Impulse buy: Springfield xd


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DirtyDiesel
February 25, 2013, 12:04 AM
Out shopping with my buddy who was looking for a new carry gun...after holding a few and talking with the guys at the counter I made a purchase instead lol. Picked up this Springfield armory xd- 45 acp 4" compact with 13+1 capacity.

I'm more of a revolver guy so this is my first auto loader style purchase. It was $529 and came with some other goodies in the box, so I felt good about it. I've watched some YouTube videos on reveiws and what not...but do any of you guys have first hand experience?

http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i463/91dirtydiesel/E5655889-1346-4684-B32F-6884FA124CF9-8433-000009D53F05EE5A_zps7f8eba59.jpg

http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i463/91dirtydiesel/35852D21-681F-4C75-9AD1-9E94D76DC983-8433-000009D25E95B5D3_zps7187a05c.jpg

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cwcoolcow
February 25, 2013, 12:28 AM
Did the same thing 2 yrs ago. Walked in empty, came out with a used XD-45 Tactical. I really like this gun. Its very accurate and even shoots the cheap stuff (if there is such a thing as cheap 45 ACP these days). It's become my nightstand buddy. In fact, I'm looking at it now. Congrats on your purchase. Let us know how it shoots..

cpt-t
February 25, 2013, 12:43 AM
DirtyDiesel: My Son shoots a 5 in 45 XD and I shoot a 4in 45 XD. We both really like these Guns. We use them for just about everything from 3 Gun to just plinking. We have had them fot several years and shot them alot and never had any kind of a problem. Mine sit`s on the my night stand and at night I put a light on it. I have always been a 1911 fan and I still am but I like my XD and I really like the 13 rounds of 45 ACP it carries.
ken

labhound
February 25, 2013, 12:47 AM
I have an XD45 4" Service model with thumb safety. Excellent gun with excellent accuracy. The only thing I would caution you on is if you're right handed and you use the thumbs forward grip to watch out for the disassembly lever. It sticks out from the gun and has a very blunt squared off end that will beat the crap out of your thumb. :eek: Love the gun, one of my favorite 45's.

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 12:47 AM
Not with that particular model (although it's been on my wish list for a while).
My main CCW was an XDSC40 (pre-Melonite), but when they redesigned the XDSC9 magazine to hold more than 10 rounds, it replaced my 40 as my daily carry.

Both have worked like a champ - I've offered them up as options to a number of newbie friends that have gotten serious about SD over the last few years, and I have yet to hear of one complain or get rid of it.

I never tell 'em to "get one" - I usually offer it up as a baseline for comparison shopping. I think every one of them has ended up with an XD after doing their research / shopping.

Kiln
February 25, 2013, 07:05 AM
I think you're going to enjoy it. I've met lots of Springfield XD owners and I own two XDM pistols. They're excellent quality guns at a reasonably competetive price.

Double Vision
February 25, 2013, 09:40 AM
Congratulations! I'm fond of the XD line. Happy shooting!

Valkman
February 25, 2013, 10:17 AM
I have 2 4" XD-45's and they are great guns! I might have to get another one!

One is a Compact but both hold th 13rd mags:

http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo80/DLKnives/XD45/BothXD2.jpg

DirtyDiesel
February 25, 2013, 11:17 AM
Nice to hear the good reviews about it on here. Can't wait to get some lead down range with it! I was looking at the xd(m) and they seemed similar but price tag on the M was considerably more expensive...is that just for the match barrel that it comes with?

twice barrel
February 25, 2013, 11:27 AM
I can't say that the match barrel offers any improvement but the ability to change the backstrap thickness is a plus to those wishing to change how much the grip fills their hand. And the grip texture is a bit more aggressive on the XDm which some folks like.

Functionally they're the same and the XD line of pistols has a wonderful frame geometry that most folks I've spoken with that have actually shot them really like.

Hope you enjoy yours,

TB

Cryogaijin
February 25, 2013, 11:41 AM
Got mine the day before xmas. Felt good in my hand, and after seeing the bright yellow sticker "Not Legal In California" I had to have it.

Mine has the shortened grip, that accepts both 10 and 13 round magazines.

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 01:46 PM
I was looking at the xd(m) and they seemed similar but price tag on the M was considerably more expensive...is that just for the match barrel that it comes with?
As a long time owner, I consider the M line to be mostly marketing.
One of the things that impressed me with my older models was how accurate they are (all my friends report the same). I laughingly told my CHP instructor this was the first 40 I'd owned and I had never owned this powerful a caliber in a size this small, so I had no idea what to expect. First shot was on center, 6 o'clock low. I walked 'em up the target and put 'em all in the center after getting a feel for the gun.
I don't know how much more accurate you really need a self defense gun to be?

Looks are subjective (I still like the older models), the match grade barrel is pretty much marketing, and the interchangeable backstraps I don't need as the old models fit me well as is.

