This is another of the guns that we checked out on Range Day before SHOT Show and as I explained there, it is more of a gun than it is a story. Last year Springfield released the XD-M 3.8, which was a short barreled gun with the same frame as a standard XD-M. It handles really well but it looks odd because of the long grip on a short barreled gun. This true compact XD-M is the same gun with the shorter frame. We actually got a chance to shoot this gun and it is as natural a pointer as the other XDs, with all of the added XD-M features. Next we’re hoping for a subcompact.
If you were thinking of getting the 3.8 XD-M because of the capacity, this compact does come with an extended magazine with a sleeve, to bring the gun up to a full 16+1. This is the same extended magazine made for the regular XD subcompact. it feel just like the 3.8 with this long magazine and is almost identical.