I'm thinking about buying a Springfield XD .45

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by captain_nasty, Sep 4, 2010.


  1. captain_nasty

    captain_nasty Monkey+

    I would like some input on the XD. I'm not a Glock fan and I've had good experiences with Springfield 1911's. I'm not knocking Glocks, I just can't deal with the grip angle and found the XD to have a natural, good feeling grip. I know that they can survive the "Glock torture test" and that they supposedly have a better trigger but other than that, I don't know anything about them. Any info would be helpful.
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Cap'n, there are a couple guys that have them on this site. You might do a search, some posts should turn up that speak well of the XD. I don't have one, so can't speak to the subject.

    Welcome aboard ---
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  3. captain_nasty

    captain_nasty Monkey+

    Thanks, ghrit. I've been reading a few threads on this forum the past week or so and decided to register. Sweet board you guys have here.
     
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I love my XD-9. It disassembles easily and in few parts. Very accurate, reliable, and rugged. I love the XD Gear, especially the loader assist. Low maintenance handgun, very practical and worth the $$.
     
  5. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    I had a 9mm and .40 cal. I am sure the .45 follows suit. I liked it. Not much at all to complain about. Accurate enough, reliable, good pistol.
     
  6. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    XD .45 will be my first pistol. just have to smooth the wife over a bit first :)
     
  7. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    XD .45 has been pretty popular among the Springfield crowd. When the XDm came out, a lot of people didn't buy because they didn't have .45 cal; however...

    A couple months ago SA finally came out with the XD(m) .45, so I'd check it before you buy the XD. I have the XDm in .40sw and am impressed with its feel, accuracy, and features. Check their ads to see all the extra stuff the "M" version has.
     
  8. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have 2 XD-45's and love 'em! Especially love the Compact model that lets me carry a 10-rd mag or a 13-rd mag. Hopefully soon I will buy a XD(m) in 45!
     
  9. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Time to stop thinking and got get it. My wife likes the XD's better than Glocks, I like Glocks.
    My wife has the XD-9 & XDM-9. If you stick with the .45's then you can go with the "compact" model, shorter grip, but the same barrel length (I believe, or at least close to the same length).
     
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    What's the difference between the XDm and the XD? I haven't shot an XD but one of the guys in our club uses a XDm in 9mm for production matches.
     
  11. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    XDm is the "Match" version. Different trigger, grip and barrel I think. Check springfields sight, that would give the best answers
     
  12. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I have XD 45 Tactical. Love it. I shoot it better than all the others. A little hard to conceal....still love it.
     
  13. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have a couple of the XD .45's. Love them. Accurate, reliable, very, very easy to break down. The original XD's are still quite a bit cheaper than the XDM. All of my girls either are, or will be armed with XD .45's. They like them as well. I recently gave my 18 yr. old her own 4-inch. She loves it. Buy a gun and protect your daughter, but buy a gun for her, train her and she can protect herself.
     
  14. larbhills

    larbhills Monkey+

    I love my XDs and my XDM. The grip on both is so much better for me than my Glock. My brother in law has the XD45 and I can tell you that the recoil was a lot "sharper" than I was expecting from it.
     
  15. oscar615

    oscar615 Monkey+

    I love my XD 45. I have the compact model which is like having two pistols in one. A shorter 10 rnd mag for concealed carry and a longer 13 rounder makes it the same as the service model.

    I chose it over the Glock because it had the same grip angle as my 1911. I don't like the angle on the Glocks.

    The XDM is the match model and from what I understand has tighter tolerances, among other things, so that it is not quite as good of a combat pistol. But may be better for competition. Me, I want a pistol that will go to hell, come back and still function. So the XD is for me, over a tight match type pistol.
     
  16. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    I feel lazy for not posting this before concerning the differences between the XD and XDm. With some of the differences listed, the XD might have those features, but the XDm has "more" or thought to be better:
    • Hammer forged barrel
    • Improved takedown (no trigger pull, much safer)
    • Improved contour frame
    • More slide serrations
    • Lock-texture grip
    • Shorter trigger reset
    • Better corrosion resistance (melonite)
    • Higher capacity magazines (my .40 holds 16)
    • Better sights
    • Better magazine release
    • Interchangeable backstraps
    • Picatinney rail
    These were taken from here. It's definitely not a "match" pistol, although you can make it into one.

    I usually carry mine with me where ever I go with two extra magazines. That works out to 49 rounds available: (16 x 3) + 1. I'm not a match shooter or anything, but I'm able to shoot some tight groups easily.
     
  17. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

    I enjoy and have glocks they invented the torture test and from where others come to compare... Angle of the grip etc is just the nature of the beast. I have shot the XD before Honestly not that impressed to drop my glock... I have further modified my glocks to 3.5 trigger pulls barrels adjustable night sights etc lovem even more..[stirpot]
     
  18. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Having owned 2 SAI XDs (in 9mm and 40 S&W) and 3 Glocks (in .45ACP and 9mm), I have to say it would come down to price. Both are great guns. I don't think you could wrong with either.

    The Glock might be cheaper if they are running some Mil discount program, but the XD is generally cheaper all day long. Of course, you could get a used trade in Glock (maybe in .45ACP) at a far better deal than any new XD or Glock. It will work fine. Glocks run for like a kabillion rounds.
     
  19. BadgeBunny

    BadgeBunny Monkey+

    The XD was my first gun. I did have some issues with my gun (but in S/A's defense, I bought one of the very first guns out) but sent it back to the factory and they made it right. (The slide rusted -- in August in OK!! and I had problems with the ejector pin. Seems like there was something else too but I can't recall what it was right now.)

    The more I shot the more my grip and stance changed and now I shoot Glocks for a couple of reasons, the most important being there are a lot of guns at this house and ease of maintenance, backstock of parts, reloading, is just made much easier when everything is consolidated.

    So, all in all, I wasn't UNHAPPY with the XD at all. It is just more convenient for me to shoot a Glock.
     
  20. Longbow

    Longbow Monkey+

    I always get pairs of guns so that the one is not lonely.
     
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