Springfield XD 3" or 4" for a newbie?
I’ll be purchasing my first handgun within a few weeks, and wanted some advice. I’ve decided on a Springfield XD either in the 3” sub-compact or the 4” Service model. As for the main reasons I’ve decided on the XD: I like Springfield Armory, I’ve read and been told very good things about the XD, and I like the added grip safety in addition to the trigger safety rather than a separate external hammer safety.
I plan on using this as a “one-size-fits-all” handgun, both for fun shooting at the range, person home defense, and probably concealed carry once I get my permit. Unfortunately at this point in time it is not financially feasible to buy one full-size model and another sub-compact for carry use. The local gun store I went and chatted with about this suggested I go with the 4” rather than the 3” as it will be more enjoyable to shoot, especially for being my first handgun. Honestly I’m more concerned for utility for this purchase, rather than simply enjoyment. A pure enjoyment buy will come with my next purchase. :biggrin2: I have a stereotypical “tall skinny white guy” build, being 6’3” and 150lbs, tend to wear basic jeans and a t-shirt, but may move to more business casual dress in the near future.
Do you guys think that the 4” will be harder for me to conceal than the 3”, or that this difference is acceptable for the better performance of the 4” as I’m a newbie shooter? Whichever purchase I make, I plan on spending lots of time getting used to the weapon and putting hundreds of rounds through it in addition to taking a training class. Unfortunately (as I was told by the store) there are very few ranges in N. Colorado, and none that they knew of which rented these weapons. I also don’t know anyone who has one or both, so the option of my trying them out for a bit to see which one feels best does not seem to be available. I appreciate any advice anyone has to offer.