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Will the subcompact take a service size magazine?

Also which caliber would you reccommend for the subcompact

The 9mm is slightly more manageable for me but... I trust the .40 slightly more for SD. Also I will probably get a service model down the road and would like the same caliber for both. SO I guess I'm leaning towards the .40 but... I like the cheap ammo for the 9mm.
I guess I would just like some advice. :roll:
 

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jlwatts3, yes the SC will take the service mag, it will just stick out of the grip about 1 1/2 inches. Caliber choice is a matter of personal preference. The general opinion is that bigger is better, but also more expensive. Replacement guide rods/springs(heavier) are available for the service and tactical models, but not the SC, so you are stuck with the recoil level you get with the SC.
I have the SC in 9mm and love it! Light recoil, easy followup shots and relatively cheap to shoot.
Welcome to the forum, good luck with your choice and Merry Christ-mas!
 

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Some have said don't slap in the full size mags too hard.... not sure.... someone else can speak to this.

I am sold on the 9mm, not the .40, especially in a sub with abbreviated grip, you're going to be able to control the gun better and get better grouping of your shots. Most balistics reports/tests show top-end 9mm ammo equally or outperforming most .40 ammo. Just my $.02, but the .40 as a cartridge is "hot" right now, it sounds meaner, but only time will tell if this is hype or not.... the 9mm is a long term, tested, trusted round, plus you'll be able to carry significantly more ammo.

Many who carry a subXD carry it with a regular mag, easier to holster, etc... then have a full-size mag for backup in a pocket or on the belt.

Merry Christmas!!! May all your gifts have triggers.....
 

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The 9mm does NOT equal the 40 in any tests. The only 9s with somewhat respectable capabilities are +p+. With that much pressure you might as well move up to the 40 and get better stopping power.

However, if you are able to shoot the 9 better because of reduce recoil and are therefore able to acheive better hits, the 9 will be better for you because the number one element of stopping power is shot placement.
 

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I have 2 versions of the XD in 9mm (listed below) and maybe someday down the road (way down) I would like a XD-sub.

Which caliber?...............again in 9mm. :) its great!

Merry Christ-mas to all. :mrgreen:
 

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The way I figue it, I can always get a 9mm barrel for the .40 frame, but not the other way around(at least with my new Service)
 

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No reason not to use a 9 for CCW at all.

Most important as one poster already mentioned you t MUSTbe able to perform "quick aimed pairs" with your choice of gun and caliber.

If you can do it with a .40 that's fine but ammo like
Ranger T-Series 127 gr. +P+ is Superb, has managable recoil and is extrememly accurate.



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The 40 sub is a vary nice weapon indeed, but you should really ask your self are you willing to put the time in at the range. Since this is a new pistol for you would you be willing to put 500-1000 rounds down range to learn your pistol. If you take the time to lean and use a 40 then that is a good way to go. dont listen to others say the 40s better becuase its stronger that dont mean nothing if you can overcome anticipating recoil and getting on target. There are people who buy a gun regardless of calibre shoot a mag or cylynder full, put the gun up or carry it never to practice again it take more effort than that.
 

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Right now I shoot an HK USP .45 so I'm not especially recoil shy. Think I'm gonna have to go with the 9. Just because I want cheaper rounds for practice.
 
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