Gun Review Time! Springfield Armory XDM Compact in 9mm

I have not done a gun review or late because, well, I have not bought a new firearm recently. But, I decided to get a pistol I have wanted for a while now, and decided to do something I have never done before, that is buy a gun online. I have always been a person who has to handle something, or see it “in person” before I buy it online. But I was familiar with the XDM so, when I saw a great price at Buds Gun Shop, I went for it.

I used Bud’s law a way system, just because I have always enjoyed lay a way, it is just a thing with me. Anyway, Buds shipped my firearm to a local FFL dealer, and I went, did the background check, and bought some ammo, including some personal defense rounds, these to be specific,


I also got some rounds for the range of course.

At home, I found the gun to be, like my Springfield XD Mod 2 subcompact to be stiff, yes, that includes the magazines as well, it come with a 13-round, and a 19-round with a grip extension. But a quick disassembly and light cleaning and oiling, with CLP and the firearm loosened up very well. It is also super easy to disassemble.  As easy as my Sig. Lock the slide back, flip up the takedown lever and release the slide and there you go.

At the range, Shoot Smart, I found the Springfield a blast to shoot. My first shot was a dead center bullseye. Of course after that, I got cocky and had to slow myself down. But in all, I found the trigger excellent, not quite as good as My Ruger SR9c’s trigger, but excellent to me. The sights, fiber optic, were pretty much spot on, and I had a very easy time being accurate, and getting super tight groups when I slowed down just a hair.

Overall, I love this pistol

Gun Review, FN 509

Hickok45 puts it through its paces. FN makes fine firearms, after watching this video, I might have to go test fire one

As Hickok notes, there are a lot of really good polymer, striker fired pistols out there. I like Sigs the most, but I also realize that Springfield, Smith, FN, H&K, Beretta, Ruger, Walther, and yes Glock make awesome semi-auto pistols. It come down to personal choice. Why do I shoot my Ruger SR9C so well? The trigger/sights, just works with my trigger finger/eye. My point? If you are going to buy a first pistol, go do your research, rent them and test fire them at your local range. There are great options, take your time, and then, train, learn, practice, and most of all learn and live by the Four Rules of Firearm Safety. Remember a firearm is a deadly weapon, it can save your life. But if you are careless, well…….

Gun review time. Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

Hickok, who has a great gig I must say gives us a look at the new, possibly improved M&P in 9mm. I had an older M&P and liked it OK. But, after buying and shooting a Ruger SR9c, I liked the M&P less and less the more I shot the Ruger. The trigger on the M&P and I did not get along very well. The Ruger just had better sights, and far better trigger, at least to me. Remember we are all individuals, and I would like to get my hands on a newer M&P to see if I like the new version better.

Bob Owens lays out the case for the Army’s new handgun

I will add my two cents at the end

The MHS variant of Sig Sauer P320 is the obvious choice to be the Army’s next handgun.

The U.S. Army and Air Force are moving one step closer to replacing the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol that has been the U.S. military’s “go to” sidearm for more than 30 years.

The Department of Defense will soon chose three finalists in a competition to be the U.S. Army and Air Force’s new sidearm. One of the three finalists could go on to outfit all of the services, with total sales of of 500,000 handguns—but not before the Pentagon bureaucracy makes it as long and complicated as possible.

The Modular Handgun System (MHS) is a $17 million dollar effort to replace the aging Beretta M92 handgun. First adopted in the 1980s, the U.S. Army’s Berettas are beginning to wear out. The M92 is also a product of another time, and hasn’t kept up with recent advances in pistol technology.

You can, and should go read it all. Owens, who really should link this blog sometime, knows a great deal about firearms, more than me, and I value his opinion. As for my “two cents” Let me say four little words about the P-320, and yes, I do own one, those four words? It is a Sig! There is a reason Sig Sauer’s firearms are so revered. 

Hey look, the Army listened to me, and Bob Owens. Their new service pistol is a Sig!

The Sig Sauer P320 pistol has been chosen as the winner of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition to replace the Beretta M9 as the service pistol of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the service’s next service pistol.

Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System team,” Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter said in a Jan.19 press announcement. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

The Army did not offer any details about what caliber the new Sig Sauer pistol will be.

The caliber will be, I would think, as does that Owens guy, 9mm. An upgraded version, but 9mm Of course, I heard today the Army had decided on the P 320, and figured I would have some fun by posting the first part of this post!

A Kimber revolver? Why the Hell not?

Kimber makes fine semi-autos, and 1911’s, but they have now gone and made a revolver

Personally, the price tag is pretty high. I can get a S&W for less or a Ruger for even less than that, and personally, I do not think any manufacturer makes better revolvers than those two companies.

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Range Report Time!

It has been awhile since I did one of these. Likely because I have not bought a new gun since i bought my Sig P320. But this last Wednesday I got a great deal from SWFA on a new Springfield XD Mod 2 sub-compact in 9mm. So here we go


The pistol performed flawlessly. Great texturing on the grip, great ergonomics, and I love the fiber optic sights! It is super easy to pick up that front sight, and when I took my time, I had super tight groups, I do tend to start reverting to firing a tad too fast, but that is on me not the pistol. The trigger is solid, maybe not quite as good, to me anyway, as my Sigs’ or my Ruger SR9Cs’ trigger but very good all the same. It has a great, short, reset and makes shooting the pistol easy. As far as recoil goes, the gun feels like a full-size, it handles the recoil very well, which of course makes the gun easier to shoot, and to put multiple rounds down range, and on target if that need arises.

The pistol comes with a mag pouch, a speed loader, a lock, a decent holster easy to draw, and easy to replace the pistol, and two mags. A standard 13-round flush mag, that is great capacity for a sub-compact, and an extended, 16-round mag.

As far as safety features go, it has loaded chamber indicator, and a 1911 style grip safety. Some folks will not like that, but I have no issue with it at all. The XD Mod 2 also comes in .40 S&W and .45 ACP. The 9mm and .40 S&W have 3 inch barrels, the .45 has a 3,.3 inch barrel. 

Overall, I would say anyone looking for a quality carry gun, should definitely look at the XD Mod 2. And, if you are in North Central Texas, look up SWFA, great selection, service, and very competitive prices. Great gun I give it a 9.5 out of 10, I like it that much