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I'm considering purchasing a Springfield XD 4", 9mm (ported), to be used for target practice (and home safety) and I want to look into doing some competitions with it. From what I can tell it is not recognized as a stock pistol by the IDPA because of the SA classification.

So my question is, which competitions are open to this pistol? Also, which divisions are people shooting XD's in and what are they shooting against. I’m more into doing IDPA style practical stuff. The whole ‘race gun’ seriously modified thing doesn’t appeal to me and I sure wouldn't want to shoot against people with all those modifications.

Thanks in advance for the feedback. BTW I love this forum, you guys really know your stuff!

[ February 28, 2003, 12:15 PM: Message edited by: CJ ]
 

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Hi Sidetracker,

Thanks for the reply. That’s some good advice, I don’t want to end up in the open class. It’s nice that the XD is considered production class in IPSC/USPSA. Do you know if anyone is shooting it in the IDPA competitions and what it’s division is there?

CJ
 

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Sidetracker, Dogpack, thanks for the information.

I’m new to shooting so I figured it would be easier to control the xd-9 instead of the xd-40. I just got back from the local gun shop where I was in search of the XD Tactical in 9mm. Apparently, the great state of California has decided to approve the .40 but has held up the 9mm. So I’m out of luck for the 9mm in a 5" right now. While I was there I shot 100 rounds through the XD-9 4". It was great and extremely accurate but I really want the longer barrel of the tactical for competitions. Do you think it’s worth waiting for Cal approval or should I just get the XD-9, does the extra barrel length help that much in competition? Keeping in mind that I’m just out to have some fun, I don’t expect to win anything.

Thanks for the feedback.
 

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Hi, thanks everyone for the feedback. Another thing I learned in the trip to the gun store today is that the ported model is also not approved for California. So all of my issues are resolved today with the help of this forum and the limits of state law. Tomorrow I’ll be going to Turners (xd on sale BTW) and purchase a XD-9 4" in Bi-Tone. I’m very excited about the prospect.

Snake-eater 1, thanks for the advice. I had a gun safety and target shooting class on Friday and I’ve got another one scheduled for next Friday. After that I’ll be looking into one of these ‘tactical handgun’ day classes. I don’t have any driving desire to compete or out do anyone, I just know it’s the best way to help to push me to better all around proficiency and getting the most out of the experience.

Thanks again and look for my ‘just got a new xd’ post in a week or two when they finally let me take it home…

CJ
 
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