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The following is a press release that I received from Springfield.

Three years ago, Springfield released its newest member of the XD® family of pistols, the XD(M)™, at the NRA Annual Meetings in Phoenix, AZ. The .40CAL and 9MM were the first to be released. Most recently the 3.8 model was introduced and it seemed the XD(M)™ family of pistols was complete . . . almost! Since then, Springfield's customer service lines and e-mail have been flooded asking for the missing link. The XD(M)™ 45ACP, you asked for it and you got it. But we can't stop there...

After listening to request after request to create a smaller framed XD(M)™, Springfield Armory® set off to not only give the customers what they were asking for, but to continue with the spirit of The-M-Factor™, and give them even (M)ore. In essence, what they have succeeded in doing is not only providing one of the most consumer friendly pistols for concealed carry, but they have taken the NEW Compact to another level by making it easy to transform into a Full-Size, high-capacity XD(M)™.

Springfield Armory® has taken one of the most popular concealed carry handguns in the Market (the Sub-Compact XD®), and merged it with one of the most popular full-size handguns in the market (the XD(M)™ 3.8), to create what many expect will be the most popular handgun in the firearms industry- the XD(M)™ 3.8 Compact. We started out with the XD(M)™ Compact in 9mm (13+1 Rnd flush fitting 9mm magazine and 19+1 Rnd full size 9mm megazine™ w/X-Tension™(USPAT.7191556)), we are now shipping the XD(M)™ Compact in .40 Cal. (11+1 Rnd flush fitting .40 magazine and 16+1 Rnd full size .40 megazine™ w/X-Tension™ USPAT.7191556).

The XD(M)™ Compact pistol has a frame the same size as the Sub-Compact XD®, and the same slide as the XD(M)™ 3.8. It also has the ability to become a full-size, high-capacity handgun by changing magazines to one with the XD(M) Gear™ Mag X-Tension™ USPAT.7191556.

The XD(M)™ Compact pistol has all of the great features Springfield Armory® calls, "The-M-Factors™" and so much more. These are all the upgrades that make the XD(M)™ special, such as-
• Point & Shoot Ergonomics™
• The Standards
• The M Factors™

Can a gun actually make you shoot better?

No,

But the right gun can allow you to shoot better.

The XD® and XD(m)™ are perfect exampleS. They are designed to work with your body, not against it - allowing you to reach your full potential as a shooter.

Pick it up. Point it.

Raise an XD® or XD(m)™ naturally to eye level and you will be looking right down the sights. That's what we call Point & Shoot Ergonomics™.

Try this with some other popular pistols and you may be looking at the top of
the slide - more like "Point and Adjust." With a pistol like that, you will always need to bend your wrist forward to compensate for the unnatural grip angle. The natural pointability of the XD® and XD(m)™, combined with the compact size and shape of the polymer grip, makeS theM feel more like a natural extension of your body than AN object in your hand. That's why most people find they shoot better with the
XD® or XD(m)™.

Does the XD® or XD(m)™ make YOU shoot better?
No.

But it allows YOU to shoot YOUR best.

Point & Shoot Ergonomics


The Standards
In 2001, Springfield Armory® set out to show customers, the firearm's industry, and the rest of the world a whole new standard in ergonomic design and available features. With the introduction of the XD® polymer pistol, they did just that.

Striker Status Indicator the shooter can check the striker status indicator by sight or touch to verify the striker is in the cocked position.

Loaded Chamber Indicator allows the shooter to verify visually or by touch, and without a doubt, that there is a round in the chamber.

Ultra Safety Assurance (USA) Trigger System™ guards against accidental discharge from dropping or bumping by locking the trigger in place until direct, rearward pressure is applied.

Grip Safety on the XD® and XD(M)™ allows it to fire only when the shooter has a firm grip on the pistol.

WHAT IS THE (M) FACTOR™?

IT'S MORE THAN A NEW SET OF FEATURES, IT'S ABOUT RAISING YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT A POLYMER PISTOL SHOULD BE.