If you do decide to someday go with an M model, do your homework.
If I remember, the M model will not accept magazines from the older models?

Anywho...I'm sure you'll enjoy your new gun.
The local gun shop seems to have a decent supply of Springfields on hand - I hear Springfield is one of the few companies that has been able to keep up with supply.
With the current political climate, I keep looking wistfully at 'em in the case, but at this time I really don't need another one.

'Course, the guys at the shop repeatedly tell me "we don't operate on a needs basis"! :banghead:

DirtyDiesel
February 25, 2013, 03:00 PM
Thanks for clearing that up. Being that this one has the larger capacity magazine/grip does that affect carry position at all? (If any of you do conceal carry it)

okc-zee
February 25, 2013, 03:45 PM
Picked this up about a month ago...XD45 compact...Absolutely awesome gun...Congrats on your purchase...you won't regret it...


http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/deadinokc/xd45c009_zpse2d1481e.jpg

H.m.B
February 25, 2013, 05:28 PM
Congratulations, I don't think you will be disappointed! I have an XD-40 that I purchased in 2009 that has 1100 rounds through it and has performed flawlessly. I fits my hand like a glove and is accurate to boot. Happy shooting!

DirtyDiesel
February 25, 2013, 06:17 PM
Took it out shooting and put 50 rounds through it...operated flawlessly...now I just need to work on my accuracy with it :) very fun to shoot

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 07:02 PM
Iff'n you ever decide to put night sights on it, do your research!

Easiest, quickest, neatest way for me was to mail the slide off.

XD sights can be a real bear to remove!

KenW.
February 25, 2013, 07:17 PM
I have owned three XD pistols and one XDm. They are my duty pistols, and have NEVER let me down. I only left the 1911 relm becuase the XD has a rail. It takes a lot to get one away from the venerable 1911.

It'll take yet another breakthrough to get me to switch over to something else.

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 07:46 PM
Only bad thing I've heard 'bout some XDs is breaking of the firing pin retainer if you dry fire a lot.

There are folks that sell multi-packs of replacement pins (wrapped instead of rolled), and I always meant to get around to ordering some, but I don't dry fire my XD that much - I also wonder just how much of a problem it really is?
(Gotta wade through the XD hater postings, donchaknow?)

Well, I did hear some mention made of folks getting it wrong when reassembling and having to "beat" the slide off, or send it to Springfield.
Again, I don't know how much of a problem that really is, and by their own admission, they did something incorrectly when reassembling.

Sock Puppet
February 25, 2013, 07:49 PM
You bought an excellent pistol.

matrem
February 25, 2013, 07:54 PM
(Gotta wade through the XD hater postings, donchaknow?)


Exactly.
Being a long time Glock & 1911 liker/user, the XD has proven to me in the last three years, that there is another real option.

KenW.
February 25, 2013, 07:55 PM
I am an XD/XDM afficiando, and have never heard of having to "beat a slide off" of anything.

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 08:11 PM
I am an XD/XDM afficiando, and have never heard of having to "beat a slide off" of anything.
You just haven't dug deep enough - I've seen multiple reports of it, but how many of 'em were just XD haters and how many of 'em actually put it together incorrectly I can't tell ya.

I'll worry 'bout it next time I put mine together incorrectly. :D

Just for giggles and grins, I Googled "beat slide off XD"... :uhoh:

KenW.
February 25, 2013, 08:32 PM
So, owning four and belonging to XD talk.com isn't digging deep enough? Maybe if I belonged to glocktalk.com; except I've been banned from there... It seems I refused to follow the party line.

basicblur
February 25, 2013, 09:26 PM
So, owning four and belonging to XD talk.com isn't digging deep enough?
Strange...I read a few of the first hits my Google search brought up, and they all carried me to the XDtalk.com forums...

Then again, I wouldn’t describe myself as an aficionado, I don't love my guns, yadda yadda yadda.

I'm a pragmatist…which (for some reason) does seem to really PO a lot of folks these days... :confused:

KenW.
February 25, 2013, 10:26 PM
deleted because I'm not stooping to a level beneath me.

easyg
February 26, 2013, 01:22 PM
You made a wise choice.
The XD 45 is a great pistol.

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/IMG_0006.jpg

mljdeckard
February 26, 2013, 05:54 PM
I found a like-new XD-9 for $300, it's about the best deal I ever made.

miles1
February 26, 2013, 07:11 PM
Ive had a full size XD 45 for about 3 years now with No problems what so ever.A great gun thats been flawless.I trust it with my life easily.

miles1
February 26, 2013, 07:14 PM
Only bad thing I've heard 'bout some XDs is breaking of the firing pin retainer if you dry fire a lot.

