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i am a first time buyer im interested in the beretta 92F and the springfield xd service both in .40 anybody have any input on what would be better or pro's and con's about either and information would be greatly appreciated
 

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Welcome Packer -

If those are your choices, I would go with the XD all day long. It's just a better overall weapon if you can get by the long trigger pull.

Beretta has fallen in love with their mystique and they haven't done much to advance some of their concepts in YEARS - not to mention their military contract has them fat, dumb and happy. Their customer service is almost non existant and the Model 96 ( which is the .40 cal version ) isn't that great of a weapon.

If you really like that design, look at the Taurus. It's the same gun, but you get a lifetime warranty.

The XD is a striker fired weapon, so you have the advantage of not having to worry about snagging the hammer on your clothes in a CCW situation. It also features an external safety on the frame, where it was intended to be in the first place. The Beretta's is on the slide, not where it was intended to be in the first place. :rolleyes:

I believe the XD has a lower profile barrel, making it closer to the hand, and therefor, more accurate for the average shooter.

The Beretta, and I am speaking from experience as I owned a 92F back in the day, will experience slide wear on the aluminum frame that will lead to a little more rattle than I personally like to see in a self defense weapon.

Beretta makes some fantastic shotguns, and they should stick to doing that. Springfield is an American Made company that has been around a long time and will probably be around for a long time to come.

I think the XD is hands down a better overall weapon and will probably save you some money in the purchase that can go towards ammo and mags, not to mention range time for practice, practice, practice...

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I've owned both and I liked both. They are equally reliable and accurate. The XD is probably cheaper. I guess the Beretta 92FS might get the "quality" nod because it is an all metal gun, but it is a small difference.
 

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Springfield is an American Made company that has been around a long time and will probably be around for a long time to come.
Just to clarify; the XD is entirely made in Croatia and their 1911s are made in Brazil. However, the company itself is an American company and, in terms of customer service, that can be handy.
 

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Just to clarify; the XD is entirely made in Croatia and their 1911s are made in Brazil. However, the company itself is an American company and, in terms of customer service, that can be handy.
That's a good point - I got off on a tangent there and didn't clarify that.

Good catch...

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Between those 2, get the 1 that fits YOU best. if both fit you equally, go for the Springfield Armory XD and run without looking back. I would however recommend the XDM over the XD.
 

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Italy versus Croatia

Do you want a Croatian handgun or an Italian handgun?? They are both good guns but I feel the XD is more modern and better gun than the Beretta. The XD was born out of war in the former Yugoslavia and has been a good service side arm while the Beretta has served American troops for a long time. I would say BUY AMERICAN and get a Kimber.
 

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I have the XD45 and have wondered why they don't sell it in one of those "for dummies" packages with the yellow & black (like "windows for dummies" etc.). You don't exactly need an engineering degree to get it apart & whatnot. I like my XD45 a lot & imagine the .40 is very similar.
 

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Do you want a Croatian handgun or an Italian handgun?? They are both good guns but I feel the XD is more modern and better gun than the Beretta. The XD was born out of war in the former Yugoslavia and has been a good service side arm while the Beretta has served American troops for a long time. I would say BUY AMERICAN and get a Kimber.
Well I say Beretta if you want legendary quality built here in Accokeek, MD. virtually jam free because of the unique and timeless design you can run any ammo through this work of art and trust it will go bang, but if you are looking for Tactical Tupperware then before I even looked at XD, Beretta has got you covered there with PX4 Storm it's available in 9mm,40cal and my choice .45cal now the PX4 models are built in Italy but what the hell they been in business for over 500 years these boys know their gunmetal. Course this is my opinion I could be wrong... but I doubt it.
 

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The Beretta is a good weapon, BUT the XD design beats it in spades. The Beretta is over sized for being a 9mm, and because of the design the felt recoil is more so than something like an XD / Glock / FNP / etc....

It's all up to what fits the best in your hands in the end, though. Don't take our opinions as law or anything.
 

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I own an XDm 40, Xd40 sc and the Taurus Pt92fs which is the Beretta knock off, and a Glock 19.The Xdm is deffinatley my choice its pointability is great it is very accurate and reliable. And Springfields customer service is fantastic and a life time warranty to boot.
 

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Look over the internet and see the number of people stating they never shot a xdm that hasnt jammed. Be cautious. Even after they been rma and gotten back.
 

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Both are great handguns. I would have to say for first gun, why not get the 9mm or step up to 45? =P 9mm will be easier to shoot with less felt recoil, still packs a punch, and doesnt cost as much to shoot.

I love the beretta 92fs. Just super smooth.

XD is a great fit in the hand.

The guys here really give the good advice... the beretta is like driving an old school muscle car.... proven design and it works. The XD is like a modern import. Gets the job done, but sleek and sexy. It all depends on your flavor, esp if you want a metal gun or a plastic gun. go rent them both... or buy them both. =P
 

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Open slide design makes the Beretta prone to slide breakage -- typically at the rear on the right side where the "ejection port" begins. Alloy frame. Never cared for alloy frames -- which is why I don't own a Smith semi-auto.

Springfield warrants their stuff forever.

Kimber -- because the name came up -- has a one year warranty. Hard to find any gun these days warranted only for a year, but Kimber does it. They're over-priced and over-rated.

IMHO . . . of course.
 
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