For the record I shoot a Glock 19 as my Every Day Carry except for in warmer weather when I sometimes carry the Glock 26. The Glock verses the world posts are everywhere and I am not intending to debate them again I just wanted to comment on my recent experiences. While at our personal shooting range this weekend I got the opportunity to shoot several other firearms. I know I am not comparing apples to apples here as they were in different models and calibers but I did get a good chance to evaluate features and functions of them.
First was a Springfield sub compact XD9. This would be a direct comparison to the Glock 26 I currently shoot. I only fired about 50 rounds from this gun. About 20 from a stationary position at a fixed target and the rest of the rounds were fired in an IDPA type situation. I shot the gun using the extended magazine and I found it shoots as accurate as the 26 and it performed flawlessly for the few rounds I fired. I do happen to know the owner and he has only fired about 500 rounds through it but there have been no problems at all. While the grip angle is different than the Glock I had no problem at all finding the sights and using them. I sometimes think way too much emphasis is put on this difference in grip angle. My time/score with the XD was less than a second slower than my Glock which I am very used to. The trigger pull was very similar to the Glock and I would be hard pressed to say it was better or worse. The grip safety on the XD was never a problem for me but is really not needed to my line of thinking so it is simply a matter of preference. Other features of the gun such chamber indicators and such had no bearing on the guns performance and should be left to the shooters needs. The fit and finish of the XD are as expected for the price range and it is plain and ugly just like the Glock. The XD sub compact is sized right for concealed carry and would make a great gun for anyone. While Glock may have an edge with aftermarket parts, accessories and ease of repair &maintenance, side by side in the field I believe both of these guns to be great shooters.
Next up was my brothers Sig Sauer 225 in 9mm. The single stack magazine in the 225 makes for a slim profile and while you give up some rounds (I believe it was 8+1) you gain a great size pistol. Now this is a nice size firearm for concealed carry however I can’t imagine carrying an all steel gun when the polymer pistols are so prevalent. Looking at the Sig you can easily see a higher level of craftsmanship than in either the Glock or the XD. I shot about 100 rounds out of the Sig and it was a very accurate shooter as well. The extra weight of the steel gun really helps in reducing muzzle jump. About 80 rounds were used on the IDPA targets and I never did beat my Glock time but again was within less than a second. The gun functioned flawlessly and gave me no reason to think it would ever do anything other than continue to do so. The double / single trigger was different and was not at all hard to get used to. While smooth and consistent I found the double action trigger much longer and harder than I expected. The single action trigger pull was also heavier than expected as it was only slightly less than the Glock trigger I am accustomed too. As a Glock shooter there were far more levers than I was used to. To me they seem to just clutter up the gun but they do serve a valuable purpose. I might add that I really liked the way the Sigs de cock lever worked. You could depress the lever and then let the hammer down slowly. I must admit that while the lack of an external thumb safety on the Glock makes some people shiver the hard “click” of a de cocker makes me feel the same way. Just shows that it is all in what you are used to.
The last gun I shot this weekend was an HK USP Tactical in 45 Auto. I’m a 9mm guy so I had a lot of fun shooting the 45. While some may say different I think the 45 is a very manageable round in most auto loaders and would never shy away from carrying one based solely on recoil. The HK is full size so it is a bigger firearm than the others I have commented about and it was really nice to shoot. The HK was no more accurate than the others at combat distances but offered an accuracy advantage out at 25 yards and beyond. The USP model is a polymer based frame as well so the weight was not bad at all for the size of the gun. The HK really seemed to feel good in my hands and the fit and finish were impeccable even for a plastic gun. It too has more levers than needed but I did take a liking to the magazine release located at the bottom of the trigger guard. The trigger was near perfect but I do believe it is an adjustable trigger so the owner had it set where it needed to be. I fired a little over 100 rounds out of this gun and had two FTF. The owner was supplying some commercial reloads for ammo so I will chock the FTF’s up to shooting the reloads. The HK was a very fine firearm all in all but I must mention that it has that hard “click” decock that makes me cringe.
Please take this write up for what it is, one man’s opinions based on limited shooting and handling of the above firearms. I am not an expert so many of the details I noticed may not be important to some but might be of interest to some other non experts on here. In closing I must say that the Glock and the XD are very similar and comparable firearms. The Sig Sauer and the Heckler& Koch are super nice weapons and upon a glance a much higher end firearm than the Glock and the XD. They also function and perform as expected from a firearm of this caliber. However even if money was no object nothing I saw this weekend would ever lead me to believe that my Glock is in any way un able to perform side by side with the big boys.