand the hate for the XD line. Some complain about Croatia? Grip safety? Used to be the HS2000? Glock copy? Malfunctions? And finally a McRib? Blah blah blah.

Those of you on Calguns can attest to this.

If you shoot it and it works and you’re accurate with it, why not? I just don’t get the hate I suppose.
 

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I will never understand the hate for the XD line. Some complain about Croatia? Grip safety? Used to be the HS2000? Glock copy? Malfunctions? And finally a McRib? Blah blah blah.

Those of you on Calguns can attest to this.

If you shoot it and it works and you’re accurate with it, why not? I just don’t get the hate I suppose.
As a member of Calguns, I can attest to this. The XD line of guns are my primary carry.
 

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A local radio show/podcast/shooting range reported--loudly, one might say--that the roll pin on a customer's XD broke and caused panic in their range when the owner could do nothing with it. Couldn't extract the round or generally make it safe to handle. Of course, these guys are Glock fanboys through and through. Nonetheless, even though the probability of the roll pin breaking may be small, when it does break it's a major pain, so it was--to me at least--an easy choice to replace it with the PRP pin in my XDM-45. Inexpensive insurance. Also put Talon rubberized grip (wow!)
 
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