I took a lot of thought about my last weapon purchase. I wanted something small, reliable, cheap to shoot, and had to be accurate to 35ft. Some of the firearms I looked at we the Kahr PW9, Glock 26, Springfield XD9SC, and the Para Hawg9. I wanted something that I could also work into my budget with ease, but that idea went out the door once my AR sold. Sufficed to say I purchased the XD as "to keep it in the family".
Today was the first opportunity I had to fire the weapon. I first loaded both magazines with 115gr WWB, pulled back the slide, and went to town. I noticed no glitches, but did not like how the action was very tight. Recoil was a bit snappy for a 9mm, but nothing at all that was far to uncontrollable. After exactly 100rds of the WWB, my slide smoothed out considerably, and everything felt like absolute butter. Trigger pull was exceptionally smooth and very predictable. After the 100rds went through, it was time to shoot the personal protection stuff I bought. I had with me 25rounds of 124gr Hornady TAP, 20rounds of 147gr Federal Hydra-Shok's, and 50rds of 115gr WWB JHP. This gun ate everything I could throw at it without some much as a hiccup. It REALLY shined with the Hornady TAP. At 20 yards I was able to shoot 3in groups with no problem. The worst was the Federal Hydra-Shok's with rounds being all over the paper. Once my order of Winchester Ranger's come in I will run through a box to see how the gun likes them and report on accuracy.
Overall I rate this gun a 4.5 out of 5.
Small, easy to conceal, accurate, a natural point of aim with in my hands, and just plain ole fun to shoot.
I couldn't shoot worth a darn with the 10rd magazine. I am not accustomed to my pinky being off the hand grip. I hope this will be remedied with the Pearce Grip extension that I've ordered through Pistol Gear.
Slide was tight!! I would assume that this is just because it is a new firearm, but since running through 200rds it has given it's bite up and is nice and smooth now.
The snap, I didn't expect much recoil out of a 9mm, but as stated above it's not something that is scary to shoot, just more than what I had in mind. I am sure that once this gun is broken in, the guide spring will aid in recoil reduction.
I am VERY pleased with my purchase. I am now dreaming of some odd's and ends for it. Combat Grey Duracoat, Tirjicon sights, etc. I am also considering a .45GAPed Tactical model.....MMMMMM MMMMMMM