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I've finally made up my mind on yet another XD. A subcompact this time.
Just wanna ask a few questions.
Do they come apart the same as the service models?
How accurate are they to shoot? I've never shot a gun that small.
Might come in handy though since I have fairly small hands.
Any info would be appreciated.
 

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Shoot the same as a Service. Breaks down just like the Service and Tactical. Same design just a shorter barrel/slide and shorter grip.
I would highly recommend pearce grip extensions with an SC so you have a pinky rest and it won't print when concealed like a Service grip will.
 

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The one I was interested in came with the XD-Gear extension thing.....are those ok?
 

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Just curious... but if you have to put an extension on it how is the grip really any different from a Service?
 

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Just picked up the bi-tone XD40SC. It may be a little heavy for ankle carry at 23+ oz loaded (I'm guessing here, but I'm sure it's no lighter than that). A good IWB holster is best. You can use the 9rnd mags in the summer and the extended 12rnd mag with heavier clothing. You have the best of both, being able to change from the standard service grip length to a sub-compact length when desirable. I really like the stainless steel bi-tone model, it looks great and you don't have to worry about any finish issues (or rust). Accuracy is not an issue, the sub-comopacts are very good out to at least 20yrds, which is acceptable for a CCW weapon. I actually shoot the sub-compacts a little better than the service model, but maybe that's just me :)
 

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I was considering wear the sub in some kinda ankle setup. Possibly along with my service on my hip.
I've been nosin around at holsters already.....is this a bad idea??
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=174959
You'd better have some baggy-bottomed pants. The SC is debatably easier to conceal on the hip, but it's still a pretty thick gun. I don't think it would be a good choice for an ankle rig. Better go with a KelTec or similar very small framed weapon.

If you decide to get one, do yourself a favor and (as others have suggested) get the Pearce Grip Extensions. It doesn't add length to the back-strap of the grip...only adds about 1/2" to the front. But it makes all the difference in the world for comfort/control. The SA X-tenders that are out in limited availability make the grip the same length as a service/tactical.
I have no accuracy problems with mine from a "self-defense" distance, but it's no target pistol.
The felt recoil from the SC 9mm is very similar to a service .40cal.
 

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Cool. Thanks fellas. An IWB might be another option...since the service is too big for that on me.
It bein a thicker pistol is one of the reasons I love the XD line...seems to be tougher. The way a defensive weapon should be?
Then grip extentions.....do they just slide into the frame hole??
 

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Sorry, thought he was asking about the extended mag sleave :? Never mind.
 

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My SC came with the 15 round mag/extension sleeve. Besides the extra 5 rounds, I don't really like it. it makes the gun feel way off balanced and looks really strange. In addition, its a bitch to carry as a backup mag since that sleeve makes it too bulky to slip into a pocket or wear on your belt (IMHO). I've used it once for range practice but I'd rather practice with what I'm carrying, and concealled carry with the 15 round mag is much more difficult than with Pierce extensions. I have it loaded up and sitting in my glovebox as an off carry spare. Thought about selling it or trading for a regular mag with pierce extension.

While we're on the topic, has anybody tried the pierce +2 extension on the SC? Seems like it would serve as a pinky shelf and give you 2 additional rounds, although it doesn't look as good as the standard Pierce extension.
 
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