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Impulse buy: Springfield xd

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

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  1. KenW.

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    deleted because I'm not stooping to a level beneath me.
     
  2. easyg

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    You made a wise choice.
    The XD 45 is a great pistol.

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  3. mljdeckard

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    I found a like-new XD-9 for $300, it's about the best deal I ever made.
     
  4. miles1

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    Ive had a full size XD 45 for about 3 years now with No problems what so ever.A great gun thats been flawless.I trust it with my life easily.
     
  5. miles1

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    Basicblur,
    Ive heard the same thing "over the internet" but Ive yet to see this with mine,or any XD that my friends have come across.Maybe the same "high bore axis" bogeyman naysayers are responsable?IDK.
     
  6. basicblur

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    Yeah - recoil sensitivity seems to be a highly subjective 'thang.
    Folks like to argue paper points, yet I constantly see folks saying gun X is the softest shooting gun they have, yet it has a "high bore axis".
    I don't worry 'bout it too much - I just shoot the dang thing and don't whine! :D

    I have seen folks gripe 'bout the grip safety, but being an old 1911 guy it never bothered me. Some trainers (who shall remain nameless, but obviously worship at the alter of GLOCK) like to knock the XD's grip safety.
    Never bothered me, 'specially since I'm an old 1911 guy.

    You don't want a grip safety? Fine, iff'n they were to give it to ya, they'd probably up the trigger pull weight - then we'd have a whole new round of whining.

    BTW - years ago when I bought my first polymer pistol, I went to the store, checked 'em out, came home and did my research (research first, buy second), and walked out with a Sigma! :what:
    Didn't take much research even way back then to find out GLOCK Perfection was...not so much.

    Not a GLOCK hater - they just never fit my hand that well, and research indicated they weren't perfect. A lot of folks way back then loved to hate on the Sigma, apparently because it was a GLOCK copy (I don't care - that's between the companies).

    I see a lot of the same hatin' going on with the XD, although folks seem to be slowly coming around (what stage of denial would that be?).
     
  7. AethelstanAegen

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    I think you'll be very happy with your XD. My XD45 Compact was the first gun I every bought and it has been wicked reliable. I have many other pistols I enjoy a great deal but if I could only grab one and my life was counting on it, I'd grab the XD every time.

    For what it's worth, I do an awful lot of dry firing with mine. For quite a while, I couldn't really afford to feed my XD as much as I would have liked (I was a student and thus always almost broke), thus I did a lot of dry firing and I still do. I can't imagine dry firing would break the firing pin on an XD, especially given that you have to dry fire the pistol to disassemble it.
     
  8. basicblur

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    It's not the firing pin that breaks - it's the firing pin (or I guess more accurately, the striker pin) retainer.

    I dug up an old post here - check out the thumbnail pix for an OEM vs. rolled striker retaining pin.
    The rolled pins are "supposed" to be better than the OEM 'spring pin'.

    Here's a link to Powder River Precison page with the pins.
    http://shop.powderriverprecision.net/product.sc?productId=32

    Here's a link to Pistol Gear pins (reported to be the same as Powder River, but MUCH cheaper).
    http://www.pistolgear.com/proddetail.php?prod=00PG50

    Here's a video covering the problem (I could swear there was one from PRP out there, but I can't find it).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRNKvYnmqDc

    If I ever get around to it, I gotta order a few of these.
     
  9. Sport45

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    Nice gun!

    I like my XD45acp but I'd trade it for the "M" if I could. I understand they made the XDm .45acp so that it would shoot SWC bullets. My XD45 won't work with them at all. :(

    You sure it's a compact? Looks like the full size model to me.
     
  10. DirtyDiesel

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    Sport45: it was my understanding there is a full size, compact, and subcompact in the xd-45. Is that incorrect? It is the 4" model

    What kind of holsters do you guys like for conceal carry with this firearm?
     
  11. Sport45

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    If a 13 round magazine fits flush in the grip it's a full size service model. The 5" barrel full size I believe is called the tactical model.

    Compact models require a grip extension for the 13 round magazine. Look at the mag on the right side of okc-zee's bottom picture.

    I don't carry my XD and don't have a holster for it so I can't help you with that part.
     
  12. basicblur

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    You got 2 outta 3!