IT'S ABOUT CREATING A NEW STANDARD.

A PERFECT BLEND OF DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND PERSONALIZATION.

WWW.THE-M-FACTOR.COM

Design
(M)ODEL CONTOUR FRAME - The ideal grip angle of the XD® has been carried over to the XD(M)™, but slightly modified contours in the grip will leave you wondering whether you're gripping the gun or it's gripping you.

(M)AJOR GRASP SLIDE SERRATIONS - Deeper, longer, and more slide serrations equals a better more penetrating grasp.

(M)EGA-LOCK TEXTURE - The "all-terrain" look of the new XD(M)™ isn't about cosmetics, it's about function. The angle and depth of each contour in the grip has been calculated for maximized control vertically, horizontally and torsionally.


Technology

(M)ATCH-GRADE BARREL - Rivaling aerospace manufacturing, the XD(M)™ match-grade barrel takes precision manufacturing to a whole new level never available within the firearms industry.

(M)INIMAL RESET TRIGGER - The new XD(M)™ trigger has shorter travel along with a shorter reset which keeps you on target with greater ease for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

(M)ELONITE® - Traditional black oxide finishes are a few millionths of an inch thick and offer no corrosion resistance. The rugged Melonite® finish on the XD(M)™ is a salt bath nitriding process that leaves a thick, corrosion-resistant, hard surface.

Innovations
(M)INIMAL ERROR DISASSEMBLY - Innovation doesn't always happen by adding to a product. Sometimes, it's what you simplify. By removing the need to pull the trigger during assembly and disassembly, we've made the process easier and faster.

(M)AXIMUM REACH MAGAZINE RELEASE - The modified contour of the new XD(M)™ grip is most evident near the magazine release. Operation of the magazine release is easily accomplished by virtually any size hand without twisting or adjusting from the shooting grip.

(M)EGA CAPACITY MEGAZINE™ - The new XD(M)™ Compact 9MM magazine holds an incredible 13 rounds in a flush fitting magazine and 19 rounds with the XD(M) Gear™ Mag X-Tension™ (USPAT.7191556). The XD(M)™ is the largest capacity production polymer pistol in both the .40 caliber and 9mm, accommodating 16 + 1 and 19 + 1 rounds, respectively.


Personalization

(M)AGAZINE X-TENSIONS™ (USPAT.7191556) (Only on Compact Models) - With interchangeable backstraps and Mag X-Tensions™, Springfield Armory® has added another level of comfort. Personalize your grip length to fit your capacity needs.

(M)OULD-TRU BACKSTRAPS - With interchangeable backstraps, Springfield Armory® has added another level of comfort. Personalize your grip by choosing one of three backstraps and Mag X-Tensions™ for a more custom fit.

(M)AIN-FOCUS SIGHTS - The new sights on the XD(M)™ are low-profile and holster friendly without sacrificing one ounce of speed in target or sight acquisition.

(M)ULTI-ADJUST RAIL SYSTEM - A triple-position Picatinny rail readily accepts lights, lasers or other accessories. More importantly, it allows them to be adjusted to the shooter's hand position.

(M)ULTI-USE CARRYING CASE - Your total XD(M)™ experience starts the minute you open your case. In fact, it starts with your case. This rugged case is as durable as the XD(M)™ it houses and can be re-tasked to protect any number of items from a laptop to two XD(M)™ pistols.
 

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(M)agnificent! And all this time I thought it simply meant, 'modified'.
 

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We'll have full review of the new Springfield Armory XD(m) in a week or two.

We spent most of yesterday at the range testing the Competition Series 5.25 XD(m). We used several types of loads, from different vendors, in a variety of distances and setups, while taking lots of great pictures. We still have several more tests to perform, and we need to conceal carry the XD(m) for a while (I use a Crossbreed holster), before writing everything up.

For now, check out the teaser image under 'News' and keep a lookout for the full review. If there's something you'd like to see in the review, please look at my post under 'Semi-auto Handgun Talk'.
 
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