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Old 01-09-2011, 04:28 PM   #11
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I own a XD45 with the 5" barrel. I don't carry, but i do think it could be a challenge to conceal. It has been a very reliable firearm and shoots about as accurately as i am capable of at reasonable ranges. Perhaps the XD45 compact would be a decent compromise.
Perhaps, but the .45 might be too strong for me.
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Perhaps, but the .45 might be too strong for me.
The only way to be really sure is to try one out. See if you can find one to borrow or rent one at a local range. This XD45 was my first firearm in .45ACP; i was surprised to find the recoil to be more of a big push than a "kick".

edit* Hearing protection is a must; .45 is quite loud at the end of your arm.
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The only way to be really sure is to try one out. See if you can find one to borrow or rent one at a local range. This XD45 was my first firearm in .45ACP; i was surprised to find the recoil to be more of a big push than a "kick".
I've read 'push', too...we'll see...maybe.
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Ammo comparison is a whole nother plane of consideration. Some people like light fast bullets like the 9mm Luger, while others like myself like the big heavy hitters like the 45ACP. The 40s&w is a good compromise of the two worlds and a favorite of a large group of shooters. Recoil itself can be bad no matter which caliber you use, usually its the gun that decides a lot of it. I cant tell you how many times I've heard "Its a 45 that feels like I was shooting a 9mm".

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Ammo comparison is a whole nother plane of consideration. Some people like light fast bullets like the 9mm Luger, while others like myself like the big heavy hitters like the 45ACP. The 40s&w is a good compromise of the two worlds and a favorite of a large group of shooters. Recoil itself can be bad no matter which caliber you use, usually its the gun that decides a lot of it. I cant tell you how many times I've heard "Its a 45 that feels like I was shooting a 9mm".
True enough, Ruzai. Thank you. The following may change, but right now, I'm considering the relatively heavy XD40sc; XDm .40; Glock 23 and Glock 27. I seem to have made up my mind, without firing a shot, that .40 is the best compromise for me. A .45 is useless if I can't handle the recoil.
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True enough, Ruzai. Thank you. The following may change, but right now, I'm considering the relatively heavy XD40sc; XDm .40; Glock 23 and Glock 27. I seem to have made up my mind, without firing a shot, that .40 is the best compromise for me. A .45 is useless if I can't handle the recoil.
I personally think that the recoil on the .40 is harsher than the recoil of the .45.

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I personally think that the recoil on the .40 is harsher than the recoil of the .45.

Just IMHO

I agree. The recoil of a .45 if more of a "push" where the recoil of a .40 is more of a "snap". I know this isn't a correct description according to the laws of physics but it just is IMHO...
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Thank you both.

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No problem. I've had a number of the exact same guns in .40 & .45 and I've always found the .40s to be much "snappier" than the .45s in the same gun. Fast muzzle rise, as you get with a .40, makes fast follow up shots more difficult. I have 3 .40s so I don't hate them but...

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No problem. I've had a number of the exact same guns in .40 & .45 and I've always found the .40s to be much "snappier" than the .45s in the same gun. Fast muzzle rise, as you get with a .40, makes fast follow up shots more difficult. I have 3 .40s so I don't hate them but...
So, here are the .45's I'm considering:

Glock 30

Glock 36

Springfield XD .45

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