Springfield XDM 5.25 Competition Series

Springfield has just unveiled a new competition version of the XDM. The 5.25 Competition features a 5.25″ match grade barrel, a forged steel slide with a lightening cut1, fiber optic front sight and target adjustable rear sight. Currently it is only available in 9x19mm.

Springfield XDM 5.25 Competition Series
Slide with lightening cut and fiber sights
Adjustable rear sights.
Caliber 9x19mm
Capacity 19+1 rounds
Finish Black or Bi-Tone
Frame black polymer
Barrel 5.25″ Match Grade Select Fit Steel
Total Length 8.3″
Weight 29 oz
Front Sight Fiber optic
Rear Sight Fully adjustable target rear
MSRP (Price) Not yet announced.

[ Many thanks to Clayton for the info ]

  1. Metal removed to lighten the slide. 

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.


  • Dumbpollok

    I wonder if it shoots as well as a Glock 34. Or maybe they’ll make a 45 ACP version and then then Glock will wake up and make 5 in. barreled 21!

    • john

      i bought glock 34 gen4…..is mutch better.your aiming and the triger route is faster from xdm5.25….

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    Hot damn! The only things that pull me away from my wheel guns are the XDM’s.

  • Clayton

    Thanks a lot Steve, although I have only tipped you off to XDm news so far, it’s great to see this stuff on the blog!


  • crosswiredmind

    Definitely need to add this one to my wish list.

  • Sid

    And now…. when will we see this in .45ACP?

  • Carl

    Any word on pricing?

  • Man this looks really nice. I am checking this out for sure.

  • Cymond

    Huh, weird. Just the other day I was staring at an STI Spartan 9 (1911) and an XDM-9, thinking “I wish I could get this performance with that weight & capacity”.

    related note: the 4.5″ XDM sounds significantly louder than the 5″ Spartan. What’s up with that?

  • Looks like they’re trying to hard for the tacticool look. I’m liking the long barrel and mag capacity though.

    • jay

      What exactly is tacticool about it ? Or did you just learn that term and are now trying put it to use , everything on that gun serves a purpose …they aren’t just extra accessories that have no reason to be there .

  • Matt G.

    Very cool. I wonder if it will be idpa legal since it is a factory gun.

  • Clayton

    Wolf – this is just a competition gun based off the XDm platform. I guess you can only use a factory gun sight for certain competitions ( I heard it on gun talk, I forget the specifics). I guess you could say all of the XDm’s look “tacticool”, maybe thats why I love mine thats my EDC!

    Matt G – that was the whole intention of it I believe.

    Carl, the XDm pricing was around the 600 mark, so I don’t expect below there.

    Sid – they have no plans currently to produce this in any other caliber, at least none that they have told their shooter Rob Leitham about. I guess that they probably want to see how well it sells in 9mm first I would guess.

    Hope that clarifys a little bit for you, If you want to hear the unveiling you can listen to it on the podcast for guntalk which is free on iTunes.

  • Brandon

    Intriguing. I want the XD .45 Service Model with the optional thumb safety. Wish they would give that feature to other models in the lineup

  • AMB

    I absolutely LOVE my XD .45

    I’m also in the unusual position of having a few hundred rounds of 9mm and not currently owning a gun chambered for it.

    This thing can’t hit the shelves soon enough for my tastes!

  • Coltomen1987

    Hi Guys

    1)What is better XD (M) 9mm and 40SW Glock 17 or Gen 4 ???
    2)And why XD (M) is not as good as the Glock or H & K, what’s missing ???3)What is the best 9mm ammunition, 40 S & W and 45ACP for the Pistol so that does not jam and do not smoke and does not dirty the barrel ???

    Regards Poland

  • I currently have a Ruger SR9 which I consider the workhorse of my gun collection. I would love to see this beautiful Springfield XDM-5.25 in a 40 cal or 45 cal. I also have a Springfield Model 1911-A1 loaded. I love this pistol. Please consider offering this magnificence pistol in a 40 or 45 cal.

