Don't own an XD yet, but it's in the works. I love my Springfield 1911 full size, but in wanting something smaller I went to a Taurus PT145. Needless to say, I'm not happy with it. Many folks swear by it, it might just be me-but I can't shoot it worth a you-know-what. It might be the straight eights, it might just be me. I consistantly shoot it low, and after trying to re-teach myself to shoot I have just decided that I'm old school. I need the sight picture I get with my 1911. I'm hoping that the Xd can deliver that. I plan to rent one at the range next week and give her a go. If all works out...I'll get on board. One question though, what's the difference between the xd45 compact and the xd45 service? They both have a 4" barrel correct? I also think they both come with the xd gear package for now right?