There are folks that sell multi-packs of replacement pins (wrapped instead of rolled), and I always meant to get around to ordering some, but I don't dry fire my XD that much - I also wonder just how much of a problem it really is?
(Gotta wade through the XD hater postings, donchaknow?)

Well, I did hear some mention made of folks getting it wrong when reassembling and having to "beat" the slide off, or send it to Springfield.
Again, I don't know how much of a problem that really is, and by their own admission, they did something incorrectly when reassembling.
Basicblur,
Ive heard the same thing "over the internet" but Ive yet to see this with mine,or any XD that my friends have come across.Maybe the same "high bore axis" bogeyman naysayers are responsable?IDK.

basicblur
February 26, 2013, 07:41 PM
Ive heard the same thing "over the internet" but Ive yet to see this with mine,or any XD that my friends have come across. Maybe the same "high bore axis" bogeyman naysayers are responsable?

Yeah - recoil sensitivity seems to be a highly subjective 'thang.
Folks like to argue paper points, yet I constantly see folks saying gun X is the softest shooting gun they have, yet it has a "high bore axis".
I don't worry 'bout it too much - I just shoot the dang thing and don't whine! :D

I have seen folks gripe 'bout the grip safety, but being an old 1911 guy it never bothered me. Some trainers (who shall remain nameless, but obviously worship at the alter of GLOCK) like to knock the XD's grip safety.
Never bothered me, 'specially since I'm an old 1911 guy.

You don't want a grip safety? Fine, iff'n they were to give it to ya, they'd probably up the trigger pull weight - then we'd have a whole new round of whining.

BTW - years ago when I bought my first polymer pistol, I went to the store, checked 'em out, came home and did my research (research first, buy second), and walked out with a Sigma! :what:
Didn't take much research even way back then to find out GLOCK Perfection was...not so much.

Not a GLOCK hater - they just never fit my hand that well, and research indicated they weren't perfect. A lot of folks way back then loved to hate on the Sigma, apparently because it was a GLOCK copy (I don't care - that's between the companies).

I see a lot of the same hatin' going on with the XD, although folks seem to be slowly coming around (what stage of denial would that be?).

AethelstanAegen
February 26, 2013, 07:53 PM
I think you'll be very happy with your XD. My XD45 Compact was the first gun I every bought and it has been wicked reliable. I have many other pistols I enjoy a great deal but if I could only grab one and my life was counting on it, I'd grab the XD every time.

Only bad thing I've heard 'bout some XDs is breaking of the firing pin retainer if you dry fire a lot.

For what it's worth, I do an awful lot of dry firing with mine. For quite a while, I couldn't really afford to feed my XD as much as I would have liked (I was a student and thus always almost broke), thus I did a lot of dry firing and I still do. I can't imagine dry firing would break the firing pin on an XD, especially given that you have to dry fire the pistol to disassemble it.

basicblur
February 26, 2013, 11:24 PM
I can't imagine dry firing would break the firing pin on an XD...
It's not the firing pin that breaks - it's the firing pin (or I guess more accurately, the striker pin) retainer.

I dug up an old post here (http://www.gunrightsmedia.com/showthread.php?423623-XD-Striker-Retaining-Pin-replacement) - check out the thumbnail pix for an OEM vs. rolled striker retaining pin.
The rolled pins are "supposed" to be better than the OEM 'spring pin'.

Here's a link to Powder River Precison page with the pins.
http://shop.powderriverprecision.net/product.sc?productId=32

Here's a link to Pistol Gear pins (reported to be the same as Powder River, but MUCH cheaper).
http://www.pistolgear.com/proddetail.php?prod=00PG50

Here's a video covering the problem (I could swear there was one from PRP out there, but I can't find it).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRNKvYnmqDc

If I ever get around to it, I gotta order a few of these.

Sport45
February 27, 2013, 12:23 AM
Nice gun!

I like my XD45acp but I'd trade it for the "M" if I could. I understand they made the XDm .45acp so that it would shoot SWC bullets. My XD45 won't work with them at all. :(

Picked up this Springfield armory xd- 45 acp 4" compact with 13+1 capacity.

You sure it's a compact? Looks like the full size model to me.

DirtyDiesel
February 27, 2013, 01:15 AM
Sport45: it was my understanding there is a full size, compact, and subcompact in the xd-45. Is that incorrect? It is the 4" model

What kind of holsters do you guys like for conceal carry with this firearm?

Sport45
February 27, 2013, 10:49 PM
If a 13 round magazine fits flush in the grip it's a full size service model. The 5" barrel full size I believe is called the tactical model.

Compact models require a grip extension for the 13 round magazine. Look at the mag on the right side of okc-zee's bottom picture.

I don't carry my XD and don't have a holster for it so I can't help you with that part.

basicblur
February 27, 2013, 11:04 PM
...it was my understanding there is a full size, compact, and subcompact in the xd-45.
You got 2 outta 3!

