XD 45 Compact or XD 40 Sub-Compact

XD 45 Compact or XD 40 Sub-Compact

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    XD 45 Compact or XD 40 Sub-Compact

    I know this question is like asking how do you like your eggs, but I am undecided and new to CC. I just purchased a Taurus 605 Ti, but I think (and actually hope) my wife might confiscate it as she is getting her CW permit also.

    I am thinking seriously about getting either a XD45 Compact or a XD40 Sub-compact.

    I would love to have a 45 ACP again, but I am wanting something I can conceal easily. I am 6' 1" and 220 lbs. I am leaning towards the Sub-compact model as I can imagine it might be much easier to conceal in say an IWB holster carried in front of the hip say 10 or 11 o'clock (I'm a lefty).

    The question is should I give up the 45 ACP and go for the smaller Sub-compact? Will I tell that big a difference when trying to comfortably conceal the larger XD45?

    I feel a 40 SW is more than sufficient stopping power. I keep a 40 USP by my bed for home protection now. I may get rid of the USP to make room in my wife's brain for the XD.

    Thanks in advance for the feedback.


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    For what its worth....
    The sub compact is just a bit thicker than the "regular" ones (on the slide) and IMO youll want to add a pearce grip extention to the Sub anyways...so, Id go w/ the compact, if thats what you really want.

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    Handle both and see which one feels the best. Buy that one and then order an IWB Holster from any of the wonderful holster makers here.
    You should be good to go.
    Mike
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    As mike suggested, handle both and see which one has a better feel in your hand. There won't be much of a difference but enough for comfort and possibly a dangling pinky. The dangling pinky may result form the 1/4 inch difference in height. While there are extended mags for the XD40SC, it's hard to beat the versatility of the Compact providing 10 or 13 rounds of .45, plus a longer barrel.

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    Get them both. XDs are like potato chips; you can't have just one.

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    PackerfanXD, I really like how you think.

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    I have the .45 Compact. I think you're big enough to conceal it without too much trouble.
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    To me, there a two things that are the most important considerations as far as CCWs go. They are the width and the weight. I'm 6' and about 230#, I couldn't carry either one of these pistols without a cover garment. My favorite .45 for concealed carry without a cover, is the Kimber Ultra Carry. It is both light and thin. I don't wear vests or fanny packs, so IWB tuckable or Deep Cover shoulder holster does it for me.
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    Again, go handle both side by side and see which suits you best. IF possible try it on in a holster at the gun shop to get an idea of how it will conceal for you in your style of carry. Can't really know until you try it.

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    I am not a huge fan of the 40 S&W so I say try the 45acp Compact. I have shot Springer XDs and I like them a lot. Let us know what you opt for, buy a good belt/holster, and do a range report. Regards, Richard

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    Thanks for the feedback. I haven't seen the sub-c in any local shops. I may have to do some searching. I did handle the 45 compact and it felt really good in my hand. Being new to concealed carry I was not too sure about being able to carry it easily.

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    xd 45 compact- 100%
    45 is better, the 40 subcompact has lots of recoil & not accurate for me.

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    Brookie,

    Better not let your wife shoot the XD subcompact. She may want one for herself. The XD sub .40 is my personal gun. It just worked for me. I didn't try the .45 because I was afraid that it would be too much gun for me. Steve shot my gun and was "real proud" that I made a good decision in choosing my gun. I have large hands for a woman and I prefer the larger magazine that came with it. If you decide on the sub, you may want to buy extra of the larger magazine.

    Happy buying!
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    Go with the Glock 27! HAHA!
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    I really like the XD compact in 45 ACP. Steve48

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