I normally by myself a new gun in the summer. I get a crap ton of overtime and a new firearm is my present to my self for working 70-80 hours a week for 2 months. Last year it was my AR of which I am still extremely happy with. This year it's going to be a multi role pistol. I found a place pretty close that does IDPA and rifle/pistol tactical matches that I would like to start competing in. I have always been interested in doing it but didn't think there was anywhere close. So first off the roles I would like this pistol to fill
-40 Percent night stand gun
-40 Percent rifle/pistol match gun
-20 Percent carry gun
My first idea was to go with a CCO style 1911. I ended up deciding against this for a couple reasons. First and foremost no one makes a (affordable) one I like. The closest is the Kimber compact carry II and while I don't mind it being a Kimber I do mind it being mirror shined stainless steel. Secondly I'm not sure if I have the time to devote to training to becoming proficient with a SA pistol with a safety that I could comfortably wield it safely in the stress of a defensive situation or a match.
This led me to a G19. This option fills all the criteria. The only thing is that I prefer .357 or .45 for a defensive round. Ammo cost between 9mm and .45 is negligible for me as I can get (within reason) all the ammo I need from my dad. The G19 is also slightly longer in the handle which when your my size and refuse to buy close a size to large makes a difference in the concealment factor. Although this gun would not be primary EDC it would still be carried on occasion. The G19 isn't off the table as a option, it's just my 2nd choice to...
The XD .45 compact. I have to admit, I have pretty much NO experience with the XD line. I just know what I have read and what I gleaned from holding one a couple of times. I owned a M&P45c for a while which is a similar configuration. I liked it except for a couple of things. First was that the trigger sucked. It was about as crisp as a can of wet cat food. It also only held 8 rounds. It's not that I don't think 8 rounds is enough but it was a pretty thick and heavy gun for only having that capacity. I sold it and haven't missed it. I do however miss the configuration.
The configuration being a shortened handle, auto loading, 4 inch barrel .45. The handle size is perfect for me. I have small hands so I can still get a full grip on it but there's no "wasted handle". It also aids greatly in concealment. The XD Compact hold 10 rounds which improves on the 8 rounds of my former M&P45c. It also has (What I consider to be) a better trigger. It fills all three of the roles I want it to fill. My local range unfortunately doesn't have one to rent so my sole source of information is you guys and just looking for info on the net.
What do you think about the XD .45 Compact? Have you owned or shot one? Anything I am over looking? Give me your opinion!
I've also been eyeing a G36 for sometime but it just doesn't strike me as a "match gun" .