For the 4" models:
The only difference between the full size and compact (not really much of a compact) is the grip on the compact is about 1/2" shorter than the full size.
I know, because I've had the compact on my wish list for a long time - I like it because the shorter grip is just the right length for my hand. The grip on the full size hangs below the bottom of my hand, which really bugs me (I prefer my grip to end where my fist does).

If you want a sub-compact in the XD line, you're going to have to go with the newer XDS model.

Springfield has a lots of good info by model at their site - you can also download a PDF for each model with all the specs.

DirtyDiesel
February 27, 2013, 11:35 PM
Oh that makes sense. I held the short grip one and didn't fit my larger hand very well. So I chose the full length one. Now with the grip itself have you guys ever experimented with other grips? Slip on rubber? Talon tape?

KenW.
February 28, 2013, 12:19 AM
There is no subcompact XD45, short of the singlestack XDS.

Mr.510
February 28, 2013, 01:18 AM
OP: Your pistol is the XD45 Service model: 4" barrel, 13 round magazine.

I've carried my XD45 Compact daily for about four years I guess and like it very much. I'm just shy of 11,000 rounds of every brand imaginable through it without a single malfunction of any kind.

The lockup issue when re-assembling these guns is VERY real! I locked mine up and had to beat it apart with a block of wood and hammer (per Springfield's direction over the phone) when I'd had it about six months. The issue is that there is nothing to center the recoil assembly where it sits against the tang on the bottom of the barrel. If you put the slide on with the recoil assembly off center far enough it hits a step in the frame, unloads the tension that should be on the barrel, and allows it to drop out of place and jamb the gun solid. My cure for this problem is to always hold the slide upside down and slip the frame into it for re-assembly. This way if the recoil assembly does hang up the barrel doesn't fall out of place and lock the pistol up. Having done it this way for a few years I find that it's actually easier and now I put all pistols back together by holding the slide upside down and slipping the frame in.

hestes
March 2, 2013, 04:25 PM
There is not a subcompact 45. You can get the 45 in the XDs though.

The XD is an awesome gun. It's one of my all time favorite firearms. I enjoy a 1911, but the XD9 subcompact is my primary carry gun, and I trust it 100%.

You made a good purchase. I don't think you'll regret it. :)

arizona98tj
March 2, 2013, 05:05 PM
For KenW.....a quick search on the XD forum for "stuck slide (http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/xd-gunsmithing-maintenance/45123-fix-slide-stuck.html)" will find threads about the topic. Incorrect reassembly is the problem....easy to avoid, and pretty easy to fix. No big deal that you were not aware of it. :)


For the OP.....
Nice purchase. My first XD purchase, some 6~7 years ago, was the XD45 compact. Have enjoyed it. I've added a XD9 and a XD9sc to the shelf since then. Never a problem with any of them.

If you decide that you don't like lengthy take up and long reset, there are a couple of trigger kits on the market that will clean it up very nicely. Here is a write-up for the XD45 compact PRP trigger kit install (http://www.stu-offroad.com/firearms/xd45/xd45-6.htm).

Texshooter
March 3, 2013, 02:37 AM
What is not to love?

I shoot these WAY better than a Glock.

I like pistols without a thumb safety (exception - 1911)

Like the grip - sights - mags.

Don't like that tax revs go to Ill, but Geneso (sp?) is somewhat out in the country from my understanding, and S/A has been a good corporate neighbor for them as well.

armedwalleye
March 3, 2013, 10:46 AM
Now go out and hold the XDs...You'll fall in love all over again!!!!

kgpcr
March 4, 2013, 12:07 AM
I hate that when guns follow me home! :)

XD_45ACP
March 12, 2013, 08:36 PM
Yes this is a great gun. I own the exact 4" service model and love it! SA definitely got it right with this line...especially in .45ACP!!! My next purchase for a conceal carry will be the XDs in 9mm...as soon as it is officially on the market.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rqsK78EzkY

Ehtereon11B
March 12, 2013, 08:50 PM
Love my XD .45. The toys that come in the box are hit or miss. They are great if you don't have a holster already picked or plan to make it a duty weapon for LEO or open carry. The only item I use out of mine is the magazine loader from time to time. Picked mine up for $500 3 years ago, so it hasn't inflated that much.

G'dale Mike
March 12, 2013, 09:10 PM
Man! There's a gunshop closeby that(before the madness) always ran xd's on sale, 399$. Picked up a compact 40, it is my everyday carry to do dog chores and run hogs gun. I bang it, drop it, submerge it, mud-erate it,, one day i suspect i may clean it. But it's ended several large swine's existance , only issue i have is a very sticky magazine release, it's two hand manuever for sure. Otherwise, it has been perfect. I'm just mad cuz i didnt buy one or two in every caliber,

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