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I'm new to this board, so I'm sorry if this topic has been handled before. I'm interested in adding a XD to my collection. I am not that interested in concealed carry on my person around town very often, but I would like an alternative to my heavy 4" Ruger revolver for backpacking trips, canoeing trips, car trips, etc. and would like a gun that's fun to shoot as well. What practical advantages/disadvantages between the compact and subcompact can y'all give me that might help me in my decision? I've read several articles, handled them at gun shows, etc., but haven't shot either one. Also, is there enough of an advantage to the .40S&W to justify the extra cost of ammo? Thanks!
 

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Well, for just range plinking, 9mm is the way to go, especially if you plan to shoot >1K rounds per year and don't reload your own. If you shoot less than that, or want something for personal defense as well, then the 40S&W would seem to have an edge, IMO.

I have the XD40SC and with the 12rnd mag which came with it, I have a full length grip, if that's important for you. Even just adding pierce mag extensions to the 9rnd mag gives me a full grip. You also have the option of just using a 9rnd mag with no extension, which gives you something a little easier to conceal, should you ever need that.
 

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i own an xd40 service and i'm enjoying it very much and have had no problems with it yet with 2400rds through it so far.

Since i have no experience with the subcompact, i would be biased but inclined to suggest the service since you indicate no intention to conceal carry. But i must say that now that i own an xd service... i'm loving it so much i want a matchin sc to go with it! And i know i'm not the only one who feels this way or felt that way and went out to get more. So be prepared to get sucked in. hehe....

As for caliber... i chose the .40 for what i percieved would be greater stopping power. Some may argue that this is not significant enough or that some of the problems few members have been having with teh .40 that don't appear on the 9 make it not worth while... but i've been thoroughly pleased with my .40. As for cost of cartridges, well, this is my only gun, and i figured i'd pay the extra couple bucks per box and go with the greater stoppnig power, and later perhaps purchase a 9mm later on down the line... whether an xd or otherwise.
 

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There is no "Compact" in the XD line that I know of.

Its either tactical (5" barrel), service (4" barrel - same grip length as the tactical) or subcompact (3" barrel with shortened grip).

Many people wish (I'm included) there was an in between XD compact which would be similar in size to the Glock 19. Glocks 9mm lineup consists of 17L (target or tactical), 17 (service), 19 (compact), 26 (subcompact)
 

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c22m22c said:
i'll say it first...GET BOTH. :) (if you can)

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haha like i said... u'll end up wanting more... if u have the money... go for it.
 

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I don't see what the big deal is about a G19 sized model. If you want something smaller than the service, then buy a Subcompact and then either toss on a set of pearce grip extensions or don't. Accuracy-wise there isn't that much of a difference once you get in a little practice. The 3" is suprisingly accurate for a subby.

With the grip extensions the subby feels similar to the G19's length but since it's just a finger rest, its actually more concealable.
 
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