This is a discussion on Now that I have held it in my hand within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; No one has mentioned the Steyr M9. If you can get your hands on one, you may find you like the feel. The barrel has ...
No one has mentioned the Steyr M9. If you can get your hands on one, you may find you like the feel. The barrel has little to no rise when fired so it stays on target very well for the 2nd shot. The M9 is documented on the web very well and is a very comfortable gun to shoot as it absorbs the recoil very well. Certainly something to consider.
IMHO you should shoot each before you decide to purchase. I borrowed a glock 22. love the accuracy, and the mechanics, with a rubber grip it feels good. Then I rented a Glock 27, thought the grip was short, but the extension works great for me. I bought a G27 and three mag extensions. I love it. Never shot the XD.
I like the XD and M&P 40. Either would work great for your needs.
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