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Impulse buy: Springfield xd

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DirtyDiesel, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. DirtyDiesel

    DirtyDiesel New Member

    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?


  2. cwcoolcow

    cwcoolcow New Member

    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..
  3. cpt-t

    cpt-t Member

    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.
  4. labhound

    labhound Member

    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.
  5. basicblur

    basicblur Active Member

    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.
  6. Kiln

    Kiln Active Member

    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.
  7. Double Vision

    Double Vision New Member

    Congratulations! I'm fond of the XD line. Happy shooting!
  8. Valkman

    Valkman Active Member

    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:

  9. DirtyDiesel

    DirtyDiesel New Member

    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?
  10. twice barrel

    twice barrel New Member

    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,

  11. Cryogaijin

    Cryogaijin New Member

    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.
  12. basicblur

    basicblur Active Member

    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:
  13. DirtyDiesel

    DirtyDiesel New Member

    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)
  14. okc-zee

    okc-zee New Member

    Picked this up about a month ago...XD45 compact...Absolutely awesome gun...Congrats on your purchase...you won't regret it...

  15. H.m.B

    H.m.B Member

    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!
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  16. DirtyDiesel

    DirtyDiesel New Member

    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
  17. basicblur

    basicblur Active Member

    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!
  18. KenW.

    KenW. New Member

    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.
  19. basicblur

    basicblur Active Member

    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.
  20. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet New Member

    You bought an excellent pistol.

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