Originally Posted by eborden1122
Thanks for the pic. While i am on the subject and since there is a pic of the SA XD. Are they pretty good pistols, same, better than a Glock? I dont know much about them. Is it another Glock wannabe or is it for real. Thanks, Ed
The XD's are absolutely for real. They are not GLOCK knock-offs. There are some very real differences between the XDs/XDMs and the GLOCKS.
Personally, I perfer the XD(M) over the XD and I prefer both over the GLOCK. Not meant as a bash of GLOCKs, it's a matter of personal preference.
I'll use a sneaker analogy. To me GLOCK is Nike and SA is Adidas. I don't like the me-to factor of Nikes, but more importantly, Adidas fit my feet better. Could I buy a pair of Nikes and be happy, sure. But I know that the Adidas fit me better. Nikes might fit you better.
Back to the guns: The grip angle on the XD/XD(m) and the GLOCK are different. The XD/XD(m) has a more "natural" grip angle which it essentially shares with the 1911. The XD/XD(m)s have a grip safety, GLOCKs do not. Proabably subjective, but the trigger on the XD(m) is better than the GLOCK (can't really speak to the XD on this). XD(m) have "Match Grade" barrels. I like the feel of the stippling and the shape of the grip on the XD(m) over both the XD and the GLOCK. XD(m)s are little heavier than GLOCKs, and that is a good
thing. The additional weight does a better job of reducing the perceived recoil (at least in my hands). It's about balance, and I find the XD(m) to be a more balanced pistol and the GLOCK to be a little to bare bones, for me. GLOCKS are fine guns that will "always fire" and there are a legion of GLOCK fans out there.
Your best bet is to try both and see which one speaks to you.
To me, GLOCKs are the gun that people pick when they don't want to evaluate which gun is best for me
. GLOCKs are ubiquitous. Too many (not all) GLOCK purchasers just want someone to tell them which gun is best
. "Just by Nikes." so to speak. THAT IS NOT
TO SAY THAT THE GLOCK ISN'T/CAN'T BE THE BEST GUN FOR MANY, MANY PEOPLE.