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Hey guys,

Anyone know where I could get a 5.5 inch bbl for an XD9? I live in WI and current deer hunting regulations say "a centerfire handgun must have a bbl of 5.5 inches measured from the firing pin with the action closed."

Before you get your panties in a knot, I basically want in case I need to provide a finishing shot, it wouldn't be my primary gun. I'd like to have something less damaging if the need arises. Thanks!

-Jared
 

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Not panties in a knot, but in my state, 9mm will in no way be able to match the ballistics required to be allowed.

Regardless, If you need a finishing shot, you need to get a better rifle or use your rifle

As for the 5.5 inch barrel, check EFk or bar-sto.
 

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Grizzly I don't think you need to worrry too much about having a 4 inch pistol in the woods with you. As long as you have a rifle or shotgun with you there really shouldn't be any problem. I know the WI DNR are like crazed nazis, but even that would be a stretch for them.

The more important thing is going to be to make sure that you keep the pistol exposed. If you wear it on your belt and then cover it with a winter coat you will be in violation of the concealed carry laws in this state. I used to carry a small .22 to finish off deer.

This is a true story:

One time my buddy had wounded a deer with his .308. We tracked it for almost a mile before we found it. We thought it was dead so we put our rifles against a tree and were going to field dress it. As soon as we got close to it the crazy thing it jumped up and started trying to run across a field. It was pretty badly injured so it wasn't going very fast. I wore my .22 in a small cross draw holster. I drew my gun and started to run after the thing. As soon as I got close enough to the deer I shot it in the back of the head. The thing dropped like a ton of bricks right where I shot. I have used larger caliber guns for head shots, but they tend to make a bigger mess so I prefer the .22 lr.
 
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