Just to let you know if you're going to get into practical shooting you may not be able to use a ported model in some matches (IDPA?) and in USPSA matches ported models are only allowed in the Open division that uses optics along with mags holding 25+ rounds. I think there are some folks trying to build open XD's but even with all available mods they can't hold the same number of rounds that the 1911's can hold (and still be legal).
For the most XD's are seen in the Productin and Limited-10 divisions in USPSA where the max number of rounds is 10 in your mags after the start buzzer. Please don't think I am trying to sway your decision; you should buy what you want. It's just if you want to shoot practical matches a ported model will limit what you can do.
I love my ported model! Less recoil and a cool twin flame job each time you shoot. I don't like how the front sight will get dirty after 100 or so rounds, but my gun is cleaned after each time I visit the range so it's not that big of a deal.
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