This is a discussion on XD users within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm really considering an XD for my first quality pistol/new CCW pistol. Looking at subcompact 9 Luger and 40S&W right now, as well as 4" ...
May 5th, 2007 10:06 PM
I'm really considering an XD for my first quality pistol/new CCW pistol. Looking at subcompact 9 Luger and 40S&W right now, as well as 4" compact in 9 Luger, 40S&W, and 45AP.
I can't tell by looking at the photos, but what the heck's the difference between a 4" compact and a service model? Just grip length?
Anywhos, what are your biggest qualms about your pistol. Yes, I'm asking for what you hate most about your carry pistol. Hard to do I'm sure, but I want to know.
What have you done to your pistol? The factory sights on my friend's 9mm XD subcompact work fine for me, especially considering I point aim rather than use the sights for most of my training/practice, so they're not a concern for me.
I've been looking around at some little add on's that are offered as far as internals. I like sleeper cars, trucks, and pistols. I think the grip is fine for me, and I really doubt I'd like sandpaper rubbing against my side all day if I stick skateboard tape on the grip.
The trigger is much better than my PT140, and isn't bad at all. However, I'm always tinkering with something (and yes, I do keep all stock parts from anything, 'just in case'). I've been looking at a trigger that reduces pretravel and the pull requirement. A tungsten guide rod is also looking appealing (you can blame mill and lathe work for the desire to have tungsten carbide tooling...and a gun is a tool.......right?) as well as functional.
Just doing some research before I sell my pistol and buy another Thanks ya'll!
May 5th, 2007 10:06 PM
May 5th, 2007 10:11 PM
There isn't much to hate about them at all, except for maybe the thickness. It's just a tad wide on the slide. I had the Subbie in .40 and didn't like the muzzle flip. I think it's too hot of a load for that 3" system, should be better in the 4" models.
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May 5th, 2007 10:15 PM
In my opinion, you can't go wrong with the XD. I love the integrated safeties, I love the way the grip feels and points. I love the price and the weight. I've got over 7000 rds through mine and have NEVER had a problem with it. It eats just about every kind of cheap ammo. I've mostly shot cheap WWB from Wal-mart and it has worked like a champ.
Of course, I buy quality JHPs for everyday carry, but the cheap stuff is good for punching holes in paper.
There was a good discussion recently about the XD safeties as well. I explained there why I love them so I won't repeat myself again here.
Go for the XD! You won't regret it..
UPDATED: You won't be keeping stock parts for the XD. They don't sell them. That is one downside to the XD. I hope Springfield changes that soon. Some parts you can get, but mostly you're counting on Springfield to send them to you, or you'll have to send your gun in for repair. Of course, I've never had an issue with mine, but I have heard some people griping about that over at the XDTalk Forum. There are some vendor sponsors over there that do sell some things, but many of them you need to get from Springfield yourself.
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May 5th, 2007 10:16 PM
There is only one Compact XD and it's in 45ACP. It's a 4" bbl with the shorter subcompact size grip.
All other 4"XD's are called Service and have a standard length grip.
Hope that makes sense.
The SC (subcompacts) have a 3"bbl and a shorter grip then the Service. The SC is available in 9mm and 40.
May 5th, 2007 10:17 PM
I used to have the XD9 service model. Now I have the XD45 Tactical. The only thing I added to the 9 when I had it was a Pachmayer(sp) slipon grip. Stopped just under the grip safety. Seemed to fit my hand better. As far as the difference between the compact and the service model, I think the only difference is grip length. With the 10 round mag you have a shorter grip. The 2nd mag that comes with the XD is a high capacity mag with a grip extension.
May 5th, 2007 10:28 PM
Oh yes I will. If I'm replacing parts, I'm certainly not throwing away the originals Spare originals are a different story though.
Originally Posted by Mojoski
Thanks for your input and clarification everybody.
May 5th, 2007 10:31 PM
1) No night sights on my xd service. (replaced), 2) just a little thicker all around from a 1911. I can feel the difference carrying iwb. 3) The length of the grip prints more than I like due to the size.
The +'s out weigh the -'s.
100% reliable, great shooter. one of the only double stacked magazine that fit my hands comfortably. Certainly a very good carry choice.
May 5th, 2007 11:02 PM
I shot a XD9 this weekend and really liked it.
You would do well to get a XD.
It's made a fan out of me.
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May 5th, 2007 11:55 PM
I have 2 XD 40 service length and a XD45ACP service all are the BiTone ,on the 40's I put in a stainless steel guide rod and rubber decal grips. The full length guide rod allows you to use different weight springs and adds a little front weight and the decal grips give me a very positive handle to grab, I also have conversion barrels in 9MM and 357 Sig for the 40's so they are pretty versatile pistols also with a variety of holsters ( I have 12 different ones ) you can carry them almost anytime with any style of dress.
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May 6th, 2007 12:13 AM
I like my XDSC .40 the two things I don't like are the sights and the thickness of it. It is a great shooter and 100% reliable. You can't go wrong with a XD.
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May 6th, 2007 04:04 AM
Again, you can't go wrong. I had a Glock for 14 years and it was a good pistol, but it did not fit my hand very well. I picked up an XD at a gun show and immediately traded in my Glock. I now have 3 XD's (XD 40 ported, XD 9, and XD 45 compact). I have never had a failure from any of them! Several people have shot mine and then bought their own. You are right about the grip tape. It works well, but chews up your clothes. The rubber grips are too thick for me, so I cut a piece of bicycle innertube and put on the grip. It works great and does not add much thickness. I have them on all of my polymer pistols. Other than that, they are about perfect out of the box. Good luck.
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May 6th, 2007 06:07 AM
I've got three XDs. I like lots of pistols but I love my XDs.
May 6th, 2007 09:26 AM
I have a 9mm subcompact , nice gun only complant is the thickness like every one else! nice shooter 0 problems. the is an xd forum xdtalk.com you can find anything about that gun there
May 6th, 2007 09:39 PM
Like my signature line says, I have a black XD .45 ACP Service (4 inch) and my wife has a black XD 9mm service.
I am a CCH holder, my wife is currently waiting for her license to be accepted.
With the right holster or bag, these full size weapons can be carried all day, every day comfortably.
My 45 service prints a fair amount, so if you happen to look at the 45, consider getting the compact version. It still has a 4 inch barrel, the handle is just shorter. It comes with a 10 round magazine, and a 13 round extended magazine which makes the handle the same length as the service. Read here, the best of both worlds. I wish it had been available when I bought mine.
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May 7th, 2007 12:41 AM
The Subcompact is just a bit thicker than the service, but it really hasent been a problem. The one thing I have done and I think that its a must is to get a Pearce grip extension for the subcompact.
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