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Taurus PT111 vs Springfield XD subcompact

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Lonestar, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Lonestar

    Lonestar Active Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    Someone shopping for a compact 9mm asked me this question the other day and I kind of shrugged. I shot a XD subcompact, and its a decent gun, slighty lower recoil than a Glock 26. The XD had some real problems early on (rust), but now I would say they came around and are pretty reliable.

    Taurus...I never owned one but I know they have made some stinkers and some Gems. The Mil Pro might be Gem, but I don't get that whole switching from DOA to DA/SA thing, before that I would have said the PT111 was a higher quality alternative to the Kel Tec P11. It cheaper than the XD and I know the triggers are different, but do they compare in terms of reliability and shootability?
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2006
  2. treebeard

    treebeard Active Member

    Feb 1, 2006
    LFOD in NH
    I had a Taurus for a VERY short time. My opinion.....:barf: :barf: Take the XD9. As a matter of fact, take the XD45 too!!
  3. Rotorflyr

    Rotorflyr Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    Among The Living
    My wife has a PT111 (non pro/mil pro) DAO, that has been flawless (close to 700rds now) and is very accurate for it's size. I plan on getting a PT745 or PT145 for myself in the near future.
  4. philbo

    philbo Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    I started with the Taurus pt111 in DAO mode. Reliable, good buy for the money, and easy to conceal, but the long, heavy trigger pull made it difficult to control. I believe this is why they have moved to a DA/SA mode. It is an improvement.

    My primary carry weapon now is the XD9 subcompact. It weighs 2-3 ounces more and is a little thicker than the Taurus, but is in every other way superior to the Taurus IMHO (the trigger is much better). Both my wife and I have shot the XD9sc at the local matches and I am much more confident of our ability to control the pistol and hit the target than I ever was with the Taurus. I currently own 4 XD's, rust has never been a problem.
  5. MrTuffPaws

    MrTuffPaws Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    I own both an XD9 and a MilPro PT145. The PT145 (just a tad larger than the PT111) has been an excellent gun so far. Around 500+ rounds through it and not a problem. If you don't like DAO triggers, get the DA/SA model.

    The XD9 that I own is full size, but similar to the XD SC. I have had to send it back to SA because the locking block decided to chip a large chunk out of it where it contacts the locking lug of the barrel. I have also had to replace the firing pin retaining roll pin that split into two parts. The finish is also tissue thin and will wear if you look at it cross eyed. All in all, 5000+ rounds and two repairs, though neither of the breaks stopped the gun from functioning.

    Up to you, and I would go with what ever feels better. Both are good, and both have a good warrenty.

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