I have a S9, M9 M40 and S40. Plus I have a XD9 and XD40 both which are tacticals. Besides the XDs I shoot the S series guns the most. They are my everyday carry guns so I like to practice with them as much as possible. While the Steyr and XD are both polymer framed guns made in Europe they really are differant guns.
In my opinion the Steyrs are a higher quality more refined pistol. I have had great luck with mine. They all feed and shoot extremly well. The downsides with the Steyrs has more to do with finding mags, holsters, and the lack of any real support in the market. The bore axis does feel lower on the Steyrs which is supposed to be a bonus for recoil.
I use both of my XDs for shooting in USPSA matches so I shoot them a ton. XD is the new Glock and is working hard at chipping away at the huge lead that Glock has. There are tons of accesories to be had from a bunch of differant suppliers. I am also a big fan of the grip safety that the XD has. It saved my butt once and I wouldn't want to give it up.
the manual safties arn't that big of a deal to me. Are there night sights available for both of these?
The M9 felt amazing in my hand. I didn't know a firearm could feel so right ever! I saw a picture of a SA1 with a picture of a MA1 and new aug so I know they are makeing the SA1, but I dont know if I want to wait long either or not.
not having the holster options could be a problem since I like my comptac CTAC with the closed end.
I love the M9 that I got from CDNN and feel that it is one of my best pistols. I got rid of my XD Service 40, it just wasnt for me. The steyr feels better than any polymer gun IMO. I would go the M9 and not look back. Steyr is a better built gun IMO and should do anything you want it to, especially when you need it most. Get what YOU want and not what other tell you to get. Base your decision on what works for you, how you shoot it, reliability etc... but I would try to shoot them all, which I have and the M9 did it for me. The only better grip is the CZ or Witness, CZ clone.
Early models had the heavier trigger, I do not know if you can mod the trigger to more lbs. It is a good trigger though. There are parts avail for the Steyr and you can get them. Ask here and you wont get and BS answers. www.steyrclub.com
I have had two XD's and an M40, I really like them both. Funny I carry the XD because of the backstrap safety, I never really cared for and therefore don't use the safety on the M40. The M40 is next to my bed though. I have the earlier version and as comfortable as it is, the 2nd gen I think is even more so. I agree with sturmruger and BogBob68 about the fit, finish and feel of the Steyr being better.
The only real problem with the Steyr is that is a more esoteric choice and the equipment to run it, i.e., holsters are very limited compared to the XD (which make it not even on the map when compared to whats out there for a Glock). I had trigger work done and it is one of my favorite triggers both before and after the work was done. It is a nice gun, especially for the price however you may get frustrated buying accessories for it. I did not have any problem a year ago when I ordered back up pieces before the trigger work was done (just in case). Ok, Im done rambling
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