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I have pretty much decided on the XD as my first personally owned handgun. My previous experience with handguns to date has been the military Beretta M9. I'm trying to decide between the 9mm, 40 and 45, and between the 3" or 4" barrel if I got with the 9mm or 40. I am a small build, 5'6", 150lbs. I am purchasing this as a very multi-purpose weapon, with the primary use being CCW. I want to also use it for leisure shooting at the range, and as a carried side arm when hunting. I am currently in law enforcement training, so this will be my off-duty carry weapon once training is complete. Suggestions? Any suggestions of where I might be able to get experience firing all of these variants?

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JMO, but I say 9 or 45. I am getting a little turned off by 40. That being said, the 40 XD shoots better than any other 40 polymer.
 

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Except maybe my Walther P99! :D

Just kidding, I haven't shot an XD in .40, but I'm sure it is every bit as enjoyable as the P99 platform.

As for the question posed....

For multi purpose? Howsabout the 9 mm, relatively cheap to shoot, still very effective with modern hollowpoint offerings for self defense.

I love my .40 P99, BUT, I'd shoot it more if ammo was as cheap as 9mm.

Best of luck to you, I'd pick the service, but that's only because my wife's XD is a subcompact, and I'd want something different!

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Given the prerequisites that you've laid out, I would opt for the 9mm. Sub Compact if it were my choice.
 

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Good show, Mr. Frenchy...

My wife's subcompact is really something else, shoots better than my buddy's Glock 26. It has seen more range time since we bought it than any of my other guns...

Wierd, huh??? Wonderful little pistol.

ellisk02, whichever you decide on, most all of us here are certain you'll love it!

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You might want to check w/you dept first. Most LE agencies have standards and criteria on what you can and cannot carry on duty.
 

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Rule of thumb -- smallest caliber you're comfortable carrying, largest you can afford to shoot regularly. :)

That said, the 9mm Sub or Service would be great. The concealability of the Service is more or less on par with the sub, but it does definitely weigh more...just something to keep in mind.
 

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My view is a little different here....get the .40 service for your off-duty use. This way you can add a 9mm barrel should you decide on that caliber. Plus, you could always have the grip size reduced to that of the subcompact while keeping the longer slide-sight radius. In effect giving you multiple options.

Personally I carry my .40 service daily for CCW and have no problems concealing, toting, or tolerating the weapon....and I do believe that the .40 is a better defensive round than the 9mm for a variety of reasons...some perhaps not backed up by any known science! :lol:
 

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gerardoscuz said:
You might want to check w/you dept first. Most LE agencies have standards and criteria on what you can and cannot carry on duty.
On duty, I must carry the Sig 9mm...off duty is not restricted.

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...get the .40 service for your off-duty use. This way you can add a 9mm barrel should you decide on that caliber. Plus, you could always have the grip size reduced to that of the subcompact while keeping the longer slide-sight radius
Is the 9mm conversion barrel readily available? Also, about how much does it cost? Any drawbacks making the conversion?
Not likely to change the grip size, because I don't think I would want to lose that magazine capacity. That said, how involved is that conversion and how costly?

How about recoil differences between the 9mm, 40 and 45? Noticeably worse in the 3in 9 and 40 than the 4in?
 

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Is the 9mm conversion barrel readily available? Also, about how much does it cost? Any drawbacks making the conversion?
Not likely to change the grip size, because I don't think I would want to lose that magazine capacity. That said, how involved is that conversion and how costly?
http://pistol-gear.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=28
 

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Havin a .40 with the 9mm conversion isn't a bad idea.
The neat thing that I have found out of the XD platform...is that the weapons seem to perform almost identical in either caliber. I have both a 9mm and a .40...the more I practice with my 9mm...the better I seem to shoot with my .40.
Recoil difference is nill....since I like to use fairly hot 9mm loads.
 

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I bought a 9mm. I'm VERY happy with it.

bottom line is this: for most people, 99% of shooting is practice. 1% is when you REALLY need it. my hydra shok 147gr WILL stop someone. The $$$$$$$ I've saved in practicing with 9mm vs .40 is WELL worth how much better I shoot now that I can very VERY accurately shoot 9mm.


If I bought a .40 I would have practiced maybe 1/4-1/2 as much. I feel like I would be more effective with the 147gr 9mm than whatever .40.


Personally, I'd buy another 9mm if I had the chance. granted a .40 can be converted with barrel and etc, but I don't desire to shoot anything else....
 

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Now for the next set of questions...anyone know any good places to purchase an XD in North Carolina (around Fayettevile/Raleigh)? What about any good online places that ship to local dealers? If you do that, how does that work?
 

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ellisk02 said:
Now for the next set of questions...anyone know any good places to purchase an XD in North Carolina (around Fayettevile/Raleigh)? What about any good online places that ship to local dealers? If you do that, how does that work?
You can got to Personal Defense & Handgun Safety Center. They have a website (http://www.pdhsc.com/showcase1.htm) and they are in the raleigh area. They have XD's as low as $408. I paid $419 for mine in the Kernersville area
 

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What are advantages/disadvantages of ported? I know pretty much nothing about it except that the Springfield site said ported reduces recoil.
 

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ellisk02 said:
What are advantages/disadvantages of ported? I know pretty much nothing about it except that the Springfield site said ported reduces recoil.
It will reduce the felt recoil, allowing you to get on your second shot quicker.

The down side?...Louder...a bit harder to clean...some say it interferes with twilight or night shooting...a slight loss of velocity.
 
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