I have no doubt fired more rounds through Springfield XDs than any handgun I have never owned. There are no polymer pistols in my gun safe, yet I have the utmost respect for the concept and for the XD in particular. At various writers' events over the years, I have fired many thousands of rounds through various XDs and watched others fire them as well and have yet to see one jam. The new XD (M) 5.25 Competition model is sure to carry on that legacy of reliability.
Springfield has refined the XD over the years and this newest variation is, in my opinion, the best looking model to date. Perhaps it catches my eye because the sculptured long slide is reminiscent of a classic favorite of mine, the Browning Hi-Power. XDs are not built for beauty, of course, and the sculptured slide of the XD (M) 5.25 is to reduce weight. A large lightening cut in the slide brings the weight down further. This 5.25-inch model weighs the same as the standard XD (M) with 4.5-inch barrel.
The XD (M) 5.25 was designed by five-time world champion and Springfield rep, Rob Leatham, and has all the bells and whistles a competition gun needs. It is the first XD with fully adjustable rear sights, a feature serious competitors demand, and a fiber optic front sight further aids quick and precise aiming. As with other XD (M) models a match grade barrel and the shortest trigger travel of any polymer pistol on the market further enhance accuracy.
The XD (M) 5.25 Competition Model will not appeal to everyone. Those only interested in concealable weapons will likely pass it by. But if you are in the market for a competition gun on a polymer frame or simply enjoy punching out small groups at the local range, this new XD is worth checking out.