Personally, I've never wanted an XD. I have been fishing in the middle of a flowing river many times with my Glock submerged. What it amounts to is how you care for your pistol before and after your ordeal. Metal, water, etc..... Torture tests are done under certain conditions no matter what they want you to think in the end. To me, the Glock and the XD are so very similar in construction as to not make much of a difference to my thinking. It's maintaining your firearm after the fact that will make everything okay in the end. Honestly......I think you're over-thinking things here. One thing is for sure....plastic baggies are out for a weapon that may need to be immediately deployed. We agree on that point for sure. My Glocks go anywhere with me. If you love the XD, it will go anywhere with you.