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What does everyone see in the XD?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Eyesac, Feb 28, 2007.

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  1. Eyesac

    Eyesac Member

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    I was a long time Polymer (Glock) hater, until I started carrying a full size 1911 everywhere... Changed my mind real quick, and now I carry a G27. But in a recent poll here, people came out of the woodwork recommending the XD. Why? Just don't understand why, am I missing something?
     
  2. BADUNAME13

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    The Glock 21 is the same frame size as the 10 MM glock. This makes it unnecessarely large.

    (Gaston not being a 'Gun guy')

    The XD is made 'Correctly' (If I can use that word) specifically for the .45, and Egernomicaly(SP?), with the lines of the gripframe very similar to the 1911.

    Previousley, Glock owners said ether:
    1. Make your hand fit the Glock
    2. Get a Grip reduction done.

    Now there is another option...
     
  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    The XD has a better grip angle for most folks and many prefer the XD's trigger over the Glock's. Many folks also like the XD's grip angle and find the XDs easier to takedown than Glocks. The XD45 really got things rolling when put 13 rounds of 45 ACP into a gripframe only slightly larger than their 9mm/40 S&W/357 SIG frame guns; the Glock 21 is huge in comparison. Glock is hurting so much that they're releasing a 4th Gen gripframe starting with a slimmed down G21.
     
  4. InnerVision

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    For me, Glocks do not point naturally. That's why I bought an XD. I like the way glocks look compared to the xd, but they just don't feel good in my hands.
     
  5. Black Majik

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    Not to mention I feel XD's trigger is better than Glocks...

    They're both ugly
    They're both around the same price
    They're both reliable and durable.

    So clearly XD has the advantage here... ;)
     
  6. mljdeckard

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    I honestly think if the U.S. military opened a round of trials for a polymer-framed, DA-only, high-capacity pistol, the XD would be VERY tough to beat.

    I switched from a Glock back to a 1911.
     
  7. Rinspeed

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    What's not to like, they are reliable and fairly accurate. If they fit your hand well you should be very happy with one.
     
  8. battlehatch

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    1. 13+1 in .45acp
    2. Grip safety
    3. Easy takedown
    4. Did I mention 13+1 capacity?
     
  9. Scorpiusdeus

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    While my answer won't be entirely rational, it will be honest.

    For me, the XD fits my hand better. I enjoy shooting it and am more accurate with it vs the Glock. Admittedly I haven't shot either of them very much.

    My other issue is completely personal. Every time I hear some gangbanger tug talk about a gun, it's not a gun it's a Glock. In almost every gangster movie the knuckle heads have a Glock. It just makes my lack of love for the Glock turn to dislike.
     
  10. Black Majik

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    Oh my. Welcome to THR Jason :D
     
  11. psyopspec

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    For me, it's not what I see in the pistol, but what I feel.

    A high-cap (.45, in my case) that fits my hand and is accurate and reliable.
     
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    I don't really care much for the Glock or the XD, but I do find that the XDs generally point more naturally for me, and that the XD 45 feels a whole lot better in my hand than my Glock 21 ever did.
     
  13. 12many

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    Same here. At first I was looking at the Glocks due to all the good reviews and popularity, but the XD just felt better in my hand and I liked the grip safety. I also vagely recall warranty being a plus for me, but not a deciding factor since I would probably not need the warranty on the Glock.

    Chad
     
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    Glocks don't work for me. It's that simple. The XD does, and often for a cheaper price. There's yer answer :D
     
  15. Stinger1

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    Glocks have been around for quite some time, and they have proved themselves time and time again in tests and in the field. I own a couple and have no complaints. They are still among the best sidearms made.

    That said Glocks haven't changed much since they were introduced. Now since other makers have come on board they have made new innovations internally as well as externally. Ruger, Springfield, S&W, Taurus just to name a few, improvements have been made. IMHO you'll see XD's and M&P's start to replace Glocks in military and police use. It's just a matter of time. Now for me the XD takes first position for the same reasons already mentioned.


