Take Your Shot: The Most Versatile Pistol on the Market Iain Harrison November 1st, 2011 | More From Iain Harrison Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+In the coming months I’ll be offering my opinions on gear, strategy and gamesmanship in a little game I like to take “Take Your Shot.” I make a statement and you take a shot at disproving my ingenious notion. First up: What’s the most versatile pistol currently on the market? I reckon it’s the XDm 5.25 in 9mm. You could say it’s more accurate than the Smith & Wession M&P Pro with a better trigger (that’s a matter of opinion), and it gets you into the game in USPSA Production division – Limited division if you’re OK with shooting minor power factor, IDPA ESP and Bianchi Cup. Throw on an extended magazine floorplate and you’re all set to go three-gunning. Although Glock is better served by the aftermarket, Springer Precision makes a good selection of trigger parts, should you want to lighten the XDs further, and BladeTech have a dropped and offset holster that works well for all the gun games above; should you want to change out sights, Dawson Precision has all the fiber optic versions you could ever require. When I first picked one up, I thought the higher bore axis might be a hindrance to rapid sight recovery, but found that not to be the case – just shows you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Most likely, I’m not good enough to notice a difference in my splits, but when I shot it side by side with a Glock 34, the Springer turned in identical times on a Bill drill. Best of all, the thing shoots surprisingly small groups and flatters you into thinking you did it all yourself. So there you have it ready to go, straight out of the box with a good trigger, great sights – though the front sight could be narrower – comfortable ergos, plenty of capacity, and unlike many stock 1911s, it actually goes bang when you need it to. I’d say that qualifies as a versatile handgun, no? Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Even More For the Love of Competition Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!