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Springfield XD .45 or Sig P220

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by andraws, Oct 25, 2007.

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  1. andraws

    andraws Member

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    I'm trying to decide between these two and seem to be leaning towards the XD. I like the capacity 13+1. I'm concerned that the quality may not be as good as the P220. I plan on using the gun as my HD and for plinking/target practice. I've never owned a Semi before. I've held both and like them both. Budget is also a big part of the decision-unfortunately. The XD is probably my best choice?:confused:
     
  2. CTPistol

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    XD is a fine gun. Not my favorite, but a great HD gun.

    I own an XD45 and owned a 220 (sold after it broke 2X) and IMHO the Sig is definitly not worth the extra money. It shoots a little bit better...but its finish is terrible and I did not find it as reliable.

    Both are good gun, but my .02 is that the XD is better for the $$$

    Take the difference and put it toward an inexpensive reloader as .45 ammo is insane today and simple to load!

    good luck!
     
  3. usp_fan

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    Let me offer a somewhat different perspective. I looked at the XD and the SIG at the same time. I ended up with a 220. The grip is shorter--easier for me to conceal with the holster and cover I use, I really like the single action on the 220, the DA is also very smooth. I will say the XD does a very good job of using space efficently. The capacity vs. grip size is amazing.

    The 220 is generally recognized as the best out of the box .45 in terms of quality and accuracy. I can verify the accuracy as far as mine is concerned. Reliability has been great with both factory and reloads. Recoil is a bit snappier than with my 1911. Either pistol will do what you want it to, Both are very good guns. Can you find a range that rents both to shoot side by side? They each have very different personalities--you need to find which one fits you.
     
  4. CPshooter

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    To be honest, if the grip of the XD45 isn't too big for you, I'd save yourself a few hundred bucks and just go with the XD. I think if you asked XD.40 or P229 .40, I'd say P229 even though I LOVED my XD.40. But if it's going to be 13+1 of .45ACP vs. 8+1, I'd choose the XD especially for the money savings. But then again, unless you reload, you will burn up that difference in $ over a few range sessions with .45 ammo. You might go through it faster w/ 13+1!

    If you want a Sig and money isn't an issue, then by all means go for it. If someone said here's both, take your pic I'd have to choose the P220 myself. The grip of the XD45 feels weird in my hands compared to the smaller XD.40 grip I loved so much, so it would make this decision even easier for me:) Also, the P220 is a Sig and known for it's accuracy and great DA/SA trigger. Sig makes high-quality stuff. But make no mistake, the XD is anything but a low-quality pistol.. both great choices. Good luck!
     
  5. Thernlund

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    I own both. Although I current have a minor issue with it, I strongly prefer the SIG P220. The XD is just weird to me. I like it, but it's not my fav.

    A buddy of mine also has an XD, and he as well thinks it's a bit weird.

    Oooo... 100th post. :cool:


    -T.
     
  6. crazed_ss

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    I have a XD-9 and P220R. IMO, the XD is like a Nissan Maxima and the Sig is like a BMW 5-Series. The Sig is very accurate and the fit and finish is noticeably better than the XD. Also I the trigger is much better than the XD trigger. The Sig is sexier too IMO :)

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  7. righteousbarbarian

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    i don't own the XD but i do own the p220 and it has made a believer out of me. I only have 1 sig but i can tell you it's accurate, rock solid, and i trust it with my life. the grip is a little big though, so you really should handle it and the XD first.
     
  8. Rinspeed

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    While I really like the XD the 220 is in a class by itself.
     
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    I can't comment on the Sig as I haven't shot one but part of the original question is durability. I'm well over 3k rounds through my XD and it still looks like new. It did smooth out a bit once I past 1k. Never a burp or hiccup. (no FTF, FTE, etc) The only knock if there is one is that it doesn't like LSWC's . . .don't know if the Sig does or not.

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  10. FullEffect1911

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    The Sig is a top shelf SA/DA, the XD is among the top self striker fired pistols. You really can't go wrong with either. I own a p220 and have shot a xd40 quite a bit, I think they are both great. However they are different animals. Do you want a striker fired pistol or a SA/DA (also available in DAK [DAO])? All metal or a polymer pistol? Go with the one you personally like more, and you can't go wrong.




    get both...
     
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    In other words, the XD does everything the Sig does, does it just as well, and does it for half the price.

    Which is all the more reason to go with the XD.
     
