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Why I bought a Springfield XD9. Hmm...why DID I buy one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by emc, Dec 27, 2002.

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  1. emc

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    First, the pistol met some requirements. These are:

    1. Double action only. No DA/SA

    2. The trigger pull had to be managable, with an acceptable level of effort. If it took standing on the backstrap and pulling with both hands to fire the piece, no thanks! For the XD9, it's quite nice.

    2. I wanted more of a full size handgun. I already had a Kahr K9, which is a great pistol. I was interested in Kahr's T9, but no one in central Indiana seems to have one at this time, and I want to be able to handle a pistol and work with it first. The P99QA was not available for comparison.

    3. Good fit for my hand. This is extremely subjective, but it worked, unlike all of the Glocks that I've handled. Too many of them felt like I was holding a bar of soap. Very blocky. I looked at the Steyr M series, which looked interesting, but the backstrap where the web of the hand fits is too squared off, and it just didn't feel comfortable.

    4. The points above were confirmed with some very good feedback on TFL, and a very nice review on Chuck Taylor's website.

    I chose 9mm for the following reasons.

    1. I already have 9mm handguns, and am set up to reload for it. (I reload for practice and competition only.)

    2. I have less time to practice than some, and it seemed to me that there would be additional range time needed to get competent with shot recovery with a .40 S&W.

    3. I've learned that it's possible to use the .40 cal. magazine as an ersatz high capacity 9mm magazine.

    4. The impression that I've gotten from many comments on TFL regarding the choice between 9mm and .40 S&W is that the .40 does have an advantage in effectiveness, but that the difference is not as major as might be suspected, and there are other considerations introduced, in terms of recoil, etc.

    I haven't had the chance to shoot it yet, but hope to do so this weekend, once some of the snow is cleaned up.

    FWIW,

    emc
     
  2. m.i.sanders

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    You'll like it. I've got the XD-40 and it is a great pistol. I went with the .40 mostly because, 1) I didn't have one, and 2.) If/when I get the time, I want to start shooting IPSC, and wanted to be in the major class. But I will be getting a XD-9 some time, or at least when everver the wife's not paying too much attention to what I'm buying.
     
  3. Marko Kloos

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    You made a good choice. The XD is a very accurate, reliable, and ergonomic pistol with a pleasing trigger. The fact that it has standard SIG dovetails for easy sight upgrades makes it even better.

    I don't fault your caliber choice at all. 9mm will do the job just fine, and the ammo is so cheap that you'll be able to practice more.
     
  4. Chaz

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    And I was hoping you would say...

    "Because I could!" :D
     
  5. Brad Johnson

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    Good choice

    I have an XD9 with 6000+ rounds through it. I think I might like it :D .

    Brad
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    For the last couple of months, I've been renting a XD 357 sig at the range I belong to. Haven't gotten around to buying one yet. They're fun guns & from what I can tell from the rental guns, they WILL stand up to some serious abuse.
     
  7. Shmackey

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    Without starting an argument about old price vs. new price, is there any actual difference between Springfield's XD-9 and the old HS-2000? That is, has Springfield made any improvements or changed any parts?

    The new compact is ugly as sin but it sounds like it could give Glock a serious run for its money.
     
  8. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

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    The XD has a few more features than the HS2000. It has forward slide serrations, and an accessory rail molded into the dust shield. Other than that, it's the same gun, except that the Springfield logo on the slide looks snazzier than the old HS2000 markings.
     
  9. vertigo7

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    Lendringser, my 3rd gen HS2000 has the forward slide serrations and the accessory rail. EMC, you'll be very happy with your new pistol. Mine rotates duty with my Kel-Tec P-11 as one of my daily carry guns.

    vertigo7
     
  10. Nosferatu

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    The XD is a nice pistol for the money.

    Springfield has done a good job with the minor improvements already mentioned. They are also marketing the hell out of it, and supporting manufacturers like ourselves as well. They have been very forthcoming about sending us what we need to build holsters for their guns. Springfield is a very good company, and back their products. They have even stepped up and are going to honor any warranty work for the HS2000.

