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First handgun purchase, XD-9 or G19

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Azul, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Azul

    Azul New Member

    Jul 5, 2009

    In less than a week (on my birthday), I may be buying my first handgun.
    Yesterday, I went to an indoor range and rented a number of 9mm handguns that I was interested in including a Ruger SR-9 compact, S&W M&P (full size and compact), Beretta PX4, Glock 19, Springfield XD, and an FN FNX. I disliked the M&P, was indifferent to the FNX, would have liked the PX4 if the decocker wasn't also a safety, liked the SR-9 compact, and really liked both the G19 and the XD (did my best shooting with these two.)

    So, on my birthday I may be plopping down some money for either a G19 or an XD. This may be my only handgun for quite some time so I would like it to be able to function well for both range use and ccw.

    I foresee no difficulty concealing with the G19, but the XD is a little larger. Do any of you conceal the XD? How well does it conceal?

    The G19 had a habit of throwing brass straight back at me when I shot it. Is this typical Glock behavior? I didn't mind it too much, but I think my feelings would differ if I ever had to shoot it without wearing safety glasses.

    Also, I have heard a lot about Glocks having limpwristing issues. I tried pretty hard to limpwrist the G19, and I couldn't do it. Is this particular glock being deceptive, or can I lay my fears of crazy/ridiculous limpwristing issues to rest?

    And finally, which gun do you believe would function consistently better with cheap ammunition, I imagine they would both function very well, but which do you think would be the most consistent?

  2. benzy2

    benzy2 Senior Member

    Apr 24, 2008
    I wouldn't worry about limp wristing, especially if you couldn't get it to do it at the range. I think both will feed cheap ammo well and not be a problem. The XD is a little bigger. If I were to CCW one or the other I would probably go G19. I'm not sure one is really better/worse than the other, just slightly different. I would pick the one you like the best and be happy. Neither is a bad pistol.
  3. gofastman

    gofastman Participating Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    I like Glocks.
  4. bds

    bds Elder

    Jan 10, 2010
    Northwest Coast
    Azul, if I had to pick only one general purpose pistol, G19 is hard to beat as conceal carry, HD/SD, target shooting, plinking and 9mm ammo is as cheap as you can go.

    Yes. And it depends on the ammo that you shoot. BTW, were you shooting range reloads? Most factory pressure loads should extract the case over your shoulder behind you and to the right. If the spent cases are hitting you in the face, your grip should be firmer and your elbows locked or your ammo is not full factory pressure.

    Full factory pressure loads won't give you this problem. Some people have the limp wrist issue with cheaper target ammo or lower power reloads. As long as you use proper grip (one or two hands), even shooting light target loads is not an issue.

    Cheap ammo does not necessarily mean bad ammo. Cheapest Wolf/TulAmmo comes in steel cases and CCI Blazer comes in aluminum cases (disposable cases), but they are full factory pressure loads and they perform better than more expensive reloadable brass cased Winchester white box or Remington UMC (probably the worst). New Glocks have stiff recoil springs and only near factory/full factory pressure loads will operate the slides reliably.

    As a suggestion, you could consider getting the Glock 23 in 40S&W. This way you can get a $100 Lone Wolf 40-9 conversion barrel and shoot 9mm out of G23 as well. Shoot the cheaper 9mm at the range for practice and switch out the barrel for harder hitting 40S&W for carry/HD.
  5. FatPants

    FatPants Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    I had the XD-9, now have a Glock 17. I prefer the Glock.

    There is WAY more aftermarket for Glock. You can buy all kinds of factory and aftermarket parts, holsters, sights etc... from any number of manufacturers. There are almost no parts available for the XD, and there are NO factory parts available for purchase. If you need to replace anything on the gun, it must go back to Springfield.

    My Glock has less muzzle flip than the XD did. I shoot my Glock more accurately than I did with my XD.
  6. Marshall

    Marshall Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    Oklahoma, Green Country
    I went XD and didn't hesitate after I checked out both pistols closely.