  12. Thernlund

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    Given the choice, I think I'd rather drive a BMW. Can't always explain it, but sometimes there's just more to it than simple A-to-B. ;)


    -T.
     
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    How much better does the Sig have to be? The XD will shoot fine for HD, target and plinking.

    HD, hopefully never gets a shot. Plinking, most any gun can do that pretty well. Target, how much are you going to shoot and how accurate do you expect to be?

    Are more rounds helpful? Are they more convenient and useful? Probably so.

    You save some money on the XD and get a pretty damn nice gun.

    If it fits your hand and you like the feel, what the heck? Buy it and buy ammo with the difference.
     
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    Sex appeal!! SIG has more sex appeal! XD is like a hairy Croatian guy. SIG is like a Swiss/German supermodel.

    I'm an American dammit. I want sex with everything!

    :neener: :D


    -T.
     
  15. andraws

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    Thanks everybody! The info has given me plenty to think about! I would like to eventually get into competition shooting, though I don't know what kind, combat, silhouette, target, etc...

    I pray I won't need it for HD but I want to have plenty of firepower if I do need it. I guess having 14 available compared to having 9 available shouldn't necessarily be a deciding factor. I would hope 9 would be enough to handle any situation I would run into. I don't expect I'll carry day to day. I'm still trying to make up my mind on this as well. I mention this because it may have bearing on which gun to choose, 5", 4" or sub compact.

    When I look at my budget which is $600 it comes down to a new XD or a used P220. It sounds like I'd be happy either way. What is an inexpensive box of factory target rounds? What would be a good HD round? Maybe this belongs in another forum? Thanks for the help!
     
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    My comments were based mostly on looks. I'm sure you'll be fine with the XD. You just put it up against the SIG in your original post, and I think the SIG's just prettier. But looks should really be the last thing on the list. I owned my XD long before buying any SIG and never, even now, did I regret buying it.

    The XD really is a great pistol. Mine runs flawlessly and is very accurate. Pick one up and enjoy! You'll be very happy with it. ;)


    -T.
     
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    Well only if you think getting from point a to point b reliably is the only factor. But if you want to consider aesthetics, how well put together it is, and the performance then it's a whole nother ball game. A better comparison is like your Maxima vs an M5. Sure the XD gets the job done well and reliably. But other things to consider: P220ST/Elite stainless looks far better than any XD could ever dream of (I think it's improtant if you ever plan on handing it down generations). The trigger is going to be better (and far more options). IMHO the P220 feels better in my hands. And because of the trigger more accurate. I also like my guns to feel significant so another positive on the sig.
     
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    I prefer the Sig.
     
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    I get CCI Blazer Brass at Wally World for 12/box of 50. Cheapest .45 I can find anywhere.
     
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    I'd go w/ the P220 ;)
     
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    I was faced with the same choice. Went with a used P220 and I am completely satisfied. Handles and shoots like a dream, and is just an overall sexier/better pistol for me. So part of the appeal of the Sig is just emotional, but hey I like the gun. ;)
     
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    I honestly can't say for the P220 but I carry a XD .45 4" 13+1 and it is the best handgun I have ever shot(not saying much) but i wouldnt give it up for the world.
     
  23. 5.56_Spartan

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    Gonna chime in on this also. I have shot both guns and have the XD. While I do love the Sig's, I would put your money on the XD. FWIW - The XD feels smaller in my hands.

    Contact a reputable gunsmith and have the trigger worked on. Rob @ Springer Precision did mine for my XD-9 and I have a crisp 3.5lb trigger now. :D
     
  24. Ala Dan

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    Its A Toss Up

    as both are quality firearms~! :)

    I own both, as a West German SIG-SAUER P220A .45 ACP served as my
    duty weapon for 'bout 12 years; and I acquired the first Springfield 4"
    service model XD-F .45 ACP to land in the State Of Alabama, back in
    December of '05. This is a really good comparison, because both guns
    high what is called "high bore axis"; so if you can shoot one, then you
    can shoot the other. I guess it comes down to magazine capacity; in
    that case the Springer wins hands down~! :scrutiny: ;) :D
     
  25. FullEffect1911

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    You will get wildly varying opinions on this, however I don't think you would go wrong with a 230 grain speer gold dot hollow point for you future .45acp.

    And for what it's worth i do think my own p220 has a better trigger then an XD.
     
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