Is anyone currently using the Pistol gear 9mm conversion barrel in their XDM .40?
wouldnt i just be better to buy 9mm magazines instead of modifying 40cal ones?I am. The mags have to be modified to reliably feed 9mm and there is some fitting to do around where the extractor meets the barrel so it will clear properly (very easy to do) and it is very accurate and easy to shoot.
Absolutely you would be better off buying 9mm mags, but unfortunately I don't think they exsist yet. the xd mags don't fit and they haven't released the xdm yet. This is the exact reason I'm waiting until they release the 9.wouldnt i just be better to buy 9mm magazines instead of modifying 40cal ones?
Sure would and that's what I will do soon as they become available. XD mags will not work in the M and no 9mm versions are out yet. SOOOOOONNNNNN I hope Springfield will solve that problem for us!!!wouldnt i just be better to buy 9mm magazines instead of modifying 40cal ones?
The aftermarket barrels will run somewhere between $140 and $175 depending on what you want. I think Pistol Gear (who is a sponsor for this website has the conversion barrel for $145. Storm Lake has them from anywhere from $160 - $175. Storm Lake will offer ports and extended barrels if that's what you want.Just because I havent done this before. I can get a 9mm barrel get the 9mm XDM mags(when they show up) and whammo I have a 9mm?
What does a 9mm barrel run out of curiousty might be able to pass that by the wife rather than a full priced gun.
Now you're talking:lol:. That's why I didn't bother waiting for the 9mm to come out. the 40 will have more uses and better self defense than the 9 but the 9 will save some greeen at the range. My XDm is all black so I may eventually pickup a bi-tone but at least I've scratched the itch for now. Let me know how things work out.cool deal 150 from pistol gear and probably 30 bucks for the mags times 2 so a XD 9mm for 210 total.
Oooooh Honey we need to talk....
I think and I mean think...that the outside diameter of the stock 9mm will not sit tightly in the 40 slide and frame. The conversion barrels are built to do just that. That is the same reason that you could not buy a 9mm and just drop a 40 barrel in it. The 40 barrel would be too wide to sit correctly and you would have alot of headaches, You should really check with a gunsmith or vendor because everything that I'm telling you is hear say from others who have the conversion barrels and know much more than I.Why cant we just wait until the 9mm XDm comes out and replace the .40 barrel with a stock XDm 9mm barrel? Would it be as simple as that?
Did the point of impact change relative to the sights? While I prefer a 9mm, I am thinking about getting the .40 so I can use conversion barrels for both 9mm & .357 SIG in addition to .40 S&W. Still debating what I want to do.I am. The mags have to be modified to reliably feed 9mm and there is some fitting to do around where the extractor meets the barrel so it will clear properly (very easy to do) and it is very accurate and easy to shoot.
Man...I forgot how sweet that is. I ended up getting an all black because the price was right, but your's is soooo sweet.Here's what my setup looks like. I have a Pistol Gear mag well that should be here this week and I will be ordering a Springer Precision Trigger kit next week. Then hopefull some 9mm mags (IF THEY WOULD EVER FRIGGIN RELEASE THE D(*&*(M gun)
How big of a difference would the spring make? Would it not function correctly without it or would it just decrease accuracy or something?You will also want to get a guide rod and lighter spring set up from Springer Precision to run the 9mm ammo. A #16 pound spring is what is recommended from Scott (or that's what he recommended to me and what I run) Like most bottom feeders the big thing is getting the mags right for reliability. YMMV
Thanks for the informaiton but another question. Since the XDm uses a single spring, wouldn't I just need to go to a lighter spring on the same rod, ir is the conversion barrel different enough to require a new guide rod?You will also want to get a guide rod and lighter spring set up from Springer Precision to run the 9mm ammo. A #16 pound spring is what is recommended from Scott (or that's what he recommended to me and what I run) Like most bottom feeders the big thing is getting the mags right for reliability. YMMV
I ordered the conversion barrel in tactical (5") from PistolGear. I had them drop ship it directly to Scott at Precision who is going to cut (to the XDm 4.5" length), crown, and tweak it (if necessary) to run in the XDm.
Scott is also going to modify a new .40 magazine for me to feed the 9x19s. I am told that this is pretty simple to do - just bend the mag lips in so that they are about .35 inches apart at the front and .33 inches at the rear. This keeps the rounds from sticking up so high that they interfere with extraction/ejection. I'll probably buy a couple of the 9 mags as soon as they are available.
I am also told that the factory spring/rod will work just fine with factory 9mm ammo. Light hand loads may require a lighter spring but pretty much anything off the shelf will feed and eject fine. I picked up a "Don's Guide Rod" but plan to re-use the factory spring.
I should have the barrel and mag sometime next week - I am looking forward to shooting it.
Anyone have any good or bad experience with this conversion barrel? Does it the modified mag feed well? Is there anything else that I should look out for?