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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ubes, Aug 21, 2009.

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  1. Ubes

    Ubes Member

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    Finally got the local gun shop on Wednesday. Have been putting off holding the gun I've wanted oh so badly for over a year; the Springfield xDm-40. I pick it up and alas, the grip radius feels strangely large and bulky :(. The shop owner gives me a go at every double stack striker fired polymer handgun he had in stock and all were about the same. My last idea was a Glock 22. Tried it and hated the grip even more.

    Oh well, I guess my small hands will need to get used to it!

    ~Ubes
     
  2. KenW.

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    That's the price to pay for the extra capacity of a double stack. I own both 1911 and XD 45 Compact. The difference is pretty dramatic, but managable. The XD is a fine weapon.
     
  3. Sam1911

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    Probably a dumb question, but you do realize the "M"s come with interchangable back-straps, right?

    They seem to be shipped with the medium sized one attached. I'm a pretty big guy and I only like the smallest back-strap. Very easy to swap out and makes a big difference.

    Having said that, I (usually) concentrate on one type of gun at a time with my competition and practice to try to develop my skills as far as I can with that gun for a season before switching off to a different plaftorm. (Revolvers, 1911s, and double-stack polymer pistols) I find I can climb a little higher up the learning curve each time I switch, BUT, each time I switch the guns do feel a little unfamiliar and the grips are awkward to one degree or another for a few weeks.

    With a bit of practice, you do get used to it and grow to work correctly with that gun.

    Unless you just plane HATE it, it is hard to go wrong with the xDM.

    -Sam
     
  4. ar10

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    Try the regular XD.
     
  5. bearmgc

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    Have you tried the Walther P99? I also have a Regular XD. Both feel great in my hands.
     
  6. kludge

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    The Ruger SR9 has a very thin grip too.
     
  7. HoosierQ

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    Give the S&W M&P a look-see. some of the best polymer ergonomics out there IMO and at a price point right there with the XD and Glock.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Yep. It's smaller. I like the grip on it, but the XD-M is too big to suit me.
     
  9. middy

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    You need to try shooting them, not just holding them, to see if you like the grip.
     
  10. Ubes

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    Thats the plan. The guy at the gun shop is very nice from the little I talked to him. A friend also said that he will take you out back on occassion and let you shoot a gun if your hinging on buying it.

    I have shot several semi autos (H&K USP .45, XD-40, and a CZ-82). The standard XD was ok but the USP was way too big. Thanks for the feedback guys!

    ~Ubes
     
  11. ar10

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    The only problem I've ever had with XD's is with the magazines. When you get more than one caliber PAINT the bottom of the magazines of one of the calibers. :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Also look at the compact Glocks. I find the grip on the 19/23 and my 30 to feel much better than the grip on the 17/22/21. The compact grips don't curve out as much.
     
  13. benderx4

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    THe regular XD works much better for me than the XDm.
     
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