  • KR

    The reason the gun’s in 9mm is because for IPSC, IDPA, Steel Challenge and NRA Action (Bianchi Cup), 9mm is _the_ caliber to shoot. There’s no advantage (and plenty of disadvantage, mainly in recoil and ammo cost) to running a .40 or a .45 in the divisions in which the “competition” XDm would fit in those shooting games.

  • Coltomen1987

    Hi Guys

    1)What is better XD (M) 9mm and 40SW Glock 17 or Gen 4 ???
    2)And why XD (M) is not as good as the Glock or H & K, what’s missing ???3)What is the best 9mm ammunition, 40 S & W and 45ACP for the Pistol so that does not jam and do not smoke and does not dirty the barrel ???
    4)When realsed model 40S&W and 45ACP !!!

    Regards Poland

  • Mchris80

    Actually shot one today at the range. All I have to say is awesome. I have never seriously considered any xd because I like the Glocks better but this has me sold. Great trigger and super accurate even with UMC.

  • rob h

    I just one of these at Gun Ho in Pass Christian, MS. Very impressed, very smooth and easy to get on target.

  • xdm guy

    9mm is not the caliber to shoot in all divisions. It is the main caliber in USPSA, production and very common in the IDPA events. If you shoot USPSA limited, Limited 10 then .40 is the caliber to shoot. Waiting for the new XDM 5.25 to come out in .40,

  • Adam Nichols

    I shot this today and it was awesome!!! As soon as I finish paying off the two pistols I currently have on layaway this will be my next. I can’t wait to get to shoot it again!

  • Moe Pelletier

    I currently own an XD 40 Cal and love it. Balance and accuracy is outstanding with very tight shooting patterns. Can’t wait for the arrival of the 5.25–I understand why they slotted the upper barrel to reduce weight but not sure if I trust that large opening. Could it cause issues later while firing i.e., jamming etc. etc.. Anyone know the cost yet???

  • vic

    9mm cal is useless, no advantage and plenty of disadvantage, so i’ll wait for the xdm5.25 45 or 40.

    • The FACTS


  • be_free

    I took a beginner’s course yesterday, and chose this gun because I figured it would be easier to hit the target with a long barrel. Although I’ve never shot with a pistol before, I consistently stayed within a few inches, perhaps 60% of the shots within the range of a quarter on both 10 and 21 feet. I know basically nothing about pistols outside of being able to name drop a few well known manufacturers, so the pick of this particular gun felt pretty random. Both me and my instructor were very surprised of how accurately I shot for a beginner. After reading the comments from this site and others, I realize I might have been really lucky to pick out a truly awesome gun, plain and simple.

  • Moe Pelletier

    I read all this information about the 5.25, how people have purchased this firearm and how well they like it. Can anyone tell me where they found one and what is the price?????I’m looking for a competition firearm and considering the CZ USA SP01 shadow target or the 5.25. Any comments on either???

  • Chris

    I picked one up for $763 including tax

    • Obsolete

      Buds gun shop.
      Purchased xdm 5.25 last night.
      Price was 777$ total.

    • Obsolete

      ****xdm 5.25 .45

  • David

    It is a nice gun. Just bought one on 8/8/11
    It retailed for $719.00. Haven’t fired it yet.
    Will let ya know later how it fired.

  • andy

    My local range is selling them for $750. I didn’t get a chance to run any rounds through it, but the balance felt great and it’s got a very short trigger reset. Trigger felt much smoother than my XD40 as well. 19 round capacity if I remember correctly.

  • Barry Jansma

    Purchace this gun about 2 months ago.
    paid $739 for bi-tone version in TX.
    I love it. I’m not a competition shooter–at least not yet.
    But this gun is fun

  • Tim

    I just bought a new one in ct today for 649.99

  • Porter

    I paid $714 in Fl today. 5.25 feels good!

  • john

    hi.the xdm 5.25 is awesome,but i like glock 34 gen4 too.im an owner of xdm9 and glock24.if someone shot with 5.25 and glock34 please what the diferences are?in the trigger?

