Now that's one on the best answers to this kind of question that I have read on ANY forum.Carefully read the instructions to familiarize yourself with the gun's operation and safety precautions. Before you put any rounds into it, make sure you know how to work the slide and know how to take the weapon apart to clean it.
Some people like to clean a brand new gun before firing it, but I don't really think it is necessary for the XD. When I got my XD, I inspected it, but didn't clean or lube it. It worked just fine right out of the box.
BTW, if you know nothing about firearms and never shot one before, it would probably be a good idea to take a training course or two before you load and shoot the gun for the first time. Make sure the courses include some range instruction.
Yes, you must take it to a priest and have it blessed to drive out the demons! If you don't it will turn you into a killer!I just picked up a brand new XD40 Subcompact. Anything I need to do before I shoot it?
I would disassemble, run a patch thru the bore, clean and wipe down frame and slide and check for any metal shavings or factory goobers
relube everything a little, not too much
don't dry fire a whole bunch, cause of striker roll pin
have a great shoot
have a successful deployment