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Old 03-18-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Here's the deal, I currently carry a springfield champion 1911. I like the gun and am fairly accurate with it. I have a good friend who has an XD40 who might want to trade. I like the looks of the xd but haven't been able to shoot it yet. I'm just wondering what you guys thought about the XD40 and if it might be a better carry gun than the 1911. I do like the idea of the grip and trigger safety vs a grip and manual thumb safety in a possible high stress situation. My friend doesn't carry, if we were to trade it would be a bedside gun for him.

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Let me begin by saying I'm a bit biased when it comes to the 1911. Second, the XD is a fine pistol. And finally, I abhor the 40 S&W.

Assuming your Springer is chambered in 45 and is a Commander length all-steel 1911 (I have not shot a Champion and obviously not very knowledgeable of them.) I think you are carrying one of the best carry pistol options available to the shooting public.

There will be two big and remarkable changes when you go with the XD40.

  1. The shift from the slim 1911 receiver to a poly double-stack will make it tough to adapt to it's bulk.
  2. The felt recoil of the 40 Short & Weak, or as I call it, the 10mm Lite is going to be much snappier (read: not fun) in the poly frame XD.

The Springer must be worth more than the XD so i hope you get the gun + $.

This is your choice and the decision you make is your's to own but IMHO, once you experience the 1911 you rarely go back.
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Let me begin by saying I'm a bit biased when it comes to the 1911. Second, the XD is a fine pistol. And finally, I abhor the 40 S&W.

Assuming your Springer is chambered in 45 and is a Commander length all-steel 1911 (I have not shot a Champion and obviously not very knowledgeable of them.) I think you are carrying one of the best carry pistol options available to the shooting public.

There will be two big and remarkable changes when you go with the XD40.
[*]The shift from the slim 1911 receiver to a poly double-stack will make it tough to adapt to it's bulk.[*]The felt recoil of the 40 Short & Weak, or as I call it, the 10mm Lite is going to be much snappier (read: not fun) in the poly frame XD.


The Springer must be worth more than the XD so i hope you get the gun +.

This is your choice and the decision you make is your's to own but IMHO, once you experience the 1911 you rarely go back.
Youre dead on with my springer, all steel, .45, and it is commander length
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I love my xd40. That being said, keep your 1911. Shoot your friends xd. If you like it, save up and buy one. Dont trade off a 1911 to get it. I love my xd 40 and i love the 40 s&w caliber! In fact, i currently own 4 guns in that caliber. I prefer the 40 for home defence, concealed carry, truck gun, and also my plinkers. Its my favorite caliber and i shoot several thousands of rounds of it a year. But i also love my 1911 and the 45 acp too.

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I don't think I could go from this to an XD.

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I don't think I could go from this to an XD.
I couldnt either. But i COULD buy an xd to keep it company...
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I couldnt either. But i COULD buy an xd to keep it company...
+ 1 ryguy00 but mine would be chambered in 9mm.
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I wish I could afford both. I might have to just save up. That's easier said than done, I like to shoot a lot and .45s ain't cheap

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+ 1 ryguy00 but mine would be chambered in 9mm.
What is it you like about the 9mm over the 40?
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I wish I could afford both. I might have to just save up. That's easier said than done, I like to shoot a lot and .45s ain't cheap
Doubt many here are poorer than me
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NEITHER are in .40 tho

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