This is a discussion on XD owners...do you carry cocked? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by cobrar97 tap22a - You have an XD with a thumb safety? Surely do. Had it for about 6 months, and I absolutely ...
I don't carry an XD yet... I'm considering a XDm right now... probably a winter carry option, but all of my Glock's I carry with one in the chamber - loaded and ready... otherwise it would be like carrying a revolver with an empty chamber.
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Current: S&W 442, Springfield XD9sc, XDm9, and Glock G26, G19, G23C,
and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
Former: Taurus 92SS, SIG P220 TT, S&W 360, SIG P239-40, Ruger 22/45 MKII
always, xd-45 with one chambered and topped up mag....i actually had put some thought into this when i first decided on a carry weapon, i personally liked the walther p99 at the time due to its decocker, and "double action" trigger first pull, but when i went in to buy it, they had changed the design, so if decocked one would have to re-cock by pulling the slide back, not a fan, so did some more searching and settled on the xd-40 at the time (about 5 years ago and the only 45 they offered was the .45GAP, and i didnt trust that round, recently upgraded to the .45acp)
Like I always say... "what's the point of carrying an empty gun"?
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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empty gun = expensive club....
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This thread has reinforced what I thought about the XD... I had a little arguement with the guy at the gun store last time I was there... I said that the XD operated like a Single Action weapon, in that the trigger only releases a pre-cocked stricker (as long as it fired or was racked before... I know it has a DA pull if you need a 2nd strike) and he told me that striker fired weapons like the XD and Glock that DA and SA designations weren't applicable, that they were referred to as "Striker Fired"... to which I rolled my eyes and moved on.
To answer the original question... XD or not, whatever semi I carry will always be loaded up with one in the pipe, cocked (if applicable) and the mag topped off...
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Your foolish if you don't. You want it ready to go if you need to use it.
Yep, count me in. Keep one in the pipe.
I am not sure why you rolled your eyes. That is pretty much my understanding of the way a striker pistol operates. It is not really single or double action in that when the action is cycled and a round is chambered the striker is set to fire. The trigger pull is consistent on the first to the last round. Double action would imply that during the pull of the trigger that the hammer is drawn rearward and not already set to go, which doesn't happen in these guns. and Single action would imply that the hammer (or striker) would have to be drawn back to ready the pistol for a shot which doesn't happen either. So I think the guy at the gun shop was actually correct.
Last edited by Froggy13; February 3rd, 2009 at 07:51 PM. Reason: I left something out
To K Dooley,
Sorry, no second strike without manually re-cocking. SA/DA is arguing semantics, but I say they apply. The XD is cocked and pulling the trigger releases the cocked striker (sounds like the definition of SA that I know). The Glock has no cocked parts, until you pull the trigger, which cocks and releases. Sound like DA to me.
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