Originally Posted by jimogden1984
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.
Several pretty big differences between these two guns:
1. All steel 1911 weighs a lot more than the XD40. So you will feel a lot more recoil on the XD.
2. XD is a double stack mag, so your round count will be a lot more than the 1911, something like 13 rounds in the XD vs. 7 in the 1911. (Not sure of these counts, but they're pretty close.)
3. XD double stack mag has a thicker grip than the 1911 single stack. Grip will feel quite a bit different.
Recommend that you try it before you buy it. Also do some research to get the right round counts for comparison.