Originally Posted by Caimorjen
Sounds to me the XDM9 would be the best choice for you. The 9mm is a little more easy on a new shooter and again more economial ammo lets you shoot more.
Later you will want to move up to the .40 or the .45acp.
I've been shooting handguns for 17 years and prefer the 9mm over the 40..
I don't care for the muzzle flip of the 40 at all..
I've owned 2, Sig P229 and XD40 service, and sold them both.
The only asset the 40 has is that many can be converted to 357sig by just a barrel change using the same 40 mags.
One of my first handguns was a Sig P229, bought in 40cal.
Swapped the 40cal barrel with a stock 357sig barrel and never shot 40 thru it again.
357sig is a bit hot and expensive to shoot, but a fun round to put downrange.
And just to throw this in there, I prefer a 147gr 9mm Ranger T bullet for my carry nines.
Bullet: 147 grain, reversed tapered jacket
Jacket Weight: 17 % of total bullet weight.
Powder: Low flash, clean burning.
Primer: Winchester non-corrosive primer
Accuracy: Product mean of 1.50” Extreme Spread – Five shot targets at 50 yards from a SAAMI test barrel.
Velocity: 990 ft/sec nominal at 15 ft using a SAAMI standard 4” test barrel (995 ft/sec muzzle velocity).
Muzzle Energy: 323 ft-lb.
When and if one wants to move up a caliber, I'd recommend going straight to 45acp and bypassing the 40cal entirely..JMHO..
Originally Posted by Sharpie
Growing up shooting 1911's and now owning several 9mm's. After shooting various 40's I find it to not be so much of a middle ground between the two rounds.
I personally find the 40 to take the worst aspects of both the .45 and 9mm and put them together. Has the recoil from the .45 and the muzzle flip from the 9mm. I have never been a fan of the .40. Just my personal preference... I am sure there are many that disagree with me and that is OK also.
I agree for the most part.
But I feel the 40 has more upward muzzle flip recoil than the 9mm.
The 45s I've owned, XD45 compact and 1911s, have a pleasant push back recoil.
I feel the 45 is more controllable than the 40cal.
You're not alone in your dislike of the 40cal as a whole..