    If you're happy with your Glock that's cool, if you ever get the chance to try out an XD you might like that too.

    RC
     
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    They'll both seem silly when the M&P hits the shelves.

    Ergonomics are MUCH better.
     
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    Go to a shop that has an XD and a Glock (doesn't matter which flavor or size of each). Take the XD (make sure it's unloaded) and close your eyes. Put the gun up (as if you were aiming) without looking then open your eyes. The sights will be VERY close to being aligned properly. I tried it 8-10 times and it was off once. Now try that with a Glock. It doesn't work as well for me with the glock.
    It seemed to me that the XD's barrel was higher than the Glock which I have heard increases felt recoil. I am not sure about this, just the way it looked and felt to me.
    That and the added safety of a grip safety (I wish my M&P had one) makes the XD a good choice. It is IMHO the UGLIEST popular polymer on the market, but it works and, gosh darn it, people like it. I do not care much for the trigger but I have heard that you can really tweak an XD trigger if you have a good smith.
    Say that 3 times fast, popular polymer, popular polymer, popular polymer.
     
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    I think that Steve is right

    except for the fact that I noticed earlier that when I aim with the M&P, my wrist is turned down, not straight out like an XD. I think the XD is bigger because of this arrangement.
    The M&P is not perfect but I like it A LOT better than either the Glock or XD. I went into the gun store 2 weeks ago intent on leaving with a G26 or a XD 9SC. I didn't even know about the M&P and hadn't considered it at all. I was in there holding one then the other and the girl behind the desk handed me the compact M&P. Two seconds later she was putting the G26 and the XD back in the case while I drooled. :p
    sorry about the minor hijack, I won't do it again. On this thread at least.
     
  19. CountGlockula

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    Hand grip is VERY subjective, because every shooter's hand is unique.

    Personally, the Glock grip is good for me...point, aim and bang; fits my hand...accurate as heck. Now I can take it a step further and grab some sand paper. That's what's great about Glocks you can customize.

    Not to hijack the thread, but you should look into an HK P2000...grip is awesome too.
     
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  21. Eyesac

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    I've shot both plenty of times in comparison of each other. Actually I think the trigger on the Glocks is better IMO, but the grip of the XD was a lot more comfortable (not grip angle but diameter), I however didn't like how the barrel sits way up off my hand. Sounds like everyone just likes the Grip angle over the Glock. Now I know.:)
     
  22. GunNut

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    They are good guns, just like Glocks. So choose the one that fits.

    I personally like the Glock better and still believe that it is a proven platform, where the XD is still proving itself. That is not to say the XD is bad at all, i've actually owned a few XD9's, an XD40 and an XD45, they just weren't for me.


    I too have noticed that their are quite a few XD homers here who recommend them at every opportunity, even when they are not a option from the original poster.:neener:
     
  23. ugaarguy

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    That's a very broad and universal assertation. For many folks Glocks do have better ergos than other pistols. For others, including me, the XD's ergonomics work very well. I've handled M&Ps - the new plastic shell shuckers, we all know that real M&Ps are 6 shot blued steel K-Frame perfection :neener: - and their grips hit my knuckles in an uncomfortable way. The FN FNP feels good in my hand too.

    The above paragraph illustrates the whole issue of what folks see in XDs, and other polymer pistols for the matter, over Glocks. Of course there's no reason to segregate ourselves into pistol tribes by brand. I'm glad that there are so many good options out there so my fellow pistoleros can easily find a quality gun that fits them.
     
  24. johndoe1027

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    Me either.
    And grip safety.
    Yep. That's why it took me exactly 2 seconds to decide on the M&P over the G26 or XD.
     
  25. Walkalong

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    Feels great, great sights, good to very good trigger, easy to shoot well, accurate, reliable, simple to field strip, reasonably simple to detail strip, easy to clean even if just just field stripping, well designed, let me count the ways. The big deal is they are great guns and people love em.:)

    I feel that way about Glocks,:barf:, but obviously they are good guns and many people love them too.:uhoh:
     
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