High Standard 1911 or XD subcompact .40

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by JustinM, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. JustinM

    JustinM New Member

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    I'm buying one of these but don't know which. I keep bouncing back and forth. I love 1911's and the history but am leaning towards the XD. I'm sure ill be happy with either. I plan on carrying whatever I get.
     
  2. JustinM

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    Oh the Walther PK380 is an option too.
     

  3. Olympus

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    A 40 caliber in a subcompact polymer frame is not my idea of a good time. Sharp, snappy recoil and a lot of muzzle flip.

    Are you planning on carrying either of these? If so, the XD would be my vote. If its a fun gun or range gun, then the 1911 gets the nod.
     
  4. BeyondTheBox

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    Yuuuuuuuup!
     
  5. Olympus

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    Both are good guns. You just didn't provide any info on how the gun would be used. If its CCW, then go with the XD. If its anything else, go with the High Standard.
     
  6. chloeshooter

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    I recently bought a Ruger SR40 - love that gun, not the snappy recoil many 40's have. I am seriously considering getting a SR40-C as a carry option.

    This is just me, but I think 1911's are great looking guns, solid feeling, all of that. But they have limited magazine capacity** and I personally don't care for double-action pistols. Plus, the market is absolutely flooded with these things and the fact that everybody has to have one, makes me not want one lol.

    **I have seen a lot of comments from folks on this site such as "if you can't get it done with a couple shots of .45 acp, you probably aren't gonna get it done". What the hell ever. My expectation is, if I need to resort to draw and fire, things are terribly wrong and probably confused. If I can put 15 rounds of .40 S&W on a target or MULTIPLE targets, versus 8 rounds of .45 acp? I'll take volume over the stopping power of just one bullet (stopping power ballistics on these two rounds are very similar)
     
  7. Olympus

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    You mean single-action, right?
     
  8. chloeshooter

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    no, I don't care for double-action (which the 1911 design very much is). My SR40 is a single action
     
  9. Olympus

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    Oh, I see. I can be such an idiot sometimes....

    #facepalm
     
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  10. StainlessSteel215

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    What will you use the gun for? Carry, target shooting, home protection...or a combo of all 3?

    For carry, go with the XD40

    For the latter 2, go with a nice 1911.

    This is just my $.02 on which one to buy depending on the purpose for it.....but to clear up the 1911 SA/DA myth its ALWAYS a SA trigger on a 1911, not a double action. The trigger has one function, not two, despite dropping the hammer. The trigger wont do anything until you rack the slide/lower the hammer.
     
  11. Olympus

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    A gave the guy a second chance, but apparently it was too subtle. Thanks for clearing up more misinformation in this thread. I just didnt have it in me.
     
  12. StainlessSteel215

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    I couldnt discern anymore from sarcasm or general lack of understanding lol...just had to clear that up! 1911=SA trigger
     
  13. Olympus

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    I'll admit to the sarcasm part. ;)
     
  14. Olympus

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    That's not entirely true either. The striker on the SR models is only kept partially cocked as the slide is racked, but not fully cocked. The striker is fully cocked and then released as the trigger is pulled. So technically, the trigger on the SR guns leans more toward DAO (double action only) since the trigger is performing two functions with each pull, partially cocking the striker and also releasing the sear.
     
  15. chloeshooter

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    well, Ruger calls it a single action, perhaps they could use your help lol
     
  16. Olympus

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    It's all about marketing. I guess if you want to completely technical, the SRs use what's called a preset trigger. Not a true SA and not a true DA.
     
  17. JustinM

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    I literally said I plan on carrying lol. You didn't read.
     
  18. BeyondTheBox

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    Ya got that backward. The SR series of handguns have a very short pull double action trigger, seeming much more like a single action than typical DAO and 1911s have true single action triggers.