First Look: Springfield Armory XD(M) 9mm and 45 Threaded Barrel Models

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Silence anyone? The new Springfield Armory XD(M) Threaded 45 (top) and 9mm (bottom)

Silence anyone? The new Springfield Armory XD(M) Threaded 45 (top) and 9mm (bottom)

Shhh! At the request of Springfield Armory, we’re going to keep quiet for a little while. I picked up a package yesterday from the folks in Geneseo, and in the box were too shiny new pistols. I mean really new, like not even on the shelves yet. The first one is a 9mm XD(M) and the second is a .45 caliber XD(M). The cool part? Both have threaded barrels! I can take a hint. I think Springfield Armory is telling me to shut the hell up.

Hot off the press, the new models share the same features of the full-size XD(M)’s with some obvious exceptions. Before we get into that, I should note that the 9mm version is an exceptionally cool looking flat dark earth color with a black slide while the .45 ACP model is all black. One more thing, the 9mm is a standard Springfield Armory product, but the .45 is a special edition for Lipsey’s. You can buy either one starting Friday June 5, 2015.

Like most Springfield Armory guns, this one comes in a beautiful hard case, includes three magazines, a holster, magazine carrier and magazine loading tool. It's everything you need except ammo.

Like most Springfield Armory guns, this one comes in a beautiful hard case, includes three magazines, a holster, magazine carrier and magazine loading tool. It’s everything you need except ammo.

Both 9mm and .45 ACP models come with three magazines. The 9mm mags hold 19 rounds while the .45's hold 13.

Both 9mm and .45 ACP models come with three magazines. The 9mm mags hold 19 rounds while the .45’s hold 13.

The Specs

The core guns are the same XD(M) full-size models so we won’t go through the full details on the XD(M) family. Instead, we’ll focus on the highlights of the new threaded models. For a quick review, here are the basic specs.

Springfield Armory XD(M) 9mm Threaded

Caliber: 9mm
Recoil System: One Piece Full Length Guide Rod
Sights: Dovetail Front and Rear (Steel) 3 – Dot; Suppressor Height
Weight: (with Empty Magazine) 29 ozs.
Height: 6″
Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish
Barrel: 5.25″ Steel, Melonite®, Hammer Forged, Threaded
Length: 8.25″
Grip Width: 1.18″
Frame: Flat Dark Earth Polymer
Magazines: 3 – 19 Round, Stainless Steel

Springfield Armory XD(M) .45 ACP Threaded

Caliber: .45ACP
Recoil System: One Piece Full Length Guide Rod
Sights: Dovetail Front and Rear (Steel) 3 – Dot; Suppressor Height
Weight: (with Empty Magazine) 31 ozs.
Height: 6″
Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish
Barrel: 4.5″ Steel, Melonite®, Hammer Forged
Length: 8.4″
Grip Width: 1.26″
Frame: Black Polymer
Magazines: 3 – 13 Round, Stainless Steel

Tall rear sight for suppressor use and the XD(M) cocking indicator.

Tall rear sight for suppressor use and the XD(M) cocking indicator.

Front sights are extra tall to see over large silencers.

Front sights are extra tall to see over large silencers.

The Differences

Well, it goes without saying that the big difference is that the barrels are threaded, but there’s more than that.

Yes, the barrel is threaded and comes with a nifty thread protector. Unlike most I’ve seen, this one has vertical grooves (parallel with the bore) instead of a checkered pattern. I have to admit, it looks pretty sharp.

Threading also means that the gun comes with a little extra. Barrel that is. The prior XD(M) full-size models sported 4.5-inch barrels. As the threading needs to extend past the slide, these measure a full ¾-inch longer. Yeah, it’s functional and looks neat, even without a suppressor attached. Better yet, you’ll get a little extra velocity from that extra barrel length. Depending on your choice of ammo, it might be in the range of 50 to 100 feet per second more than a standard XD(M). Generally, that’s desirable. Just be aware in case you want to shoot suppressed with borderline subsonic rounds. It’s possible, though unlikely, that a round that’s subsonic in a regular XD(M) will go supersonic in this model, just because of the extra barrel length.

Not only are the new model barrels threaded, they're about .75-inches longer than the standard XD(M)

Not only are the new model barrels threaded, they’re about .75-inches longer than the standard XD(M)

Two additional back strap inserts adjust grip size to your hand.

Two additional back strap inserts adjust grip size to your hand.

You’ll also notice that the sights have grown a bit. Both new threaded models come with tall sights that help maintain an unobstructed sight picture when using a silencer. Both front and rear are dovetailed, so if you prefer another brand or want to install tritium sights, you can easily do that. The sights on my sample models are standard three dot. At this point, I have no information as to whether Springfield Armory will offer their own night sight versions. No worries, there are plenty available from other sight vendors.

Shooting Quietly!

Hey, since I had two guns ready to go with threaded barrels, I decided to try two different suppressors. Both of the models I had handy are .45 caliber silencers, but the larger cans work just fine on 9mm and .40 S&W also. You just have to replace the suppressor piston to match the smaller 1/2×28 TPI threading on the 9mm XD(M).

