Monday, January 16, 2012

Springfield XDm

A friend asked if I could store an XDm 9mm in my safe for a while. Apparently his stepson had an "accidental" discharge and Mom is pissed angry. I readily agreed but warned him that it comes with a fee. I will take it to the range and shoot it as I had never shot one of the XDs before..

I must be one of the few people in the shooting world that is not impressed. Reliable - yes but......
I shot a variety of ammo and mixed it up in the stack. It all went bang every time. I was set up at about 50 feet  so the distance was not extreme by any means. A consistent pattern was never found. It wasn't the usual correctable issue of being high right or low left (finger placement, heeling, etc) I was just scattered around the center at about a five inch radius. The weapons were switched to see if it was just me. The EAA was fine along with the SBH. I went back to the XD to more scattered shooting. An ammo change didn't make any difference.

I must say that I could shoot the PF9 better if I really took my time. I have difficulty with the PF9 due to its small size and horrendous trigger pull/length. There is an armalaser on my PF9. At 50 feet, the dot looks like a fly trying to find a place to land while pulling the trigger. Kevin refers to this type weapon as a "get off me gun" and I agree. Don't bother taking it to a shoot unless you just want to amuse the bystanders and keep the manufacturers of ammo components in business.

I found the XDm to be no more than another "get off me gun" and not as concealable as some others.


Kevin said...

Neither the XD nor the Taurus 24/7 plastic pistols (nor the Glocks, for that matter) have interested me much. I have shot a very accurate borrowed Glock, but they don't point right for me, and I have to work to keep the sights properly aligned. The one XD I shot I didn't have a chance to wring out for accuracy, but what I did see did not impress me.

Having said that, I am giving serious consideration to making my next handgun purchase a S&W M&P9. (Yes, a Europellet.) Too many people whose opinions I respect have said that the these are accurate, reliable, and with an aftermarket trigger, a pleasure to shoot. The ones that I have held (but not yet shot) have felt very good in my hand.

Kevin said...

Oh, and will you be able to make the Central AZ blogshoot on the 29th in Casa Grande?