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Bighead 08-14-2010 02:06 PM

Scratching my head at the 3.8
Am I the only one who scratches my head every time I look at the XDM 3.8?

I'm not sure why I would want a gun with a short barrel and a huge grip when the barrel length is easily concealed and the grip is what makes a gun harder to hide. Why didn't Springfield make this gun with a reduced grip length, lets say a 15-shot 9mm?

spittinfire 08-15-2010 11:23 AM

I hear what you're saying and I agree. The hard thing to hide is the grip yet many subcompact pistols shorten the barrel and do very little for the grip length. They also forget about the bulkiness of double stack pistols in general. I personally cannot find a reason to purchase the 3.8. After owning a SC9, I can't find a reason for owning them either as I couldn't conceal it well.

hunter Joe 08-15-2010 12:15 PM

I believe it's all about balance and personal taste. You must remember that every firearm need not be stuck in your waste band and I believe that the 3.8 fills a void in Springfield's arsenal.

sweeper22 08-16-2010 04:41 PM

As popular as the XDM lineup has been, I don't understand why they didn't design shorter mags/grips for their "compacts". They could shave 25% off the capacity and still be around 10rd (45acp), 12rd (40sw), and 15rd (9mm)...which would be more than ample capacity in each case. In fact, that's a typical round count for most full framed guns in those calibers.

They don't need a subcompact, but a true compact XDM would be nice. I've got an XDM45, and I really enjoy it. If they were to make a true compact version (3.8" with reduced capacity), I'd buy a 9 or a 45 and make a carry gun out of it. But until that happens I don't any myself having any use for the 3.8.

gadrooning 08-16-2010 06:25 PM

Shortening the barrel length while keeping the frame size the same, allows smaller frame people to carry in a shoulder holster less noticeabley without sacrificing firepower. I had to change from a gov. 1911 to a commander because the end of the barrel stuck a little too far. However I do agree they should have decreased the bulk and length of the grip.

GoBlue 08-30-2010 02:38 PM

I find it so strange that I posted this exact same question on a different forum today.

What is even weirder is that I'm drawn to the 3.8 version of the gun for no apparent reason. I'm guessing that somewhere in my psyche I find it more aesthetically pleasing or something.

I really don't think that barrel length for the gun is going to be an issue in 99% of the self defense scenarios people might unexpectedly find themselves in.

Gojubrian 08-30-2010 04:41 PM

Doesn't matter because they are selling a buttload of them! :D

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