The Springfield Armory XDM is an updated form of the earlier XD model series, itself born from the Croatian HS Produkt HS2000. The original HS2000 was imported to the United States by way of Intrac before Springfield noticed the design. It joined into a license production agreement with HS Produkt and delivered the XD from there, giving rise to a collection of enthusiasts who support the weapon as a solid alternative to the market-dominant Glocks originating from Austria. In 2006, HS Produkt took a second look at their HS2000 design and revitalized it some, incorporating a match-grade barrel assembly, revised slide details, new grip stippling and interchangeable backstaps for customizability by the shooter.
The weapon has since been introduced into the American market by Springfield Armory, Incorporated as the "XD(M)".
Polymers have been used where possible to save on weight and the internal action is striker-fired (semi-automatic). The lines of the pistol remain clean and almost futuristic-looking but still traditional as modern semi-automatics go. All of the requisite levers and buttons are in their usual place as is a front and rear sight pairing. Ribbing along the slide is found at both the rear and front sides of the slide giving the shooter some flexibility when racking. A small section of rail is seen under the barrel aft of the muzzle for installation of aimers and tactical flashlights - something of a requirement with modern shooters.
The pistol breaks down into four major components - the grip and frame, the barrel, the recoil spring and slide assembly. A trigger safety and internal firing pin safety are standard as is another safety device found along the backstrap. A loaded chamber indicator, growing in popularity with semi-automatics, is also a great visual indicator of the current loaded state of the weapon.
The XD(M) is marketed in several forms: the 3.8" Model and its Compact counterpart, the 4.5 Model and its OSP Full Size counterpart as well as a threaded barrel model, and the 5.25" Competition Series Model. Depending on variant, chamberings cover 9mm, .40S&W, and .45 ACP.
Users have compared the operation of the XD(M) favorably with that of the Glock family of guns.