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The XDs is just too new. Do yourself a favor, and wait a year. Let others work the bugs out.
Get the G36 if you do not want to wait. However, I agree that, for the size, I'd rather have a G19. When I got a .45 Glock, it was the G30.
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.
Have never shot either, but would opt for the Glock, then the XD.
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I have a Kahr CW45 that I carry daily IWB(PJholster) with shorts and a T-shirt and forget I have it. I've shot the G36, but thought it was a little snappier than my CW45. Never had any problems with the Kahr(+1000rds). I also have a XDm 3.8" 9mm that gets carried occasionally. I haven't had any problems with it either. I like the XDs, but have no need for another compact .45.
I'm not a beta tester. I got screwed with trying that with a Diamondback DB9. FTE/FTF, cracked frame, walking pins, poorly designed magazine, and then hearing, it's not the gun, it's the shooter. Really? Time to move on. I sold that POS. I should have learned from the DB380 stories before thinking they hadn't together. Bad history to start. Ongoing bad history.
On the corollary, I just bought a Sig P938. I've had Sig Sauers early in my adult life. I have 4, now: a P220, P238, P938 and Sig 522. I'm willing to take the chance on the 938 so I did. It's built on the P238 frame and the P238 ran well for me. Different caliber but not a change from single stack to Double stack.
Any time a gunmaker goes from one style to another (i.e. Double stack to Single stack, or vice versa), I suspect some growing pains. I love my XDM 9mm compact. But they're foraging into single stack guns and I'd be a little hesitant until feedback comes out. They're a great company. I don't know if they're made in Croatia like the others. The XD should have a grip safety like others. For some, people prefer the trigger of XD/XDM over Glocks. I personally don't care, either way. The finish of the slide is not as nice than a Glock, to me.
I have a Glock 36. I acquired it used. I had an issue with it (the slide would not lock back on the last round) but someone put an extended release on it. It was installed incorrectly. I got it back to the stock slide release. Flawless ever since. 7 shots should take of business. It's my summer carry. My G30 is my winter carry. I prefer more ammo for penetration if it had to penetrate a parka.
In general, it's best to wait on a gun if it's a different design from their main product. Glitches happen to the best of companies.
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I recently got a Glock 36 and have been very impressed with it. I never really considered the Springfield because I don't want the safeties. I already had two other Glocks (19 and 23) and trusted the brand to perform well. I was not disappointed.
The capacity issue is not important to me, and 7 rounds of .45 from a (roughly) 4 inch barrel seems adequate, with a spare mag on my weak side if its not adequate. I am more concerned about the first shot and its potential to stop the fight, and have more faith in .45 ACP to do this than some alternatives. So I will trade capacity for bullet size.
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Biggest advantage is it is better weapon than a Glock and the second is that it is not a glock.
I think the new glocks have a chintzy spring sound like those cap guns. I took one apart at Gander thinking something was wrong with it...
I love my G36....that's all i have to say
The original purpose of the grip safety on the Colt 1911 was that its designed to be carried cocked/hammer back. I was at the National Matches this w/e at Camp Perry, OH and Springfield Armory had a hut set up on vendor row. They didnt have any for sale but did have a model to handle. I really liked the way it felt. I have small hands and with the extended mag I could get my whole hand on the grip which I really liked a lot. The sights are great on it as well. Obviously unable to fire it but I liked what I saw and felt. I've not shot a G36 but have fired many of the other models and even though they've all shot well the XDs felt better to me. I am looking to get one come income tax time but hopefully we get some owners POV's in here that have put rounds down range with it.
If you have a link explaining the issue, please share. I'm certainly interested. But, if it an isolated issue, I wouldn't consider it "know to fail".
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