My son has gotten interested in handguns and I've been taking him to the range with me. He goes to college and lives in a pretty rough neighborhood and wants his cc permit soon. He's tried out several and is liking the 9mm Springfield XD subcompact or compact. He also likes one of the Sigs but it's too pricey for him. I tried to get him interested in the Glocks but he is not as fond of them as the Springfield - likes the way it handles and shoots for him. I think he likes that backstrap safety feature that the XD's have and is nervous about having no external safety on the Glocks.
Does anyone know of the reliability of these Springfield XD's compared to the Glocks? I know 2 guys at my range who have them - both subcompacts one is .40 and the other 9mm - and they like them and claim they are super reliable and shoot all kinds of fmj and jhp ammo. Would most trust their lives to this semiautomatic? Any experiences or opinions much appreciated.