Originally Posted by swollengoat
I'm new here and was looking to purchase my first handgun. I wanted a light full size carry gun with a rail, which as I've found is pretty much limited to polymer guns. I want it 9mm because I also intend to take it to the range. Before any one says "Get a Glock!" I've already shot some and hated them, but I found I like the guns above.
I'd like to be able to add parts to the point where I can drive nails with it, but no requirement. Thanks.
I have PX4 9mm in Compact and XDM .40 3.8". Love them both for different reasons.
PX4 has the double to single action which I like. I can keep clip full and one in pipe with safety on. If my wife ever needs to use it (hopefully not on me), she clicks up the safety and starts firing. I like the striker fire in the XDM but if I had to chose one gun or the other I would chose the PX4 because my wife can't rack a slide. Really a choice of preference. PX4 wins for personal reasons, if no wife, XDM wins.
Accuracy about the same, although the XDm has a heavier trigger pull that you have to get used to. I thought the gun was broken for my first 50 rounds, then i realized I was broken. PX4 wins.
Breakdown and cleaning, the PX4 is not hard but the XDM is incredibly simple, XDM wins.
PX4 has had serious problems with clip and how it handles alloy ammo. No problem with any brass ammo, just alloy ammo. If it weren't for the ammo problem, I would have bought a PX4 .40. XDM, no problem with ammo. XDM wins.
Both are great guns.