XD45 Need Input Please

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by CA357, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. CA357

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    I was at the gunsmith's today and seriously looked at an XD45 with a 4" barrel. It felt good in my hand but it seems a bit wide for very discrete carry. So, I'm not sure how it will conceal. I plan on carrying OWB.

    My plan had been to pick up a Colt Commander, but money just got tight with the loss of my wife's hearing aids.

    I'm in a bit of a time crunch to have a reliable carry gun for an early September concealed carry class. I can pick up the XD very reasonably and be good to go. As far as caliber, I prefer the .45ACP over any other pistol round for carry. .357 is great, but I want to carry a semi auto.

    I have a FEG PA63 that runs like an old Timex watch for something smaller and more concealable. So I guess the XD would be more for cold weather when I'd be wearing heavier clothing.

    I'm wondering about you folks who carry one, what are your impressions?
     
  2. Jpyle

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    I don't carry but I do like the XD line, might I sugest the compact if it is available. It still has the 4" barrel but the grip is shorter...comes with a 10 and extended 13 rnd mag. XD is a double stack so the wide grip is pretty much non-negotiable.

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  3. orangello

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    ^^^ What he said; you are limited on mag capacity anyways.

    My 5" still hasn't had a jam.
     
  4. CA357

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    Well, he bought a number of the XD's really right and he's just got two of the XD45's, one XD40 and one XD9, all four inch models left. I guess I can live with the width, because ten +1 rounds .45ACP can put up quite a convincing argument. ;)

    Who's carrying one and are you guy's happy with them?
     
  5. doctherock

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    I find it hard to conceal my XD40 very well. Its bigger frame makes it stand out.
     
  6. CA357

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    That's what I'm afraid of. :(
     
  7. doctherock

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    I have a large frame so I can hide it a bit easier as I wear large flannel shirts.
     
  8. NitroxAZ

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    I use a Crossbreed Supertuck and am a bigger guy but still need looser fitting clothes.
     
  9. CA357

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    I hesitate to use the word slim. :rolleyes: But I'm 5'7" and around 150lbs +/- so concealment is important. However, I wear flannel shirts untucked in Winter, so that could work. I'd need to pick up a 3/4 length jacket for nasty weather, my Carhartt won't cut it.
     
  10. CA357

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    Anyone else carrying an XD45?
     
  11. mesinge2

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    I carry an XDm-45 with a 4.5" barrel but then I'm huge. I also often carry a 7.5" Redhawk in the winter and no one is the wiser.

    I like being a fat guy. :D
     
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  12. CA357

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    Whatever floats your boat. :D

    I can wear a vertical shoulder holster, but a horizontal rig doesn't work for me. Maybe that's the way to go for the XD in Winter and then carry the PA63 OWB in warm weather.
     
  13. Gojubrian

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    XD's are great guns, but I had issues carrying one because of the wide slide and wide grip. Too big of a gap between my pants and skin making everything I wore super tight!

    When carrying, slimmer IS better!
     
  14. sublime42283

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    I carry the XD40, you should look at a inside the belt or over the belt middle of the back holster. Harder to find, but if you stand up straight you can conceal pretty much anything.
     
  15. orangello

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    Didn't Slawth say he used a supertuck holster on the XD45?
     
  16. sweeper22

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    I carried the 4" XD45 last winter but ended up trading out of it. It was fine with layers, but I was also carrying IWB in a Supertuck. The thickness of the gun was my only hangup. It was only practical for me for about 3-6 months a year here in Oregon. It was a great gun otherwise.

    I still have an XDm45 (13+1) that I can carry in the same Supertuck if accompanied by a jacket. It'll be strictly a cold weather carry.

    I've found that I prefer my BHP for OWB carry. If my wardrobe allowed for it, it's how I'd carry more often than not.
     
  17. CA357

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    I like the idea of extra capacity that comes with the XD, but with my build, it's just not going to conceal. I guess 1911's are the only .45 I can carry and that's fine with me, I love 1911's.
     
  18. orangello

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  19. CA357

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    I love pies too. :D
     
  20. orangello

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    I just had a piece of home-made coconut pie with chocolate syrup on it. SCHLURP! A few of these each day, and you will be IWB-carrying a magnum revolver in no time.