This week we got a chance to look at the XDM OSP. The OSP is a 4.5 inch duty size gun that comes out of the box with a Vortex Venom on top. I have actually taken a look at this gun before, but this time we added a twist. Before the gun came in for review, we had it sent over to the Custom Shop for a competition trigger job. And the result was spectacular.
The Springfield Armory Custom Shop has actually been around for a very long time but is one of the least known aspects of the company. I do this for a living, and I didn’t know it was an option until about six months ago. They do all kinds of 1911 magic, which we would expect from Springfield. But they also have an XD section, which is our focus today. The menu has both combat and competition options for triggers, and we opted for the competition special.
Before we get trigger happy, we should take a minute to talk about the OSP as it starts life. The slide is milled for a red dot. The optics/red dots are attached by removable plates. There are 3 in the box, for any red dot you would like to use. Ours came with a Vortex Venom, which is an excellent choice in the micro red dot arena. The dot is 3 MOA in size, which is a good balance of big enough to pick up fast, and small enough for precision shooting at distance. Also included is a cover plate, in case you want to switch to the iron sights for competition or concealed carry.
The 4.5 inch barrel is a good size for all around duty and comes standard with front and rear cocking serrations on the slide. The slide is tri-cut, which is both a nice aesthetic and a weight savings over a standard square block. The front sight is fiber optic, and spare fiber optic rods are in the box. The Springfield sights use a larger than normal fiber optic, which is both bright and durable. To give you an idea of the length of life, I have yet to replace the original on my XDS, that I have been carrying for 5 years.
Out of the box, the magazine release is ambidextrous, a big bonus for the wrong handed. Another feature I didn’t realize until this review, the XDM comes with flush fit 19 round magazines. That is the highest in class capacity for factory magazines, a nice touch. The OSP package comes with two, and spares are plentiful.
The biggest difference between the XDM family and other polymer handguns is the grip angle. The XDM was built to mimic the 1911, to include the grip safety. If you are a 1911 guy, but looking to step into the future, this is the gun for you. The XDM also has a nice grenade style checkering to the grip, which helps with control during rapid fire.
So, how was the Custom Shop trigger? In a word, amazing. I don’t know what kind of magic fairy dust they sprinkled on it, or what voodoo ritual the gunsmith used, but it worked. Out of the box, the trigger was crisp, clean, and broke at 3.2 pounds. I haven’t yet used it enough to even wear the new off the slide release, so that may get even better. But 3.2 pounds in a striker gun is absolutely stunning. That is better than most 1911’s. The take up is minimal, and then it breaks like a priceless Ming vase on a sledgehammer. I think I spent an hour after I opened the box just dry firing it in wonder.
Performance wise, it ran like a tiny machine gun. The light trigger was so fast to employ my eyes had trouble keeping up. I put up some good shooting, but I actually think there is more performance left in the gun. I’m going to have to shoot it for a week or two to be able to run it to it’s edge. And that is a great problem to have. The trigger really shined on accuracy testing as well. When I want to test accuracy, I generally do a walk back on a mini IPSC steel target. My record with an extremely nice double stack 1911 is 180 meters. The OSP made it to 150, on a day when I had to hold for wind too. I could not be more impressed.
The Custom Shop trigger is a $195 dollar add on, very competitive with other polymer aftermarket triggers. But the Custom Shop includes someone else doing the work, and blows the doors off any striker trigger I have seen to date. The trigger is so good in this gun now, it makes me seriously rethink the XDM as the go-to weapon of choice.
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