I’ve taken the new Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25 to the range several times over the past couple weeks. In case you’re not familiar with the pistol, it was designed to specs provided by Rob Leatham, who works at SA and is one of the most successful action-pistol shooters ever.

If you want to take a look at it from every angle take a look at the XD(M) 5.25 photo gallery.

I’ve been running the 5.25 through a series of drills at the range with a variety of ammunition and so far it has digested everything I’ve put through and passed my tests with full marks.

Most notably, I’m nearly as fast with the XD(M) 5.25 as I am with my Smith & Wesson MP9 Pro Series–a gun I know inside and out. It fits well in the hand and is a natural pointer. The sights are also excellent. The low-profile target-adjustable design delivers a crisp sight picture. The surface of the rear sight facing the shooter is lined to reduce glare and it contrasts well with the bright red dot on the front sight.

One thing I didn’t touch on in the photo gallery review is how solid the construction of the pistol is. The front rails in the frame, which do all the important work, are quite large when compared to other polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, and are machined out of steel. The extractor is also machined from steel and quite beefy as well. The long spring on the extractor doesn’t yield to pressure easily and the arc of the blade covers a lot of brass on the cartridge. I certainly haven’t had any problems with it.