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I already own a 9mmSC. I've decided to purchase another XD, but I just can't decide if I should go with the 9mm v-10 (should kick something like a .22).
Or the Tactical in 9mm just because it should be a bit more accurate to shoot. Both of these reasons sounds good for range day, so i'm completely torn between the two.

Any suggestions or opinions are appreciated and thanks in advance for any input.
 

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The 9mm v10 will have a reduced muzzle flip and recoil compared to the non ported, but it will still kick a lot more than a .22, so don't be mistaken. I have a .40 v10 and tactical and as far as accuracy is concerned I shoot the v10 slightly better.
 

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I just went through this exact same question, and when I found that I could get an aftermarket drop-in barrel, I actually went with a .40 V10. I figure with that and a 4" 9mm barrel (and a few extra mags) I've got two guns instead of just one.

Overall, I decided the porting wouldn't make that much difference to a 9mm, but the .40 might do a little better with it, so I'll go for a non-ported 9mm.

Whatever you end up choosing, best of luck with it.
 

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The V-10 will kick a lot harder than a .22. With the extra long ported 9mm Conversion Barrel in my XD357 it kicks much more softly, noticeably softer, but there is still recoil and muzzle flip.

Why not get the Tactical and have it ported, or add a ported Conversion Barrel? It's not that expensive, and for the Range that sounds like lots of fun. :D
 

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Get the the V10 only if you can afford to buy a non-ported barrel along with it. I had the 9mm V10 and the damn thing got dirty so fast the you just about had to stop shooting and clean if you were gonna do any shooting for a long period of time.

I ended up taking it back and getting the regular model instead. I couldn't afford the non-ported barrel at the time.

I really couldn't notice alot of difference between the two ported and non-ported versions, but mine was a 9mm so the .40 might have a more noticeable reduction.

Another thing I didn't like about the V10 is the front sight would get extremely dirty after about 20 rounds. Once again, you have to clean it extremely well after only about 300 rounds.

Anyways, I would recommend if you want to get the V10 and have the money, get the non-ported replacement barrel with it, otherwise just get a non-ported.
 

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Be prepared to spend more time cleaning the ported model. One of my guns is a G23c and I don't shoot it nearly as often as my others, just because of the extra time and a little more work necessary to clean the bugger.
I shoot at least 2x a week, do not need to CCW and never carry unless I am going to the range...so for me, I would go for the Tactical.
Not sure what your needs are.
 

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I have the v10 ported in .40. I don't mind the cleaning of the gun, its the best part! haha j/p I say get both the v10 and a tactical. :D
 

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jb241970 said:
I already own a 9mmSC. I've decided to purchase another XD, but I just can't decide if I should go with the 9mm v-10 (should kick something like a .22).
Or the Tactical in 9mm just because it should be a bit more accurate to shoot. Both of these reasons sounds good for range day, so i'm completely torn between the two.
If you are looking for an accurate range gun that has the recoil of a .22, why not consider actually getting a .22?

I have the XD9 Subcompact just like you. And a 1911 in .45 caliber.

I recently got a Ruger target .22 - it cost me less than any XD. I could have spent more on a new stainless Ruger than I did on a used blued one, and still have spent less than what a new XD would have cost.

The Ruger is a TON of fun to shoot. It is amazingly accurate. At 30 feet I can almost always put every shot in a dime sized group (my eyesight could be better....so I got a red dot scope, which lets me shoot at 50 or 60 feet for more of a challenge).

The cost of ammo at Walmart....cheapest "value pack" stuff----

9mm costs about ten cents per bullet. The .45 caliber (not always available) is twenty cents a bullet. The .22 caliber rounds cost two cents a piece. It really is nice to shoot a hundred rounds for $2 instead of for $20 in .45 caliber and $11 for 9mm. (or substantially more if you pay gun store prices rather than Walmart prices).

