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I have been lucky to own and shoot many good guns in my life, but I have never been into the polymer guns yet, I was thinking about giving one a try and would appreciate some advice from those of you who have. I was looking at the Sig's , Walthers & Sprinfields, I have handled a few Glocks but was never a big fan of how they felt. I am interested in 45 ACP or maybe 40 S&W.

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Jeff Johnson said:
You've opened the floodgates for all the XD-40 fans on this forum. I'll just stand back so I don't get trampled.

I do like my Glock 27, though. Very easy to shoot and to conceal.
Ready for the flood, bring it on, this is a great start :lol: !!
 

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The Springfield is an excellent choice, I think. I have trouble finding the front site of Glocks but the XD points very well.
 

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There are a lot of XD fans on this site, and for good reason. They are a fantastic firearm. I carry a Glock and love it just a little more. :wink: Polymer pistols are very light weight compared to conventional pistols. This is why I chose a Glock.
 

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Check out the Springfield Armory page, particularly the XD. It comes in 9mm, 40 S&W and .45 ACP. They have full sizes, service models, compacts (shorter grip), and sub-compact (3" barrel and short grip). So, you pretty much have your choice. The .45 ACP compact is nice, it allows you to have a large caliber, a double-stacked mag, and a shorter grip for easier concealment. Plus, you just put in an extended mag and you have the same gun as the .45 ACP non-compact.

Ask Sheepdog about his or check out his post here: http://www.utahconcealedcarry.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1670
 

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I agree with the XD comments. I have a decent amount of time under my belt with the Berretta and a reasonable amount of time with a handful of Glocks. I also show a handful of other stuff while I was shopping but I never took the time to learn about the other stuff cuz I didn't like anything else the minute it touched my hand. I would maybe shoot 1 mag and say "nope" and pass it on. I was considering buying a Glock prior to buying an XD and I liked most things about the Glock but mainly it just didn't seem to feel natural in my hand for me.

In contrasting my polymer experience against my non-poly experience (w/ the Berretta) I felt the non-poly seemed more DURABLE and reliable (I have since learned that isn't true) and looked nicer (I still think that's true). But one of the things I really liked about the poly is the lighter weight and my perception that manipulating most poly guns seems quite a bit easier than non-poly's (I have also shot my friend's non-poly SW, not sure what model other than it's a 9 and found his firearm to be harder to manipulate as well). Course I haven't shot dozens of either type, so take that into consideration... it's just been MY limited experience.

The XD, in all of it's models, feels natural in your hand, is very easy to manipulate, is lightweight, and by everyone's account is extremely reliable... what more could you ask for (other than it just doesn't LOOK as kewl... that's a down-side to polys).
 

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I carry the Springfield XD45 Service (4inch barrel) concealed very easily. It is a 45acp with a 13 round magazine giving me 14 rounds. I purchased this firearm because I tried shooting a friends Glock 17 and had to work at getting good hits on the target. I picked up the XD45 and I could easily hit the target every time.

The smallest XD45 is a 4 inch barrel with the compact grip. The compact holds 10 rounds in the mag plus one in the pipe.
http://www.springfield-armory.com/xd.php?version=117
The XD40 can be found in a subcompact model with a 3 inch barrel and a smaller grip.
http://www.springfield-armory.com/xd.php?model=2
 

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I like the polymer guns since i own three of them i guess i must. If you like the 1911 then the xd's should feel very natural to you since the grip on the xd's is the same angle as the 1911's grip. My glock and xd shoot pretty much the same and i love them both.
 

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I own four Glocks and I'm issued another one by my dept and I love all of them. The G23 is really nice and I think I shoot it better than the G22. Although with the G30SF coming out I would certainly check it out as an option.
 

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Thanks for all the response so far, have any of you had much experience with the XD 40 Sub Compact?
 

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I would like to know how they group(based on my skill of course )and also do they feed ok , are they reliable ?
 

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Obviously the shorter barrel makes tight groups a bit more difficult (less inherent accuracy and shorter sight picture), but that all depends on your skill, hand steadiness and practice. I don't notice much difference between the 3" and the 4". The 5" I think makes a bit more difference, but I have always been able to shoot better with 1911s and 8" revolvers.

For a concealed carry gun, it's a great choice. People have run thousands of rounds through the XDs and not had a single jam, misfire or double feed. They are amazing - and believe me, it's easy to be skeptical seeing as how they are made in Croatia! In my opinion, you can't get a better carry gun for the money - it will serve you well and handle any torture you can muster.
 

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Between the 3", 4" and 5" there is not much difference. But jump from 5" to 3" and you will see it.
 

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I stopped by a few gun stores this weekend and looked the springfields over real close, I like them a lot the price was the same at every store,(499.00 if interested for the SC40) I am glad to here how well they perform. I am going shopping tomorrow. Thanks again for all the help :auto:
 

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I have the XD 45 Compact. 11 rounds of 45 ACP, easy to conceal, and 600 rounds with out a malfunction. Also has an extended magazine to give me 14 rounds, and a full size grip. My wife has the XD 40 Subcompact. 10 rounds of .40, a little easier to conceal than my 45, not much though, and 650 rounds with out a malfunction. Never had any feeding problems, or any problem for that matter. Exremely reliable, to answer your question. Both extremely nice guns, highly recommended. Can't beat them for the price.
 

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If you are down towards SLC, check out Gallensons. They had the lbest prices on XD's last I checked (a few months ago). My buddy purchased a subcompact for $435.00 (w/out night sights). He loves it and has already put about 800 rounds through it without a hitch. I carry a G27 and love it, but wouldn't mind getting an XD down the road as well.
 

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I picked up my xd 40sc last night at FBMG and I love it already,I will post pics when I get some and figure it out. Slyguy just for an update I did price it at Gallenson's and was going to buy it there but they had one bitone and I wanted black, they were the same price as FBMG. Thanks for everyones help and input.
 
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