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Springfield XD 45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cwduke08, Oct 25, 2011.

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  1. cwduke08

    cwduke08 Member

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    Hey guys, new member, 1st post so here it goes!

    Im looking at getting a SA xd45, because I shot my buddies SAXDsc9 and I loved it. So i figured i'd invest in a brand and a caliber I dont own. I also get a first responder discount, Plus if you buy and xd before 11/30 you get 3 more mags and the holder. Heres what I would like to find out.
    Full Size? Sub Compact? 4 or 5in barrel?
    Pros/Cons
    Problems?
    Accuracy?

    any advice is much appreciated!
     
  2. Dnaltrop

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    Welcome to THR!

    The 3 major polymers, Glock, XD and M&P all will serve you well, if you like the feel of your buddy's gun, no reason not to pick the XD up.

    Just do yourself a favor and hit the local gun store, line up several and grope them repeatedly for comfort.

    Do you need it for active patrol? Concealed carry/Backup? a few more details would help folks point you a bit more accurately than "*GRUNT* GUNS GOOD, BUY NOW!!! MORE!!" :D
     
  3. ATAShooter

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    I have the 4" Service model XD45acp.... 8500 rounds thru it without ANY failures. Only have cleaned it twice in 3 years. I treat this weapon like crap to be honest. It gets slid around the truck floorboard, rained on, muddy, full of **** that would make a billy goat puke and it keeps eating whatever ammo I put thru it. I would carry it into battle, anytime, anywhere. This is a purchase you will not regret.
     
  4. Mudinyeri

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    I have a 5" Tactical version and have had a few problems with certain rounds - typically those with a longer OAL or a semi-wadcutter design - failing to go into battery. I've read of several others who've run into the same thing. As a service pistol, I believe the chamber is designed for round-nosed or hollow-point bullets.

    Once I found ammo that would chamber reliably, mine has been flawless.
     
  5. cwduke08

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    Dnaltrop- Sorry for the lack of info, im buying to buy, probably take to the deer lease, mildly abuse, but if its the closest piece of hardware I would like to be able to rely on it and defend myself @ home, or wherever I may take it.
     
  6. Valkman

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    I have 2 4" XD45's, one a compact. They are both utterly reliable and accurate.

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  7. Skribs

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    I'd go for the XDM, personally. Don't have to pull the trigger to get the slide off, among other things.
     
  8. TYFOOON

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    I have a OD green XD45 4". Lovingly dressed with a custom trigger from Springerprecision.com It is my most favored gun I own but I shoot it less than I would prefer due to ammo prices. I shoot my FNP9 much much more. You may want to give that gun a look also.

    I love the breakdown, I love that I can easily tell if it's loaded and cocked by feel, and I like the additional safety features.

    You'll never go wrong with the XD....or the M&P, or Glock either:)
     
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    Hey, what exactly is a SWC? It's a type of round im reading some guns dont like, is it a brand? Is it marked on the box?
     
  11. Mr.Blue

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    Semi-Wadcutters. It's a type of bullet used for paper target shooting.
     
  12. CZ57

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    The XDm is designed to shoot SWCs whereas the XD is not. You can get a really good trigger by installing a PRP trigger kit, same as the XD. Many believe that the match grade barrel of the XDm is a marketing ploy. With a match grade trigger kit installed you'll find that the match grade barrel is capable of superb accuracy. Spend a little more and buy the XDm. ;)
     
  13. TYFOOON

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    I've shot the XD and the XDm. I can't tell the difference really. My XD however, with Springer love, has the best trigger you could ever want.

    What I can say is that the XDm looks like something Bobafet puked. Aweful. Painfully so. Ugliest gun I've seen in a long long time. marketing ploy i don't know. But send the XD to Scott S. and you'll have anything you may be looking for.

    Fooon

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  14. Apocalypse-Now

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    my xd45 was horrible. sold it. the guy on christiangunowner.com had a similar experience as me with the two he tried.
     
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    I already had half a dozen .45s when I bought the XD. It's now my favorite.

    I installed TFO sights, a PRP trigger kit and a trigger stop. Also just bought 2 mag kits to extend them from 13 to 16 rounds.

    Real good pistol. Accurate, reliable, easy to shoot well.

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    XD45 service here. Never had a failure of any kind.


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    I have an XD45 in a 4" barrel and really like it, as it is my trusted night stand handgun. 13+1 rounds of .45's is comforting to know its there if I need it. My only complant is that my XD won't cycle 185 or 200 grain wadcutters, otherwise it eats anything. BTW I've heard this from other XD owners about using wadcutters, but the XDM's are supposed to be able to handle them, go figure. LM
     
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    XD 45c, Tru Glo TFO, and Insight XT1

    My night stand gun. Shoots well, reliable, easy to maintain, and reasonably priced. All in all a great gun. I also have a G30SF, but the XD fits my hand better.
     
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    I own an XD45c, a XD9sc, XDm 3.8 40 c and am working on a trade for a XD40sc.

    I got the bug...:eek:
     
  20. cwduke08

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    So are winchester white box or federal purple box (both available at walmart) are those considered wad cutters?
     
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    nope.....ball ammo
     
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    Wadcutter refers specifically to the shape of a specific family of bullets, generally a medium hard cast lead ball with a sharp edge, and a flat-dinner-plate profile. Designed to take a clean circle out of paper, but properly loaded can make more than ample defensive rounds. Typically they're sold as target low-velocity rounds, Buffalo Bore apparently makes some with real Oomph.

    I've only shot SWCs/WC in Revolvers, but each box of ammo at the store will have a designation on the side... HP (hollowpoint, tip cut off and a dish of varying depth by manufacturer cut in, designed to mushroom in a wound and intended to both do the most damage to your target, and lower the chance of shooting someone else through the attacker) FMJ (full metal jacket) LRN (Lead Round Nose, pure lead balls) Designations abound.

    In a Semi auto, You'll most likely want to shoot Hollowpoints as your self defense round, and cheap full metal jackets for plinking... though reloading presses and personal tastes can make any suggestions here worthless.

    If this will be your first handgun, Good luck. For all the horror stories you read on the net on any gun... It really is a decent time to be getting into modern firearms.

    Just save the effort of asking the board later on as far as small or "must have" pistols and pick up a CZ-82 and a Smith and Wesson Model 10 revolver now, or put them on your list. . Search the threads, you'll see the flood of discussion. Might as well get those two out of the way at the outset.

    Good luck Neighbor :D
     
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    I have no desire or need to shoot wad cutters. I love my xd .45 compact with the 4" barrel. Its accurate and 100% reliable. Fits my Hand like a glove too. I carry pdx-1 jhp's for self defense and practice with regular full metal jacket. Never had a failure.
     
  25. cwduke08

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    Hey guys, thank you all for the info! This seems to be an awesome board to be apart of! Now for the news.... I just bought a xdm 45 4.5, NIB, NBF! I picked it up for what is believed to be a sweet deal ($400). I hate to switch gears on everyone after all the advice, and will probably end up buying an xd as well!
     
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