The XDM 3.8 Part 3

The XDM 3.8 Part 3

The 1:1 Shooting Test begins

By Dennis Adler

For the most part, all that separates these two Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 pistols is what comes out of the muzzle and how that round is propelled. With gun powder vs. CO2, Air Venturi and Springfield have mastered the art of building a 1:1 blowback action pistols.

Doing a 1:1 shooting test between a centerfire pistol and its CO2 blowback action counterpart is always exciting, at least for those of us who shoot both cartridge and BB/pellet guns for sport or small arms training. It is often a mix of compromises going from CO2 to centerfire, but with the recent crop of blowback action models beginning last year, it has become more of a level playing field, except for report and recoil between gunpowder and air. The Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 has brought the same level of handling and authenticity to the game as the Sig Sauer WTP 1911, Umarex HK USP Blowback, ASG CZ75 SP-01 Shadow, Umarex S&W M&P40, and to a lesser extent, the Umarex Glock 17, (however the forthcoming Glock 17 Gen4 CO2 will be field strippable, which puts the Glock in the very same league as the Springfield XD Series of air pistols that are 1:1 in every respect, including exterior design and markings. For the moment, and things are changing monthly as to which gun is the most authentic, the XDM 3.8 Bi-Tone is, in my opinion, the No. 1 CO2 model in this rapidly expanding world of blowback action air pistols. read more


The XDM 3.8 Part 2

The XDM 3.8 Part 2

The Tale of the Tape

By Dennis Adler

Real 1:1 design means inside and out, at least as far as a CO2 firing system can be adapted to a centerfire pistol, and the XDM 3.8 has taken this concept to the next level for blowback action BB-firing models. The CO2 model is on the right. Quick tells are the small molded in wording on the left lower section of the slide, the more orange than red fiber optic front sight, and a .45 ACP diameter muzzle vs. a 9mm muzzle, though the XDM was offered in a .45 Auto version up until 2017 with the 4.5 inch barrel (XDM 4.5).

In Combat Handguns magazine, “Tale of the Tape” is a series of articles I do comparing two similar handguns. Occasionally, I make this same comparison between centerfire handguns and their CO2 counterparts, and that is what I will be doing today with the Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 CO2 model against a 9mm XDM 3.8 Bi-Tone version.

As I mentioned in Tuesday’s article on the XDM 3.8, Springfield Armory has decided to limit the XDM Series to the company’s black Melonite finish slide and no longer offer the option of a satin polished stainless steel version. The Bi-Tone finish is still offered for the XDS Series and XD 5-inch .45 ACP models. Since the CO2 model is also offered in a black Melonite-like finish, you have a current version blowback action pistol as well, though I prefer the Bi-Tone look on the XDM 3.8 model. It is a sharp looking pistol and the satin stainless steel (9mm) and alloy finishes (CO2) are not highly reflective, either. read more


The XDM 3.8 Part 1

The XDM 3.8 Part 1

Springfield Armory hits another one out of the park!

By Dennis Adler

Air Venturi and Springfield Armory raised the bar for authenticity with the XDM 4.5 and now, with the Compact 3.8, the CO2 models set an even higher standard for total authenticity. Of the three pistols shown, two are blowback action CO2 models, one is a 9mm XDM 3.8.

The Top Gun crown keeps changing hands every few weeks as new 2019 models are revealed but this time it looks like it is staying in the same family as the Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 models arrive in both black and the centerfire XD Series bi-tone finish with a polished alloy slide contrasting the black polymer frame. Better still; the newest XDM CO2 models use the centerfire 3.8 Compact versions’ extended capacity magazine with XD-Gear grip extension. This model is virtually indistinguishable from the compact centerfire XDM model in every way except for what comes out of the muzzle when you pull the trigger. The balance, weight, trigger design and operation, dual safety system, white dot rear and red fiber optic front sights, and finish are perfectly duplicated. Like the XDM 4.5, the 3.8 has exact dimensions to fit all XD Gear and aftermarket holsters. The self-contained CO2 BB magazines fit XD Gear Grip Frame extensions and the pistol comes with all three sizes to match the interchangeable backstrap panels. The CO2 magazines fit XD Gear and aftermarket magazine pouches as well. Glock may claim perfection but the Springfield Armory XDM series is perfect. read more


Top vintage military arms

Top vintage military arms

CO2 in War and Peace

By Dennis Adler

When we are talking about copies of legendary military arms as CO2 models, it is not just a gun based on a design, it is a gun copied in detail from an original design like the Umarex Luger P.08 Parabellum and Mauser Broomhandle Model 712. Pictured are the limited edition WWII models. Only the P.08 is currently available.

In the past several years the world of CO2 pistols and rifles has been exposed to military history in ways that airgun enthusiasts could only have dreamed about as little as five years ago. Sure, there have been BB and pellet guns in the past that were based on military arms, like the Crosman Model M-1 Carbine built from 1968 to 1976, as well as a number of military training air rifles manufactured during WWI and WWII (very rare finds today), and more recently the Winchester Model M14 CO2 BB and pellet rifle, introduced in 2012, and of course, the excellent Diana K98 Mauser (under lever cocking) pneumatic pellet rifle. But in the world of blowback action CO2 pistols, rifles, and CO2 BB and pellet cartridge loading revolvers, the period from 2015 to 2019 has been a remarkable one for military arms enthusiasts. read more