Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Carl

    What is the difference between the “M” and the “not M”?
    I find their product line confusing.

  • jamie

    sweet. anyword on when the
    4 inch version will come out. i would a xdm compac

  • shawn

    This is great news! I have been waiting for this model to come out! I have a older 4″ dark earth model with thousands of rounds through it. It has had two Bar-Sto barrels in it and works beautifully. They do require some fitting, but they are tack drivers. I hope they do a 5″ version as well as Dark Earth and OD colors. I reload my own ammo and have ZERO issues as long as i stick strictly to published load data. I am a conservative re-loader. I am all for tuning a load to a chamber or barrel but if you want a bigger bang buy a bigger gun!

  • Andy in Connecticut

    Um, that’s not a .45 in that pic.

  • Andy in Connecticut

    Looks like a .40 with the slide engravings shopped.

  • Aces n 8s

    the “M” stands for Match or Match grade
    this being said the XDM comes with a match grade barrel that is the main difference

  • Mr. Y

    I wanted this for a long time! Thank you for the great news!

  • Carl

    Aces n 8s, so the M is more accurate than the others?

  • Aces n 8s

    Carl, that is the general idea behind the match grade barrel. I am happy with the accuracy on both my xd and xdm.

  • Nill

    Their XDm series more or less took the XD and completely redesigned it.

    The ergonomics are vastly improved and I actually feel confident recommending the XDm whereas I felt the original XD was simply “ok” and a bit overpriced.

  • ATM

    The XDm has interchangeable backstraps, which is probably the main difference it has with the XD. It also has a better trigger, better sights, a better barrel, better ergonomics, and a different disassembly procedure. You no longer have to pull the trigger as part of disassembly.

    The improvements in the XDm are enough that my XDm-40 has replaced my XD-45 as my daily carry piece.

  • R_Ogozalek

    If only Glock would make a 34/35 length .45ACP, then I would get excited. Or maybe a 6in barreled .45, my 17L and 24c are amazing to shoot. I’d rather a stock longslide, instead of a aftermarket conversion.

  • Ernunnos

    The XD-M is what the XD should have been all along, but the Croats didn’t have the technology to produce. Hence, sending your XD back to Springfield for repair, because tolerances were so sloppy they couldn’t just mail you the parts and expect them to fit the way Glock can. I expect that their goal is to have M versions of the whole line, and phase the regular XD out entirely. At that point they’ll be able to catch up with the rest of the industry on parts availability.

  • Andy in Connecticut

    The “M” also stands for “more” weight.

  • Frank

    I would not be praising the Glock as much as everyone does nowdays.

    I recently looked at a Glock 30 and Glock 36 in .45ACP.. Fine weapons.. but noticed one thing when allowed to look at the internals.. Polymer Recoil Spring guides. Probably good for maybe 5,000 rounds.

    Looked at the XD Compact in .45 ACP.. Metal Recoil Spring guides.. So if Glock is so dependable.. why do they skimp on parts?

  • Carl

    The plastic spring guides on the Glock are fine. I have a G17 gen3 with at least 4000 rounds through it, and there is no sign of any excessive wear whatsoever.

    Just because you think plastic looks flimsier than a steel guide doesn’t mean it is in practice.

    The recoil spring (including the captive guide rod) should be replaced every now and then anyway, when the spring wears out. A captive steel rod probably would have been more expensive to make and replace, and a non-captive spring makes field stripping more difficult. This way both the user and Gaston saves money. Win-win.

  • Aces n 8s

    The polymer that glock uses is stronger than steel so wouldn’t that be a good thing?
    I have fired 7k plus out of my glock 21 and I have only replaced the spring guards once and at that time they showed little wear and tear

  • R_Ogozalek

    I’m no expert, I’m just an enthusiast. So before any claims are made on what I have to say, there is my bullsh*t filter.

    It’s amazing home some people still believe that “steel” is only thing guns should be made with. Glock’s plastic receiver, guide rod, magazine sleeve, sights, and trigger have all been proven to be reliable. We are not talking about a gun that came out in the last 5-10 years, or a gun that is not currently in service worldwide. We are talking about the industry STANDARD, the one that everyone tries to compete with on some level. Thousands of Police Departments worldwide/government agencies, and millions of enthusiasts wouldn’t choose a sub par firearm in their defense. If that was the case, Hi Points would be in those holsters. *remember my opinion*

    Anyhow, I would rather see a long slide Glock 45. Because of the well known fact of Glock’s reliability and huge aftermarket support. That is why I traded in my SA XD 45 Tactical for a G21SF. The XD just wasn’t cutting it for me. It didn’t like my hard primers and I couldn’t find aftermarket trigger components at that time.

  • Carl

    aftermarket long slide G20:
    But to me a higher pressure cartridge seems more suited to a long slide/barrel. Depending on if you want the higher muzzle velocity or just the longer sight radius, I suppose.

  • subase

    I like how SA is raising the bar with their XDm, everyone knows without S&W MP and the XD, Glock would be happy releasing the same old pistol as before.

    Instead now we have double recoil springs for all Glocks and changeable backstraps. Two real improvements.

    Hope Glock will release a more accurate Glock, or a thin single stack 9mm. Those are very popular now and in the future. (kel tec pf9, lcp, Kahr line, PPS) Although a limiting factor about Glocks is their rather thick walled polymer magazines.

  • ATM

    Glock finally modernized their design with the latest re-design. Maybe they will follow the XD again and redesign their 45ACP models.

  • The Springfield XD is a great product! I had the oppurtunity to shoot a friend’s .40 this last fall. I was extremly impressed. It was well balanced and a smooth trigger pull. I found the gun was accurate as well. After shooting five rounds I wished I had one instead of my glock.

  • Mac

    I find the XD pistols to be very fine for any scenario. I happen to trust and rely on my Glock instead for my personal choice of weapon systems. When I picked up a Springfield XD, I was disappointed to find the backstrap safety there. I have no clue what it’s doing on this pistol for either. To me, it’s pretty redundant. Maybe they were trying to appeal to the 1911 style crowds with a familiar ‘feel’… I don’t know. I understand that the safety trigger system is supposedly not the same as glock’s tripple trigger safety system is either. Maybe that’s another reason I choose to carry Glock instead. The XD is a fine pistol… but I just like the way a Glock performed much more then the XD, and I wasn’t as excited about all the safety systems the XD had either. I love the simplicity for what Glocks are and the trustworthy reliability of them too. For decades it’s been referred to as the Hum Vee of guns, and that’s what I like about it. They’re not going to win any beauty contests… but they are rugged and reliable. Just like me, they’re ugly, but get the job done.

  • Carl

    XDM 45 was more then I expected. The “M” means more and in my opinion much more. the grip and sights are better then the XD and the doubled stacked mag 13+1 is what the man ordered. This weapon is the best I’ve ever shot. You have to feel or actually not feel when you shot this bad boy. I installed the #3 backstrap and it felt as if the grip was made just for me. This light weight shoots and performs better then any Glock I’ve shot. Three cheers to Springfield on their new 45 XDM.