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Which to buy S&W M&P or Springfield XD?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ChasMack, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. ChasMack

    ChasMack Well-Known Member

    I am in the market for either a S&W M&P or Springfield XDm and was wondering what everyone's thought were. I have been trying to research this but have found little objective thoughts. Each have forums so naturally you will get skewed thoughts there. As far as other forums I have not found a whole lot,although what I did find seemed to be for getting a S&W M&P. I am interested in either the 4" type or maybe the compacts. Any ideas much appreciated!
  2. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    I like the M&P's due to it fitting my hand a little better and the bore axis is a little lower.
  3. TarDevil

    TarDevil Well-Known Member

    Ultimately it's a personal choice. I haven't shot the M&P so I can't say for sure but it would probably be my choice. You didn't specify what your plans for then gun... mine would be carry and the Springfields are heavier than their contemporaries. The bore axis does look high but it hasn't affected accuracy when I've shot them. They're a bit blocky and tend to print a bit more under tee shirts than my SR9.

    I have handled the Shield and if the ergos of the M&P are similar and I can shoot it well, the lighter better feel would win out for me.
  4. FireInCairo

    FireInCairo member

    I think the Springfield XD is the finest pistol in it's class (under $500). I own an XDm 4.5" and a XD subcompact 3". Both are egronomic, accurate out of the box, and reliable. I've owned an M&P and many Glocks since I started shooting. I'm not going back, as the XD is that much better.

    Don't hesitate on the XD. It's a winner.
  5. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    If you get the APEX trigger kit or get a Pro model, the M&P is very good. There is a lot good about both if you're in that price range.

    If you do not want to get the trigger kit or the more expensive models, get the XD. The stock M&P trigger is that bad.
  6. Vodoun da Vinci

    Vodoun da Vinci Well-Known Member

    I shot both and they are both excellent pistols...I have missed buying an XDs in 9mm by *that* much preferring the Glock 26. Shot Smith's M&P's right along side the Glocks, Springfield XD's, and several others and really liked the Glock because of it's inherent accuracy right out of the box in my hands, the lower bore axis (less felt recoil) and the extra couple rounds.

    But I still lust for an XDs because it is just that teeny bit slimmer, reliable and just ergonomically a very nice gun. The M&P's are great guns but simply don't "talk" to me the way they do to others. Just not my kind of pistol. I'd buy the XD but that's just me.

  7. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    At least hold both, if not shoot both. What "fits" or feels best to you is likely what you will shoot best and enjoy most. (FWIW, I have 5 M&P pistols.)
  8. jhb

    jhb Well-Known Member

    Both are good pistols. I find the lower bore axis of the m&p superior on quick follow up shots. Having said that if competitive shooting isn't all that important to ya, you likely won't notice any advantage in paper punching or real life use. So head to lgs and hold both and then you'll know which is right for you. The rest of the nit picking of details from us won't matter all that much.

    Btw I'm the rare person who doesn't find the m&p stock trigger to be all that bad.....but I have yet to find a trigger I can't handle.
  9. StingRayRay

    StingRayRay Well-Known Member

    The XD40 subcompact is nice after you put the Pearce mag extender on it.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  10. TestPilot

    TestPilot Well-Known Member

    "Grip safety" makes XD a no go for me.

    On top of that, the Croatians made a stupid decision to lock the slide when it is not pressed in full.
  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I prefer the XD & XDm, but my buddy loved his .45 M&P so much he got one in 9MM as well. If there is anyway you can handle both I would advise it. Shooting both would be even better.
  12. OneSevenDeuce

    OneSevenDeuce Well-Known Member

    Definitely a personal preference. For my part I chose the M&P because it felt better in the hand than any XD I've handled. The big minus of the M&P for me was the stock trigger. Very weird pivot in the middle of the darn thing. Makes it feel mushy. The Apex trigger kit fixed that wonderfully, though.
  13. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Well-Known Member

    M&P for me. Not saying the XD is a bad choice but I prefer the Smith. I like how it feels in my hand, and believe it or not I prefer the trigger over the XD trigger.
  14. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    Both are great guns with good reputations, in this case it's gotta come down to you. Best bet is to go to the range and test them, or at the very least handle them both at a gunstore.

    The only "issue" with the XD/XDm is the grip safety, which you may or may not like. Personally, I don't mind the grip safety. I carried a XD40SC for a few years, it was a great little gun.
  15. FireInCairo

    FireInCairo member

    I prefer the grip safety as it allows for you to reholster assured a discharge won't happen if you simply use the pad of your thumb to push it in.
  16. SeanSw

    SeanSw Well-Known Member

    The xds has a shorter grip and a longer barrel. The differences are small but those are two primary dimensions for a ccw. The xds is definitely heavier and blockier than the shield. The fit and finish on my xds is great. It shoots like a larger gun. Very smooth action. Decent trigger. The back strap requires very little pressure or movement to deactivate. I was not a fan of it originally but it's pretty hard to grip the gun in any way without deactivating it. The shield does feel a bit more ergonomic in my hand but I didn't like the thumb safety (now optional) and there's something very slightly reassuring about the extra barrel length of the xds. I also like the stiff mag release of the xds as I have popped a few mags loose by accident.

    Assuming you want a 9mm the choice is a toss up. If you're considering something larger the xds is a no brainer. I used an xds 45 for the first time last week and was highly impressed. 5+1 .45 in a pistol that size is quite a bit of medicine. Much easier to shoot than expected.
  17. herkyguy

    herkyguy Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat. I like the grip safety. I own 4 XD Guns, having traded in at Glock at some point to make room.
  18. ChasMack

    ChasMack Well-Known Member

    S&W vs XD

    I have shot an XD 45 years ago and it was quite accurate at the 15 yds I was shooting it at. I like the grip safety, they do seem a little bulkier than a Smith. I need to get a hold of an M&P for sure and hopefully the LGS will also have a XD. I do remember when I was shooting the XD that it seemed like it had a longer grip than I expected. But again, that was many years ago so I really need to hold a new one. Thanks for the input, it helps narrow my focus to choose one!
  19. sigma 40ve

    sigma 40ve Well-Known Member

    FWIW, I own both, along with other polymer pistols. Of the 2, I personally would have to pick the XD. They just fit me better.

    However, each does have their strong points. It is hard to beat Smiths warranty program, if ever needed. My advice would be to find a range that rents both or if any friends have them, ask to try them out. Pick what suits you best.
  20. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    XD. I have three XD/M guns and have been very happy with them. They are very accurate,reliable and fun to shoot.

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