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Help me decide.

Post by Morphace » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:28 pm

The wife has given me permission to use a portion of the tax return to purchase a hand gun. I’ve been doing a lot of looking and testing and I’ve narrowed down my handgun choice to one of the Springfield Armory XDs, in 9mm.

I was thinking of going with a 40, but my wife will be shooting this gun from time to time and when we get her, her own handgun it’ll be in 9mm. I’d much rather stock one caliber of ammo and there’s a really good chance my wife will also be getting a SA XD in the future.

So the question here is should I go with the XDM Compact 3.8” barrel, It has a short handle that takes a 13 round mag and comes with one extended 16 round mag? Or the XD Sub-Compact 3” barrel, short handle, same mag set up?

Both versions of the handgun come with an extended mag with grip extension. I’ve handled both types at length and both the short handled and the extended mag feel great in my hands.

The only real difference between the two is .8” of barrel, a few other minor pros/cons and a little bit of cost.

Other information:
I’ll be using this as my EDC.
I will be concealing this carry.
This will also be used as my primary home defense.
I do not have a CCW but I’ll be getting that before I get the handgun.
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The XD Sub-Compact, 9mm with extended mag in the mag well.
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The XDM Compact, 9mm with extended mag off to the right.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by UndeadInfidel » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:06 pm

#2 but without the extended mag. Just because.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by hatchtrikk » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:13 pm

Not trying to derail, but have you taken a hard look at the Glock 26? I wish that was the route I had taken.


What made you choose the XD?

Also, if it is also going to be an HD gun, I would recommend something like the XD compact. It has the subcompact grip with a 4" bbl.

Fake edit: It's only available in 45acp.


BTW, my primary carry is a Tactical XD40 and my wife carries the subcompact in the same caliber.


They are great guns, I just wish we had gone with Glocks and 9mms.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Belair56 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:22 pm

Check out the new Ruger SR9 9mm Wife might like it better.

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Re: Help me decide.

Post by RickOShea » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:24 pm

The longer barrel. The grip is the hardest part to conceal, especially with an IWB or OWB holster.

ETA: the extended mag for the 3.8 XDm should be a 19 rounder.
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Post by Wrangler » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:40 pm

I have the regular service XDm 9mm and the XDm Compact. I love them both. If I could only have on it would be the subcompact. Best of both worlds and I don't see a loss of accuracy with the shorter barrel. The XDm Compact has the 13 rd short mag and the 19 rd full size. I would go with the XDm Compact it seems to be a better fit.
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Post by BoxingGandhi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:02 am

I have the 40 and 9mm XD in compact and 9mm in 4" barrel as well. I liked them a bit more than the Glocks. They felt better in my hand when shooting, it has the chambered round indicator, and with the grip and trigger safety it would be nearly impossible to accidentally discharge the weapon.

The XD's are easy to clean, accurate and amazingly reliable. The benefit of the 9mm over the 40 is the price of ammo. As long as you practice and hit what you are aiming at both rounds are quite effective.

I have a couple other types of handguns, but when I go to shoot and what I carry everyday is my XD. I like shooting it and I know it will always work.

I would choose the XD compact 9mm for cost and weight reasons and then practice, practice, practice.
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Post by doc66 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:21 am

Go with the 9mm. In real world shootings with modern, well designed ammunition, the .40 does nothing that the 9mm won't do these days. The niche that the .40 used to hold over the 9mm is rapidly disintegrating as new bullet designs hit the market. The 9mm also shoots flatter over distance, so your 100 yard shots are easier.

Since you have already decided on the XD, go with the longer barrel.

I wish there was a way to talk you out of it though... when it was a $250 Croatian import, it was an inexpensive buy, now that Springfield has put it's label on it, it's less of a good buy and more of an anchor in the pocket book.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by SpringerFan » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:00 am

The xdsc9 is my edc. With the right holster, they are pretty concealable. I carry mine in a Bulldog belly band or a Com-Tac Spartan.13+1 and as reliable as the sunset, what's not to like? Of course, this coming from someone who calls themselves "SpringerFan", might be construed as a biased opinion. :wink:

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Post by MaconCJ7 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:05 am

Let the wife shoot the .40, she may find she likes it. My wife preferred .40 over the 9mm, so that's what she got.
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Post by RickOShea » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:36 pm

MaconCJ7 wrote:Let the wife shoot the .40, she may find she likes it. My wife preferred .40 over the 9mm, so that's what she got.
I've noticed that with a couple of womenz. They preferred the G23 over the G19 and Beretta 96 over the 92.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Shaper » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:41 pm

I LOVE my XD Sub Compact in 9mm...however, the XDm is even better (shot at a Springfield Armory day when they first came out).

