Newb lookin at xdms

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by Natenite, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Natenite

    Natenite New Member

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    Ok so I'm getting ready to buy my first hand gun. I have been looking at lots of them and am in love with the xdms. I am leaning towards the 4.5 or 5.25. I'm am thinking 9 mm based on what I have learned from several people. I am stuck though. I don't know squat about sights and the 2 I looked at had very different sights. Are sights easily changed out? Would I be able to get a sight on the 5.25 with the glowing dots on the rear sight or am I stuck with the blank sight. Also is the longer barrel overkill for me. I am planning on primarily home defense and fun time at the range. I will cc after I get more comfortable with a gun but I'm guessing either is too big. I would love your thoughts on the matter if you have a chance.
     
  2. munitedhooligan

    munitedhooligan New Member

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    I just bought my first pistol. An Xdm 40 with a 4.5" slide. I fired a lot of pistols before i decided. I tried all the 45 and the 9, but I have to say the 40 just shot better in my hand. But if you worry about needing practice or just want a smaller caliber for a beginning gun, the xdm 9mm is a great choice over most pistols. But i love my 40.
     

  3. ZombieBrawler

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    Im an xdm fan as well. Xdm .45 in 4.5" slide is my choice for CC range and home defense. Great all around gun by far and very comfortable. The 5.25 is indeed a competition gun with the coffin cut slide FO front sight and the longer slide for accuracy. If you plan to CC this gun i would recommend it yes for the length and the weight of the slide can throw off quick shots ect ect. Some will say 4.5" is too big, i have no problem and im 5'10" 135#, so im not huge and i have no issues for CC and using comfortably. The .45 is my first handgun as well. A 9mm just doesnt have the punch id like in case theres some 300# fat *** coming after me you know? However it depends on you, i have experience with all sorts of calibers and many other large caliber guns. Im confident if you get the 4.5" youll be happy its a good balanced gun empty and full mag so theres no tilting during shooting when the mag gets lighter. As far as sights go yes the front rear and many other things can be changed out, dawson precision makes good sights, for xdm mods look up powderriverprecision.com they do good work as well. Cheers!
     
  4. HOSSFLY

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    Well, i'm a XD 5" barrelled 45acp fan (the XDM has never grew on me)
    But I agree on the 9mm selection & own a 1911 9mm & Ruger SR9C
    But as far as nite sites there are several good ones availible -
    As far as size I think you'll find either you mentioned a bit large for a CCW-
    BUT later you can get another to carry & leave big brother home :D
     
  5. CHLChris

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    Let's get to the issue of the question. The 4.5" and 5.25" XDm's indeed have different sights, and the slide cut-out of the 5.25" is an issue.

    Sights:

    The 4.5" inch has 3-dot sights, a very common sighting system that is very effective and usable as combat sights. The 5.25" has a fiber optic front sight, which is very easy to see. The rear sight is merely a notched black blade, which is adjustable. As competition sights this system is wonderful for accuracy, but for combat (i.e. home defense) purposes not so much. The lack of dots on the rear sight makes it tougher to acquire in chaos and a fiber optic sights has a greater chance of breaking in a struggle. For home defense, I think the 3-dot sights of the 4.5" win.

    Slide:

    The cut out in the slide is great for lighter loads common in competition, but it leaves a hole in your slide that stuff can get into. In a more chaotic environment of combat, foreign matter in your gun probably isn't good.

    I doubt the extra .75" of barrel, which gives greater velocity and a longer sight radius, would make a big enough difference in combat to overcome to negatives the larger XDm presents for uses outside of competition.
     
  6. Natenite

    Natenite New Member

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    So it sounds like the 4.5 is the way to go. Are the sights easy to change out? Is that something I can do or do I have someone do that? I saw both white and a yellow dot color. Do I go with the ones that will glow in the dark? Do those alter the sight picture during the day? I was thinking I would get a light attachment for the pistol. Would you guys recommend that or is it overkill?
     
  7. ZombieBrawler

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    I definatley recommend checking out dawsonprecision.com and powderriverprecision.com, and ordering a xdm 4.5" from PRP is less than most retail places, around $602 for the .45 and they have many options and sights ect for it all installed and sent to your ffl
     
  8. Natenite

    Natenite New Member

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    Is there a thread to read and get an understanding of what a ffl is and how all that works?
     
  9. Magnum27

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    Just bought a XDM 4.5" 9mm Black and love it. I got it 2 weeks ago at the Sportsmans Outdoor Superstore for $499. With shipping and FFL I got it for $575 otd.
     
  10. ZombieBrawler

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    Great price damn!!
     
  11. ZombieBrawler

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    Ffl is just someone or a business with a federal firearm license that allows them to legally purchase sell and transfer firearms in the US. Working with one is as easy as locating one online or stopping by a gun store and asking them to take in a firearm for transfer for you, usually for a fee of $20 or so.
     
  12. Magnum27

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    In the Chicago area it is VERY hard to find any that are under $50. Believe me I looked! :)
     
  13. getem2011

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    I know of two that do transfers in the suburbs for $20. If u want their info pm me.
     
  14. ZombieBrawler

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    Damn! Thats vegas prices and ffl's are a dime a dozen out here lol
     
  15. Magnum27

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    Thanks I will.
     
  16. Gonzilla

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    OK- I've got 4.5" in bi-tone 9mm and Ive got about 700 rds through it. I love the sights on the 5.25 and,it will cost you $250 or more to get them. Dawson Percision is what SA uses and sight pullers have been broke trying to remove them.

    If you get 4.5 and later want to do a change out, that's $160 but rear sight will not be seated into slide like in a BoMar cut on 1911. I don't like the hole in the slide but if it helps w light loads, so be it.

    5.25 is a superior range, Tgt, competition firearm. If you want to carry, the 3.8" is hard to beat and you can use full size mags. Wee bit more muzzle jump. The SW M&P line is also worth a second look. I like a longer sight radius - preferably 6" which is expensive for an entry level gun.

    The cost to upgrade is high, so why not get it the way you want it right out of the box!
     
  17. Staestc

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