I sold my pickup truck today so tomorrow I am going down to by my XDm I have thought and thought and so on that I am going to get it OD green on bottom. I also want it to be in a 9 mm I have been thinking for the cost of shooting reasons. I plan on shooting a lot. I live about 2 miles from the civilian firing range at Fort Lewis WA. I also am a 100% Service Connected Disabled Vet. So I get to go on post and shoot for very little cost. I have my Civilian Military ID card and the proper stickers to get me on post. I would like to be as proficient with my new pistol as I was with my M-16 and that was darn good. I have been telling myself if I plan on shooting a lot I need to get a 9 mm for the cost of the rounds they are cheaper. I also should say that I have my CPL permit and plan on daily carry. (Yes I am also taking courses from The Firearms Academy of Seattle when my class comes up. So I guess I should ask am I cutting myself short by getting a 9 mm because of cost (for practice shooting) when I should be looking at something larger? My reasoning is that I know most police shoot a 9 mm I also know that shot placement (in a self defense occasion) is imperative. I have always been good in this area, I homesteaded for 16 years in Alaska and hunted for all my food then. I am a good shot. What are some thoughts, and opinions from your gentlemen that think I should be looking at a larger caliber weapon. I know that if a bad guy is shot in the (man I hate writing like this) head area with a 9 mm he is not going to stand and argue with you. What do you guys think? 9 mm, .40 or 45?