On the XD(M) 9mm, I installed a SilencerCo / SWR Octane 45. This is a round suppressor with a piston mount option. That spring loaded action helps semi-automatic guns cycle properly when dragging the extra weight of the suppressor during recoil. The Octane is 1.73-inches in diameter. The extra-tall front sight post is clearly visible through the extra-tall rear sight notch with this not-so-tiny silencer installed. There’s actually a little room to spare. To give you an idea, the entire front dot rested above the top of the suppressor, so the factory-installed sights worked beautifully in this configuration.

The front sight is plenty tall to clear this SilencerCo Osprey 45 suppressor.

The front sight is plenty tall to clear this SilencerCo Osprey 45 suppressor.

Most 45 ACP ammo is subsonic by nature, so the XD(M) 45 is almost always quiet.

Most 45 ACP ammo is subsonic by nature, so the XD(M) 45 is almost always quiet.

It’s hard to describe how much fun it is to shoot a silenced pistol, especially with subsonic ammunition. If I used the word “giddy” would that result in the loss of my man card? Perhaps, but that’s still an accurate description. With the 9mm, most of what you hear is the zing of the bullet, just like on old TV westerns. I shot subsonic hand loads, American Eagle 147 grain flat point (subsonic) and Sig Sauer Elite Performance 147 grain V-Crown (subsonic) ammo and all functioned perfectly with the combination of XD(M) and Octane silencer. When you shoot supersonic bullets, like the Blazer 124 grainers I had, you can hear the mini sonic boom traveling down range, even though the muzzle blast is muffled.

If you think shooting a suppressed 9mm is fun, then try a .45 ACP, especially at an outdoor range. On the XD(M) .45 ACP threaded model, I mounted a SilencerCo Osprey 45. You might know this one from the Walking Dead. Main character Rick Grimes uses one frequently to bust Zombie gourds. Just for the record, I bought mine well before his showed up on TV. Anyway, like the Octane, the Osprey has optional piston mounts to assist reliable semi-automatic operation. I just had to swap in the .578×28 TPI version to for the larger diameter .45 barrel.

Both of these 9mm loads are perfect for suppressor use. American Eagle's 147 grain flat point FMJ and Sig Sauer's new 147 grain V-Crown.

Both of these 9mm loads are perfect for suppressor use. American Eagle’s 147 grain flat point FMJ and Sig Sauer’s new 147 grain V-Crown.

The XD(M) 45 Threaded with a SilencerCo Osprey 45 suppressor.

The XD(M) 45 Threaded with a SilencerCo Osprey 45 suppressor.

My outdoor range has a huge berm at 100 yards to stop all the lead flying downrange, and this turned out to be quite fun free entertainment. I shot Sig Sauer Elite Performance 230-grain FMJ and Federal Premium HST 230 grain ammo, both of which mosey on down range well below the sound barrier. The most enjoyable part was hearing the loud THUDS as the heavy .45 slugs hit the berm 100 yards away. Sight picture. Easy trigger press. Phhfffttt noise. Wait a bit. THUD! It’s hard to describe in words, but you know the sound. It’s kinda like when you hit a big sofa cushion with a 9-iron. Yes, I’m easily amused, but I’ll bet you would have laughed too.

Two new suppressor-ready models from Springfield Armory: The XD(M) 9mm and XD(M) 45.

Two new suppressor-ready models from Springfield Armory: The XD(M) 9mm and XD(M) 45.

The magazine loading tool clamps onto the rail segment on the magazine carrier so it's readily available at the range.

The magazine loading tool clamps onto the rail segment on the magazine carrier so it’s readily available at the range.

Like the XD(M) 9mm / Octane combination, the XD(M) 45 Osprey duo worked perfectly with all ammo tested.

In between the THUD game rounds, I did manage to do a little serious shooting and clocked some velocities, suppressed, through both XD(M) pistols. I set up a Shooting Chrony Beta Master Chronograph 15 feet downrange.

Springfield Armory XDM threaded velocities

Closing Thoughts

If you’re an XD(M) fan, you’ll love the new threaded options. If you plan to carry it, just be aware of the extra length out the muzzle end in the event you have a closed holster. Other than that, it’s the gun you know and love. No word yet on availability of threaded barrels only to upgrade existing guns, but we’ll keep an ear out.

Both pistols came with a Kydex paddle holster, dual magazine carrier and magazine loading tool.

Both pistols came with a Kydex paddle holster, dual magazine carrier and magazine loading tool.

The XD(M) 9mm with a SilencerCo / SWR Octane 45.

The XD(M) 9mm with a SilencerCo / SWR Octane 45.

 

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • arthur February 5, 2017, 11:28 pm

    I have read all 21 comments, my question is do they sell a threaded barrel for my XDM 9mm all I need is yes or no and a website to purchase the barrel!

    • sean April 29, 2017, 7:20 am

      no did you read last line in article??

  • The Don April 28, 2016, 12:03 pm

    I have SA XDM 9mm compact 3.8 barrel. Does anyone know if a threaded barrel is available for this model?

