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Old 08-13-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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if you were going to get either one, oh say mostly for competitive shooting and range time which one of these would you grab? Lets assume we are getting a .40 caliber.

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Old 08-13-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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What kind of competitive shooting? I've owned & shot the M&P in .40 and I currently own an XD Tactical (5" barrel) in .40, never had an XDM.

Between the regular XD and the M&P - whichever feels best and they are roughly the same price. The XDM is more money but does have a "match" grade barrel and "best" trigger of any polymer gun (according to Springfield).

Shoot them all and pick the one you shoot the best. My XD Tactical is my backup gun for bowling pin matches when .45 ammo is scarce...

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I would get an XDM because the XD's feel great in my hand, I currently own an XD and can shoot well with it. The M&P is OK as far as holding it but I just can't stand that trigger. It feels like its going to snap off or something, it bothered me every time I squeezed and my shooting suffers. In polymer semi auto handguns I will always reach for an XD first.

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competitive shooting I don't know if either are the right choice. Range time and PD/HD I'm a S&W M&P guy. As Spit pointed out the trigger takes some getting use to but if you have the squeze and not pull the trigger concept figured out the trigger is pretty sweet. I often pop off a full mag in rapid fire and never thought I would break off the trigger and expect that would be truly hard to do even if you tried. I don't have a 40 cal, I have a 45 M&P I carry most of the time and a compact 9mm M&P I carry when I'm lazy. Some of my friends are XDM guys and while it is a fine pistol the feel and action of the S&W M&P floats my boat.

For me it came down to something simple, what fits me in my time of need. Shoot both as lot and figure out which one suits you best. Either way your picking between two fine hand guns. Let us know what you decide.

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competitive shooting I don't know if either are the right choice. Range time and PD/HD I'm a S&W M&P guy. As Spit pointed out the trigger takes some getting use to but if you have the squeze and not pull the trigger concept figured out the trigger is pretty sweet. I often pop off a full mag in rapid fire and never thought I would break off the trigger and expect that would be truly hard to do even if you tried. I don't have a 40 cal, I have a 45 M&P I carry most of the time and a compact 9mm M&P I carry when I'm lazy. Some of my friends are XDM guys and while it is a fine pistol the feel and action of the S&W M&P floats my boat.

For me it came down to something simple, what fits me in my time of need. Shoot both as lot and figure out which one suits you best. Either way your picking between two fine hand guns. Let us know what you decide.
Affirmative, that! I could not add anything else constructively to this, especially about M&P's.

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After several weeks of debating between the two, I chose the M&P for the feel in my hand, it's natural point, it's accuracy, and it's reliability. I am not saying it is any more or less reliable than an XDm, just that it is a very reliable firearm. For me, both naturally pointed pretty well but the M&P was slightly but noticeably better, and both were pretty equal in their accuracy (even though the XDm has a "match" barrel). It was almost a "6 in one hand, half dozen in the other" thing on the decision.

Of course, after the decision had been made, the "made in USA" found on the M&P helped make me feel even better about my choice.

The trigger on the M&P takes some getting used to and seems to be pretty rough on new guns, but after a trip to a gunsmith to fine tune it to the shooter, they are every bit as nice as the trigger found on the XDm.

Since the M&P is priced a bit lower than the XDm, the trip to the smith wasn't all that painful. Even after the trip, the M&P was still a bit cheaper.

These are MY observations and reasons I chose the M&P over the XDm. Each shooter is different and we are all entitled to our own opinion. You could very well try both guns and absolutely hate either one and love the other. That is the beauty of having so many outstanding options available.

Good luck on the decision. It ain't going to be an easy one.

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Shoot both as lot and figure out which one suits you best. .
im sorry guys but is there some magic place where i can go and shoot any gun i want or something to sample them? where do you guys do such things
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im sorry guys but is there some magic place where i can go and shoot any gun i want or something to sample them? where do you guys do such things
Hey Field the answer to your question all depends on where you live. Where I live, the local gun range has quite a few guns to choose from that we can rent for a nominal $5.00 fee. They get us with the cost of ammo; they won't let you use your own ammo with their weapons. Call your local gun ranges and find out if they rent guns and which ones if they do.

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. They get us with the cost of ammo; they won't let you use your own ammo with their weapons. .

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heh yeah im thinkin "huh? only FIVE DOLLAZ?" and then "but then we have to buy THEIR ammo" lol

my gun range is out in the sticks im 99% sure they dont do anything like that i would have known about it by now. They do have a decent outdoor pistol range and then there are some other areas where you can actually set up your own targets and practice uspsa type stuff its really good gun range as far as im concerned. but yeah if they did rent i would have definitely done that.
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I got a question -

Why are you messing around with this decision and you still haven't come across the pass and shot a 1911??

I'm just saying.... You seem to be spending a lot of energy without exploring all of your options....

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