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I went to the range today with my new Springfield XDM-9. It handled great. I was hoping for less recoil than I get with my Glock 26, but really it was about the same. Supposedly the longer barrel reduces how much you feel it, but it also has more top/front weight which is harder for me to control. So I'd say the recoil felt about the same. It's heavier all around than baby Glock (also heavier than The Man's Glock 17). The weight wasn't a problem at all for me, though. It's quite comfortable to hold and shoot. The grip and the trigger are really nice. I do have one complaint: that trigger gets HOT. My index finger actually got burned.

Accuracy is something I need to work on. Even with the Springfield fitting my hand better than the Glock, the small hand problem still comes into play. Basically, I have to have a slightly rotated grip on the gun. To compensate for that, I tilt my wrist when aiming. But at the moment I fire, my wrist has a tendency to pull back to its natural position and my shots hit right of center. So it's just one of those things I have to get better at compensating for. At least I'm fairly consistent, though. If I can overcome that, my accuracy should improve a lot.

Oh get this: At both the gun shop where I first saw this gun and at the gun show where I bought it, I was told it held 16 rounds. Well guess what? It actually holds 19 rounds. Apparently, the .40 caliber model holds 16 rounds, not the 9mm that I have. I hadn't examined the magazine closely enough to notice the extra capacity until I was actually loading it for the first time today. Kickass!

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the_narration
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Sweet. :-)

Regarding long barrels and recoil... I'd assume that would be because of the extra weight it would add, which would mean less acceleration from the same force. Since a longer barrel usually means more muzzle velocity and thus more momentum, you'd think that you'd be facing more recoil if it wasn't for the extra weight.

The trigger got hot? Can't say that's ever happened to me. The barrel and chamber, of course, but you'd think that the trigger would be designed to not absorb any heat. Is that unusual, or is my inexperience showing?

19 rounds is way more awesome than 16. Especially on the day you find yourself in need of a 17th shot.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
You know, I'm not sure what the deal is with the trigger getting so hot. I have a Bersa .380, which is an all metal gun. I haven't shot it in a long time now, but I seem to recall the trigger getting hot after a while. Not this hot, though. I think I'm going to call Springfield tomorrow and find out if that's normal.
the_narration
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, since metal transfers heat pretty easily, I can see why with an all-metal gun heat might eventually spread to the trigger, but you'd think they'd design to limit that. You'd think a gun that burns the user's trigger finger would considered a design flaw.

On a side note, if you're curious because somebody mentioned a gun you're not familiar with, don't click the "List of firearms" link on Wikipedia. It's really long. So long it lagged my computer. :-P

(By strange coincidence, I have among my very limited selection of LJ icons one which shows a .380. It's a Beretta M1934 rather than a Bersa, tho.)
johnnypate
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
I know it's from the steam age of bangsticks and only holds 13 rounds but have you tried a Browning HP 35? You're never going to be able to shoot it straight unless you can get the barrel aligned with bones in your forearm when you touch it off. Don't bother with rubber grips and fit the thinnest grip panels you can find. There's also the FM Detective version if a shorter barrel helps:

http://www.sarcoinc.com/fm-hipower1-new.html
castellan_craft
May. 17th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
You know you made an impression when I tumble out of bed after that long chat last night and first thing I think of is "Roxy mentioned guns!" instead of "Fooooood..."

Springfields are sweet guns, but my experience with them is limited to 1911's which are way to big for my grip. The gun I mentioned last night was a 9mm "Baby" Desert Eagle II. That's the polymer model... I was thinking about the steel since the extra weight apparently absorbs notably more kick but after what you said about the trigger heat, I'm thinking that's not such a good idea. @_@

I totally feel your pain on the small hands issue. Funniest damn thing? Gun I found that fit my hands best was a damn .37. You should just hold one some time and see what I mean. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ammunition for that? XD And the price to boot... saving your brass and refilling yourself starts to look appealing. Someone told me I should just settle for a .38 special in size cause it's close enough and easier to find. Not sure how a .380 ACP compares to a .38 special, but that might be the reason I went all "ooooooh" just this morning when I found out Magnum Research does a good conceal carry gun in .380 ACP.

By the by, that bonus capacity is full of win. Felt like a present you didn't see was hidden behind the tree on Christmas I bet. XD
roxybisquaint
May. 17th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hee. Awesome :)

I think sometimes when I talk about guns, people are like... OMG crazy gun nut!!!! Which is so not the case. I've just always thought guns were cool and I like to go be badass and pop some caps at the range :D

A .37? I've never even heard of that. I would imagine that ammo would be hard to find. I wouldn't buy anything that you'd have a hard time getting ammo for. Although these days it's not so easy to find 9mm. Massive increase in guns sales over the last several months meant suddenly lots more people were buying ammo (also I think people are hoarding because there have been rumors of bullet taxes coming). We've had to order it online to get it lately.

I have a .380 Bersa a .38 special Rossi revolver, a .22 Ruger and a 9mm subcompact "baby" Glock, but my 9mm Springfield XDM fits me the best. It was actually the small grip and easy trigger reach that sold me on on it. It even comes with 3 sizes of grip pieces. I was okay with the medium size that was on it, but once I replaced it with the small size, it was just awesome.

The hot trigger seems to have been a fluke. I've been to the range with it three times now and I only experienced that problem the first time. All I can figure is the gun wasn't properly oiled so metal parts heated up. After that, I cleaned and oiled it and haven't had any problems or complaints. I absolutely love it.

That Desert Eagle II looks pretty sweet. Once I got Glock, though, it sold me on the simplicity of having no safety latch or external hammer (also that style gun is much easier to take apart for cleaning). I love the polymer frame too. So for me the Springfield was a nicer gun that had everything I loved about my Glock. I wouldn't worry about the recoil/kick. If I can control a 9mm, anyone can!


Edited at 2009-05-17 08:11 pm (UTC)
castellan_craft
May. 18th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I think sometimes when I talk about guns, people are like... OMG crazy gun nut!!!! Which is so not the case.

I've every reason in the world to be paranoid, yet at the same time... I've seen real crazy. You are quite obviously not the real crazy. XD

(also I think people are hoarding because there have been rumors of bullet taxes coming)

And other reasons. Not everyone is entirely sane and reasonable. Too many depressing stories of late.

... a .22 Ruger...

OMG you have no idea how much bitchin' fun I had with one of these. I wouldn't trust it for a second for protection with all the weird shit .22 rounds do, but I kept nailing bullseye after bullseye until people were wondering if I was missing entirely cause they didn't realize I was putting bullets through holes I'd already made. XD

The hot trigger seems to have been a fluke.

Hmmm, maybe a full steel would be a bad idea then.

Once I got Glock, though, it sold me on the simplicity of having no safety latch or external hammer (also that style gun is much easier to take apart for cleaning). I love the polymer frame too. So for me the Springfield was a nicer gun that had everything I loved about my Glock.

Don't get me wrong, I know Glocks are reliable little things. I don't like the simplicity nearly as much though... I really like how the Baby Eagle has an obvious decocker and the like. Plus, I'm allowed to be a girl in some ways, and I can't get over how much I hate the boxy design of glocks XD. Seen some really nice Springfields though, so I guess I should take a closer look. It's likely totally irrational, but I think I have a soft spot for Magnum Research cause of that happy memory of landing a good shot with a .44 mag when I was 14 despite how much my hands aaaaaached. I HELD ONTO IT THOUGH. At 14, I controlled it better then this chick. <.
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