today I picked up my new XD compact .45 and some ammunition. 50 rounds of Fiocchi 45A 230 grm. FMJ and 25 rounds of Remingtion Golden Saber .45 ACP (+P) and a cleaning kit. This may not seem like a big deal for most folks, but for a liberal just out of the conservative closet, it has been a long trip. Thirty years ago or so, I shot a hole in our house showing my wife how safe a borrowed .38 would be with an empty chamber up next in the cylinder. I was well versed with the safety rules and broke one of the basic ones just to prove my point. From that time on, I was convinced that I was too stupid to handle a fire arm. Well that is history and after couple of classes, along with the counsel of several experienced shooters, I am into a new phase. Goes to prove that even at 66 it is not too late to restart. With a lot more ammunition, much more practice, and my recent GFL, I can carry with caution and confidence.http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
One side note please. When I worked with the XD tonight (no ammunition just checking the mechanics) I noticed that the slide stop lever was incredibly stiff and I have to use both thumbs to release the slide. I shot my brothers XD last month and there was no problem. Short of wearing an additional holster with a ball peen hammer in it, can I assume this will get easier with a bit of use?