One of my shooting buddies locally has been having some tough luck lately job wise. I was reading threads on my home forum and saw a fella proudly showing off the new to him 1911 that I recognized as having been my friends.
I sent him a PM asking what he was now carrying (he lives in the country, works with horses) and his answer was nothing until the job situation improved. I drove up to see him a day or so later and brought him my XD .45 Compact with holster, mags and ammo - heck it was just sitting in my safe. Here's what happened soon after (from his post on my home forum):
I have been converted AWAY from the 1911. NGIB has let me try his SA XD45C. After the test firing and carrying i am head over heels in love. This gun is light..compact enough for a lazy concealer like me and ACCURATE! Even with my crappy pistol skills I hit 3" group at 50'. ( No smart a$$ comments Grunt or Samuel Adams) It has easy to see/acquire sights..and the recoil is smooth as glass. Thank you NGIB....you are one hell of a man!
To hell with it..let me tell it all. NGIB let me borrow it because I am cash strapped and he said i needed protection. Turns out he has the Irish foresight as well. One day (yes I can count to one) after I got it I had to shoot a rampaging pit bull that was going after my kids and my dads new bloodhound puppy. The dog is known vicious (and the owner apologized for his dog getting out) and without that pistol I would have had to take it on barehanded. We all know how that would have worked out. So I owe NGIB more than I can ever repay and wanted to tell everybody that he is a fine man.
I know there are dog lovers here which is why I was hesitant to post anything but this dog was going after my KIDS who were playing with the 14 week old puppy...I drew and fired and the pit bull never knew what hit him. It was quick and painless I promise.