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New XD(m) purchase... Need some advice.

This is a discussion on New XD(m) purchase... Need some advice. within the XD-M Discussion Room - XD(M) forums, part of the XD Talk category; I'm heading to my first gun show in a couple of weeks in Ft. Lauderdale and the only thing I know is that I would ...


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Old 05-29-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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New XD(m) purchase... Need some advice.

I'm heading to my first gun show in a couple of weeks in Ft. Lauderdale and the only thing I know is that I would like to walk out with a brand new XD(m).

From what I've read on this site and others I'm leaning a little more towards a 4.5" 9mm. This will be my first gun purchase and I'm looking for something that I can mainly take to the range and sharpen/build my skills with and for protection. I do not plan on conceal carrying the weapon.

Can you guys give me some advice on;
What I should look to pay at a gun show?
Which barrel length is best for what I'm looking to do?
Which caliber is preferable?
What are some good accessories (i.e. extra mags or light/laser attachments) to have?
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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Welcome from Ohio. From what you say you want, this sounds like a great option/caliber.

I like to look up going prices on several websites right before I go to a show.

You'll want extra mags and lots of ammo for sure. Everything else, you can decide as you go.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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As far as pricing, you're looking at new, right? Bitone or black?

I suggest staying with the 4.5 since you're not going to carry it. I have 2 XDm's, a 4.5 in 45 and the 3.8 compact in 9mm. I like the 45 better for home defense and in general think it's a far better round but it is very pricey to shoot. So I would suggest the 9mm as you can get very good deals on ammo.

Get extra mags. I have a laser / light on my 45 and like the light but shoot for crap with the laser (my fault 100%, just don't like it).

As far as prices on everything, check Buds for what they are selling it for keeping in mind that with them you pay more to get it to you and their prices are for money orders +3% for credit cards. Also check Springfield's website for mags, everything is on sale right now.

Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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Agree with the above. Check the internet sites and know the shipping, tax, credit card uplift, and the FFL transfer fee and know what you get it for online. I assume they will need to charge tax at the show so that could offset the shipping charges. I was just checking around last week and best pricing and availability I could find was sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore

I also agree that 9mm is great because, believe me, ammo adds up fast. My first handgun was a 45 bought for home defense, but after about 2k rounds at the range, I decided buying the 9mm would pay for itself pretty quick in ammo savings. Plus I've learned the more XDm's the better.

I think the 4.5 is a good bet also, or even the 5.25 which I love.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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I like to check galleryofguns.com for prices. They seem to have pretty competitive deals. I agree with more mags. I like to load a few before shooting. However, the ammo seems to not last as long


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Old 05-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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I'm thinking of buying to same gun...hopefully soon. I have a 4.5 .45 but would like a 9mm for ammo reasons too. Let us know if you get one and $$
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The 4.5" 9mm would be a great range H/D pistol. I own a XDm 9mm 3.8" & 5.25", the 5.25" is my range toy which you might look into also if you're mainly using for range. I agree w/above about looking around on the web to ge an idea of price. I would recomend walking around the show & look at all the vendors & talk with before you make a decision.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:56 PM   #8
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Any XDM is a GREAT choice for a first weapon! Also the guy is correct about you wanting more mags. If you make your choice 100% now, midwayusa has mags for 24 bucks!( regularly 27+ on that site) Beats paying 34+ tax/shipping directly from Springfield and they ARE the same orignal Mfg. mags. The sale has been all month long, and ends on the 31st. I picked up a few extra myself from them. If you hurry and take advantage of the sale, you can order a few extra mags AND combine shipping on them. And then use the money saved for extra ammo, TRUST me you're GONNA need it lol.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #9
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I got the xdm9 4.5 and love it! paid 600 at gun show! It is my EDC,range,and HD weapon(my everything)!Carry it all day in a CBST and it is very comfortable! diffidently shop the whole gun show before you purchase anything!
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:11 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice! I am leaning toward the bi-tone 4.5" 9mm.

Should all new purchases of xdm's whether it be online or at show come with the case and accessories like it shows on the Springfield website?
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