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This is my first range report so be kind. After jumping through some hoops, I was finally able to pick up my gun. I then made a beeline for the range. I like the fact that this gun comes with 3 19 round mags. I think I could get away with just using the 3 mags in some of the 3 gun matches I compete in although a fourth would be more comfortable and I am by no means an expert shooter. I apologize for the crappy video. The camera was acting up.


Initial impressions
Man this thing looks cool. In the case, is all the usual XDm gear with the exception of the 3rd magazine. It feels light and balanced in my hand as well as comfortable. Racking the slide feels smooth. Dry firing the gun reveals what I consider to be a long heavy trigger. I am guessing the trigger to be around 7lbs. I am used to my EAA Witness Elite Match, which has an aftermarket trigger which breaks at about 3lbs.

Shooting
I set up targets at 7, 15 and 25 yards. I started at the 7 yard line and worked my way back to the 25 yard line. This gun will definitely shoot better than me. Just to make sure, my buddy who is the RO/ex EOD/ex SWAT at the range I go to. He is definitely a better shot than me. The trigger needs work in my opinion, but, like I said I am no expert. Take up was about .140.” Reset was about .235” which seems quite long. I think a Springer or PRP trigger is a must at least for me.



7 Yards – The left shoulder and waist are mine. The head is from my buddy. The shoot and see targets I think are 3 inches.



15 Yards – Again, I am on the left and my buddy is on the right. Like I said, he is a much better shot than me.



25 Yards – Well as you can see, I didn’t do so well. I was trying to hit center and my buddy was aiming for the head.



Conclusion
Overall, I think this gun keeps the same standards as the rest of the XDm line. Overall quality is good. The gun shoots good and compared to a Glock 34, it makes the Glock feel like a toy. I have shot another friends 34, but, I did not care for it. The 34 just felt uncomfortable compared to the XDm.
 

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Thanks for the report and congrats again on the win. By the way, at least for now the picture links seem to be broken. Don't know if you missed something or if the forum is having a problem.
 

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I took mine for a test drive today also :)

I think that folks who want a good 5" XDM are going to be very happy. The rear sight is very nice, I'll be swapping out the front for a .100 because that is what I'm used to. It will make a nice IDPA, USPSA and Bianchi gun :)
 

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Yes, I made another frame for it so I could shoot the stock configuration and swap the top to another bottom end and test it the way I like it set up.
Curious, using just another 4.5 9mm frame?
 

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3 mags... Now that's nice, congrats on the new free gun!
 

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Nice report. I just don't understand why SA didn't put an improved trigger on what is clearly a competition gun. IMHO, they missed the boat......
 

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Nice report. I just don't understand why SA didn't put an improved trigger on what is clearly a competition gun. IMHO, they missed the boat......
MY understanding is the competition market is much much much smaller than the rest of the market for this pistol, and the competition guys will do what they want anyway with the trigger system. There are many options, so putting a match trigger would have limited the market. I'm sure the custom shop will sell one with a match trigger and any other options people want, so I'm not seeing the missed boat.

If it comes in at the price I think is going to, then it is a great deal just for the sights, let alone the accuracy I got out of this demo gun. A low mount Bomar type sight in a XDM 4.5 is going to run $300, and they are giving the low mount very good quality sight, 5.25 gun with the best accuracy I've seen from a stock polymer gun for $100-$150. I think it is a home run.
 

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Nice report. I just don't understand why SA didn't put an improved trigger on what is clearly a competition gun. IMHO, they missed the boat......
Probably to keep costs down, and because trigger jobs are pretty personal in tastes. Combat, competition, super competition... etc. They focused on upgrading things that are harder to do, the barrel/slide and the sights. For an extra $100, I think they did a darn good job packing in the right upgrades, and keeping the price manigable for more mass market appeal.
 

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MY understanding is the competition market is much much much smaller than the rest of the market for this pistol, and the competition guys will do what they want anyway with the trigger system. There are many options, so putting a match trigger would have limited the market. I'm sure the custom shop will sell one with a match trigger and any other options people want, so I'm not seeing the missed boat.

If it comes in at the price I think is going to, then it is a great deal just for the sights, let alone the accuracy I got out of this demo gun. A low mount Bomar type sight in a XDM 4.5 is going to run $300, and they are giving the low mount very good quality sight, 5.25 gun with the best accuracy I've seen from a stock polymer gun for $100-$150. I think it is a home run.

Gotta agree with that, im gonna put a springer trigger in it no matter what they have. Same thing went for the M&P pro, people who compete alot didnt care to spend the extra on a gun that already had a trigger job when they were gonna put their own favorite (apex) on anyway.


Im stuck right now between the XDm 5.25 and the M&P 9L. Ive been a big XDm fan, but today after putting an apex trigger in my M&P, its got me thinking. I shot that m&p better then any of my XD's. Cant wait to see a 5.25 in the store. Has anyone heard a ship date?
 

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Not to start a war, but I own a couple of XDMs and the M&P Pro 9mm. I have the Powder River triggers in the XDM and the Apex kit in the Pro, the Pro is not even close to the feel of the XDM trigger, but if you shoot it better, it's the gun for you.
 

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Just returned from the range where I used my 5.25 for my drillmasters drill of the month. I had to make 18 yard shots on the IPSC classic target, and shots between no shoots at 10 yards. I was able to get a score that was .26 of a second off my best single stack score. This comes after only shooting bullseye for the last 5 weeks. I kinda consider myself a single stack specialist and shooting production minor against SS major on an accuracy heavy course and keeping it that close is pretty good for me. I've only had the gun for a week or so. My time was a little slower but my accuracy was better with the 5.25! Crazy, crazy world. That trigger work from the Springfield Custom Shop makes this gun as easy to shoot as anything I now am competing with. I can't really explain why, but a 3 lb trigger on an XDm is lots easier for me to shoot than a 1911 with a the same pull! must figure that one out.
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I am not competition shooter yet but my favorite type of shooting is 9mm target shooting. I have owned two Glock 34s but could not bring myself to like it. I have a M&P Pro 5" that's an improvement over the Glock IMO. I am installing a Trijicon RMR on it for fun. I just bought a compact XDm that through everything off. I shot it so well that I will have to get the 5.25" model.
 

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Does anyone else find it funny to see the XDtalk Newbie under Rob Leathams name? I know he's new to the site but for someone who is so good at what he does and has been doing it for as long as he has I find it funny!

Welcome to the forum Rob it's nice to see pro's here among us regular folk. Keep posting so we all can gain some knowledge.:cool:
 

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Rob you are the best marketing man in the bizz. I'm glad you had as much imput as you did. Do you atribute the accuracy the the sites or the sight radius? Both? How long do you think for IDPA and USPSA approval?
Hope the knee's are doing better.
 
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