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Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25

Springfield’s new competition XD(M) is quickly finding its place in the pack.


The Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25 made its debut at this year’s Bianchi Cup, riding in the holster of its designer Rob Leatham. Rob should require no introduction, but in case you’re new to the world of firearms or spent the last two decades on a Pacific atoll, well, let’s just say he knows a thing or two about handguns. According to Springfield, the XD(M) 5.25 was conceived as an out-of-the box competition pistol, and on paper, should be ideal for USPSA Production Division, 3-gun, IDPA and Bianchi Cup. As with all mass-produced firearms, however, there is always potential for bean-counters to intervene somewhere between the original design intent and the product that actually shows up on dealers’ shelves.

First Impressions
The first thing you’ll notice is that the pistol ships in box about the size of a small attaché case. Inside, we find the handgun, three 19-round magazines, two additional backstraps, a magazine loader, double mag pouch and paddle holster—all of injection-molded black plastic. Basically, we have everything we need to get started in our favorite gun games, though another mag would be welcome.

The first attention-grabber is the slide, which has a large hole machined in its upper surface, much like the Glock 34 it will no doubt compete against, both on the range and in the marketplace. This serves to reduce reciprocating mass, to decrease split times and to move the gun’s balance back toward the hand for faster target transitions. A fiber-optic front sight is standard, (spare fiber-optic rods are included) and the rear sight is both adjustable and inset into the slide, providing the longest sight radius possible.

The test gun arrived with the medium backstrap installed, and as this fit my paws pretty well, I saw no need to change it. Out of the box, the trigger was heavier than I anticipated, given the gun’s intended use, with a fairly long take up. This quickly wore in to a manageable 5 pounds or so and proved smooth enough for weak-hand drills.

Range Time
Throwing a handful of different ammo types into my range bag, I headed out to knock down some steel targets. My usual protocol with a new gun is to initially feed it about 150 full-metal-jacket rounds to break it in and become familiar with the controls, before testing accuracy and handling. I’m pleased to report that the first three boxes were digested without so much as a hiccup, and the gun continued to run without a single malfunction for the rest of the range session.

I fired a few rounds of a full magazine offhand at a steel popper to better ingrain the trigger feel into my lizard brain before setting in to test accuracy at 25 yards using Hornady XTP and Speer Gold Dot ammunition. The 5.25 handled each equally well with both averaging 2.5-inch groups. I then stapled an IPSC Metric target to the stand and moved back to the 20 yard line and sent four shots downrange into the paper headbox. As I continued shooting offhand, now at 50 yards, the pistol managed to keep every round inside the A zone. It’s not often that a polymer gun will achieve this level of performance and it’s a testament to the barrel to slide fit that the XD(M) can do it consistently.

Then it was time to see how the XD(M) stacks up against its main rival. For this, I enlisted the help of a friend who is a dedicated Glock fan and he brought along his well-used G34. Shooting both guns side by side, it was apparent that the Springfield had a significant edge in accuracy, due perhaps to its better trigger, but the XD(M) seemed to have a little more muzzle rise. Whether this will affect the gun in competition is debatable, since, according to the shot timer, both pistols turned in exactly the same split times when tested in a 7-yard Bill Drill.

Overall then, Springfield has achieved its aims. If I were to offer constructive criticism, it would be in a couple of areas. The first concerns the width of the front sight, which at 0.143 inches is too wide for this middle-of-the-pack shooter to really wring the most out of the gun’s inherent accuracy. The trigger could use a shorter reset, but is still far superior to others. In fact, the only time I’ve shot a better trigger on a polymer gun was on an M&P that had benefitted from the attention of Apex Tactical. Both of these issues can be easily remedied in the aftermarket and neither will handicap the shooter until many thousands of rounds have been fired in practice and competition. New owners will want to consider the acquisition of a better holster and magazine pouches, as the stock items give the impression of being designed by committee. I used a Bladetech dropped & offset OWB holster for this range session, because it’s proved reliable and fast over the several years I’ve used it in USPSA.

The acid test for any new gun is whether, like a stray puppy, it somehow results in you having to justify to your significant other why it came home with you. This one’s already found its place in the pack.

*Update: XD(M) 5.25 specifications added below.*

Caliber: 9x19mm
Capacity: 19+1RDS
Magazines: 3 magazines for a limited time
Barrel: 5.25" MATCH GRADE SELECT FIT Steel, melonite" fully supported ramp
Sights: Red fiber optic front (Replacement red & Green filament included) and fully adjustable target rear
Sight Radius: 7.25"
Black polymer
Slide: Forged steel WITH LIGHTENING CUT"
Weight w/empty mag: 29 ounces
Available colors: Black and Bi-Tone

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30 Responses to Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25

Ozzy wrote:
January 23, 2013

I'll say this in a nutshell. The springfiled xdm 5.25 is a great machine,

Becca T wrote:
October 10, 2012

Was choosing between m&p 9mm full size and the xdm comp kit. Both kits were well stocked, and im an avid proponent of m&p ( i own the 9c and .40 shield), but after another comparison trip to my range, decided on the xdm....she comes home thursday...can't wait!

