XDm Compact 9mm question

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    XDm Compact 9mm question

    I am planning on getting the XDm at my local gun show next weekend, I decided to get it over the Glock 19. This gun is a little larger than my Kahr CM9. If you own the XDm what are your methods of concealment and is it difficult to keep it from "printing"?
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    I have a xdm 45 3.8, and I don't own any of those IWB's, I have a Galco speed draw paddle which I keep at the 3-4:00 and it conceals well during the winter months. I also have a shoulder rig made by Andrews custom leather. I'd look at some of his products. Extremely well made! Don't go with some cheap make. I've heard a lot of good about White hat holsters on this site, they are in texas as well. By the way excellent selection on your XDM. Good luck on your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhornfan6 View Post
    I am planning on getting the XDm at my local gun show next weekend, I decided to get it over the Glock 19. This gun is a little larger than my Kahr CM9. If you own the XDm what are your methods of concealment and is it difficult to keep it from "printing"?
    I carry the full size XDM in .40 cal in a Remora with no clips and the reinforces top at AIWB and have no problems whatsoever covering it with just a t-shirt; I have even started carrying it when wearing workout/lounge type pants using the same setup. You shouldn't have any problems.
    An congrats! You made a great choice in weapons; the XDs are top notch.
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    I carry the XDM 45 3.8 as well and my preferred method is around 4-5 o'clock IWB. With the holster I use, I have virtually no printing even with a semi tight t-shirt. Granted I am 6' and weigh 175 so not a big guy. The holster I use is from a local guy and his website is c5leather.com. It is very comfortable and as I said I carry most of the time and 90% of the time the wife can't tell and does not realize it. Here are a few quick snapshots IMAG0416.jpgIMAG0417.jpg

    Anyhow Congrats! Its my first EDC and I have really enjoyed it - it has been 100% so far (500 rounds) - Speer makes some really good ammo for the shorter barrels too if you are looking some carry ammo. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhornfan6 View Post
    I am planning on getting the XDm at my local gun show next weekend, I decided to get it over the Glock 19. This gun is a little larger than my Kahr CM9. If you own the XDm what are your methods of concealment and is it difficult to keep it from "printing"?
    My true-EDC is an XDm9 3.8 Compact. Since late-January of 2011, I've put somewhere around 8K rounds through her. In November, I decided that enough was enough, that I probably should stop abusing her, and got myself another one solely for range/class use (as I discovered during an intermediate-level pistol course last year that there is a small yet very real and quantifiable difference between shooting it and my full-sized XDm9; my full-size currently has about 20K rounds through her, accrued since November, 2010). I saw no need to do so, but I decided to go ahead and replace the striker spring and recoil-spring (assembly): I actually just swapped out the old ones into my range copy, so that I can get an idea about absolute durability (my full-size is a range/class gun, and I finally decided, after about 18K rounds, to replace its recoil and striker springs; it was showing no signs of trouble, at that time).

    I also own a Kahr PM9 as an "alternate carry." I carry the Kahr, which now has about 2K rounds on her (since February/March of 2011), perhaps only 1% of the time...and it's because in those rare circumstances, I find that with what I'm wearing, the thicker/"blockier" XDm9 Compact bulges too much. I carry exclusively at my 3-o'clock (strong side), IWB.

    My typical IWB rig with the XDm9 3.8 Compact is a Pure Kustom Black Ops Pro, and offers excellent concealment. On my body, at 2:45-3:00 (I choose this position based on personal comfort through my daily activities as well as my body-build, YMMV), with a severe forward cant on the holster (lip just clears my pants' belt-line), even in just a $5 Old-Navy T, the gun disappears. Aside from some of my "gun world" friends, no-one - and I mean no-one - knows that I carry. Of-course, a lot of how concealable any gun/setup is will be heavily dependent on the end-user's personal and unique concerns, but this serves as an illustration in the comparison to-follow. To lower the carry profile, I will occasionally switch to either a CrossBreed SuperTuck Delux or, more frequently, a Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC (in both cases, the holsters are set up the same way at my belt-line, offering me the same consistency in terms of draw stroke), which seems to slim down the profile of the package somewhat - despite the fact that the Pure Kustom is quite thin in build, already.

    Nevertheless even so, I find that when I switch to dressier clothing, I sometimes need to thin out the profile even more, and that's where the Kahr comes into play. In a Garrett Industries Silent Thunder Slim II (IWB), it's simply invisible.

    I got the Kahr after the 3.8 Compact because of this "bulge at the side" issue. What I really wanted was another XD/XDm, a thinner one - so that I can keep with the consistency that I've built with the full-size, and then again with the 3.8 Compact. At the time, that was the best that I could come up with to keep the manual-of-arms relatively the same, another "grip and go." Certainly, the DAO trigger was something that I needed to adjust to, but given its smoothness and refinement, I had little issues. Now, I'm eagerly awaiting developments with the XDs.

    What I really liked - and needed - about the 3.8 Compact is the truncated grip length. For my carry style and body-build, this was a necessity. While I can still easily meet the old Gunsite concealed-carry standards even with only the flush-to-frame magazine in-place, I do find that using the aftermarket Pearce Grip Extension (+0) makes for a more certain dominant grip during the draw stroke, particularly when clearing garment one-handed. The ability for me to significantly increase my firepower by carrying a full-sized magazine (with the grip/backstrap-size matched SA XTension) was also a big plus - and the added weight also helps balance against the gun, on the strong side.

    Since you've already looked at the Glock and ruled it out, I won't further press that issue, but I would like to say that you should also look at the S&W M&P - and actually shoot it, too - prior to finalizing your decision with the XDm.

    Best of luck!


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    I have the same trigger job to all three of my XDms. I have just recently begun playing with the sights - after I finalize on what setup I want, I will again replicate that to all the others. I really believe in consistency.

    Oh, and BTW, it's not because the stock sights are "bad." They're pretty darned decent, actually, but I have decided that it's something that's holding me back from being even more proficient..

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