You Guys Convinced Me.
I bought an XD-9 today. I will say one thing, coming from shooting 1911's in the military and of late a .380 subcompact. It takes a hell of a lot longer to load that thing than it does to empty it!
I've got some work to do on my grip, but the heft and the balance of it make for an easy recovery to the sight picture (Which is great with the dots.) Trigger pull is sweet, it's relatively quiet, and negligible recoil. Gork likes!