Springfield Armory XDM 5.25 Competition (VIDEO)

Description

The Springfield XDM 5.25 Competition is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. It’s the competition model to Springfield’s XDM line and what makes it unique to the series is the long 5.25″ competition grade barrel, lightening cut in the slide, and fiber optic front sight.

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Specifications

9mm
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Textured
Capacity:19
Sights:Adjustable rear with fiber optic front sight
Features:Lightening cut slide; Picatinny rail; trigger safety; grip safety; loaded chamber indicator; and striker status indicator
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Slide Material:Steel/bi-tone
Steel/black
Frame Material:Polymer/black
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Weight:1.8125 pounds
Barrel Length:5.25"
Length:8.3"
Height:5.75"
.40 S&W
Caliber:.40 S&W
Grip:Textured
Capacity:16
Sights:Adjustable target rear with fiber optic front
Features:Lightening cut slide; Picatinny rail; trigger safety; grip safety; loaded chamber indicator; and striker status indicator
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Slide Material:Steel/bi-tone
Steel/matte black
Frame Material:Black polymer
Website:http://www.the-m-fac…
Weight:1.81 pounds
Barrel Length:5.25"
Length:8.3"
Height:5.75"
.45 ACP
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Textured
Capacity:13
Sights:Adjustable target rear with fiber optic front
Features:Lightening cut slide; Picatinny rail; trigger safety; grip safety; loaded chamber indicator; and striker status indicator
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action
Slide Material:Steel/bi-tone
Steel/matte black
Frame Material:Black polymer
Website:http://www.the-m-fac…
Weight:2 pounds
Barrel Length:5.25"
Length:8.3"
Height:5.75"
MSRP$795.00

Editor Review



An Arbitrary Assumption and Strange First Impression


Before I first saw the Springfield XDM 5.25 Competition model in person, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it because as far as I was concerned the XDM line was just another polymer pistol with a design similar to Glock’s. Then I opened the box and my mind went in a different direction. I thought it looked like something out of Robocop (in retrospect, maybe that comparison was a stretch).

The model I had has a two-tone finish, so that along with a few of its unique features did give it resemblance of something you’d see in a sci-fi movie though. It has a long slide with a cut at the top so the barrel shows through, a textured grip, thumbs grooves, and, of course, the fiber optic front sight. About 90 minutes after picking up the gun I got to the range – a beautiful half-acre carved out of the trees and high grass at a Wisconsin hunting club – where I found that, except for the finish, these features aren’t for aesthetics, they are, in fact, for utility.

Using the XDM 5.25 Competition model wasn’t like firing a gun, it was more like operating a machine. There were moving parts and a carefully coordinated methodology in using it.

Operating a Machine?

Yeah, sure, all you have to do is pick it up, point and shoot – it really is that easy – but it has several features that one may notice while using it. All XDMs share a handful of features such as a grip safety, trigger safety, loaded chamber indicator and a striker status indicator. Besides the indicators, the gun won’t function without applying the proper pressure on the safeties. In fact, the slide won’t even move if the grip safety is not engaged.

But I mentioned the two indicators because they cycle with the rounds. I found the striker status indicator particularly interesting because you can literally watch the firing pin punch forward.

Like the loaded chamber indicator, the striker status indicator serves the same purpose: to let the user know it’s locked and loaded. However, it is also interesting to get visual insight, aside from tactile, to how it functions microseconds before the punch (please only watch while dry firing).

Features Unique to XDMs

The XDM 5.25 Competition has three unique features to the XDM line: fiber optic front sight, “lightening cut slide”, and 5.25” barrel.

The fiber optic front sight was very easy to see especially when contrasted with the richly dark rear sight. The fiber optic front sight was much easier to see than say three-dot sights or a matte fixed blade sight. And both the front and rear sights are adjustable.

The actual piece of plastic did look a little rigid and less graceful with the design, but looking down the 7.25” sight radius I could hardly tell. Plus when purchased brand new it comes with two replacement sights, so one could measure and cut accordingly and insert a new colored front sight. In the end, when lining the sights the continuity was there creating a nice flat edge.

In the end, that bright piece of plastic made the operators job of hitting the target that much easier.

I developed two hypotheses as to why it was designed with a cut in the slide. My first is it was to cut down on weight, and my second is it would allow heat to dissipate. I favored my second presumption because after firing about 50 rounds or so within five minutes I naturally inserting a fresh magazine while the slide was locked to the rear and then sent it forward. It stuck to the frame and I had to nudge it forward the rest of the way. Note: it comes with three 19-round magazines.

But according to the guide that comes with the gun, the “lightening cut in the slide reduces reciprocating mass which allows for faster cycling and allows a larger variety of loads to be used.”

Performance Comes from the Grip

Besides from the minor sticky ride home, the XDM 5.25 Competition model never jammed or failed to feed, which didn’t surprise me because the fit was rather tight and profound. The 5.25 was pretty well balanced too, which did surprise me because polymers can sometimes feel top heavy in turn feel like they’re trying to jump out of the hand.

Also, the 5.25 is a full size pistol and, for me at least, when looking for something for recreational or competitive shooting I don’t really care about weight just as long as the grip has enough length to fit my hand. Fitting it just right will suffice, but the Competition model measures at 5.75” in height, which gives me about an inch of slack. The gun itself is rather slim and it did slip a bit, so I’d have to readjust my grip every five rounds or so. It could’ve used a little more girth. Fortunately its back strap is interchangeable and it comes with two extra. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t swap them out.

How Accurate is this Competition Model?

For formal testing, I shot three sets, 10 rounds each, at 15 feet, 25 feet and 50 feet using a “Competition 50 ft Slow Fire Pistol Target.”

For Funsies…

Hands down, the XDM 5.25 Competition has been one of the most entertaining pistols I’ve fired in a while (or maybe my life is complacent). In the end, I didn’t have a problem cleaning up all the brass.

During my time with the 5.25, I managed to destroy paper, wood, soda, and watermelon. And they all deserved it, too. I mostly fired it from 25 feet and I rarely had to try twice to hit my mark.

My first funsy shot was one handed and my target was a despicable two-liter bottle of Jewel-Osco brand grape soda. Damn them and their delicious flavors!



When it gets to be too much … Breakdown

As curious as I am about how machines work, I’m always a little hesitant to disassemble them, but to my surprise the 5.25 was easier to take apart than a Glock – maybe easier is the wrong word, how about “different”. To disassemble, just lock the slide to the rear, rotate the switch up and slide comes off. Wam, bam, thank you ma’am.

The Verdict

I like it. I like it a lot. It has been a very enlightening and entertaining experience reviewing the XDM 5.25 Competition.

If the primary purpose for a pistol is recreational shooting or competitive shooting at the local range, than the XDM 5.25 Competition would be a great investment. It’s chambered in 9mm, so users can find reasonably priced ammo, and it’s a smoother ride than some of its rival models or less expensive models.

Check out what the winner of the contest said about the XDM 5.25 Competition:

My review of the XDm 5.25 by mongovb, Guns.com fan