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Well, last night I went over to Impact Guns to meet up with Tacomatose to help me pick a gun and go over quite a few gun basics. Also I finally got to shot a handgun for the first time. I started with the XD .40 rental, nice gun but it jammed about 3-4 times, has a nice little kick, at least to me being my first time. The second gun was Brian's XD 9mm, now this gun was alot more fun to shoot, shorter trigger and more smoother. The finally gun was a XD .45 ACP, Brian's also. At first I thought this was going to have a bigger kick then the .40, but really it did not, again shorter trigger and smoother than the .40. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. I'm sure after doing this for awhile I will get more relaxed and comfortable, I hope, LOL. Brian said I did pretty good for my first time. The target does have a pretty big hole in the center, LOL I also looked at the Glocks, but I'm leaning towards the XD 9mm for now. I think in the future I will get the .45 ACP though.

After I got done shooting, I joined to watch Brian and his friends do some competion shooting of some bowling pins, this was pretty cool. Got to talk to a few guy's about shooting and the gun's they were carrying. Also got to talk lenghty to one of the guy's that works at Impact and this was very knowledgable in my purchase of a gun. Overall I had a great time. Definitely will be back for more.
 

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Awesome report! That is very odd about the XD40 jam. Could you have been limp-wristing it? I honestly have only seen a jam once, and that was because the gun was being held at a weird angle. And the fact that it was a "rental" might have something to do with it. LOTS of abuse, I am sure.

Honestly, I am not a Glock hater. I like Glocks. They are absolutely reliable and tough. It's just the angle, feel, and natural POA that the XD has that turns me toward the XD.
 

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Yea, Brian said it was because it needed to be clean. The main reason I did not choice a Glock to be fired and enventually not to purchase is because I have smaller hands, so the grip was not as nice as on the XD. Plus the XD does have some more safety features. On the Glocks, yes they do have a slight angle you have to get use to. Nice guns though, but the one's I was interested in, are really not for me.
 

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Shaolin said:
Yea, Brian said it was because it needed to be clean. The main reason I did not choice a Glock to be fired and enventually not to purchase is because I have smaller hands, so the grip was not as nice as on the XD. Plus the XD does have some more safety features. On the Glocks, yes they do have a slight angle you have to get use to. Nice guns though, but the one's I was interested in, are really not for me.
Smart man, :D
 

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I have to suggest that you try a small revolver like a S&W J-frame or a Ruger SP101. Very simple design, jamming is almost non-existent, and smoother print. Only shoots 5 rounds before reloading which is a negative to many but the chance of needing more is ultra slim.
 

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Great report.

I like the XD too. Mine is in 45 auto. If you want t shoot lots at a lesser price though the 9mm is a good choice. Buy something you can afford to shoot.
 

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If you want t shoot lots at a lesser price though the 9mm is a good choice. Buy something you can afford to shoot.
Words of wisdom there. I went to the range this morning and the guy next to me shot maybe 20 rounds with his .45, stated "Well, there's my shooting budget for the month", then left. I stayed for another 40 minutes and shot another 200 rounds.

If you want bang, go with the .45. If you want bang for the buck, you can't beat the 9mm.
 

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"If you want bang, go with the .45. If you want bang for the buck, you can't beat the 9mm."

Nice one, lol
 

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At first I thought this (.45) was going to have a bigger kick then the .40, but really it did not
I know many people who feel the .45 has a more comfortable kick than the .40
 

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Shaolin said:
At first I thought this (.45) was going to have a bigger kick then the .40, but really it did not
I know many people who feel the .45 has a more comfortable kick than the .40
You have a better choice of words, comfortable is more like it, thanks.
 

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I compare the .40 to the sharp crack of a high-powered rifle like my 300 Weatherby. The kick of the .45 is more like the heavy 'push' of a 12 gauge.
 
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