In this Field Test Shooting Review Video I test out both the 3.8 Compact and 4.5 Full Size Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistols to see how they perform in both velocity and accuracy. I thought it would be interesting to see how the shorter and longer barreled versions compare side by side and if we sill see a difference in power and down range accuracy…
As always I use a brand new 12 gram CO2 along with 5.1 gran zinc coated steel BB’s for my testing and on this day the temperature in the Sea Can Indoor Airgun range was around 24 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Starting with the Chronograph test I placed 5 rounds through each gun and averaged out the result. The 3.8 inch Compact Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistol averaged 281 fps while the 4.5 inch Full Size Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistol averaged 303 fps. So it looks like the additional .7 inches increases the velocity about 20 fps!
I then shot 10 steel BB’s from each Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistol on my paper target setup 30 feet down range using a rested and seated shooting position. The 3.8 Compact Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistol shot about a 2 inch grouping but seemed to shoot rather low, just outside the outer rings so about 3-4 inches below the bullseye. Windage was good pretty much dead center left to right on the target.
I did find the 4.5 Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistol to shoot a little bit low as well but not as low as the 3.8 XDM staying inside the rings and about 2 inches below the bullseye, again all within about 2 inches and well center left to right.
At the end of the day both the 3.8 and 4.5 Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback CO2 BB Pistols perfumed flawlessly for me with really great SAO triggers and a nice heavy blowback feel giving a noticeable recoil effect. The 3.8 Springfield Armory XDM did shoot a little bit slower as expected and a little bit lower on the target. It all comes down to choice and there are many with the Air Venturi Springfield Armory XDM Blowback Air Pistols. Airsoft or Steel BB, 3.8 inch or 4.5 inch, all black or silver slide. You decide which one is best for you :)