I love shooting all the guns. I think the SC is amazingly accurate at defensive distances. The .45 is (for me) still a challenge to learn to shoot well, but it is a lot of fun to shoot. And is a very accurate gun in the right hands with it's 6 inch barrel as opposed to the 5 inch Tactical XD, and a famously accurate round...The ACP..big, heavy and slow. But it's very expensive to shoot.

I can't say I like any one of the three guns more or less than the others. They each have their own special "charm".

But I can say I have gotten the most "bang for the buck" with the Ruger.

It sounds like you are in a similar situation to mine when I bought the Ruger. You want a range gun. You want accurate. Everyone likes to shoot a lot, so I will assume you would rather spend $2 to shoot a hundred rounds than $10 or $20 (at least).

You obviously are not looking for a carry gun, or you would not have mentioned the ported or the Tactical. (And you are covered for carry with the SC already).

Everyone mentions how much cleaning the ported gun requires. The porting serves to reduce recoil (which really does help accuracy).....The .22s have virtually no recoil in a heavy target pistol and they seem to like being "dirty".....at least that seems to be the consensus of owners.

You can't go wrong with any choice though. All great guns. The XD Sub amazes me every time I shoot it. How can such a small gun be so accurate? And have so little recoil?? A truly super designed and well made gun.

My $.02

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Peace,
D.
 

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What kind of 22's you guy's shooting? The 22's I've shot don't kick at all.
Suspend your .22 fromn a string. While applying just enough pressure on the stock or gripframe to provide stability to press the trigger, press the trigger. The gun will move--that is recoil (kick). It might not be much, but recoil is there. I believe the laws of physics say there must be some recoil.
 

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I have two ported pistols, I haven't shot them in years, just not worth the extra cleaning effort, or the night flash, or all the crap that blows up (and sometimes back) out of the ports, or the additional noise. But, YMMV.
Good luck, whatever your choice.
 

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Just got back from shooting my V10 9mm XD and it isn't like shooting a .22 at all. I've improved my front sight with some Birchwood Casey brand sight paint and now its a glowing orange and since I've built up the paint with several coats, it stays visible much longer and if it starts to go gray, a simple wipe of your finger turns it orange again.
Since you have a sub compact, go the extra distance and get the Tactical.
If I had my choice last summer, I would have bought the Tactical an stopped right there, but I have a V-10 because it was what I saw first. Anyways, you can't go wrong with the Sub-9, V-10-9 or the Tac-9. 8)

Good luck, shoot safe, have fun.
 

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Snake-eater 1 said:
one-eyed-fatman said:
What kind of 22's you guy's shooting? The 22's I've shot don't kick at all.
Suspend your .22 fromn a string. While applying just enough pressure on the stock or gripframe to provide stability to press the trigger, press the trigger. The gun will move--that is recoil (kick). It might not be much, but recoil is there. I believe the laws of physics say there must be some recoil.
I believe rubber bands have recoil as well. :D
 

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one-eyed-fatman said:
Snake-eater 1 said:
one-eyed-fatman said:
What kind of 22's you guy's shooting? The 22's I've shot don't kick at all.
Suspend your .22 from a string. While applying just enough pressure on the stock or gripframe to provide stability to press the trigger, press the trigger. The gun will move--that is recoil (kick). It might not be much, but recoil is there. I believe the laws of physics say there must be some recoil.
I believe rubber bands have recoil as well. :D
Well , I know that if I'm shot with one, there WILL be a REACTION from the shoot"ee" to the ACTION of the shoot"er" :lol:
 

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First of all thanks for all the replies fellas! It's much appreciated.

As far as needs go, i'm a former LEO that CCW's all the time. I just like to go shooting every few weeks for the fun of it as well as to stay sharp. My interest in another XD was more for the need to own more guns(LOL), and to have uniformity with my XDSC which is the gun I carry CCW about 80% of the time.

I think i'm going to go for the Tactical model, i'm a bit of a lazy ass, so extra cleaning might deter me from shooting the pistol as often.
 
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