Marcuss wrote:
November 29, 2011

I pick mine up on Thursday, can't wait.

Ian Steele wrote:
November 26, 2011

how much ?

GunNut wrote:
September 22, 2011

People love to hate the XD line. What we don't see are multi-page articles on how to improve the reliability of you XD( unlike the 1911--American Rifleman May? June? 2011). I needed a gun that i could carry and use for home defense for around $500. I got it and it's never failed in approx 1500 rounds. Never. The 5.25 sounds fun and I may get one someday if I deccide to compete.

Fred wrote:
September 13, 2011

bushmaster69 - fails to be any need to SHOUT your whole post

valkrider wrote:
September 02, 2011

C'mon guys a Springfield XDM 3.8 has a barrel of 3.8", a Springfield XDM 4.5 has a barrel length of 4.5". So what does Springfield XDM 5.25 mean?

September 02, 2011


rick h wrote:
August 31, 2011

the article is deceptive in that it implied the caliber is 5.25 which I must confess had me reading the rest of the article while trying to convert 5.25mm into .22 something and why would someone want it.By the way I am not impressed with the design.

kmart wrote:
August 30, 2011

I love the XD's, I own several. I would, however, be willing to pay for a USA made item. Springfield take note.

Redscho wrote:
August 30, 2011

It is 9mm Parabellum. 5 1/4" barrel hence the name 5.25. Other than that nothing much special.

lifesajeep wrote:
August 30, 2011

Is it made in the USA? That is the reason I have not bought a XDm in 45ACP it is made in Croatia. I have a problem buying products made elsewhere while Americans are out of work.

Mike wrote:
August 30, 2011

I enjoyed the article, don't like it when an author goes on and on and this one was brief. BUT...No Specs... COME ON!

Mike wrote:
August 29, 2011

XD stands for extreme duty, which is why I find it puzzling that Springfield continues to try to make it out to be some sort of range God. My old XD45 Compact outperformed my buddy's new XDM45, now this? Is any polymer frame gun really weighted right for target shooting over an entire magazine? This is all gimmick.

Tom wrote:
August 29, 2011

Yeah, how about some specs? Useless article without caliber, price.

Doug Ruegg wrote:
August 29, 2011

5.25? MM? Seems kind of small for even rimfire.

Paul S wrote:
August 29, 2011

An absolute minimum of checking shows the 5.25 to be available in 9mm, ,40 cal. and .45 acp.

calkid99 wrote:
August 29, 2011

I had the same basic question. What chambering? But honestly, polymer pistols just don't excite me. Just send me all the old leftover blued steel Colts (with the boxes, please).

TheeZach wrote:
August 29, 2011

Was this an article?........or an advertisement?

gary k graham wrote:
August 29, 2011

Where can we "tune" to so we can get the specs?

Trent wrote:
August 29, 2011

Yeah I agree with everyone else. Give a rough price estimate and definitely give the caliber(s).

August 29, 2011

For Little Arkansaw: It is in 9mm only, which is why I am not interested. I have emailed to Springfield requesting if as 'n when they will priduce it in .45 ACP. No answeer as yet. Reb

st louis shooter wrote:
August 29, 2011

Test fired one at Top Gun in Imperial, MO Trigger ok it appears all they did was copy a Glock w/o the safety in trigger instead added a grip safety , gun has significant muzzle flip, groups like a combat gun not a target gun., and the fiber optic sights were useless. Target guns need to be accurate and heavy to keep on target. Come on now 2.5 inch groups ? This is only a cheap polymer pistol dressed up to look like a target /completion gun plus it is $200 over priced

Paul Rusch wrote:
August 29, 2011

When is the .45ACP version coming out? I'll be needing one, not because I really need it, I just plain WANT one.

Gordon wrote:
August 29, 2011

This is the first I've heard of the 5.25 caliber.

Davis wrote:
August 29, 2011

Where are the specs!

cspinnc wrote:
August 29, 2011

I agree with Little Arkansas

Little Arkansas wrote:
August 28, 2011

No specs (even its caliber) ?... not much of an article.

art baker wrote:
August 28, 2011

ok how much?

Kent Christen wrote:
August 28, 2011

Mine's coming home on Tuesday. Hope I shoot it as well as you!