I have been reading this forum for a couple of months and thought I should jump in. I bought my XD-9 Service back in August as my first handgun. I went to Sports Authority to look at the Glock 19, but the guy in the store told me to take a look at the Springfield XD which was he preferred over the Glock. He was right and I order one from a local dealer. $439 + tax for 3 16 rd mags, holster, combo compared to Sports Authority's $439 + tax for 2 10 rd mags and no holster. The local guy was cheaper and I was able to support the little guy. Anyway, I have about 1000 rds through it and took my CHL class on 10/01 so I am waiting (checking the mail box every day) for my license to come. I like my XD very much.