A Range Test to Pick my PD handgun


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Flatbush Harry
September 2, 2014, 02:11 PM
I have a number of options in .40 and .45 calibers for my basic personal defense handgun. I took several to the range yesterday to evaluate my comfort and proficiency levels and the pistols' basic accuracy levels. Too, I wanted to get a better idea of which would be the most inconspicuous concealed carry gun, should I choose to carry. The candidates for this trip were:

1. SAI XD40sc
2. SAI XDm 45 3.8
3. SAI XD45 Tactical Compact
4. SAI TRP 1911 in .45ACP

with Remington UMC FMC factory ammo in 180gr (.40 S&W) and 230gr (.45ACP), respectively

No 4. has been my fall and winter PD handgun for the last several years since I retired a customized Colt Mk IV, ser. '70 that had had the role since the late '70s. My spring and summer PD gun has been a S&W 642 Airweight in .38 Spl because it works better with summer clothes.

Each has been totally reliable for >500 rounds.

I chose to shoot two magazines, one with 5 rounds, and a reload with 8 (I reversed that order with the TRP). My first mag was at 13 yards, reload and move up to 7 yards

The attached target was my result with no. 1, above.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j126/flatbush_harry/CCWChoice_zps360872ab.jpg (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/flatbush_harry/media/CCWChoice_zps360872ab.jpg.html)


I've decided to go with the XD40sc and will be finalizing between TAP, Rem Golden Saber and Winchester Personal Defense ammo next trip.

While I recommend each of the above pistols without reservation, for size, concealment, ease of use and my effectiveness, my choice became clear. At the moment, I'll be using a Galco OWB single magazine carrier and a Concealment Holster, though I'll be continuing to research. Suggestions welcomed.

FH

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JDR
September 2, 2014, 02:49 PM
I like your candidate list & your evaluation process is solid. I think you made the right choice.

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