Glock 39 vs. Springfield XD/XDm .45

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Owl1024, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Owl1024

    Owl1024 New Member

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    How does the Glock 39 compare to a similar Springfield XD .45 or XDm .45? Barrel length of each? Felt re-coil? etc.?

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  2. sputnik1988

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    I'm not an expert by any means and have never owned either, but I do have friends with both and I know what they say. From what I have gathered a lot of "Glock guys" would buy a Hi-point if it said Glock on the box. In reality they are great guns, but they have that "If its not a Harley Davidson, its not worth having" feel, anyway, to get to the point, most slightly prefer the XD for whatever reason. Sorry im not much help, just giving my two cents.
     

  3. Owl1024

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    On the contrary, your post is quite helpful. While heavier, the extra weight of the XD should help absorb the recoil from the .45. Much appreciated.
     
  4. Ruzai

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    You're bordering on comparing apples to oranges here. The Glock 36 is a single stack pistol while the other 2 are double stack 45s. A double stack is going to have more weight than the single stack and tame recoil better generally speaking. If you're out for a full-sized pistol I'd recommend going for the XDm-45 since its an excellent shooter or the Glock 21 (whichever your tastes suit), but if you're out for the short version more for concealment I'd suggest the sub-compact XD or the Glock 30sf. The 3.5 inch XDm is basically the XDm with the extra inch cut off the barrel with the full size frame and can take some creativeness to conceal.
     
  5. Owl1024

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    Thanks! I hadn't considered the Glock 30 sf, and I wasn't sure if there was a sub-compact XD in .45. What do you think of the Glock 39?
     
  6. Ruzai

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    Sorry for the bit of confusion, I thought you were asking about the Glock 36, not sure how that happened. I suppose it was because I'd just woken up, my brain must not have been completely in the "on' position.
    The Glock 39 I'm personally not a big fan of, but it does have its niche in the gun-market, which is usually a very specialized purpose. For a .45 GAP its capacity is 6 in the mag and 1 in chamber, which is a bit limited for my liking. Not to mention finding ammo much less, defense ammo, in .45 GAP can be a bit tougher than finding it in the .45 ACP, they arent the same so dont confuse them, because its a simple mistake lots have made.
    The direct competition for the Glock 30sf is the 4" XD in 45acp, that's what I was speaking of, I mis-labeled it as sub-compact since that's what the Glock 30sf is labeled as. I didnt like the 4" XD 45acp, because of personal ergonmics of it. The dimensions of the two pistols differ a bit and you really have to pick them up to see what suits you best.
    Check out some videos on youtube of the guns you're interested in to get an idea of what the gun is like so you know what to look for in the store. Just remember to take most of what's said with a grain of salt.
     
  7. Owl1024

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    Thank you, Ruzai. This is quite helpful. The XD 4" .45 ACP suddenly looks like the way to go.
     
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  8. Don Davis

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    I've owned both Glocks and XDm in several calibers.

    I do not care for the grip angle of a Glock nor their looks, they just are not pretty to me IMHO.

    I really like Springfield XDm - I've owned / shot XDm's in several calibers and they just handle and shoot well for me.

    I like Sig Sauer's and CZ's and I suggest you look into them.

    The Sig will be a little higher in price, but the CZ will be lower in price.

    :cool:
     
  9. Owl1024

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    The Sig P250 looks interesting.
     
  10. orangello

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    I own a XD45 with the 5" barrel. I don't carry, but i do think it could be a challenge to conceal. It has been a very reliable firearm and shoots about as accurately as i am capable of at reasonable ranges. Perhaps the XD45 compact would be a decent compromise.
     
  11. Owl1024

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    Perhaps, but the .45 might be too strong for me.
     
  12. orangello

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    The only way to be really sure is to try one out. See if you can find one to borrow or rent one at a local range. This XD45 was my first firearm in .45ACP; i was surprised to find the recoil to be more of a big push than a "kick".

    edit* Hearing protection is a must; .45 is quite loud at the end of your arm.
     
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  13. Owl1024

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    I've read 'push', too...we'll see...maybe.
     
  14. Ruzai

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    Ammo comparison is a whole nother plane of consideration. Some people like light fast bullets like the 9mm Luger, while others like myself like the big heavy hitters like the 45ACP. The 40s&w is a good compromise of the two worlds and a favorite of a large group of shooters. Recoil itself can be bad no matter which caliber you use, usually its the gun that decides a lot of it. I cant tell you how many times I've heard "Its a 45 that feels like I was shooting a 9mm".
     
  15. Owl1024

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    True enough, Ruzai. Thank you. The following may change, but right now, I'm considering the relatively heavy XD40sc; XDm .40; Glock 23 and Glock 27. I seem to have made up my mind, without firing a shot, that .40 is the best compromise for me. A .45 is useless if I can't handle the recoil.
     
  16. Don Davis

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    I personally think that the recoil on the .40 is harsher than the recoil of the .45.

    Just IMHO

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  17. NGIB

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    I agree. The recoil of a .45 if more of a "push" where the recoil of a .40 is more of a "snap". I know this isn't a correct description according to the laws of physics but it just is IMHO...
     
  18. Owl1024

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    Thank you both.
     
  19. NGIB

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    No problem. I've had a number of the exact same guns in .40 & .45 and I've always found the .40s to be much "snappier" than the .45s in the same gun. Fast muzzle rise, as you get with a .40, makes fast follow up shots more difficult. I have 3 .40s so I don't hate them but...
     
  20. Owl1024

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    So, here are the .45's I'm considering:

    Glock 30

    Glock 36

    Springfield XD .45

    Comments? Opinions?