Springfield Armory XDM 3.8

Description

The Springfield X-treme Duty M is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W. The XDM is an upgraded version of Springfield’s XD series pistols. Like the XD models, the XDM is manufactured by HS Produkt in Karlovac, Croatia, and was modeled after its HS2000, a standard issue Croatian military and police service pistol introduced in the 1990s. However, Springfield sells the XD series domestically.

Noticeable differences in the XDM from the XD are that the XDM has a longer barrel, a longer ambidextrous magazine release, a larger magazine capacity, and it’s supposed to be easier to disassemble. Also, on the XDM features interchangeable grips. (This particular model has a shorter barrel than the standard XDM.)

Otherwise the XDM has similar features that include a grip safety, meaning the gun can only be fired when the hand firmly depresses the safety located at the rear of the handle. A patented Ultra Safety Assurance trigger system, which guards against accidental discharge. The USA only allows the gun to be fired when direct rearward pressure is applied to the trigger, eliminating the possibility of an accidental discharge if the gun is dropped or bumped. It has a striker status indicator that protrudes from the rear of the steel slide when the striker mechanism is cocked. In addition, it has a loaded chamber indicator, which is a thin piece of metal that pops up when a round is in the chamber.

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Specifications

9mm
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Textured
Capacity:19
Sights:Dovetail front and rear 3-dot sights
Features:Loaded chamber indicator; Picatinny rail; striker status indicator; match grade barrel; and Ultra Safety Assurance trigger system
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Slide Material:Stainless steel
Steel/black
Frame Material:Polymer/black
Website:http://www.the-m-fac…
Weight:1.71875 pounds
Trigger Pull:5.5 to 7.7 pounds
Barrel Length:3.8"
Length:7"
Height:5.6"
.40 S&W
Caliber:.40 S&W
Grip:Textured
Capacity:16
Sights:Dovetail front and rear 3-dot sights
Features:Loaded chamber indicator; Picatinny rail; striker status indicator; match grade barrel; and Ultra Safety Assurance trigger system
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Slide Material:Stainless steel
Steel/black
Frame Material:Polymer/black
Website:http://www.the-m-fac…
Weight:1.75 pounds
Trigger Pull:5.5 to 7.7 pounds
Barrel Length:3.8"
Length:7"
Height:5.6"
MSRP$697.00

Editor Review

Springfield is back with a brand new dance called the XD(M) Compact 3.8 9mm pistol. Why the 3.8 designation? That’s the barrel length. They kept it short with concealed carry specifically in mind. It’s a polymer-framed pistol, which keeps the weight down to a respectable 27.5 ounces. Sounds like any other 9mm, eh? Read on, because this baby has a couple cool tricks up its sleeve.

For starters, the 3.8 is shipped from the factory in a nice polymer box with a foam interior. Inside, there are pre-cut locations for everything that comes with the pistol. Aside from the gun itself, included in the case are no less than three magazines, a padlock for the case, the owner’s manual and a barrel cleaning brush. It also comes with three interchangeable backstraps for different sized hands, a magazine pouch and finally, a polymer holster for the 3.8.

Oh, the magazines. The 3.8 features two different sized magazines: a 13- and 19-round mag. It is, however, specifically designed as a compact gun and fits best with the short magazine. And, just as you may have figured, the 19-round magazine sticks out of the butt a bit more, of course. Either way you go, both magazines have a polymer collar that extends out making it a bit easier to grip.

Another trick in the 3.8’s bag is the new and different grip safety. There is a special pad on the grip that must be held firmly before the slide will even rack. The 3.8 is serious about not being fired until the shooter actually decides it’s going to be. Aside from the grip safety, it also features an articulated trigger safety like you’d find on Glock pistols of the same ilk. 

The 3.8 is meant to be taken down and cleaned in a hurry, too. One only has to remove the magazine and lock the slide to the rear, and then turn a special take down lever before releasing the slide lock and easing it off the frame. From there, the barrel and recoil spring simply lift out. I really liked that feature because some guns are rather tough to break down for a field cleaning.

The serrations on the slide are pretty aggressive, too, which facilitates chambering a bullet with gloves on or when your hands are sweaty on a particularly hot day. At around $700 and with all the accessories and options the pistol comes with, it’s priced very reasonably.