Originally Posted by Wild_Card
im planning ordering a XD in 40.cal in the next few days. Im thinking id like to have a ported version "link below" but thought id ask some qustions from the experts "that would be you guys"
First,does haveing the ported barrel reduce accurcy?Also does the gas that exits the ported barrel cause any extra wear on the finish of the gun.
Also if i get a moddle that is not melonite coated is there a place i can send it to later in its life to get that coating put on.Iv heard these guns have a tendency to get a little rust and after break in and getting used to the gun it will be kept for fairly long periods in a dresser drower or on my night stand and i hate for it to unknowingly rust. i was thinking about a glock32 for only that resone but liked the way the XD fit my hands. thanks for any advice you guys can give.
also i was recommended to this forum by "Steamboatsig" from the firing line forum.
Porting does not change the accuracy at all, ported barrels actually offer a lighter recoil then non-ported barrels, thus, giving you a faster, "back on target sight acquisition".
Ported barrels do not cause the finish to wear off , but they will get your front sight and the outside of your gun dirtier then non-ported models.
With improper care anything metal will rust.
Just take care of your gun. Can you get the new finish melonite put on it? not with the current finish on it, its not just a finish, it actually treat's the metal. The new XD45ACP has the new melonite finish, I just read here on the forum today that other new XD models are NOW getting the melonite finish. Check the production date if you can of the one you are buying.
What is the reason for buying the gun?
Target / sport / personal protection at home / carrying it with you?
Ported models give off a LOT of FLAMES out the ports on the top of the gun when you pull the trigger. Some people (not me) find this messes with their vision, especially in low light situations. Some people complain that the flames will ignite your clothes on fire if you shoot from the hip. I have never shot mine from the hip so I can't respond to this claim.
I did have a V10 9mm XD and loved it, ran about 2-3K rounds thru it. I had some problems with it and got a XD 45ACP to replace it, compliments of Springfield Armory. I have only run about 130 rounds thru it so far and love it.