A “Do-Everything” Auto.
With 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.
Nyle has now gone on to his reward, but anyone who doesn’t know of his son Rob is certainly out of the loop when it comes to shooting handguns. About 20 years ago, I attended Rob’s shooting school outside Phoenix, Ariz. and received a most warm welcome — 115 degrees F warm. The shooting was hot, but the temperature was much hotter and the only thing that saved me was regularly scheduled trips to the air-conditioned blockhouse and plenty of Gatorade.
As we were shooting, doing double taps, I was not satisfied just to get two shots on target, but I wanted them to be right close to each other. Rob said it wasn’t necessary but he made me feel awfully good when he said, “I didn’t know gunwriters could shoot!” That made my day. I also later attended a Springfield Armory seminar, where Robbie provided many tips for shooting and a signed diploma. The reason I bring up Rob is the fact he has not only been connected with Springfield Armory as a sponsored shooter for years, he also had much to do with this latest XD(M). This is the pistol Rob Leatham wanted for competition.
By John Taffin
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