First Look: Springfield Armory XD(M) 10MM
October 10, 2018
Springfield Armory unleashes its hardest-hitting XD yet.
Featured in the December issue of Guns & Ammo, Springfield Armory has launched its full-size XD(M) in 10mm. It is being made available with either a 4.5-inch or 5.25-inch barrel.
We have all been watching the popularity of the 10mm surge in recent months, and Springfield Armory is no stranger to the cartridge. In the July issue of Guns & Ammo, contributor Joseph von Benedikt tested the also-new TRP 10, a powerhouse of a 1911. Based on Springfield Armory’s TRP Operator, it, too, is offered in two-barrel lengths: 5 inches and 6 inches.
Though 1911s feel great in the hand, some of us prefer striker-fired pistols with double-stack capacities. The XD(M) delivers sending 175- to 200-grain bullets traveling between 1,050 and 1,150 feet per second. Regardless of barrel length, both can carry 15 rounds in each magazine. Given the balanced weight and the capacity, the XD(M) proved to be one of the most comfortable pistols in the caliber to shoot.
Besides barrel length, the differences between each is only with the rear sight. While both share the same red fiber-optic front, the rear on the 5.25 features and an elevation and windage-adjustable match-style target sight with the corners beveled, while the 4.5 model features a no-snag ramped combat sight.
Seemingly defying physics, the weight for each pistol is the same at 1 lb., 15-ounces. The reason for that is the long slide was given a cutout on top of the slide and behind the sight. Keeping the weight the same meant that engineers could keep parts common between the two such as the recoil spring. Though coincidence, perhaps, even the short-reset trigger pull of each gun averaged the same at 5½ pounds.
In the video below, you'll see Gunsite Instructor Chris Currie walking through the “Donga” with the Springfield Armory XD(M) 10mm.