Originally Posted by Firefighter56
There are some differences in the XD and the XDM. Mostly the differences are the barrel and the grip. Unless you plan to shoot competitively you will be fine with the XD. I EDC the XD.40 SC. And love it.
I have to disagree. The differences are multiple. Grip texture and customization for different grips and, in every caliber but .45 higher capacity, match barrel and trigger,(yes the trigger is MUCH better than the chunky one on the XD shorter reset, smoother), also the profile of the gun, while not lending much to function, is much sexier.
So I guess you're right after all, not much difference.
BTW, I am biased as I own XDm's in every caliber they are made in so far 9mm, .40, .45. It's nice that the holsters are the same as the XD so you don't have to wait for customization in that area.
All that being said it's a hell of a lot easier to pick up an XD used especially in .45. I ended up buying my .45 new from Budsgunshop.com as they with transfer fees and extra mag beat the best deal I could get locally by $75 on the low end.