M&P vs. XDM

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by field, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. field

    field New Member

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    if you were going to get either one, oh say mostly for competitive shooting and range time which one of these would you grab? Lets assume we are getting a .40 caliber.
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    What kind of competitive shooting? I've owned & shot the M&P in .40 and I currently own an XD Tactical (5" barrel) in .40, never had an XDM.

    Between the regular XD and the M&P - whichever feels best and they are roughly the same price. The XDM is more money but does have a "match" grade barrel and "best" trigger of any polymer gun (according to Springfield).

    Shoot them all and pick the one you shoot the best. My XD Tactical is my backup gun for bowling pin matches when .45 ammo is scarce...
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I would get an XDM because the XD's feel great in my hand, I currently own an XD and can shoot well with it. The M&P is OK as far as holding it but I just can't stand that trigger. It feels like its going to snap off or something, it bothered me every time I squeezed and my shooting suffers. In polymer semi auto handguns I will always reach for an XD first.
     
  4. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    competitive shooting I don't know if either are the right choice. Range time and PD/HD I'm a S&W M&P guy. As Spit pointed out the trigger takes some getting use to but if you have the squeze and not pull the trigger concept figured out the trigger is pretty sweet. I often pop off a full mag in rapid fire and never thought I would break off the trigger and expect that would be truly hard to do even if you tried. I don't have a 40 cal, I have a 45 M&P I carry most of the time and a compact 9mm M&P I carry when I'm lazy. Some of my friends are XDM guys and while it is a fine pistol the feel and action of the S&W M&P floats my boat.

    For me it came down to something simple, what fits me in my time of need. Shoot both as lot and figure out which one suits you best. Either way your picking between two fine hand guns. Let us know what you decide.
     
  5. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Affirmative, that! I could not add anything else constructively to this, especially about M&P's.

    Jack
     
  6. stick_man

    stick_man New Member

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    After several weeks of debating between the two, I chose the M&P for the feel in my hand, it's natural point, it's accuracy, and it's reliability. I am not saying it is any more or less reliable than an XDm, just that it is a very reliable firearm. For me, both naturally pointed pretty well but the M&P was slightly but noticeably better, and both were pretty equal in their accuracy (even though the XDm has a "match" barrel). It was almost a "6 in one hand, half dozen in the other" thing on the decision.

    Of course, after the decision had been made, the "made in USA" found on the M&P helped make me feel even better about my choice.

    The trigger on the M&P takes some getting used to and seems to be pretty rough on new guns, but after a trip to a gunsmith to fine tune it to the shooter, they are every bit as nice as the trigger found on the XDm.

    Since the M&P is priced a bit lower than the XDm, the trip to the smith wasn't all that painful. Even after the trip, the M&P was still a bit cheaper.

    These are MY observations and reasons I chose the M&P over the XDm. Each shooter is different and we are all entitled to our own opinion. You could very well try both guns and absolutely hate either one and love the other. That is the beauty of having so many outstanding options available.

    Good luck on the decision. It ain't going to be an easy one.
     
  7. field

    field New Member

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    im sorry guys but is there some magic place where i can go and shoot any gun i want or something to sample them? where do you guys do such things
     
  8. katdadee

    katdadee New Member

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    Hey Field the answer to your question all depends on where you live. Where I live, the local gun range has quite a few guns to choose from that we can rent for a nominal $5.00 fee. They get us with the cost of ammo; they won't let you use your own ammo with their weapons. Call your local gun ranges and find out if they rent guns and which ones if they do.

    Amp
     
  9. field

    field New Member

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    heh yeah im thinkin "huh? only FIVE DOLLAZ?" and then "but then we have to buy THEIR ammo" lol

    my gun range is out in the sticks im 99% sure they dont do anything like that i would have known about it by now. They do have a decent outdoor pistol range and then there are some other areas where you can actually set up your own targets and practice uspsa type stuff its really good gun range as far as im concerned. but yeah if they did rent i would have definitely done that.
     
  10. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I got a question -

    Why are you messing around with this decision and you still haven't come across the pass and shot a 1911??

    I'm just saying.... You seem to be spending a lot of energy without exploring all of your options....:cool:

    JD
     
  11. WDB

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    Check your local area and then if you can't find anything close expand your search for a range that rents the pistols you are intrested in. An hour or two drive to get hands on with a firearm that you might use to protect you and yours is a small investment. I have purchased some pistols based on good advice and discovered they don't fit me well, it's still a great pistol just not for me.
     
  12. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    I'm in a similar position re looking for a competition handgun...currently using the club's HK which is very solid (ought to be @ 1300 bucks lol) even though slightly large to me since I have embarassingly small hands :eek: Hope to at least get to hold a few different brands before I make the decision. But I can't go to a range (there is ONE indoor place I found in Sydney) and try out anything for a year, until I'm off my probationary licence. Not that it matters much anyway I guess since I can't purchase until then...


    Good luck with your search, Field...with all the choices it's kinda 'kid in a toy shop' time isn't it? :D
     
  13. slammr

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    From what I've read, if you are considering competing like in IDPA, you should get a 9mm instead of a 40. I don't know much on the rules except for posts on other forums. From those ,I gather you would be at a disadvantange in the Production division (where most start) as everything is considered "minor" power. Thus, those shooting 9mm can shoot faster and more accurate due to less recoil. To shoot "major" (against others with .40 and .45 cal) you have to be in Limited division where you would be competing with most who have guns in the $2k to $3k+ range; again disadvantaged.

    Again don't take this as gospel; ask around or do some googling for more info.
     
  14. Stangman

    Stangman New Member

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    Xdm

    I would buy the xdm if I were you. I have been lusting over one for a while now. M&P's are awesome as well from what I hear, but the xdm appeals to me more. The capacity and the match grade barrel is a good combo.:)
     
  15. bulldog68

    bulldog68 New Member

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    M&P vs XDM

    I have always been a S&W fan, but today I traded my M&P on an XDM after range time. I shot a new xd sub compact 9mm, and out of the box the first 5 shot group was 3", which impressed me. I also fired my XD 45 and shot 8 rounds with 5 hitting in a 3" group and the other 3 still holding inside 4". I then fired my M&P 40 and the first 3 shots I could not hold in a 9 inch circle, but later got a little tighter at 4" grouping, but I also had 2 stove pipes. This is the fourth time I had the gun out and had similar results. I'm not saying all M&P's have this problem but I sure did. On the way home I traded the M&P on an XDM 40. I will be back at the range next week hoping for some tighter groups 3" minus I hope.

    Bulldog
     
  16. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    I have shot the XDM .40 and I love it. Reliable and accurate, fun to shoot as well. I've never shot the M&P so I can't say.
     
  17. TOF

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    In the long run ammo is going to cost you much more than your pistol.
    If you purchase an M&P (my preference) and don't like it you can sell/trade and get an XD. The switch will cost the price of a few boxes of ammo but you will end up with what you want.

    I owned an XD9 service and XD40 Tactical for around 1 year and 5000 rounds. I have since owned an M&P9, 40 and 45 for a combined 30,000 plus rounds.

    I still have M&P's but no XD's. Both are good guns but the M&P's are better IMHO.

    The M&P may start with a slightly rough trigger takeup but will smooth out fairly fast. If you don't wish to wait, APEX Tactical has an immediate fix for the trigger that will cost less than the ammo necessary to wear the sear and drop safety plunger smooth.

    Good luck with whatever you buy.