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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????
 

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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.
 

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Either one will work for both objectives. As long as you choose a good robust ammo for self defense, a 9mm is fine. 9mm ammo is less expensive re practice purposes usually.
 

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If you get the .40, 9mm aftermarket conversion barrels are available.
Can't go the other way around...

Something to think about.
 

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It's just a matter of preference. Just rent both, then decide. Don't let other decide for you. What may be perfect for me might not be right for you. Remember, in a gun battle, you'll probably not need more than 2-3 rounds, unless you're NYPD. I'm orginally from NYC.
 

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I bought the 40 v-10 and I love it! I don't think it really kicks that hard. It's very comfortable to shoot, and still packs quite enough punch to take someone down if you have to. I plan on also getting a 9mm conversion barrel to have the best of both worlds. For around $150 you can get two guns in one. IMO any XD is a great gun, so whatever you choose you should be happy with it.
 

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My vote goes to the .40. The XD40 service model was my first handgun and 2,000 rounds later it still performs flawless.
 

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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. :)
 

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Either one will work for both of your intended purposes. The 9mm will cost significantly less to shoot. Do you have an Academy Sports store in your area? They sell CCI Blazer in 9mm for $3.86/50. You can't beat that deal, and if you have Academys there I'd buy the 9mm.
How much experience do you have with Pistols? I find it much easier to bring a 9mm back on target for follow up shots than a .40.
 

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9mm ammo is significantly cheaper than .40 for plinking around in the sand pit - and you can get some pretty stout, effective +P ammo to keep on hand for self defense. That's the route I went anyway.
 

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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.
Mullanman's got all good points. Same deal with me, I can shoot my 1911 way better than my XD40 Tactical.......
 

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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. :)
Get a regular barrel. I've seen them online for less than $200.
 

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Personally, I can't see the bullet diameter and weight making the .40 that much better than 9mm, especially when using plus P loads in the 9. If this is correct, then the deciding factor to me is ammunition cost, 9mm being far less costly on a round per round basis.
 

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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????
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.

Rotnguns
 

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I'd say go rent both and decide which you can shoot more accurately and how quickly you can do a followup shot. I got the 9mm (i've had 40s and 45's) because of the cheap ammo price and the light recoil. I can get my rounds off faster and more acurate (to me that is) with the 9mm. I can have a 357mag or a .22LR...I can still take ya down if I hit you in the right place. It still all about shot placement to me.

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