This is a discussion on Any alternatives to the Springfield Armory XD Subcompact? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Juanderful Thanks for all the help guys. I've checked out a few other alternatives, but I keep coming back to the XD9sc, ...
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Yes, renting one may cost a few bucks or twenty. Yes, that much ammo will likely run you at least $25. Then you have to figure in range-fees. But you honestly owe it to yourself to find out.
To me, not doing this would be akin to not test-driving a car before you buy it. Unthinkable.
Also, check out the XDm line-mate if you can. You don't have to necessarily rent the exact copy, just so that you can feel the subtle difference with the grips: some people can feel it, others cannot - similarly, to some, the ability to change the back-strap on the XDm is an important feature, to others, less so or even not so at all.
Yes, definitely try to test fire any before buying.
You couldn't buy my XD - SC from me.
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love my sub and all 4 xd's i own
One thing I really like about the XD9SC from the very beginning (I've had it more than a couple of years) is that you can use the full length mags in them where you get a full size grip plus the extra capacity that comes with that full size grip. Sure, it's then a "bigger" pistol, but what's great is that you have a choice of how you want to carry it.
I also did some research about the XD action and found a really interesting article that explains why I think it's probably the safest pistol to carry. I refuse to carry any self-defense pistol that has a manual safety, and the XD is a perfect "point and shoot" pistol that needs no thinking before putting it into action.
As far as reliability, I can honestly say that NONE of my three XD's have ever misfired for any reason... period. They have been my most dependable semi-auto pistols that I have ever owned.
For those not sure about the XD and XDM Springfields, read through this and you will learn more about them than you thought you wanted to:
HandGunInfo.com: SIG357: Springfield Extreme Duty XD Pistol: SA/DA Trigger Discussion and Pistol Review
When I bought my XD9SC I was waffling between that and a Glock 26 for about 10 minutes. I went with the XD because it just felt better in my hand ergonomically. As someone said above, you couldn't buy mine from me either. :) Its been just an awesome gun with ZERO issues.
You XD is a great choice.
I went with the Walther PPS (in .40 caliber).
Get the one you want.
OP - Like all safety features, the grip safety can become a double-edged sword. I know a member of another forum who posted that, during competition, he flubbed his draw, did not get a perfect grip, and his XD would not fire. It took him a few seconds to realize that his hand had not engaged the grip safety properly. In this case, it merely cost him the stage. On the street, it could have been worse.
My preference is for no external safeties at all on my carry pistols. Less to go wrong mechanically, and less chance of the gun not firing when I really want it to. The trade off I am willing to make is that I must absolutely treat my carry pistols with the respect a deadly weapon deserves. I am OK with that.
Choose as you wish - just wanted to provide a different perspective.
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.
I was thinking along the same lines as the OP when I got my first (and only, still) handgun for SD. I went with the XD because of the safety features and proven reliability. Like you, I really like the idea of the grip safety in conjunction with the trigger safety and chamber/cocking indicators.
At first I was going to get the SC, but decided on the service model. I knew that I would probably not carry the small magazine, so I opted for the full grip and slight barrel extension. Either way, it is a great gun, and I wouldn't have changed my purchase to this day.
Unlike the post above, I cannot grip this gun in a manner that does not engage the grip safety. You have to be holding the gun terribly, terribly wrong for this to happen.
I prefer the Glock 26 myself. I would suggest the XD if you need a grip safety.