I must say that it was a really tough choice and I did quite a bit of research before I pulled the trigger.
Here was the scenario:
I needed a new CCW because I felt like my Glock 19 was a hair too big for summer time carry. It came down to three choices for the money I had to spend. Before the question is asked on why 9mm, it's simple (I am all about shot placement and accuracy)
1. M&P 9c
2. Glock 26
3. Springfield XD 9 sc
I will say that I loved this gun. It felt great in my hands and had all the key features that I was looking for. I was so close to buying this gun, but two things held me back. The first is that fact that all the sudden these guns have been on sale lately. This is not a true indicator by no means, but it tells me something. One that it might not be selling very well. Then I started doing my research on DC and asking around some of the dealers and folks at the range. Everything came back to reliability issues with the mags and mag release button.
Link to sale price.
I truly have nothing bad to say about this firearm. I love Glocks and will always have one in my collection. To me there is not firearm that is more reliable. My only issue with Glocks lately, it that they have not done anything with regard to design change. Now I realize that the old saying "If it ain't broke don't fix it", but I think a fantastic design can be improved upon. That is like Mercedes Benz never adding air conditioning or power door locks and windows over the last 100 years.
What can I say, it's a blatant rip off of the Glock design as well as a few other great designs. Almost all of the feed back has been positive and it has been reviewed as a reliable and accurate firearm.
Link to XD9 sc
I chose the Springfield XD for a couple reasons. The first is the added safety features, I understand that for some people this does not matter, but to me it does. The second reason is that I wanted something different. That might sound stupid, but it's honest.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Once I took the XD home and field dressed it to clean off the factory grease, I was pleasantly surprised by the design and the quality of the parts. Being a Glock owner for years, I have to admit that the parts that go into an XD seem to be better quality. I challenge any Glock owner to do the same and look at the parts objectively. The first thing that jumps out at you is the spring assembly being metal as well as the trigger, and the polymer frame seems a bit more stout as well. Now I realize that this is a matter of opinion, but it was the conclusion I came up with.
Today I will take the XD to the range and put a few rounds through it. The proof is in the pudding and we shall see how it shoots. I will let you guys know my report.