My students liked the Colt Mustang the best for the trigger but were freaked out on the whole "carry locked and cocked" issue. They settled on the S&W Bodyguard and hey, I told them the difference between SA and DA so I did not belabor the issue. The fact that the Bodyguard has a horrid trigger to me does not matter as an instructor (it takes a LONG time to get this in your head). You present and they decide. If they are comfortable with it, can shoot it, I'm a happy guy!
So we get to this:
I have shot them before and although this is a perfectly serviceable Handgun, I was again left with a solid "Meh" feeling. Before any SA people get bent, yeah, OK, according to SA this is different than the plain XD in these areas:
- Adjustable backstrap
- Match-grade barrel
- No trigger pull required for takedown
- Trigger supposedly a little better than the XD
- More aggressive grip texture for better grip
- Grip design change to ease accessibility of mag release
- More aggressive slide serrations for better grip
- More capacity than standard XD
- Triple-position Picatinney rail for more accessory adjustment options
Know what? Don't care. To me the M stands for marketing or more money.
Disclaimer: I DO own a Springfield, it says "U.S. Rifle" on it though =)