Ok as promised. Picked up my NIB XD 45C today at Impact Guns, priced at $515. Probably not the best deal, but compared to everywhere else in town that's anywhere from 65 to 75 bucks cheaper. Enough left over for plenty of range ammo for the day.
Went to the range right afterwards using blazer ammo. All firing was unsupported using off-hand support. First target was two magazines at 7 yards. Headshots were with the 10 round mag, chestshots were with larger 13 round mag. Didn't take long to realize this is an accurate weapon. And it is sighted for 6 O'Clock POA. It appears to me I am slight left-leaning with this weapon. I am left handed and this is most likely caused by trigger pull and not enough support from my right hand.
Second target was a series of both 10 yard static, and double taps from both 7 and 10 yards. Lower left were the 10 yard double taps...then 7 yard double tap to the upper right using the remaining rounds. As you can see...this weapon was on target virtually every shot. Any variances was absolutely my fault...and lack of practice. (I've only plinked around a couple of times since retiring from the military).
Earlier, I fired both the Glock 21 and XD45C on Saturday to make my decision. Hard to compare to my new one today, as both of Saturday's weapons were both range rentals. The recoil was virtually the same, maybe an edge to the G21, could be because the barrell was slightly larger. For me at least, the flip of the SA seemed larger...however, the weapon landed back on target easier than the Glock. Could be apples to oranges here...as I wish I could have compared the G30 to the XD45C. It was a tough call, I was very impressed by both. The XD felt better to me. Both hit the target well. I felt the supported barrell, the safety features, the xtra mags, the iron sights and the fact the XD was the 2006 NRA Handgun of the year made the difference in my decision. Bottom line--the Glock just didn't feel right in my hand and my weeks worth of internet research helped rest my fears of purchasing an unreliable weapon--or getting less for the bang of my buck. I don't think anyone would go wrong with either the Glock or the SA. The Glock 30 is shorter, but wider. Weight was a matter of 2 oz's at best. It all came down to the feel in my hand while throwing rounds down range.
This weapon will be used primarily as both a range piece and home defense. Most likely will only carry in the winter months or special outings.
All in all. Had a great lunch hour...and I look forward to spending more time at the range with this phenom piece.
Thanks to all who post on this forum, your insight was tremendous.