After much thought, I decided to trade my XDm 9mm in... for *gasp* a Glock 19. My reasons? They are many...
1. I wanted something small enough for CCW but NOT a subcompact.
If I had seen the G19 before I bought the XDm I would have (most likely) chosen it then... assuming I would have been able to see through the XDm marketing barrage (which is tough to do as a first-time purchaser!) and had I known that concealing a full-size gun for me is not really practical or feasible...
Of course I could have just bought the G19 as a second gun but I felt I'd really only *use* one of them... and I am not yet financially able to be a "collector"
2. I was never happy with the XDm trigger
Yes, I planned to have Springer do me a combat/carry trigger job but I couldn't get happy about it given I wouldn't be carrying the gun...
3. Even with the swappable backstraps I couldn't really get comfortable with the XDm grip...
The Glock is, at first blush, quite a different beast but after just a few moments of handling it I felt more comfortable with it.
4. Silly, but I wanted a Glock so I could participate in the GSSF events.
The Glock 19 seems to be a great all-purpose gun... suitable for home defense, fun at the range, IDPA... and being a Glock it also allows me to participate in GSSF shooting events.
5. Sadly I was rather underwhelmed by the XDm after buying into all of the marketing and hype.
This was my biggest lesson as a first time buyer. Many of the touted features were not really as important/impressive once the "new" wore off. Oh well - lesson learned!
One great thing that did come of the XDm purchase, however, was that I became a part of this community... and I still intend to hang out here unless I am ridden out of town on a rail or tarred and feathered for this trade
Here are some pics. I got it pretty much for an even trade and bought the 3 extra mags... prolly not the best deal, overall, given that I had put XS Big Dots on my XDm (another thing I was less than happy with after some time to adjust) but I am okay with that.