Well, I am a die hard 1911 fan, and have only carried anything else only as a back up, ( with the exception of my SIG P220 I used for a couple months, then traded it for a 1911...ah well.) I have been kicking around the idea of gettig an XD for a while now, going on a year actually, and my wife bought me one after I returned from my wonderful, government paid vacation to the desert, so I was almost forced into it. Wow is all I can say. It is by far the most comfortable gun I have ever held next to my Wilson CQB. She got me the XD .40 becasue she knows the lack of respect I have for the 9 milli-wiener. ( Ive seen the effects of 9mm ball ammo combined with the m-9 / M-92 pistol, so lets just say I am biased.) But in all fairness, I am not pig headed enough not to acknowledge the fact that with modern defensive ammunition, the 9 is fine in most instances. ( Lord dont let my 1911 buddies hear that) But back on topic, this gun is great. Fits me like a friends handshake, shoots liek a laser beam, ( with 165gr Gold Dots) my wife can actually use it with a minimun of fuss ( shes kinda recoil shy), I taught her how to handle it and make good slow fire hits very quickly. The use of snap caps in the magazines also helped cure here somewhat of trigger flinch, as she develpoded it shooting my .45 without much guidance as to shooting technique. I got the package deal with the gun, cheapo holster, ( she rides in blade tech at the moment) three high caps, and lock. I got one hell of a deal too, for my area, and since then , three of my friends have bought one, also in .40 . We are thinking about shooting some IPDA with em, and seeing what the guns , and u s for that matter can do. All in all I must say , i will never retire ,my 1911, but the XD will see some serious carry time.