  • Got one shot it , man it feel good ,trigger is smooth and the reset is short ,great pistol ,i would buy the xdm 45 cal in a heart beat if they have one it slim also the fiber optic it easy to see it bright in full sun , watch the X D M 5.25 competition series ,or the review on the xdm 5.25 9mm on youtube.

  • jon

    Ran across this one online, wanting to trade or sell for 700.00

  • jon

    It was on this website ky classifieds ad141353

  • David

    What I’m about to say is for the purpose of trying to save lives by offering facts won in real-life experience as a reality check, not bash someone or start an arugment, so do yourself and your family a favor and listen to the voice of experience.

    The opinion that 9mm is useless is sorely misinformed. In my 25 year and 4 month military career, I have caused and/or witnessed over 500 dead enemy combatants with one or two rounds from a standard issue M9 (Beretta 92F) 9mm, without all the malfunctions of the 1911 series sidearms that got friends of mine killed before it was replaced by the M9 (due to so many malfuctions and accuracy issues). Quite frankly, if I was a hostage, I’d rather be left to the mercy of the hostage taker than to have someone attempt a hostage-taker kill shot with a .45 ACP because they’d be more likely to hit me than the hostage-taker, but I’d rather someone weilding any decent 9mm proficiently enough to keep the barrel from shaking take the shot.

    There is a lot of urban legend in the world of firearms, and due to the cost of hardware, it is absolutely foolish, not to mention potentially life-threatening, to base purchasing and training decisions on rash opinions made in the conspicuous absence of or contradiction to facts. You hit an aggressor anywhere within the thoracic cavity (the outline of the lungs) or the cranial-ocular cavity (basically an oval defined by a 1″ offset from the eyes as foci), they will die just as swiftly, proficiently, and spectacularly with a 9mm as with a .45, and you have a better chance of making the hit with the 9mm because as a look at any target will demonstrate, it’s much more accurate.

    So to anyone who thinks that 9mm is useless, ask the cadre at any good training facility like Front Sight or Thunder Ranch what they see being the most accurate every day, what malfunctions the least and most every day, and get a look at some targets. Fire a couple of good defense rounds into a pork roast (closest thing to human flesh) and see if you think you’d survive those holes in your chest or your head.

    And then think about your wife or child being held in front of some creep as a human shield, and all you can see of him is a cheekbone, an eye, the corner of a psychotic smirk and the hand that’s holding a knife or gun to your loved one’s head or throat. Imagine you need to place a shot in his eye to save your loved one, and you have a one-inch margin of error at 20 feet and five seconds or less to take the shot. Would you take it with a .45? With any .45 you’ve ever fired? Not me.

    Most of you offering these opinions about what constitutes a good defensive weapon sound like competition shooters and weekend plinkers who think punching holes in paper targets from a static stance is all the defensive training you’ll ever need, not soldiers or civilians with proper training or any defensive experience, and you cannot imagine how different a combat or hostage situation is until you’ve experienced one — experienced the adrenaline dump phenomenon — and not recognizing that difference can easily get you or someone else killed. Not recognizing that under the most favorable circumstances your weapon is only capable of 2.5″ groups at 7 yards and that will double, triple, or even quadruple when you face an armed assailant can get your entire household killed.

    Personally, I’ve made that shot successfully with a standard issue, unmodified M9 9mm 7 times, and I’ve never seen a .45, even a “match” .45, that I’d even attempt it with — who carries a “match” weapon for personal defense??? My XD(m) 9mm 4.5″ is accurate enough for a seasoned combat shooter to take that shot with, and my XD(m) 5.25 Competition is even better, but the 4.5″ barrel is already hard enough to conceal, especially in hot weather, without extending it another 3/4″.

