This is a discussion on Help decide within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I prefer the XD platform over the Glock platform, but that's just my personal preference. Both are going to be as reliable as you can ...
I prefer the XD platform over the Glock platform, but that's just my personal preference. Both are going to be as reliable as you can get.
XDm would be where I'd be putting my money.
S&W's M&P's have really caught my eye as well, but haven't gotten hands on time with one. I like the way they feel but I would shoot one first.
Glock 22, 27 Gen 4
Ruger SP101 .357mag
S&W 637 Airweight
Ruger Single Six
Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 45 Colt
Mossberg 835 Grand Slam
Glock 19 is the best gun.
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XDsc fits my hand better (grip size and angle). It comes down to personal preference on feel. Can't go wrong with either. I personally chose the XD40sc as a good all-purpose weapon and round. Good for SD, CC, HD, auto, etc. With the short mag, it's 9+1 of .40 and the extended is 12+1 of .40. I find the 40 to be a good shooter, accurate, controllable, etc. I already had other 9mms, so I went for the next round up in this platform. Shoot them at a rental range and you'll know for sure.
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Glock 19, Springfield XD, S&W M&P, Sig P250, Ruger SR9.
Test them out, see which you prefer.
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all. Get a gun you will always carry, and add more capability as you grow.
Well I have another one to add to the mix now. Found a very lightly used (looks new) G27. Fits my hand better than the G19 and has night sights and one mag. Is 475 a good deal on this gun. It really looks new to me now blemishes that I could find. It is at a local dealer.
A Sig P226 or P229 would fit the bill perfectly. I can not say enough good things about them.
Id go with an XD(m) 9mm you can change the backstraps to fit any size hand. plus you wont be disapointed at all.
I looked at all of those you mentioned and like BigDude, I went with the SA XD40 SC, it's sweet.