Springfield Armory announced two new suppressor ready XDM handguns for 2016. The new 4.5-inch barrel models chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP feature extended pre-threaded barrels and extra-tall suppressor height sights that allow attachment of standard silencers with no customization required.
The new two new Springfield XDM 4.5-inch Full-Size models feature flat dark earth frames matched with a forged carbon steel Melonite slides.
“Shooters are buying suppressors in record numbers,” Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. “Shooting pistols suppressed is not only enjoyable, it’s also safer for shooters and bystanders both due to the greatly reduced noise levels. It was important to us to make it as easy as possible for our customers to use a suppressor of their choice.”
The 5.28-inch barrel extends 3/4 of an inch from the front of the slide, so no adapter is required. Customers can simply attach a silencer directly to the existing barrel threads. The 9mm Springfield XDM Threaded model features the standard 1/2 x 28 threading while the .45 ACP model is cut with a .578 x 28 threads per inch pattern. Both models ship with a thread protector cap to prevent damage while shooting unsuppressed.
Both front and rear sights are custom designed and tall enough to ensure visibility over most standard suppressor bodies. The steel three-dot sights are finely serrated on the shooter-facing sides to minimize glare and provide a better sight picture. The front sight rises .365-inches above the top of the slide for unobstructed sight picture visibility.
“We decided to offer the suppressor models in both 9mm and .45 ACP to meet a variety of customer shooting preferences,” Reese said. “The .45 ACP round is naturally subsonic, and a perfect choice for suppressor use, but we’re also excited about 9mm options. Our counterparts in the ammunition business are making some great and affordable 9mm subsonic rounds, so we wanted to build a gun for that caliber, too.”
Beyond the suppressor-specific changes, the XDM 4.5-inch Threaded Model shares the same great features of the standard XD(M) models including match-grade hammer-forged barrels, interchangeable backstraps and XD ergonomics.
Both new XDM Threaded models ship with three magazines. The 9mm versions hold 19 rounds each while the .45 ACP magazines fit 13.
The new XDM 4.5-inch Full-Size Threaded offers everything the stock Springfield XDM offers, just in a quieter package.