spring. xd 45


July 3, 2006, 06:26 PM
been thinking about buying one would like your guys advise

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July 3, 2006, 06:56 PM
I sure like mine, I have the 4". I like that it has a grip safety! I'm used to 1911's but the first time I shot it I was just as accurate with the XD so I went ahead and qualified with it for my carry permit amd got leather for it from Rafter S. :)

Ala Dan
July 3, 2006, 07:04 PM
I'm with my friend Valkman, as I have the 4" service model
Springer XD-.45 ACP. I just added a new Streamlight TLR-1 to it this
past Saturday; as I got tired of losing power right a'round dark thirty,
and having to sit here with only a Streamlight Stiron. Sure is a comfy
feel'in knowing you got 14 rounds locked and loaded, just in case the
crack heads and meth addicts come knocking during the course of the
evening~!:uhoh: :cool: :D

BTW, oh yes it shoots great too; NEVER has had a malfunction.

Ops Officer
July 3, 2006, 07:14 PM
Valkman, I am also looking for a holster for my XD-45. But I have the Tactical model, i. e., 5" barrel. What made you decide to get your holster from Rafter S? Is the holster molded for an XD-45? Thanks.

Oh, sorry bigcim. I didn't mean to the distraction to your thread. Get the XD-45. It's a fun gun. Think reliability. It eats about any .45 ACP. The accuracy is quite good, but not quite as good as a modern 1911. But the grip is what snags most pistoleros. It is one of the most ergonomic I've gripped.

Now, most XD-45 cultists are clammering for a more compact version of the XD-45, which isn't going to happen until supply catches up somewhat with the heavy demand. Do you know about the two-tone XD-45? That may not be a big deal. The XD-45 Tactical has the more durable Melonite finish than the finishes on the other calibers. But parts are'nt on the market yet. But SA seems to be absolutely stand-up in customer service.

Anna's Dad
July 3, 2006, 07:34 PM
I have the XD-9 and its fantastic--I've never had a single failure. I'm sure the 45 will perform just as well.

The only negative is that my wife can't handle it at all--she jams about every other round. Something about the grip safety just doesn't agree with her very small hands.

It's been 100% for me and if I didn't already have a Ruger P345, I would definately get the XD in 45.

Gary G23
July 3, 2006, 07:36 PM
Go for it. I love mine.

July 3, 2006, 07:42 PM
I love my XD9 and XD40. Use the search function and I think you'll find plenty of discussion on the XD45 -- most of them very, very positive.

Of course, you have to be able to afford the ammo to feed the thing. That's the only reason I'll probably never own one.

July 3, 2006, 07:51 PM
The XD is a great series of pistols. You really can't go wrong with any of them. I love my 4" .45 version. Sweet shooter, that one.

July 3, 2006, 08:24 PM
My XD9 and XD45 are my favorite plastic handguns.

But since everyone's different, it pays to take a look at a few others to be sure of your choice.

My second choice for plastic guns is the new Taurus 24/7-PRO with the SA/DA trigger.

Third choice for me is is the Walther P99 but they don't make a .45 version.

Haven't yet tried the new S&W MP which again doesn't seem available in .45ACP.

Glocks just don't work for me, I've tried.

The EAA polymer guns I could like a lot becasue they will do cocked and locked, but mine don't feed JHP reliably enough for any serious use.

But I remain a 1911 guy when I can only take one handgun. The Kimber BP would seem ideal but the mags for mine have never delivered the feed reliabiltiy needed for serious usage.


July 3, 2006, 09:43 PM
I'm sure Rafter S makes holsters for the 5" also - email them as they're great to deal with.

I went with them after hearing from many of our members the past few years about how great they were. Brommeland is also supposed to send some leather for it so that'll be a good comparison since I already know how good Gary's stuff is.

July 4, 2006, 12:26 AM
I really like my XD45 Tactical. I have aver 3500 round's through it now & it work's great.
I have a BlackHawk Serta holster for it & it seem's to do the job O.K.:) :cool:

July 4, 2006, 05:15 AM
My XD-45 ACP Service Model is the best handgun that I've ever owned, shot or carried. I *highly* recommend it.

BTW - ALL XD-45 ACP models come with the melonite finish, except the BiTone models, which have a stainless steel slide.

July 4, 2006, 11:29 AM
I've got the 5" Bi-Tone Tactical XD .45

It's a great gun, and I would reccomend it.

July 4, 2006, 03:37 PM
My roommate has a bi-tone 5" Tactical XD45 as well.

He loves it, and I must admit, it was one of the softest shooting .45's I've ever handled. I was very very impressed with it.

I'm not a fan of the magazine release, as it feels a bit sticky to me. The factory magazines seem a little cheap in construction.

However, these are just small issues. It's a great gun.

Detachment Charlie
July 4, 2006, 03:55 PM
Go for it. t's the first plastic pistol I ever thought of buying. After I picked it up, the ergonomics are perfect for me (YMMV). A few burps with WWB 230 gr JHPs, but it eats Remington 230 gr JHPs. Waiting for a High Noon holster. Great piece.;)

July 4, 2006, 04:28 PM
Had mine for several months now. Several hundred rounds through it - absolutely no problem.


July 4, 2006, 04:36 PM
i have the 4 in. model and love it...its not for small hands though..only problem ive had is i can only use the 9 round mag. not the guns fault... stupid california laws

July 5, 2006, 11:30 AM
I have the XD-45 5" tactical. Absolutely the best auto I've ever shot.

