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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2012 Digital Edition - Page 36

TAFFINTESTS tHe sIXGUNNer HIMseLF: GUNs, GeAr & More JoHN tAFFIN springfield Armory’s XD(M) the 5.25 .45 AcP shot consistently with groups in the 2" range at 20 yards. With the provided holster, extra magazines and magazine holder, either xD(M) 5.25 is a viable selfdefense option and perfect competition pistols. the xD(M) 5.25 9mm proved more accurate than the .45, with a solid 1" group being taffin’s best effort. 5.25 A “Do-everything” Auto w ith firearms being so expensive these days, the best possible solution when we purchase any firearm is to have one, which is suitable for many tasks, especially if you’re on a budget. That brings us to the Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25s. These latest Springfield Armory polymer-framed semi-automatics are designed first and foremost for competition, however they also serve well as a self-defense pistol for concealed carry, home defense, hunting — within reason — target shooting, and for the fine old gentlemanly sport of plinking. They will kill tin cans with the best of them. The older I get, and especially the older my eyes get, the more I appreciate a longer barrel and the subsequent longer sight radius. The Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25 title comes from the fact it has a 51/4" barrel. This allows a sight radius of 71/4", which is maximized by the fact the rear sight is flush with the back of the slide. I have often said the best thing about being a gunwriter is not all the firearms I get to test, but all the grand folks I meet. Two of the finest it has ever been my good fortune to know are the Leathams, father and son. For many years father Nyle was a photographer specializing in pictures of firearm competition matches and he was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever been privileged to meet. He was just a joy to be around. the .45 xD(M) 5.25 has a capacity of 13+1 Nyle has now gone on to his reward, rounds, but the grip inserts still allow a comfy feel. but anyone who doesn’t know of his son Rob is certainly out of the loop be right close to each other. Rob said it when it comes to shooting handguns. wasn’t necessary but he made me feel About 20 years ago, I attended Rob’s awfully good when he said, “I didn’t shooting school outside Phoenix, Ariz. know gunwriters could shoot!” That and received a most warm welcome made my day. I also later attended a — 115 degrees F warm. The shooting Springfield Armory seminar, where was hot, but the temperature was much Robbie provided many tips for shooting hotter and the only thing that saved me and a signed diploma. The reason I was regularly scheduled trips to the bring up Rob is the fact he has not air-conditioned blockhouse and plenty only been connected with Springfield of Gatorade. Armory as a sponsored shooter for As we were shooting, doing double years, he also had much to do with this taps, I was not satisfied just to get two latest XD(M). This is the pistol Rob shots on target, but I wanted them to Leatham wanted for competition. ince I’ve already mentioned the sights, let’s start there. The front sight, set in a dovetail, is a post with a red fiber optic insert. The rear sight is set low in the slide and the back of the rear sight blade is flush with the back of the slide. The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation, has a square notch, which fits perfectly for my eyes with the front sight, and the blade is serrated to cut down glare. Both the windage 36 robbie’s brAinchild s everything comes packed in this the view of the top of the slide reveals the sights sturdy polymer padded case. and the cutout behind the front sight. and elevation screws are clearly marked as to direction, and there are reference marks on the top of the rear sight assembly matched up with one line scribed on the rear sight itself for a setting reference. These are excellent sights. As we look at the slide itself the first thing we notice is a Continued on page 90 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2012

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