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We have a .45 and a 9 written for the Springfield but not the .40 so here is my review.

Model: Springfield Xtreme Duty .40S&W 4" Service
Purchased at: Gunnies in Orem (http://www.gunnies.com)
Purchase date: Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Why?
I was originally looking at the Glock 23 .40S&W because I'm a fan of .40S&W. I don't like 9mm because in my opinion they are pee-shooters. Yes, they do damage and will drop someone, but I've also heard the opposite of a 9mm being used against a pit-bull and it didn't drop the dog. .45ACP is just too much. So for me the .40S&W is good middle ground. I went to Gunnies in Orem and was looking at the Glock 23. I talked to the guys behind the counter and asked them their opinion. They pulled out the Springfield XD .40S&W 4" Service. Just the look of it made me want it. Now style doesn't really matter in a gun fight but if I say the XD to the Glock, I'd be more afraid of the XD personally. The feel of the weapon is also comfortable and I like the heavier slide, helping with the muzzle being dropped back down after firing. The additional safety and chamber loaded indicator is also a big plus for those with a family or when you might get in trouble with a store manager or law enforcement officer.

The Test
The golden rule is to shoot it before you buy it. Well, I went down to Range Masters of Utah LC in Springville. They didn't have the 4" Service so I went with the 3" Sub-Compact. I put about 75 rounds through it. I then traded that for the Glock 23. Now I had never fired the XD but I had the Glock, so I was more familiar with the Glock. My rounds with the XD were a little more spread out where as the Glock were closer together. But I liked how the XD dropped faster back to its original position after firing because of the heavier barrel though between the Glock and XD there wasn't a whole lot of weight difference. So in my book they were evenly matched during that test period.

The Debate
I took my Concealed Firearms Permit course and submitted my paperwork, the waiting period began. I continued to research out both the Glock 23 and the SA-XD40 by going by Gunnies in Orem. I talked to them as much as possible and asking the different questions. I tried to see how it felt in the hand, sighting across the store, magazine capacity, etc. Back and forth I went. I interviewed with a security firm for armed security. The owner is a law enforcement officer and we ended up talking about guns a little. He recommended getting the Glock since it was what most departments issued. Coming back to mind was an interview I had with an FBI agent out of the Provo FBI Branch. He recommended not getting a Glock 22 or similar because the likelihood was that your department would issue you a sidearm and you'd have two of the same weapon. So I continued to think after the interview with the security firm and went back to Gunnies afterwards and continued my debate. I tried both of them again at the store in feel, sighting, weight, safety, etc. The FBI agent won. If my department that hires me on when I go to become a LEO then I won't want two of the same gun. I interviewed on Monday and bought my brand-new Springfield Xtreme-Duty .40S&W 4" Service model from Gunnies in Orem.

Safety
As a husband and future father the safety of my family comes first and foremost. "Do what you want to me, but leave my loved ones alone," is what I think of most of the time. So in having a weapon in the home I want it to be the safest possible. The Springfield XD models offer that extra safety. The XD has two safeties to Glock's one. The safeties are located on the back of the handle and on the trigger as shown here:

Handle Safety


Trigger Safety


I like the double because you need a firm grip on the handle or else the it won't fire even if the trigger is pulled. I have done this is dry fire and have "felt" the difference through the trigger, not being pull the same. Hard to explain, but basically the trigger will not pull all the way back to fire. But also I have noticed with myself as I go to re-holster I have to move my thumb away from the firearm, partly letting up on the handle safety. So, in theory, if my finger is still on the trigger and I goto re-holster it is possible that I don't have enough tension on the handle safety that the weapon won't mis-fire and hit me in the leg or something like that. This might be different from person to person, but that is what I noticed with myself. The extra safety on the handle is nice because children might get to the gun and because they won't have a firm grip on the back of the weapon it will not discharge. Safety is first, so keep firearms out of reach of children.

Chambered Round Indicators
Something the Springfield XD has that Glocks do not is a chambered round indicators: 1) Loaded Chamber Indicator and 2) Striker Status Indicator.

1) Loaded Chamber Indicator: This is located right behind where the round will exit when fired or cocked. It will be down when empty and up when there is a round in the chamber, making it easy to show someone whether or not the weapon is loaded or unloaded without having to remove it from the holster.

Unloaded


Loaded


(I apologize that not all pictures are very clear.)

2) Strike Status Indicator: This is located at the back end of the slide. "When the gun is cocked, the pin will protrude out of the slide" (Springfield XD Owner's Manual). This is to tell you the weapon has been cocked and the striker (firing pin) is ready to drop with a pull of the trigger.

Not Cocked


Cocked


(Again, I apologize for the pictures.)

PLEASE NOTE that you could have weapon cocked but no round in the chamber. The striker pin might be out but the chamber indicator not up. Useful for dry fire exercises and what not. But, again, the strike indicator might be "hot" and the chambered indicator might be "cold." Always, always, always check!!!

Disassemble
I believe that in watching a YouTube video in cleaning the Springfield XD and then looking at both the Glock and XD on the way they are taken apart the XD is much more friendly. Just personally opinion.

Shooting
As I'm a intimidated shooter I do not know everything about shooting except that I really like to shoot up the left side of the target. This is due to stance and still trying to find the front sight and dominate eye practices. I can say that I like the XD-40 to the Glock because of trigger pull and reloading. The draw back right now is I've fired Glocks that have had thousands of rounds through them and my XD has had only about 100 or so, it is still stiff in many ways. I'll post more on the shooting when I can go and put a thousand rounds through it. I must say that I believe going from the first 8 pound pull to a 3 pound pull seems easier on the XD then the Glock. I was able to do some double taps that were quite nice, though I'm still working on that as well. Overall shooting I prefer the XD to the Glock. The big thing I like is the heavier slide that helps drop the gun back down faster, using gravity to achieve the second tap. In a quick fire where I fired a full clip as fast as possible the XD performed better then the Glock, placing more rounds in the target (no numbers available and will vary from person to person based on experience and skill).

Accessories
Though I haven't bought any yet the Springfield is like the Glock where is had the rail on the front of a light or laser or a combo of both. I will try to post more on that when I have something to report on.

So there is my little review. I hope it is helpful. Basically a novel, but yeah, what I like about the Springfield XD.
 

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glock fan, thanks for clearing up the Glock safeties and such.

As for the chambered round indicator (as I just looked at my Glock 17 9mm for work) I like how the XD has it on top. Until you pointed it out I didn't know it was there because I don't see it. I'm right handed and it is off to the right, so when I cock the weapon I really never see it pop out. With the XD it is right on top and I know a round has been chambered.
 

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GeneticsDave said:
Outsider said:
GeneticsDave said:
I am still getting this:
Dave, are you still getting that?
Nope, works now! What ever you did, you did good!
Alright. I think it was mainly my web host because they were switching my account from their Omega Server to their Kappa Server, so hopefully that is all fixed. I was upset this weekend because I couldn't do anything with my websites nor get my normal e-mail.
 

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glock fan said:
Keep in mind that your focus should be on the front sight post. Three things should be in view. This would be the target, front sight post and the rear sight. Target and rear sight should be slighly blurred, but the front sight should be clear. The chamber indicator on the XD is a distraction IMO.
I tested this yesterday with Dry Fire practices and by doing what you said that making the "rear sight" and the "target" blurring so you are focusing on the "front sight" and everything of that nature the chamber indicator didn't get in the way at all. But that is just what I saw. :D
 
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