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carry: XDs vs. XD(m) in 45ACP

This is a discussion on carry: XDs vs. XD(m) in 45ACP within the XD-45ACP Discussion Room forums, part of the XD Talk category; No trouble concealing XDM3.8c in 9mm with 13 rnd magazine, using kydex/horsehide IWB by local company <tripleTholster.com>. In .45 and 9 rounds, you need to ...

Old 09-26-2012, 06:00 PM   #11
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No trouble concealing XDM3.8c in 9mm with 13 rnd magazine, using kydex/horsehide IWB by local company <tripleTholster.com>. In .45 and 9 rounds, you need to comPare size of frame/magazine. My hands do not fit the XDs grip, but do like midsize XDM back.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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I have an xdm 45 compact its a good carry gun but a little heavy fully loaded. I have a glock 36 too which is a great carry gun but I eventually plan on getting the xds bc the 36 is not a ton more comfortable than the xdm 45c. I think if you have been comfortable carrying the xd sc the xdm compacts really are not that much larger the biggest difference is the slide length because of the longer barrel which really is not to big of a deal for concealing.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:03 AM   #13
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I have the XDm 3.8 45 and the XDs. I have not gotten a holster yet for the s or got it on my permit (I got signed off a couple of weeks ago for shooting it but just today got around to calling the Sheriff dept.) The whole reason I bought the s was that the m is just too heavy (more than size it's weight for me) to carry around all the time. If I had an OWB for it then in the winter probably it wouldn't be a problem at all, but summer carry, t-shirts and shorts it's get's old. (I've done it, in fact carried it almost every waking hour for three days in southern CA in the heat).

The s is gonna be the ticket. so slim and so much lighter. I can't wait to carry it.

I do love the m though, and love that with the extended mag I have a full size (or commander size) gun that shoots like it. The s with hot loads isn't enjoyable, although from the 100 I've put through it so far I shoot it accurately. I have had no issues whatsoever with mine other than there were a couple of marks on the slide on one side from the factory, but since it'll get holster wear I'm not too worried about it (and they're very minor, I just notice ****)

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:50 AM   #14
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I'm carrying the XDm 3.8c in 45 now. I want an XDs at some point but I'm going to wait a year or two and let them work out any kinks it may have first.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #15
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Kinda in same boat. Waited and waited on XDs,got tired of the the delays and bought a XDm compact .45. Really like the 3.8,but I think it is a little large for IWB. So,the 3.8 makes a prefect HD,IDPA and OWB for me. Got a Kahr P9 for IWB. So for,all is good.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:55 PM   #16
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I am going with the Walther PPS! The wife's EDC is the XDs but I love that little Walther!
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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I've had Glock 36's before but now we own XD-45s so I may just have to get one of these.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:21 AM   #18
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I have an xds, xd45 compact, xd40sc, and have had my eye on xdm45compact, and I do understand the benefits of the xds in the summer heat first hand. It is much easier to carry two 7 extra round mags than my xd45 or 40 when it's hot and it's always hot down here.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #19
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XDs for Carry

I am finding the XDs incredibly more comfortable for carry than my XDm .40 compact (which I sold). This handgun is wonderful, and unlike some others, I have had zero FTF issues. I have the bitone model, and it's a very attractive handgun. I recently gave it an alcohol bath to strip off all of the oils and applied Froglube to it. The stuff is absolutely great and now my handgun smells like wintergreen. I'm glad I chose this as my carry gun. I'm even comfortable carrying OWB. It's so slim and small, it's hardly noticeable. SA does it again.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:49 PM   #20
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I had both. The XDm .45acp is an awesome gun ... never had an issue and I CCW'ed it for about a year.

It is significantly larger then the XDS. I find the XDS to be a better overall carry option all around , but I'd be lying if I said I had any issues concealing the XDm c.

So you can't go wrong -- the XDs is my favorite handgun ever and I can conceal it in EVERYTHING I wear , and it can go in the pocket no problem.

The XDm could conceal pretty much in everything , however no pocket option and the XDs is more comfy.

Can't go wrong either way .
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