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I can buy 1 gun this year. I think I have it narrowed down to the 2 guns. I may have to add the Kahr .45 when it comes out, but I have been wanting both of these guns for several years.

It would be strictly a range gun. I carry a 239 and a glock 19.

What do you guys think?
 

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well, since you're posting on a hs2000/xd site, I think everybody here will convince you to go with the xd..... I really don't know the walter, but I've had nothing but praises for my xd-40
 

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See, I'm leaning towards the xd, so if I post here in a xd forum, 98% of the people are going to suggest the xd, which will make my decision easier!

Does the rust problem disapear with the bi-tone model?
 

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The "rust problem" is due to lack of caring for the gun. It's similar to a blued pistol and as such, requires maintaining it as a blued pistol. If you do that, you shouldn't have any problems.
 

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well my xd 9 sub is 5-6 months old and it is my carry....but it is on its way to springfeild for a new finish and i clean it daily every night when i got home from work i have a very dusty and sweaty job doing hardwood floors..on 3 occasions by the time i got home surface rust had already started...true enough i got it cleaned off buti want something a little bit stronger....dont get me wrong I LOVE MY GUN!!!! and would not trade it for a glock or anything else!!!! and not everyone has the problem but there are a few of us that need something stronger and i am sure that some of that is even from not cleaning...i would recommend this gun to anyone....
 

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as for my choice i got both xd in a sub well ok i dont have the walther i have the sw99 (smith-wesson version) and i like them both...so if i had to choose i would take the xd for now and get the walther next !!!!!
 

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Which one would you choose: bi-tone xd9 or walther P99QA?

stepper -

You have asked a question that is difficult for me to answer. I personally have 2 XDs (9mm & .40 S&W) and 2 Walther P99s (9mm & .40 S&W). FWIW, both of my .40 S&W guns have extra Bar-Sto barrels chambered in 357SIG.

In MY hands with MY ammunition, my XDs are a little more accurate than the P99s. All four guns have been utterly reliable. Because of the P99s' interchangeable backstraps, the P99s fit my hands a little bit better. A P99 may cost you $100 more than the XD.

This is not a recommendation fo you, but if I HAD to pick one or the other, I would probably pick the P99. If you are like me, you will be happy with either.
 

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A few months ago, when considering my next handgun, I had narrowed down the field to the XD and the Walther. It was a tough choice. I made my decision when I dry-fired both the same day at the same store. The Walther is a really nice gun. However, the trigger pull on XD was more to my liking - even though there are guys who still improve on XDs with trigger jobs.

I carry my XD40 every day. I practice with it regularly, which means I handle it a lot with my hands. I've got some scratch marks on the slide through the bluing that are my fault. Still there is no sign of rust. Every cleaning I put a fine film of oil on the slide (and other parts).
 

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That blue wonder Armadillo protectant from pistol-gear.com can help with the rust problem
 

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i would get a tactical XD for a range gun
 

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out of the two...i'm partial to the walther. both are great guns, but if its one OR the other...i'd start with the walther.

you'll get the same functionality regardless of what you choose. i know you'll be happy with both.
 

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You guys are really helpful!

Here's the other point:

XD bi-tone: $441.98
Walther P99QA: $499

They are both very close in price, so price isn't a real big factor. Of course, if I got the XD, I could use that extra $50 for more ammo. :)
 

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Catbird said:
$499 seems like an unusually low price for a new Walther P99.
Yea, I thought that was a great price too. The other gun store in town has them for $559 for the same gun.

I just don't like the idea of buying a brand new gun and then plan on spending another $75 for it to be refinished when you can buy a glock or Walther and get a good finish. That's why I'm having trouble justifying buying an xd. There are several threads here that people are having rust problems. I know SA will take care of it, but I'd have a new pistol that I'd have to send off for a couple of weeks just for them to make the pistol right.

They need to go ahead and refinish the pistols since they know this is a HUGE problem!

After saying all this.........I'm still leaning towards the XD bi-tone! I really like the gun.
 

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stepper said:
.........I'm still leaning towards the XD bi-tone! I really like the gun.
Not a thing wrong with that statement. I think they are extremely well-built guns (and the bi-tones look good, too).
 
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