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A design is in the works, and a prototype has been made, for a compensator that requires no barrel modification, has a unique mounting method that requires no permanent modification to the XD, would be user removeable, work on either 4 or 5 inch models. just would like to get an indication of how popular this would be with the group, and if interested, get a concensus as to were a reasonable price could be set. it would add weight to the front of the gun, reduce muzzle flip considerably, and not interfer or permanently alter any of the guns functions. i cant post any pictures at this point, nor can i elaborate quite yet on the mounting method. but let me say....it looks very sweet on the gun, is incredibly easy to both put on and remove, and from the looks of things is incredibly efficient in reducing muzzle flip.
 

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I hate this behind the scenes wetwork. What's all that secrecy about?!

And, by compensator, do you mean... a weight?
 

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nope it is not only a weight, it also creates a porting effect by expelling gases upward. it requires no change of barrel. when design refined, should be user installed or removed with no special tools in less than 30 minutes.
 

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I wouldn't really call "less than 30 minutes" an "incredibly easy" install. I can completely strip and reassemble my Ruger in the same amount of time, and that's without hurrying.

Frankly, without first seeing the unit, looking over its method of attachment, and knowing the price, I wouldn't consider buying one. There's just not enough information available to make it interesting at this point in time. I felt the same way about "IT," the overhyped POS that came to be known as the Segway. As Overkill said, "I hate this behind the scenes wetwork."
 

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Stuff like this, like most male hobbies, often depends on one thing: does it look cool? I'm skeptical how well the XD would look with a compensator, it's a bit of a busy gun already.

That said i'm a nut for compensators, i've made a few myself. I'd love to see ANY accessories out for the XD, I think everyone would. However the devil's in the details.
 

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I told him when something is available for purchase I will buy some and gave some encouragement. Nothing super secret but is a waist of space in a thread that he needs some opiions.
 

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Frankly, without first seeing the unit, looking over its method of attachment, and knowing the price, I wouldn't consider buying one. There's just not enough information available to make it interesting at this point in time.
ditto
 

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I have a comp barrel for my 1911 .45s, and don't use it. I installed it after I got it and took it to the range to compare with a regular barrel. As I fired the first few rounds I noticed that there was stuff kind of drifting down from the ceiling and then realized that it was the gasses the comp was directing toward the ceiling tiles blowing them apart.

I used it a few times after that, mostly for fun, but found that it didn't really make much difference, especially with my style of shooting.

I did try it at night and found the flame disconcerting but not a real big problem.

I also found that the extra length made it a problem to draw from my carry holster.

I have it stored away somewhere, but I don't remember where.

Not interested in another.
 

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I own a XD .40, no modifications to it and recoil really isnt much of a problem.. Id rather not get into compensators or porting, although I have thought of purchasing dons guide rod setup w/ a 22# spring, id imagine with that setup, recoil wouldnt really be a factor in my shooting
 

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I would be interedted in such a product if it was affordable, woked well, and was able to be removed easily.
 

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Sorry for the horrible typing in my last reply... I have no skill in typing.

Just for sh!ts and giggles, I am gonna take a stab at how this thing fastens to the XD. I imagine it could slide on over the tactical rail, and be further retained to the frame by using some of the pre-existing holes for the pins that hold the locking block into the frame (with longer pins though). Like I said, this is just a wild stab in the dark.
 

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ok after consulting with everyone who is involved with me on this, we have decided to give a few more details, as we have taken the proper legal considerations to protect the design. the compensator, as many have spectulated im sure, attaches via the frame tactical rails, AND to the guide rod. design allowing, the unit will have its own rails so that a light and laser could still be utilized. we early on ruled out attaching to frame via pins, as we want to maintain the same profile as the rest of the XD. this will allow for the same holsters to be used, granted that lenght is not a factor with the holster. as things stand now, the service model with the compensator attached will work in any 5" tactical holster, and the 5 " will work with any open ended holster. from the looks of things, we are going to be gearing this towards the people who participate in IDPA and IPSC, not just the standard owner. not everyone needs help with recoil, but it will be a boon for those who shoot often and with the snappier calibers. as to the issue of flash at night, we are experimenting with various ways of both minimizing flash and report., utilizing different port widths and angles, and looking into the viability of expansion chamber designs to retard and slow down the expansion of the gases. we are currently investigating were the legal line between compensator and suppressor lies and the will determine in part the design. we are trying to make the unit as light and small as feasible possible, while maintaining the durability and precision necessary to function properly.
 

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wooohooo! Cause I kinda guessed, can I get a free one? :D I would not mind being a product guinee pig!
Anyways, it sounds like it would look pretty nice on the gun. And I like the idea of the XD keeping its stock profile. With the way you have it planned, it'll fit nicely into my tactical thigh holster.
But like I said, if its priced right or not is what will really be the determining factor in if I purchase it or not. If you can keep the costs down...
Anyways, good luck and I can't wait to see the finished product!

(By the way, I am jealous, this is the kinda stuff I should be doing with my degree!)
 
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