For me, it would all depend on the price difference you find between the two.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Kutter_0311 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:54 pm

And the answer is... Glock 19! Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I'll be here all week...

Now what was your question? I've been CCW'ing a G35 Long Slide all week. Fuck short barrels.

Read doc66's post higher up the page. If you still want an XD, keep re-reading it till you buy a Glock.

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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Morphace » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:37 am

Well thank you all for the information it has been very helpful. I will be getting the XDm Compact, for the 3.8" barrel. I will be staying with the 9MM. My wife has shot a few different calibers including 9, 40 and 45, she doesn't like the others. So I'm going to stay with what she's comfortable with, it keeps her happy and keeps her shooting. And Doc I get it, it's not a Glock, but I'm just not a Glock guy, never will be. Sorry. On the plus side it's not going to cost me the standard 619$ that it sells for in the store. More like 450$ ish. So I'm not to upset about the price.

Anyways again thanks for the help guys. I know I can always get some insightful answers from ZS.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Shaper » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:18 am

Morphace wrote:Well thank you all for the information it has been very helpful. I will be getting the XDm Compact, for the 3.8" barrel. I will be staying with the 9MM. My wife has shot a few different calibers including 9, 40 and 45, she doesn't like the others. So I'm going to stay with what she's comfortable with, it keeps her happy and keeps her shooting. And Doc I get it, it's not a Glock, but I'm just not a Glock guy, never will be. Sorry. On the plus side it's not going to cost me the standard 619$ that it sells for in the store. More like 450$ ish. So I'm not to upset about the price.

Anyways again thanks for the help guys. I know I can always get some insightful answers from ZS.
$450 is an awesome price! You wanna buy me one too? :lol:

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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Kutter_0311 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:50 pm

Shaper wrote:$450 is an awesome price! You wanna buy me one too? :lol:

Enjoy the new piece! :mrgreen:
I agree!

(And I'll take 2, please :wink: )
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Post by doc66 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:11 pm

LOL, you guys can have them. They didn't make the cut when we were looking for a duty pistol, and they don't make the cut today. Even at $450 a piece.
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Post by Shaper » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:37 pm

doc66 wrote:LOL, you guys can have them. They didn't make the cut when we were looking for a duty pistol, and they don't make the cut today. Even at $450 a piece.
I want to argue this point....nah, never mind...I'm going to go put another couple thousand rounds of ammunition through my Springfield XD without a single failure instead...while I simultaneously give plenty of respect to Glock, it's owners, and its product. :wink:
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Post by Wrangler » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:21 pm

Shaper wrote:
doc66 wrote:LOL, you guys can have them. They didn't make the cut when we were looking for a duty pistol, and they don't make the cut today. Even at $450 a piece.
I want to argue this point....nah, never mind...I'm going to go put another couple thousand rounds of ammunition through my Springfield XD without a single failure instead...while I simultaneously give plenty of respect to Glock, it's owners, and its product. :wink:
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Post by doc66 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:11 pm

Hey, I shoot Sigs and 1911s!
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Post by Phoenix David » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:05 pm

I know you already made your pick but my two cents.

Me personally I would never go with anything less than the standard duty size, you can conceal a full size pistol long as you dress correctly have a proper holster and belt. I always carry a full size pistol and you will not be able to spot it
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Post by Kutter_0311 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:10 pm

Phoenix David wrote:Me personally I would never go with anything less than the standard duty size, you can conceal a full size pistol long as you dress correctly have a proper holster and belt. I always carry a full size pistol and you will not be able to spot it
I'm starting to lean this way, after carrying the Long Slide G35 for more than a week now.

Summer may change my mind, we'll see.
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Re: Help me decide.

Post by Domino » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:26 pm

Get a Glock 19 or 26...

Who needs 10 safeties on their guns?

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Post by Caenus » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:34 pm

The 3.8" is a good choice. I had the XD40 until wifey bought a 9. For simplicity and interchangeability I traded for a 9. Sound thinking there. Plus you never know if she needs to pick up your gun.
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