    So which to carry? It’s a tough call, and that’s the nature of defensive carry, especially defensive concealed carry: trying to find an acceptable balance point between combat-suitability, accuracy, concealability, and deployability. You will not become competent to make that decision by standing at the range emptying magazine after magazine from a fixed stance without drawing and firing from concealment under time pressure before every shot or two, let alone become competent to defend life with whatever weapon you’ve chosen. Get the facts necessary to choose the best weapon for your personal situation, get training, practice — including periods of “dry” practice daily — until your arms move quickly, fluidly, and competently to secure a grip on your concealed weapon, deploy, and fire accurately enough to place two rounds on an 8″ circle at 7 yards in under two seconds and you automatically survey the area to check for secondary threats before lowering your weapon.

    Then continue to practice to maintain at least that minimum proficiency for the rest of your life. If you do so, the odds are that you will have better than a 50/50 chance of survival against all but a “self-realized” attacker — the attacker who sees attacking as a personal challenge and has risen to that challenge to the point of being proud of mastering it. The odds against such a foe are incalculable, even if you have become a self-realized defensive shooter, but they will be infinitely better if you are properly trained than if you are insufficiently trained or untrained because your chance of survival then is near zero.

    I hope for your sake and that of your family that you never have to use defensive shooting skills for anything more than a sillouette-shooting competition, but given the choice between having it but not needing it and needing it but not having it, what would any rational and responsible man — or woman — do?

    I apologize for the length of this post, but not for its content; as you can see, this is a grave subject filled with difficult decisions that most people, even people who consider themselves “expert shooters” are not prepared to deal with, and if the time I’ve spent making this post saves a single life, it will have been worth many times what I spent writing it, and I hope some of you have awakened enough the dark side of this subject enough to realize it was worth your while to read it.

    • jay

      You are full of shit about your confirmed kills with a 9mm and your military service in general , and secondly …your post is just a standardized and generalized speech and any firearms training center ….it didn’t come from your real world experience , you collected it from videos and articles and put it on here ….good information but please stop embarrassing the military and the real instructors out their by claiming to be affiliated or by knowing these things because of your own experiences.

  • Edgar

    tim where in ct did u buy yours?

  • Tim

    at riverview guns in east windsor ct the guys there really know there stuff and offer fair prices on trades and used guns.

  • Tim

    They now have an xdm 5.25 in .45 now, time to go get one.

  • john

    my friend david your opinion about 9mm is correct.in my 13 career in police swat team im using glock 24 and sometimes now xdm9..if i have to use the pistol for second gun i choose the glock,because my first is an mp5 or an a4m4.but if its my only gun i choose my xdm9 because you can shoot faster and better…thats why most of the specials forces in world have 9mm pistols.in the past wev shot five times in arm and stomach a criminal and with glock 24 and he is alive because the bullets stopped in his flesh..he was wearing a sweater and jacket the bullets type 45 auto speer.these would never happen with 9mm.im from greece athens ….thanks….

  • Edgar

    tim i called riverview and they said the 9mm is 700 and im from norwalk so thats a long drive for me. i hope a store closer to me gets one

  • Gene

    Very well written and and to the point.I hope I am not the only one that read and agrees with all these very good points.
    Thank you for the information and for your service in the military.Be safe.

  • Mark

    David – thanks for your post. There are a lot of people who insist that if the caliber doesn’t start with a 4, you don’t have enough gun. What I know is that I have fired probably about 500 rounds from various 1911 style handguns and well over 3000 in 9mm. I am much more accurate using a 9mm than I am with a .45, especially with the second and subsequent rounds in rapid fire.

    When I qualified for my concealed handgun license, I used my CZ 75 PCR and the instructor made me start each string double-action (hammer down) since that gun doesn’t have an external safety. I still shot perfect.

    I would rather trade better accuracy and higher capacity for the extra energy. I can put 5 or 6 rounds downrange with my 9mm in the time it takes me to accurately fire two rounds with a .45.

    That said, I will probably trade my full size CZ-85B Combat in 9mm for a Springfield XD or XDM in .40. I don’t see a need to have two 9mm handguns and I like the Springfields.

    • Obsolete

      A bunch of band wagon riders.
      The fact is of course with 3000 rounds compared to 500 you shoot better and faster with 9mm.

