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?