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+1 here.code33 said:If you get the .40, 9mm aftermarket conversion barrels are available.
Can't go the other way around...
Something to think about.
Mullanman's got all good points. Same deal with me, I can shoot my 1911 way better than my XD40 Tactical.......mullanman said:I know i'll start up a whole bag of popcorn, but......
IMHO, Self defense go with the .40.
If its just for target and plinking, buy the 9mm.
But most importantly, go with what feels better to you. try both guns with a variety of ammo. make notes, and decided which one works for you. I'm a fan of bigger is better, i can control my 40 better than my snappy 4" 9mm. So for me it works. I can shoot a 1911 a heck of a lot better than my XD's.
Get a regular barrel. I've seen them online for less than $200.[TASF said:Overkill]The V10 gets dirty faster, and dirty in more places, is hell on your ears and everyone else's if you ever have to actually use it, doesn't do good things for you in the dark, and won't let you practice firing from retention.
I wish I hadn't gotten a ported.
nh10, whichever caliber you choose, do yourself a BIG favor and insist on snapping the trigger before buying your XD. If the pull does not seem right to you, ask to see another XD.nh10ring said:Its a toss up. I want a handgun to have fun with at the sandpit (I don't shoot alot), but powerful enough to protect my home should I need to. I don't have access to a range or rentals so I must relie upon your opinions. I like the idea of the XD40 for power, but should I fear it kicking badly??? I once owned a Hi-Power 9mm and thought it to be too light of a caliber. In one word, do you recommend the XD9 or XD40????