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

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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carry: XDs vs. XD(m) in 45ACP

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I've searched, but didn't find what I was looking for. If this question has come up already, please redirect me.

I currently own the xd9 subcompact, and after 8 years I'm looking to upgrade to a larger caliber for my carry pistol. I like the looks of the xd(m) and the XDs, and I really want to go to .45ACP. I do want to stick with a subcompact model.

I'm torn. The XDs is slim, but only has 5+1, and I'm used to carrying more rounds than that. The XD(m) has 9+1 which I like. Also, the XDs is new, and I've read that some people have had some issues with it. I figure, by the time I am ready to purchase, those kinks will be worked out (if in fact they are design problems and not user problems or ammo problems.)

Besides capacity, the only other sticking point is overall length... 7" vs. 6.3". Does anyone have experience with both, and have input to help me guide my decision? I'm having trouble finding a LGS with both models for a side by side comparison. And, do you find that the additional 4 rounds makes a difference in practical applications for an (almost) every day carrier? I am not LEO or military, so I really don't know how important the additional 4 rounds would be, but I don't want to be left with a surprise if and/or when I need to draw or shoot.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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Hi. I carry an XD 45 with a 4" barrel and full size frame on occasion. I carry it in an OWB dillon holster.
I don't have a problem concealing it under a Columbia button down shirt down here in Louisiana.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:36 AM   #3
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I have both and now only carry the XDS. Its much more versatile, can be hidden easier and is much less likely to print, and weighs considerably less. The only advantage of the compact over the xds is the extra rounds.

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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I have both and now only carry the XDS. Its much more versatile, can be hidden easier and is much less likely to print, and weighs considerably less. The only advantage of the compact over the xds is the extra rounds.

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Well the round count AND the fact that the M is not riddled with complaints on malfunctions.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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Well IMO, the XDs is easier to conceal. Can fit in most jean pockets, IWB holster probably very easily.

However, with like all new tools in the toolbox, you will need to spend time working with your new tool. Yes, there are people who are having issues with FTF, FTE and FT'whatever, but I think after a few hundred rounds if the pistol is having issues, send it back to SA and have them duplicate the problem.

With that said, my EDC is the 40SC and although I like the 40 round, if SA made a 45 SC, I would be there. The XDs fills that void I think. The LGS has 4 of them, I almost bought one, but am waiting to see what happens with a used XDm 45 Compact 3.8 that I am waiting on a seller to sell me. This is to replace the XD45 Compact I sold just last Friday. If the XDm45 compact purchase happens, then the XDs will be next for sure.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:09 PM   #6
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If I had to pick between the 2 I would go with the xds. I was wanting to buy one of the 2 but I went with the Kahr pm45. Dont get me wronge I love SA but I liked the kahr a lil better. Its a hair ( not by much to make a diffrence) and has been out a lil longer. Plus I like the way it looks better. It is so small, slim and light I forget I have it on me alot of times. Its a lil to big to fit comfy in my pocket (for me anyway) but a good IWB holster is the trick.
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There are some people who have had issues but I am not one of them. It's actually the opposite as my 2nd xd45 is the only one that I have had some FTF issues. I absolutely love my XDs though and it is perfect for me. I use to carry the xd45 but it is too big for me to conceal easily. The LCP was a good replacement for a while as it is light, small and easy for me to conceal. However, I really dislike carrying a round smaller than the 45. So I almost compromised and bit the bullet on a Shield in 40 S&W until the range employee slipped up and said Springfield was bringing out a single stack 45. Seeing as I have owned 2 xd's before and that I love the platform of course I had to get one! So I got the XDs back in July and did I mention I love this gun!? The LCP now just collects dust and the xd45 stays in the night stand. I have had absolutely no FTF's or FTE's with both FMJ's and personal defense ammo in 300+rounds. This pistol is very accurate as well in the right hands with the fiber optic front sight and makes for quick target aquisition too. In my dealings with Springfield's customer service as well (I found out they send out holsters for us southpaws!) I can say that I would have no hesitation in buying any of their products as they stand behind them.

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FWIW, I have an XDM compact in 9, same size as the XDM 45 you're thinking about, and I've found I don't like carrying it. It's just too big and uncomfortable for me.

This is very much personal preference and depends on things like body type (I'm 6-5 280) and environment, but I've gotten to the point where I will almost only carry smaller single stack guns like my 938 Sig.

So for me I would go with the XDS. You can carry it in a small rig, in a pocket, almost anywhere. Yes, you give up rounds, so there is a draw back. But 7 or 8 rounds of 9 or 380 if I carry the 239 with me is better than 14 rounds home in my safe.

Others will feel differently and lot's of folks carry large guns. To each his own.
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Some people do conceal the xdm .45 compact, but I too find it a bit big for most pockets or IWB carry, and that's with the 9 round magazine. That may be me. So go to your LGS and check 'em out. I do like the pistol for general use. Shoots well. Winter clothes may work better than summer.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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I feel the same. you cary less rounds. but chances are unless you get in a gun fight you will only need 2 maybe 3 tops. but carry what you like. i carry my kahr in warm months and my compact 1911 during the colder months because of the weight
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