The retail price for Springfield Armory’s XDm 3.8 Compact is $705.
Versatility and multi-tasking—watchwords in our world today as the economic downturn has forced government, business and individuals to become more cost conscious and budget-minded. When the “purse strings” are pulled tight any item that can offer dual use is sure to attract attention. Springfield Armory has done just that recently with the introduction of the XDM 3.8 Compact.
The XD family of handguns was introduced in 2001. As of press time, this family has since grown to encompass 16 different versions of the XD in Sub-Compact, Compact, Service, Ported, and Tactical platforms, plus 6 variations of the XDM—the most recent being the Compact Model. XD models differ in caliber (9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP), barrel length (3.01, 3.8, 4.05, 4.5, and 5.01 inches), frame size, and then there are 6 different finishes. Previous XDM models mated the standard-sized frame to slides with either a 4.5- or 3.8-inch barrel; in the case of the new Compact version you get the shorter slide with the 3.8-inch barrel coupled with the Compact frame.
What makes this a dual-use handgun is the magazine. The XDM Compact is presently offered only in 9mm, but expect a .40 caliber to be available by the time this article is printed. The pistol comes with two types of magazines—one has a baseplate that is flush with the bottom of the Compact grip frame and has a capacity of 13 cartridges, the other is a full-size capacity magazine with the XDM Gear Mag X-Tension that not only gives it a 19-round capacity, but also transforms the XDM pistol into a full-size XDM 3.8 configuration. That means you have a compact, but high-capacity pistol for concealed carry/off-duty use and with a simple magazine change, you have a handgun suitable for uniform carry or one for the nightstand that provides plenty of firepower for home defense.