The only problem is now I want to trade all my other guns in to buy the other models of XD's.

I don't think you'll be sorry if you buy one.:)

July 5, 2006, 12:09 PM
I currently have my second 45 , this one is the BITONE Model.
All my XD's are 4in Service. A previous 45 I had I used in some Action Shooting had about 1000 rounds thru it without the first problem, and is now being used has a rental on a range.
I have a 9mm that has been a True Little Work Horse that has had
about 3000 rounds thru it with no issues.

Great little guns.

July 5, 2006, 02:57 PM
If my XD-45 had been the first handgun I had ever bought....it would be the only handgun I would have today......YES it's that good!!!

July 5, 2006, 08:59 PM
I got a 5" Tac last week. It may very well replace my USPf.

July 5, 2006, 10:49 PM
I wish that more American kids had studied mechanical engineering as well as those guys in Croatia. They designed a heckuva pistol when they brought out the HS2000/XD series. :)

My XD45 has been flawless and is as ergonomic as I could hope for.

FWIW, I think Croatia is only 100-miles from Austria. It wouldn't surprise me that much of the polymer technology and metallurgy was (ahem) "borrrowed". ;)

The Melonite treatment is something which the XD45 has, and I wish was incorporated into the XD9 and XD40-series.

July 6, 2006, 01:03 AM
thanks any more info

Ala Dan
July 6, 2006, 07:17 AM
I totally agree with my friend [nitesite Dave], as the Springer XD
is really a great handgun. All of you members who know me, know how
devoted I am too the .45 caliber SIG-SAUER P220A, right~? Well, it's
got some competition now, thats for sure~! Its already serving as my
primary home D' handgun.:cool: :D

July 6, 2006, 05:13 PM
Well I dont own one yet but the AMERICAN RIFLEMAN recently picked it as the NRA GUN OF THE YEAR. I think they also picked the 9MM when it first came out also. Just this newbies' 2cents worth.

July 6, 2006, 05:15 PM
You won't be disappointed. It's boring to shoot though. Hits where you aim, no FTF, no FTE, etc. Down right boring :D

July 6, 2006, 07:45 PM
boring huh

July 7, 2006, 01:28 AM
I want one of these in the 4" model. I like the 4" .40 model as it is. Amazing thing though: the .45 acp version has 13 rd. mags while the .40 version has only 12. Maybe they can start designing 14 rounders or something. Yeah, right....:rolleyes:

July 8, 2006, 07:11 PM
what did you mean by boring

July 8, 2006, 08:55 PM
He means it goes bang everytime you pull the trigger . .. .throws all it's brass into a small pile in exactly the same place and shoots really nice tight groups (assuming the shooter does his part)

Have a good one,

July 8, 2006, 09:16 PM
Yep, that's what I mean by "boring". Goes bang when you pull the trigger, eats all the ammo I've thrown at it. Wolf, +P loads, LRN, JHP, you name it, it chews it up and spits the brass into a nice pile. I've not needed the "tap-rack-bang" with this pistol. Almost 1k rds now, not one issue. My only "complaint" was/is the trigger take-up is a bit long. I don't notice it during tactical matches, though so I'm hesitant to have the trigger job done. The XD45 is definately a lot of bang for the buck. I liked the XD platform enough to pick up the XD9 in OD green. :D You will not be disappointed.

July 8, 2006, 09:24 PM
I have a XD9 subcompact that is my workhorse carry gun and i have NO complaints whatsoever. Unfortunately (well maybe not) when it came to buying my first .45 i tried both the XD45 and a 1911 and i walked away with 1911. Nothing wrong with the XD its just the 1911 felt better in my hand.

EDITED: for spelling

July 8, 2006, 09:35 PM
Hey Six, everyone needs more than one .45 :evil: ;)

July 8, 2006, 09:56 PM
I agree with that statement. :evil:

July 9, 2006, 12:13 PM
hey guys what would be some of the benifits with the xd9 and xd40 just price of ammo and recoil

July 9, 2006, 02:01 PM
Yes for XD9, .40 vs .45 cost difference is not that great if at all. Midway has Magtech .45ACP 230gr FMJ for $9.49/50 and .40 S&W 180gr $10.99/50. Not a comprehensive comparison, but you get point. As for performance of the round...well let's not go there :evil: I think the 40 has a "snappier" or sharper recoil than the .45. XD9 and XD40 are fine pistols, although the finish might not be as tough as the XD45.

July 9, 2006, 03:08 PM
do the 9 and the 40 perform better then a 45 cal

Ala Dan
July 9, 2006, 06:00 PM
"do the 9 and 40 perform better than a 45 cal?"

Not necessarily, as it depends on many factors including the load
used in each caliber, range (distance from target), weapon used,
and individual's characteristics ( stance, sight picture, breath
control, proper grip, and trigger control). Actually, I find the XD
.45 ACP to be quite accurate; equal too that of any "combat
firearm"~!:cool: :D

July 9, 2006, 06:32 PM
bigcim, here's the 9mm vs XXX thread. This discussion could go on for a very long time. You will get all kinds of opinions on this issue. My bottom line is I think most people don't want to be shot no matter what caliber. 9mm, 40, .45, 38, even 22lr are lethal. I guess a lot depends on your use of the round. For target shooting, the cheaper the ammo the more you can shoot for your dollar. For defense, well that's a lot of personal preference and what you can shoot best. It's much better to hit CoM with 2 well placed 9mm than to miss with several 40 or .45's if you have trouble shooting these calibers.


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