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i have a chance to buy either a ported XD 40 service or an XD40 Tactical for the same price. I already own a 40S and would like something a bit bigger. Which way to go? I know just get both and be done with the decision making, but I can only afford one at this time.

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Tactical. It's just cooler.

Ported is OK but I've heard folks say "why drill holes in a perfectly good gun?" I kinda feel that way.
 

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I would get the Tactical. I have both a XD-40 Service and an XD-40 Tactical and I like both but I shoot the Tactical better.

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In an previous post on this subject, Overkill, stated he has found it is more time consuming and difficult to clean the ported. If I'm not mistaken, I believe he said he wished had not bought it. I'm sure he will correct me if I am wrong on the latter.
 

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I find the additional muzzle blast and lack of versatility of ported guns more than nullifies the lessened recoil/quicker recovery that they afford. I would go with the non-ported versions.

I would say that ported pistols and shoulder holsters have a commonality: while there are a few people that have a need for such, most people buy them because they are "cool", not because they are useful (Please, I mean no offence to purchasers of either, but did you really need them? :) )
 

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By the tactical, trust me the ported is dirty , loud, and spits fire and slag out at you. Its kinda cool at first, then the front sight disappears, and you spend twice as long cleaning.but I bought a 9mm non prted conversion barrel for mine and I like it much better. Now I've got a cool novelty kinda gun when I want to shoot the V-10, and when I get tired of that I can throw in the 9mm barrel and have fun plinking for a lot cheaper.All in all I wish I would have bought an XD9 in the first place.
 

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I would definately go with the tactical. Unless your shooting inan open class shooting sport, its going to be somewhat usless for you to have a ported gun.
 

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I own 2 XD40 Tacticals, and vouch for them.
 

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I'd recommend the tactical. I don't own one, but I definitely can give you my opinion on it if you buy one and send it to me......granted, it might take, ya know.....10k rounds or even more for the break-in period......
 

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Snake-eater 1 said:
I would say that ported pistols and shoulder holsters have a commonality: while there are a few people that have a need for such, most people buy them because they are "cool", not because they are useful (Please, I mean no offence to purchasers of either, but did you really need them? :) )
Ported, no. Shoulder Holster, yes. :)
 

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I bought the ported, but that's because I was considering that I can get aftermarket non-ported barrels in .40 and 9mm to avoid porting issues while still maintaining flexibility by having a ported slide.

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Verm is a po po, that's why he needs the holster. :wink:
Well, that aside, I find the shoulder rig is a good option especially when it's cooler out and jackets are worn or, like me, you are a big guy and sometimes, like in a car, waist carry is uncomfortable or puts the gun in a hard to reach position.

As for ported or tactical, I would go with the Tactical myself. Ported is great for range shooting but if it's used at night, the flash will kill your night vision. Also with the way I shoot with the gun close to my body when at ready, if I have to shoot from there, I would get a nice blast in the face. :)
 

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Tactical...no doubt about it.

I guess I am just too used to shooting bigger pistols, like 44 magnums, 45 1911s and 357s, but I don't see the need to port a 40 or 9mm - the recoil is just not that bad. I can understand porting 45s, 44 mags and maybe a 357, but not a 40 or 9mm.

I think the recoil on my Service XD-40 is very pleasant...I can only imagine that the 40 Tactical would be very easy to shoot and have not much recoil at all. Ditto for any XD in 9mm.

-Brickboy240
 
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