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Difference Between XD and XDM

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Members of the armed forces, police force, and those who are authorized and licensed to carry guns, usually get confused when it comes to the difference between the XD and XDM pistols. That is exactly what we will try to discover here.

First of all, here’s a quick preview of the main product, which is the Springfield Armory semi-sutomatic pistol. These are manufactured in the city of Karlovac, Croatia, and were introduced to the market in 1999.

Next, here are the distinct differences between the Springfield Armory XD and XDM models. The XD is actually the main model, while the XDM is a sub-model. In addition to the XDM, some of the other models of the Springfield Armory XD pistols are sub-compact, compact, service pistols, ported V-10, tactical, and the XDM 3.8.

Upon closer inspection, the XD operates on a short-recoil basis. It is also classified as a striker field weapon, which means that there is no external hammer. One thing which sets the Springfield XD models apart from similar guns on the market, is the presence of its grip safety feature. Here, you will not be able to fire the pistol without depressing the lever on the rear of the gun’s grip. The XD model also has a feed system of a detachable box magazine for the armor, and you can use the fixed and illuminated night sights if firing in the dark.

But what about the Springfield XDM model? It has a 4.5′ barrel, and a standard capacity of 16 or 19 rounds. When you compare the XDM to the XD model, the grip is one of the big differences. The XDM has interchangeable grips that adjust to your preferred grip size ‘“ a feature which is not present in the XD model. The XDM also has an ambidextrous magazine release which is longer than that of the XD’s. Finally, the XDM is easier to assemble than the XD.


1. The Springfield XD is the main pistol model with sub-models, while the XDM is a sub-model.

2. The Springfield XD has a standard grip, while the XDM has interchangeable grips.

3. The Springfield XD has a smaller magazine release, while the XDM has a longer ambidextrous release.

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  1. There are other important differences between the XD and the XD(m) models:

    1) I would not classify the XD(m) pistols as a subset of the XD models. The XD line has several sub-models in its own right: the 3″ sub-compact, the 4″ and 5″ compact, the 4″ service and the 5″ tactical models. They are available in .45 ACP, .45GAP, .40 S&W, .357 SIG and 9mm calibers.

    2) The XD(m) is superior to the XD line. It is outfitted with a match grade barrel, and is available in 4.5″ and 3.8″ lengths. It also boasts a Melonite finish on the slide, improved ergonomocs, and as mentioned a longer throw on the mag release. Both the XD and XD9m) models have an ambi mag release.

    3) The XD line offers a thumb safety on the 5″ tactical model, and this is the only model in the XD or XD9m) lines that offers a thumb safety. The rest use a grip safety and a trigger interlock safety.

  2. Excellent information I am smarter by way of; thanks

  3. Will the LG-487 fit a full size XD

  4. What is the difference in the barrel width and height on the XDM and XD ?

  5. Will a holster made for an Xdm fit an Xdm thanks

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