    I bought the service model (4") in .40 S&W with std capacity mags (hi-caps) and Trijicon night-sights. I preferred the sights better, the feel and balance, the grip, the supported chamber, the stainless magazines and probably most of all, the trigger pull. I also like having the grip safety. Oh yea, even the looks I preferred. And Springfield's customer support has a great reputation, but the XD has performed so well I have never needed to use them.

    Years later I am still very happy with the choice.

    But Glock has a loyal following, almost cult like, so they must be very good pistols. You may prefer them more?

    Good luck in your decision making.
  7. Azul

    Azul New Member

    Jul 5, 2009
    No, factory Sellier and Bellot 115gr FMJ. They weren't actually hitting me in the face, they just seemed dangerously close to doing so.

    I did shoot the XD a little better than the G19, and it felt a little more 'right' in my hand, so I will probably go that route. If I have trouble concealing the XD, I can always use that as an excuse to get another handgun a little sooner than I had planned.
  8. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Senior Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    Might I suggest that you check out the XD9 compact as well? It comes with one flush fitting mag for concealed carry, and one extended mag (with grip extension) that effectively makes the gun into a full size for home defense.

    I personally shoot XD's better than Glocks. So, I know which way I'd go. But if you shot the G19 fine, really, you can't go wrong with either.
  9. m500'92

    m500'92 New Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    America Jr.
    I'd take the Glock out of the 2, been around longer and seems like you can't really go wrong with them

    "Also, I have heard a lot about Glocks having limpwristing issues. I tried pretty hard to limpwrist the G19, and I couldn't do it. Is this particular glock being deceptive, or can I lay my fears of crazy/ridiculous limpwristing issues to rest?"

    I doubt it will cause any problems, but if it did, you could probably just get a set of wolff light recoil springs for about $10-20.
  10. 2ac

    2ac New Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Love my GEN4 19.
  11. Phil W

    Phil W New Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Both are butt-ugly but I'd go with the XD. I bought a G23 on impulse and traded it later. It was reliable and accurate but couldn't come to grip with the grips. Must have been an excellent handgun though...I got a good trade-in price. .
  12. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Senior Member

    Jun 7, 2004
  13. RatDrall

    RatDrall Active Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Both are great guns. Get whichever feels best in your hand.

    If you do go with a Glock, make sure you handle the midsized G19/23/32 and the full sized G17/22/31. Most people don't notice, but there is less room on the medium framed guns for your middle finger. If you doubt this, count the number of lines of stippling; there is another row on the full sized guns. I can't stand the midsized Glocks, but the sub-compact and full sized Glocks feel fine.
  14. ElrodCod

    ElrodCod New Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Both are good guns. I'd lean toward the Glock 19 for a carry gun.
  15. Hanzo581

    Hanzo581 Participating Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Chesapeake, Virginia
  16. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Participating Member

    Oct 19, 2008
    G17 or a G19, way more accessories, cheaper magazines. super easy to change the sights or work on in general. I shoot a G34 in IPSC production class, it is an unbelievable shooter. I vote Glock, XD is a fine pistol but all the grooves and graphics turn me off, but that is just a personal preference. The G19 is a classic, many believe it to be the perfect pistol for all around use. I would want tritium night sights if you are using it for home defense or CCW. Let us know what you decide.
  17. CaliCoastie

    CaliCoastie Member

    Jun 24, 2010
    get what you like and feels best, i personaly dont care for glocks. I have the xd40 and love it. my wife has an g36 and love it, she doesnt the grips on the xd. so get what feels best to you.
  18. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Participating Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    North Carolina
    Get both, I did. A slight edge goes to the glock 19 for a better trigger.
  19. Ledgehammer

    Ledgehammer Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    I have a G19 and absolutely love it. I have over 1,000 rounds through it without one failure of any kind. You're righ it's a fun shooter and easy enough to carry. That's why I bought it. The versatility.

    That being said: I want an xd9 subcompact really bad. The glock will be my house/truck gun and the springfield will be my carry piece. They're both ugly -but I like it. lol I'll probably sell of a couple of my cheaper guns to put some money down on a xd9sc.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010
  20. click clack

    click clack New Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    limp wristing? man up you queen

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