Originally Posted by BenLuby
Okay. I've made my decision to get the Buick (Hi-Point) off my back, and switch to an XD .45 caliber to replace it with.
Probably. What is delaying this? .45 Ammo isn't exactly cheap. This means I've only a few possibilities to resolve this.
At basically a dollar a round, it's not exactly a gun I want to go shoot a box of 50 rounds through regularly, and I do like to shoot my CC to stay on top of it.
I do NOT want to buy three or four. So...pro's and con's of the XD .40 vs. .45? I'll even consider the 9. Do they all feel the same in your hand? I've found a .40 to test, (4" Barrel, which is what I want) and the grip and action is smooth and really nice.
How similar is it to the others?
I am simply trying to figure out which way to go. (I'll need one with the extended 13 round mag. I stand six six with an 8.5 inch hand span, so the tactical with the short mag feels odd, although I can use it. The 13 feels great.)
A dollar a round? I buy WWB at Walmart for $31.99 for a box of 100 rounds FMJ. The XDM series comes with three backstraps. I have the XDM-45 and use the smallest (#1), as the grip is pretty big. The grips in general are better on the XDM, I think. Other XDM features--match grade barrel, polished feed ramp, and a generally sleeker appearance (subjective, of course), are reasons to pay a bit more for the XDM than the XD. XDM's are available in 3.8, 4.5, and 5.25 inch barrels.
Caliber? Being a Texas boy, I'm partial to the .45, so I suck it up at Wally World and buy six boxes of 31.99/100 WWB at a time and then just try not to think about it. The XDM-9 has had rave reviews, especially in the 5.25 barrel.