Springfield armory xd40 vs s&w m&p .45

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rstarlin23, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. rstarlin23

    rstarlin23 New Member

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    As everyone knows I just purchased a Walther P99QA 9mm and now I want a larger caliber pistol. Out of the Springfield armory xd40 and the S&W M&P .45, which would be the better purchase? The armory I can get it for $449 and the m&p for $469
     
  2. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    There's very little difference in quality, performance, or function. It's like comparing 7-UP to Sprite. Buy whatever suits your tastes.

    Personally, I'd drift away from the plastic stuff. And that's only due to my own preferences.
     

  3. Overkill0084

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    I have an XD40SC, it's a good quality pistol. I don't have an M&P, but they are pretty nice. For a range/general use pistol, of the two you specifically list, I'd probably go w/ the .45 M&P. Simply because I find .45 acp guns more enjoyable to shoot.
    .40s just aren't fun to me.
    If I was standing next to you at the gun shop counter, I'd try to talk you into checking out the budget price 1911s.
     
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  4. FCross7

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    Just curious, why two different calibers in two different models? It's like asking the difference in a v6 in a car or a v8 in a truck.

    As others have said, both are great pistols and you really can't go wrong with either. If possible, go to a gun shop and hold both. Even better, if they rent guns, rent both and give them a go, see which one you like better.

    When it comes down to two quality guns, the only one who should sway your opinion one way or the other is you. It's not our gun, we won't be shooting it, so who cares what we think?

    -Fred
     
  5. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I didn't know that.....???

    Which can you shoot and conceal the best? Which feels better to you? How much do you have to spend?

    Both are great guns. I see no bad choice here.
     
  6. 45acprules

    45acprules New Member

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    I'm issued an m&p for work and love it. In my opinion the xd seems a little more bulky.
     
  7. DB8297

    DB8297 New Member

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    I have shot both. I final bought the m&p. I think it is more comfortable, reliable, smoother, etc. I just think the m&p is a better gun.
     
  8. nccinstaller

    nccinstaller New Member

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    I would def choose the m&p really great guns. I dont particularly care for xd pistols that much, they feel cheap and hage so-so fitvand finish compared to other polymers such as m&p and glock.
     
  9. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    +1 on the M&P
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    ill take the xdm 45 over glock or m&p. xdm fit finish and feel much better than glock or m&p. xdm is better balanced too
     
  11. cswann1

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    I haven't made it a secret that I am a big fan of the M&P pistols. So between these two, I'd choose the Smith for myself.

    However, if I were in the market for a larger caliber handgun (and I expect I will be before long) I would go with a 1911 .45



    EDIT: @ 45acprules..... Glad you like your M&P. If you don't mind me asking....what agency do you work for?
     
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