      Well I don’t have any idea how many .46 rounds I have shot in the last twenty years but it’s an assload. And I trust my self with a .45 over any other caliber. Its what YOU are most comfortable with. At 20 feet I can put two rounds 1 inch a part in center of center mass. In just under 2.5 seconds. With a Springfield xd. .45. I am ok with that shooting and think it’s good enough to save lives.

      No matter what caliber you choose. Its about practice.

      • David

        Quoting Obsolete: “At 20 feet I can put two rounds 1 inch a part in center of center mass. In just under 2.5 seconds. With a Springfield xd. .45. I am ok with that shooting and think it’s good enough to save lives.”

        This is precisely why I keep telling everyone to get defensive handgun training. “Center of mass” on the human torso is NOT a vital organ. It’s “gut shot,” beneath the diaphragm in the evisceral cavity. Someone who is gut-shot, even with a .45 with all it’s alleged “stopping power” can easily unload the remainder of a magazine at you, reload, and empty another several times. “Center of mass” shooting will get you killed.

        The kill zones on the human body are the thoracic cavity, which is basically the outline of the lungs, and the cranial-ocular cavity, basically an oval with 1″ radius around the pupils as the focii. One or two shots to the thoracic cavity will open up major blood channels sufficient to cause someone to bleed out in six seconds or less in most cases, and a shot into the cranical-ocular cavity will penetrate the brain pan and strike the brain in an area where death will be instantaneous. Aiming anywhere else is not going to get the job done unless you get lucky and open a major artery or vein, which is like striking a half-inch diameter bullseye at whatever distance you are standing from the aggressor, because major arteries and veins are about that wide.

        A center-of-mass shot with a defensive round will penetrate the stomach and or gall bladder and either lodge in the omentum or a piece of the liver; a range ball might make it all the way through to the spine, which would cripple the legs and still leave the aggressor fully able to return fire. One of the few realistic things you might see on an old western is a guy getting gut shot and getting up on a horse and riding off.

        So once again, I strongly suggest to all, do NOT think that standing in front of a paper target and poking holes in it with bullets gets you ready for a defensive encounter, especially since human sillhouette targets (except those I’ve seen at Front Sight) are marked with the bullseye in a non-kill zone and will train you to shoot center-of-mass instead of shooting to kill, which is the only shot you have in a defensive situation. Learn where to shoot, learn how to effectively carry in concealment and deploy quickly and proficiently with lethal accuracy.

        On a lighter note, my XD(m)-9 5.25 arrived earlier this week. The first few rounds were all over the place, and then it started settling down. By 200 rounds, it was consistently shooting 0.6″ groups at ten yards and 0.5″ groups at seven yards from a target stance and I was drawing from concealment and placing two controlled rounds (both rounds quickly but deliberately fired, slightly slower than “double tap” but much more accurate) in about 0.7 seconds to the first shot and 1.3 seconds at the second, placing them 1.75″ apart average over ten salvos (Magtech and Spear Lawman 124 gr. range balls). No malfunctions.

        So in short it is highly accurate, deploys as quickly as my 4.5″ XD(m)-9, and absolutely outstanding in every respect. I’m going to lighten the trigger pull and shorten the reset on it a bit, not so much because it needs it as because after shooting Beretta M9/92 and Taurus PT-92AFS for so many years, I’m a lot more accustomed to the much ligher pull of a double-action weapon, and lightening the pull requires sufficient disaseembly to make it worth the slight extra effort to adjust the reset and over-travel while I have it disassembled.

        I would not hesitate to take “the hostage shot” with this pistol after it was broken in with at least 200 rounds and thoroughly cleaned, but I strongly recommend that if you buy one, you run at least 200 rounds through it before you try to use it for a defensive carry weapon, to stabilize it, zero the sights properly, and verify its dependability and that of your magazines and ammunition — including a box or two of your preferred defensive ammo; you might run 10,000 rounds of range ball ammo through a weapon error-free and then find that the 147 gr. hollow points you’ve been carrying defensively for years don’t feed well in your weapon, at precisely the wrong time to be finding that out: while you are taking fire.