    For the 4" models:
    The only difference between the full size and compact (not really much of a compact) is the grip on the compact is about 1/2" shorter than the full size.
    I know, because I've had the compact on my wish list for a long time - I like it because the shorter grip is just the right length for my hand. The grip on the full size hangs below the bottom of my hand, which really bugs me (I prefer my grip to end where my fist does).

    If you want a sub-compact in the XD line, you're going to have to go with the newer XDS model.

    Springfield has a lots of good info by model at their site - you can also download a PDF for each model with all the specs.
     
  13. DirtyDiesel

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    Oh that makes sense. I held the short grip one and didn't fit my larger hand very well. So I chose the full length one. Now with the grip itself have you guys ever experimented with other grips? Slip on rubber? Talon tape?
     
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    There is no subcompact XD45, short of the singlestack XDS.
     
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    OP: Your pistol is the XD45 Service model: 4" barrel, 13 round magazine.

    I've carried my XD45 Compact daily for about four years I guess and like it very much. I'm just shy of 11,000 rounds of every brand imaginable through it without a single malfunction of any kind.

    The lockup issue when re-assembling these guns is VERY real! I locked mine up and had to beat it apart with a block of wood and hammer (per Springfield's direction over the phone) when I'd had it about six months. The issue is that there is nothing to center the recoil assembly where it sits against the tang on the bottom of the barrel. If you put the slide on with the recoil assembly off center far enough it hits a step in the frame, unloads the tension that should be on the barrel, and allows it to drop out of place and jamb the gun solid. My cure for this problem is to always hold the slide upside down and slip the frame into it for re-assembly. This way if the recoil assembly does hang up the barrel doesn't fall out of place and lock the pistol up. Having done it this way for a few years I find that it's actually easier and now I put all pistols back together by holding the slide upside down and slipping the frame in.
     
  16. hestes

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    There is not a subcompact 45. You can get the 45 in the XDs though.

    The XD is an awesome gun. It's one of my all time favorite firearms. I enjoy a 1911, but the XD9 subcompact is my primary carry gun, and I trust it 100%.

    You made a good purchase. I don't think you'll regret it. :)
     
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    For KenW.....a quick search on the XD forum for "stuck slide" will find threads about the topic. Incorrect reassembly is the problem....easy to avoid, and pretty easy to fix. No big deal that you were not aware of it. :)


    For the OP.....
    Nice purchase. My first XD purchase, some 6~7 years ago, was the XD45 compact. Have enjoyed it. I've added a XD9 and a XD9sc to the shelf since then. Never a problem with any of them.

    If you decide that you don't like lengthy take up and long reset, there are a couple of trigger kits on the market that will clean it up very nicely. Here is a write-up for the XD45 compact PRP trigger kit install.
     
  18. Texshooter

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    What is not to love?

    I shoot these WAY better than a Glock.

    I like pistols without a thumb safety (exception - 1911)

    Like the grip - sights - mags.

    Don't like that tax revs go to Ill, but Geneso (sp?) is somewhat out in the country from my understanding, and S/A has been a good corporate neighbor for them as well.
     
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    Now go out and hold the XDs...You'll fall in love all over again!!!!
     
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    I hate that when guns follow me home! :)
     
  21. XD_45ACP

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    Yes this is a great gun. I own the exact 4" service model and love it! SA definitely got it right with this line...especially in .45ACP!!! My next purchase for a conceal carry will be the XDs in 9mm...as soon as it is officially on the market.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rqsK78EzkY
     
  22. Ehtereon11B

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    Love my XD .45. The toys that come in the box are hit or miss. They are great if you don't have a holster already picked or plan to make it a duty weapon for LEO or open carry. The only item I use out of mine is the magazine loader from time to time. Picked mine up for $500 3 years ago, so it hasn't inflated that much.
     
  23. G'dale Mike

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    Man! There's a gunshop closeby that(before the madness) always ran xd's on sale, 399$. Picked up a compact 40, it is my everyday carry to do dog chores and run hogs gun. I bang it, drop it, submerge it, mud-erate it,, one day i suspect i may clean it. But it's ended several large swine's existance , only issue i have is a very sticky magazine release, it's two hand manuever for sure. Otherwise, it has been perfect. I'm just mad cuz i didnt buy one or two in every caliber,
     
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