    All in all, I have been impressed with the pistols they have sent us. We will have a 3" on the way, with the funky light, soon.

    I think you have an excellent pistol. Some of the folks over at www.hs2000talk.com should be able to help out with any specific questions about this pistol you may have.
     
  11. blades67

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    The HS2000 was only available in 9mm. The XD can be had in 9mm .40 S&W and .357 SIG. That is the biggest improvement.
     
  12. Kevinch

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    You forgot Reason #5 for buying:
    • I wanted my wife to think I was buying Tupperware
    :D

    Seriously, I am sure you will enjoy your purchase. Plastic guns just don't "do it" for me, although I will admit my Keltec P32 does go when others can't. But the XD/HS2000 platform is reported to be a good one, & if I was ever tempted to go with plastic that would probably be it.

    Enjoy!
     
  13. bastiat

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    XD also features a beefier extractor. Some HS2000's had problems with cheap winchester white box ammo.

    Price would have been raised either way. IM Metals wasn't happy with the deep discounting the original importer did, FWIH.
     
  14. Marshall

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    The XD will more than likely be my next pistol. I just did a BHP and I will probably get a revolver next (need a short bbl one). But, I do believe my next pistol will be the XD. Truthfully, I have not heard a bad word on the XD from those who own them and those who have tested them. Add to that, doing business with SA and you have a winner! IMO!

    Glad to hear you like yours! :D


    Marshall
     
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    I got to play with an XD40 stainless today. I didn't even know they made one until I saw it today. IMO a nice gun, I don't think you would go wrong with one. Of course that didn't stop me from buying a new P99 today. :D
     
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    I tried an XD 40 4" at Turlock on the steel plates. It was accurate and fairly easy to shoot. Two of us noted that the bore axis was higher than the Glock thus there was more muzzle rise and longer splits. One guy hit 7 out of 8 plates on the first try and I hit 8 out 8. It a good pistol. There are very few holsters for it and almost no chance of adoption by a LEO.
    Mike H
     
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    I bought a slightly used (less than 200 rounds fired) LNIB 3rd generation HS2000 (pre-XD9) about 6 months ago so that I could find out for myself if these "things" were any good or not. I found it to be amazingly accurate and mine has been 100% reliable with all sorts of different ammo.

    I liked it so much, I recently bought a slightly used (less than 50 rounds fired) LNIB XD40. Results were the same as above, very accurate and totally reliable...so much so, that I invested almost $200 in a new custom fitted Bar-Sto barrel in .357SIG.

    I'm sold on these guns. :)
     
  18. SIGarmed

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    FYI another thing Springfield did was widen the grip safety.
     
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    I've got the XD in .357 Sig. I actually like it better then my Glock. I didn't think that possible a month ago. ;)
     
  20. NoBite

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    emc,
    I would like your thoughts after you have shot your XD-9 a while. I am considering the Kahr K-9 and the Xd-9 as my next purchase. Since you have both, your thoughts comparing the two would be nice!

    Thanks,
     
  21. Handy

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    "1. Double action only. No DA/SA"

    Isn't the XD single action?
     
  22. BerettaNut92

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    Tactical Girl just bought one but she even hasn't had the chance to shoot it. I'd like to try it out but am already stuck on my HKs.
     
  23. emc

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    Handy, the XD was mistakenly labeled as a single action by the BATF, but the actual design of the pistol is akin to a "quick-action" such as the Glock, with a cocked striker for each shot. It does require that the action be cycled before it can be fired again, unlike a true double-action such as the Kel-Tec P-11, or the FN Forty-Nine.

    emc
     
  24. emc

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    NoBite, I've run about 30 rounds or so through the XD9 so far. I have a few comments to make about the pistol, but will need to do so later on this evening, when I have more time.

    Thanks,

    emc
     
  25. Handy

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    Yes, I had thought that the mainspring was almost completely cocked.
     
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