        The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the greatest rights we enjoy in this country; it’s what makes us citizens instead of subjects, among other things. It gives us the power to defend ourselves, and with that power come the equally great responsibility to be “well-regulated,” as The Framers said, meaning well-trained and competent-at-arms. Don’t spend all that money on a fine weapon and cases upon cases of ammo just to poke a bunch of holes in a piece of paper or a bunch of beer cans. Avail yourself of all opportunities to train for the defensive encounter that nobody wants to have but everybody must remain vigilantly aware of and prepared for: the ecounter in which you must kill or be killed, or watch a loved one be killed. Yes, have fun at the range, but have fun after you take care of business, which is preparing to defend yourself and those you love against those who would take life.

        Be safe, and live long…

      • Sid

        You shot a .46? I thought the Texas Rangers carried .45s because no one made a .46?

      • jay

        You are as full of shit as david is……

  • Rich

    I would agree with what Dave said as far as the good points in respect to the 9mm. I believe the single best handgun to own would be a full size 9mm. No round is perfect for everything but if you were to own one hand gun, this would be my choice. Many people out there have a misconception about the real stopping power of the 9mm. Using quality ammo from companies like Hornady, Federal, Remington, etc. will provide plenty of power for stopping a human and you can get some with +P which should be safe in most modern 9mm pistols. In fact, some 9mm ammo, like the Golden Saber from Remington, is almost as powerful as many 357 magnum rounds. The only problem with accuracy, which can be a problem with almost any caliber, is when you use a small concealable pistol with say, a 2 inch barrel. The 9mm is a “high pressure” round and it does kick, especially in short and/or light weight pistols. If this is the case, I would use a light weight 115 grain round and would stay away from the +P because it will reduce the speed of a follow-up shot.

    One point I would like to make is that I too was in the military and carried a 1911 style pistol for the 3 years I was in. I fired hundreds of rounds through it and never had one jam or malfunction. Additionally, it was very accurate and I, in fact, always qualified expert with it. Personally, I feel the “kick” of the 45 ACP in the 1911, which has a 5 inch barrel, is comparable to my 9mm pistol. I don’t remember the weight of the bullets we used for the 1911, but that also influences the felt recoil. The heavier the bullet the more felt recoil. But the higher capacity and quality ammo makes me go with the 9mm.

    I don’t own the XDM 5.25, but Springfield has been making guns for a long time and I’ll bet it would make an excellent home protection/survival pistol. I may consider one in the future.

  • David

    By the way, for those of you who do prefer the larger calibers, Springfield has release the 5.25 Competition XD(m) in .40 and .45. Details are posted on their website (http://www.the-m-factor.com/html/home.html). Springfield is also running a special deal they’re calling their “Gear Up” promotion through November 30, 2011, which is a set of three extra magazines and a belt-style magazine carrier identical to the one supplied with the pistol. You can register for the Gear Up promotion online if you have a copy of your sales receipt scanned to PDF so that it can be uploaded as part of the submission process. The magazines are selling for $25-$45 and the magazine carrier is $35 on Springfield’s web site, so it’s a pretty decent promotion, averaging about $100 street price worth of gear.

  • I have both the 5.25 9mm competition and the shorter version of the XMD 45. I love both of these. The 9mm has have around 500 rounds through it without a single problem and it is extremely accurate. The 45 I’ll admit is a little more picky with rounds. It likes quality ammo, the 9 just wants to shoot and be loved.

    At 21 yards I can group a full clip of the 9mm into about 4 inches pretty rapidly.

    If you don’t have one of these, they are a MUST have!

  • Liked the Springfield XD line from the start (XD45 was my first handgun). The magazine capacity on these are great – and with the trigger so smooth, it makes for a great gun to just shoot.

  • giraffe beer

    What a cool gun…

  • sgtmoore1968

    It’s called a magazine! Clips are used to hold rounds to charge a magazine!