Im a thinner guy so if i keep the extended mag in mine it shows more then i like. Ive got where when i shoot with the small mag i dont use my pinky finger and it makes it alot more comfortable to hold. It takes some getting used to though and i do prefer to have all 4 fingers holding it. Whatever your choise Springfield makes some great guns. I had a XD40 Sub Compact before the XDM came out and never had an issue with it. I put over 15,000 rounds through it, dropped in on concrete, in mud, its gone from extreme cold to hot and it never failed to fire or feed ever. I couldnt ask for a better gun. It was just time to upgrade since that one was very worn. I donated to the gun shop i go to for the owners son to use for practice at gunsmithing. They always give me great deals so it was my way of giving back.