  • George Bill January 15, 2016, 10:17 am

    It’s about time I won something, I have never won one thing from a contest anyware. I enter all of them but in 45 years of licensed carry, nothing. I buy your products from day one, but somehow fail to ever win anything from any of these contests is it me?

    • Chris Crinkle July 17, 2016, 1:46 pm

      Hey George, why don’t you stop whining like a little girl. If you want to win prizes, go back to chucky cheese.

  • William Adams January 13, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Nice presentation, very informative. Thank you.

  • HAWK June 17, 2015, 8:48 pm

    Trolls like “boring” ruing all comments.
    Have only had good luck with Springfield Armory. I own 3.3 XDS and XDM 5.25. Love both these guns. They both work flawlessly. Did send in XDS on recall. Had no rounds thru it. Tuff to send in. Only problem was XDM doesn’t like reloads that my gun range has. I was leaning heavily toward a german brand. Went to range and rented both guns. Ended picking the XDM. Was ready to spend more money for German handgun.

  • buurga June 8, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Terrific guns. But how do they get away with misleading people that this is a Springfield Armory pistol? Just because a name was purchased it should not be allowed to mislead a potential buyer into thinking this is an American-made arm.

    • dàve June 10, 2015, 10:01 am

      Who actually makes the SA 9mm and their .45s? I am kinda new to these web sites. Thanks, dave

      • Administrator June 10, 2015, 12:34 pm

        The polymer guns are made in Croatia by Springfield. The 1911s are made in Geneseo IL.

    • dàve carman June 10, 2015, 10:06 am

      Who does manufacture Springfield A. hand guns? I am kinda new to reading these posts.
      Thanks, DC

  • BLACKJACK June 8, 2015, 1:27 pm

    WOW – – – Talk about “Boring”. I’m truly humbled to be in the presence of such ‘friggin’ brilliance.
    Not everyone is as brilliant as you seem to think you are. That’s why us Po Folks visit sites like this – – to obtain information – – or to share information. I don’t think any of us signed on to listen to your sarcastic ass self aggrandizing B.S.
    Y’all have a really great day.

    BJ

    • Oldawg June 9, 2015, 1:03 am

      Right on, BJ. After reading “boring’s” (great choice of names, by the way) comments, I was all set to write pretty much what you did, but you beat me to it. Thanks!
      RW

    • Tom McHale June 9, 2015, 12:41 pm

      Couldn’t agree more about the importance of sharing information. I learn something new every day interacting with other shooting folks and am thankful for it!

  • boring June 8, 2015, 11:20 am

    wow…. a threaded barrel is longer? who knew…….besides everyone. S.A. probably discovered this after threading their regular barrels, only to find out that it needs to stick out some to be able to thread the silencer on.
    and you had a chronograph but would only guess how much more velocity the 3/4″ longer barrel would give, vs the standard?
    so now with taller sights, carrying and shooting is worse than it was before? unless you have a suppressor on? that will come in handy as I see people carrying with silencers all the time 🙂
    Nothing more than a couple cosmetic changes, to help boost declining sales. the xds now sell for $200 less than when it came out. Glad I sold mine when I did! My one and only springfield armory xds gun spent more time at the factory than at my house.
    their horrible customer service is the number one reason I will never buy another s.a. gun.
    way to go s.a. you took a decent shooter and turned it into something that will be worse 99.9% of the time and only helpful at the range when the silencer is on. whoopie…..but, at least it will make the tacti-cool wannabe’s smile at the range while drinking martini’s ( shakened, not stirred…. of course)
    save your money and buy a good gun. you’ll be happier with a $1000 gun versus a $500 mediocre gun with a $500 or more silencer and the government red tape and extra fee’s that go along with it, just to shoot at the range once in a while. and we all know that every criminal will wait, or stop attacking while you screw on your silencer.
    can’t wait to see the new s.a. open and conceal carry holsters for these…… LMAO 🙂

    • chad June 8, 2015, 8:31 pm

      Kick rocks “boring” nobody wants to hear your bullshit rambling. Go jerk off to a MMA video and leave these posts to people who want to talk about the review

    • chad June 8, 2015, 8:33 pm

      Kick rocks “boring” nobody wants to hear your bullshit rambling. Go jerk off to a MMA video and leave these posts to people who want to talk about the review

  • JACK MOGUS June 8, 2015, 9:55 am

    I have a Springfield XD-9 (Early Model) Somewhat customized and my “Very Best Buddy” I want to obtain a threaded barrel for it. I’d prefer to get it from Springfield if available.

    Thanks.

    Jack

  • Bill June 8, 2015, 6:57 am

    Will the new barrels fit the earlier models?

    • geedubya June 8, 2015, 9:14 am

      You can swap barrels, but your existing sights won’t be of any use if you put a suppressor on your gun.

  • victor June 7, 2015, 6:44 pm

    i have a xdm 9mm with 5.25 barrel are they going to offer just the threaded barrel for this pistoi ?
    i will be interested in buy it.

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