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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. WRGADog

    WRGADog Well-Known Member

    I have owned two M&P's a 9mm compact and a pro series. I traded both as I did not like the trigger on either. I currently own 3 XDM's, 2 XD's, and an XDS. I would choose the XDM as IMO it has a better trigger, offers great capacity, is accurate, reliable, and easy to maintain. The XD 45 compact is my nightstand gun and the XD9sc and XDS 4.0 9mm I sometimes carry. I have experienced zero problems with any of my Springfield pistols. That said, it is a personal choice as they are both good firearms. Go to a range and rent both and see which you prefer.
  2. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    I own an XDm chambered in .40 caliber. I have fired both the XDm and M&P (full size and compact).

    Size - The XDm Compact is smaller than the M&P.

    Grip - The M&P offers a full four finger grip. While I am able to keep my pinky on my XDm grip, I would like to have about another 1/4 inch of real estate and I don't like the angled aftermarket pinky extension. Wish someone made a flat +1 magazine extension for the XDm.

    Grip Safety - XDm has one, M&P doesn't, I like the safety.

    Take Down - Safety and simplicity goes to the XDm. You can field strip the XDm without pulling the trigger. I like that.

    Ambidextrous Operation - M&P wins this category as you can lock the slide back from either side. If your strong hand goes down in a fight and you have to lock the slide back on the XDm using just your support hand, good luck. Is this a big deal? Nope, at least not until you need to do it.

    Magazines - Personal preference but I like the Springfield magazines better. They have never bound or hung up on me, very slick.

    So it is going to come down to the features, benefits, and compromises you are willing to accept. All firearms require some form of compromise.
  3. INMY01TA

    INMY01TA Well-Known Member

    XD has better fit and finish and trigger and is an all around better gun imo and I have two M&P's. I prefer the standard XD over the XDm.
  4. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Well-Known Member

    I don't think you can go wrong with either.
    My opinion? I have 3 M&P's. I just like the feel better. I just shoot them well.
    As far as I concerned, they both need trigger work.
  5. Rockyriver

    Rockyriver Member

    XD = Junk in my honest opinion.
    Had three and they all gave trouble.
    Bought a S&W MP Pro Series with the 4.25 barrel (I think that's the right length)
    And could not be happier.
  6. TarDevil

    TarDevil Well-Known Member

    I might prefer the M&P but I've got enough XD trigger time to attest that they are anything but junk. Preferences aside, it's a well made gun.
  7. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    The trigger on my Shield is way better than on the compact I had.
  8. p95

    p95 Active Member

    M&P would be my pick-"made in the USA"
  9. thefamcnaj

    thefamcnaj Well-Known Member

    For the he full size gun I prefer the xd(m). I just shoot them better and they run great and are very accurate. The only little complaint I have with the xd is the triggers. They are mushy or spongy feeling. I've got use to that over time. Ill always have an xd(m) or two around. They feel great in the hand and point naturally for me.
    For the smaller guns(shield and xds) I will take the shield all day. My xds(both of them were head aches.)
    I would try both out. If you like both then I would go m&p......the m&ps are cheaper than the xdm(s).
    The regular xd is in the same price range as the m&p.
  10. peacebutready

    peacebutready Well-Known Member

    The M&P were first built around the .40 cartridge. There have been problems with the 9mm version in the past. I don't know about now.

    The XD was first built around the 9mm. I don't know if the .40 version is as reliable and accurate.
  11. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Shoot 'em both and buy what you like best. I strongly dislike the checkering on the XD line, enough so that I don't own a single one. I REALLY tried to get to like them, as I like the design, but I couldn't convince myself to buy a gun I'd have to sand down to enjoy. I enjoy shooting my wife's M&P 9c, but I shoot my G26 more accurately and much, much faster.

    It's great to have a variety of quality firearms to choose from. In full-sized poly-framed 9mm, the XD, G17/19, Sig SP2022, and M&P 9 are all excellent choices.
  12. stchman

    stchman Well-Known Member

    I agree with TestPilot, grip safeties are just plain dumb, especially when the XD has a Glock style safe action trigger.
  13. Lycidas Janwor

    Lycidas Janwor Well-Known Member

    I had a Springfield Armory .40 XDM and it was a fantastic pistol. Sure, it's a pretty large pistol and it's not made for conceal carry but it shoots fantastic. 16+1 in .40 and it shoots just like a Glock 17. Nice. Very nice.
  14. JohnnyBravo

    JohnnyBravo Well-Known Member

    I will not buy a gun that I can't get parts for and Springfield wouldn't even sell me magazine springs for my XDM 9mm. They wanted me to return the whole shebang to them. My one and only XD experience is long past.
  15. Lycidas Janwor

    Lycidas Janwor Well-Known Member

    why buy magazine springs when I'm guessing it's more cost effective to just buy an entire new magazine? That is probably why Springfield Armory said no thanks to your request.
  16. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    So noted.
  17. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    I went with an XDm .40 because of the way it feels in my hand. It has a low axis too which means better followup shots. I like the safeties. I like the mag capacity too. But mostly I like the grip. Accuracy and reliability are a must of course and mine will do both.
  18. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    Both are good guns. :D
  19. JWH321

    JWH321 Well-Known Member

    Save another hundred and grab an H&K VP-90. It'll save you money in the long run, because you will eventually buy one anyway.
  20. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    I don't doubt that a bit. I'm not that familiar with the axis on the S&W so I don't know if it's better than the XDm or not. I just know I like what I have.

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