XDM 3.8 need help please

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  1. boomerbad

    boomerbad XDTalk Newbie

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    Ok, please correct me if Im wrong but I have done steel plate competitive shooting with friends for fun using a ( Xd 4" )
    But I was wondering if I can use the xdm 3.8 full grip 9mm for Competitve steel plate shooting? I know that the 4.5 and 5.25 are good for that but this isnt want I want to use and its not what im asking.

    All my friends are saying that the sights are too close and shooting targets farther away would be harder. and its a waste of $.:twisted: want to know if I could use it? or if anyone has ever done it before?

    is there really much of a difference from 3.8 to 4" :shock:
     
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    You certainly could, although guys with a longer sight radius will definitely have an advantage at longer distances, all other things being equal.
     
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    Agreed!!!
     
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    About 2/10's of an inch, or less than 1/4". I would say no. In which I do find odd since they are using a metric measurement to express an American standard measurement.

    Oh.... BTW, welcome to the Forum!
     
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    No, no problem with using the 3.8. Wife has one and does great with it.
     
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    It is not the arrow it's the Indian. Robbie could kick my ass with a slingshot! GH
     
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    From 3.8-4, I would say no but 3.8-5, you bet. Big difference between the 3.8 and 5 in barrel. So the longer barrel would be ideal for competition. But you want to know if the 3.8 or 4 would be ok for competition, I don't see why not, you just have to be the better shot because the longer barrel would be ideal. I would go with what ever feels better in our hand.
     
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    No. You probably don't even lose any sight radius. The XDM rear sight is at the extreme rear of the slide. The XD sight is not.
     
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    Correct, its not the length of the barrel but the distance between the sights that matters.

    don
     
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    How far are you shooting? Both of my son's shoot smaller groups with my 3.8" XDM than they do with my 5.25" XDM. So far we've only shot out to about 20 yds or so. The groups (whole magazine of 19 rounds) were about 3 to 3.5".
     
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    I think you'll be fine. I'm not the greatest shot, but I can shoot fairly tight groupings at 75 feet with my 3.8" XDM 9mm compact when I'm being patient and taking my time. And even if I'm not trying to "dot the I", I'm easily putting them all in the center mass of the target silhouette.
     
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    Something to think about: Why are you shooting at a shooting competition?

    I shoot a competition gun to try to win competitions but I also shoot defensive carry guns at competitions to improve my skills with them so I will win a gun fight when I need too! When I shoot the later I don't care about how good my score is but more how few mistakes I make and that I'm improving over time.

    ALSO competition helps you prepare for a gun fight by putting more stress on you during practice than if you're just practicing on a firing line. In a gun fight you will be at stress overload so compete also with what you will use to protect you and your loved ones.

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    I had absolutely no problem shooting steele at 20 yards with my .40 3.8 XD. Matter of fact, I shot better with it than I currently do with my Std. For me it was how fast I could re-aquire my sight picture. That had a ton to do with it. The worst you could do is try it. If you dont like it just ship the gun to me and I'll send you my .40 STD in an even trade. ;)
     
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    Well, sight radius does matter a bit, but no where near as much as skill.

    When it comes down to (practical) facts, yes, you 'should' be more accurate with the 4.5 XDm vs the 3.8". Whether someone shoots better with one or the other isn't tangible data unless there's a controllable factor.

    And blah blah blah math blah.

    I personally chose an XDm 4.5, which really does it for me. Depends what you want it for. Competition I'd say 4.5 since weight and length aren't crazy important. A sidearm/duty/OC, a 4.5 or 3.8 would both be fine. For conceal... I'd choose neither! :D
     

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