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Poink88 03-08-2010 10:14 PM

1st pistol finally arrived...and Destiny?
Finally, my first handgun arrived today and I am all giddy and excited about it.

The story, I few years ago (yes years ago), I contemplated buying a handgun. Did a lot of research and reading or specs online. I am certain at that point that my first gun will be a Glock 40 caliber (G22 or possibly a G35) but I never bought one. Couple of months back, the urge to buy came again and I physically checked the my horror, they don't feel well in my hands.

Went back to the drawing board, did more research and joined a few gun forums. Read a lot and asked more questions and was reluctantly steered towards 9mm (for all the good reasons). Later, gave in and concentrated my search on 9mm of; CZ 75B, H&K USP, Beretta PX4, S&W M&P, Springfield XD & XDM, Walther P99, & FN FNP9. A few were eliminated due to cost, fit, availability, etc.

Last week I ordered my pistol...a Springfield XDM-9 bi-tone SS/Black for $570. Even ordered 2 extra magazines so I will have 4 total. While waiting, I bough my cleaning kit, cleaning solvent and lubricant and last but not the least ammo 24 boxes x 50 of it from Walmart (22 Federal + 2 RWS).

Today, my FIRST pistol arrived and as mentioned above I am all excited. Everything is perfect but upon closer inspection, to my horror, I noticed it is .40 caliber and not 9mm!!!

I am not a super religious man but believe in divine intervention (or destiny?) so instead of returning it I decided to keep the 40 and have the 9mm mags replaced. Of course I also want to start playing with my FIRST pistol and don't want to wait 2 more weeks. (can you blame me?)

My dilemma is the 1,200 ammo in 9mm which I cannot return (or replace). Any ideas how I can dispose these 9mm ammo? At any rate, went back to Walmart today and start stockpiling 40 caliber ammo. Even bought 4 boxes of Federal HST online already.

I will try to post a picture soon and maybe a range report next week if I can since we will be busy entertaining the whole week. Hope I can sneak out a few hours.

Question...are this wear signs normal for a new (unfired) gun?

Mr. Bluesky 03-08-2010 10:22 PM

Gun pr0n plz, kthx.

In all seriousness, excellent choice. The XDm is an awesome gun, and I'm sure you'll be thrilled with it for years.

Gojubrian 03-08-2010 10:27 PM

You'll have no problem selling the 9mm ammo online or in the local paper.

Congratulations on the XDm40!! It's a sweet looking polymer 17+1rd powerhouse! Nice price too!

Pictures please. :cool:

skullcrusher 03-08-2010 10:27 PM

Congrats on your first. You never forget your first. :p

You could try to sell the 9mm ammo. Chances are that you won't get what you paid, but close. Or, just hold onto it and buy a Browning Hi-Power which will eat that 9mm like it is veal. What? Another gun? Well, you gotta do someting with the ammo...:D

Again, congrats on the pistol. If you have the opportunity, take a class. The training will come in handy and extra valuable while shooting your pistol.

Other than that, just revel in the enjoyment that is the sport of shooting. :)

orangello 03-08-2010 11:09 PM

Go to the range, make some shooting buddies, and sell them the ammo. I'd bet somebody would be glad to pay a fair price to dodge Walhell.

Congrats! I've been very happy with my XD45; i bet you will love your XDm.

detroit2786 03-09-2010 03:56 AM


Just made the plunge myself. My new xdm 9mm should arrive on wednesday.

I'm kind of wishing mine will turn up as a .40 as well.

CA357 03-09-2010 04:55 AM

Welcome to the Dark Side. ;)

zhuk 03-09-2010 07:39 AM

Congratulations on your purchase! I daresasy I'll get all giddy & excited when I'm finally able, too. The XDm would be my No#1 choice it looks so sweet, but alas we can't have a barrel length that short legally you have my envy!

Will look forward to the pics & report :)

NitroxAZ 03-09-2010 01:12 PM

Congratulations. You will be very happy with it.

gadrooning 03-09-2010 01:52 PM

The gods has intervened. I would not be complaining to get the 40. That is a really nice gun. You shouldn't have a hard time dumping the 9mm ammo. And who knows you may get a 9 in the future. Guns are addicting.

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