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Old 06-25-2010, 06:12 PM   #11
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I don't think you can go wrong with an XD in any caliber but especially 45. If I were you I would go with the 45 compact. That way you'll get a 4" barrel and two grip lengths for either carry use or range. With the longer mag and grip extension it's the same size as their service model. Sort of the best of both worlds.

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I wouldn't "shy away" from the .45 as a caliber, especially in a full-size gun. The XD45 is a smooth shooter. But you might shy away from the cost of ammo compared to the 9mm. You'll be able to afford a lot more practice with a 9.

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Having both XD and XDm I can say with no reservation that while the XD is a great gun, the XDm is a GREAT gun. Now in .45 if you so desire.

Go feel 'em up at a shop and shoot them. You wont go wrong with any 3.8 or 4.5 bbl in the XD/ XDm line.

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I don't think you can go wrong with an XD in any caliber but especially 45. If I were you I would go with the 45 compact. That way you'll get a 4" barrel and two grip lengths for either carry use or range. With the longer mag and grip extension it's the same size as their service model. Sort of the best of both worlds.
My thoughts exactly. I wish I had looked around more for the 45 compact rather than just buying my XD40 service. Granted, I really like my XD40 and carry it religiously, I think I'd like to have a 45 more.... especially with the shorter grip option.
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What do you think about the XD 45?
I agree with the others, subcompacts are difficult to get on target without lots and lots of practice and are no fun to shoot at the range, especially in a .45 ACP.

The XD 45 Compact is a good compromise. The 4" service length barrel with the short grip can be sufficiently concealed with a quality holster. You also get the added benefit of the extended 13 round mags for either backup or range use.
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I personally don't care for the XDsc's. But I like the full size models.

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To each his own thoughts! I carry a 45 XD compact - ( Completely the same as the "4 service issue except for the hand grip which is about 1 inch smaller on the compact) - but if you use the 13 round mag with the black extension on it - it's the same size as the Service 4") - I've carried this gun for about a year and a half and it shoots great! - Just remember the Compact is just slightly smaller ( for concealment purposes only every thing else is the same )

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I like my XD 45 TACTICAL. Get used to the platform and then go smaller once you get familiar. You may want to go with another pistol for everyday carry. My everyday is a .40 S&W Sigma until I get some more practice with my XD and the weather gets cooler (easier to hide the XD with winter clothing)

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I haven't messed with all of the springfields but the XDSC felt too top heavy to me. I was more comfortable with the S&W.

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All of my friends that shoot my PX4 like it better than their xd. Just saying.

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