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XDS experience?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Wilbert, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. Wilbert

    Wilbert Member

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    Hi all!

    I've been seriously considering buying an XDS as a concealed carry pistol for those places where my 1911 might start to show a bit too much. I've been hearing some people say some great things about them, but then have heard some people that had had some terrible experiences with one.

    Can anybody chime in and relay any personal experiences they've had with the XDS?

    Thanks!
     
  2. RBid

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    Very easy to conceal. FO front sight is very easy to track while firing. I was easily combat accurate (on a pie plate) at 50 feet, from the first mag I ran through one. Capacity sucks. Recoil pattern (iso stance/thumbs forward grip, without elbow locked) was predominantly up at the front, rather than sinking back. While noteworthy, the muzzle rise was less than I expected after reading reviews, and the FO sight mitigated follow up shot time.

    It would be a huge win, except for that "5+1" thing.
     
  3. Double Vision

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    Based on my good experiences with other Springfield firearms, I recently picked up an XD-S, even though I cannot conceal carry.
    That being said, it disappeared easily into the pocket of my overalls when carrying it around the house.

    I've only been able to put 100 rounds through it but I'm pretty darn happy with it. I found the recoil manageable, and it didn't beat me up.
    After I got comfortable with it, I was able to shoot accurately at short range. I found it enjoyable to shoot, and well-made.

    Good luck!
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Wrong gun!

    My son has had an XDc for about three years.

    rc
     
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    got a chance to shoot one that belonged to a friend of mine a while back i was a bit surprised that the recoil was as low as it is. i was expecting it to be pretty brutal being a .45 in such a small package. the sights were nice, the trigger was decent, and it wasnt hard at all to make decent hits out to 15-20 yards. yes, the capacity is pretty small, but carrying an extra mag or two would be easy enough seeing as they are so small.
     
  6. Wilbert

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    Well, I think I'm pretty sold. Now I just have to wait for a little income tax returns ;)
     
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    I had one and I liked it ok, but I traded it for the m&p shield not too long after buying it last year. I just liked the way that the shield felt in my hands. Plus, with .45 at it's current prices, I have been ok with my decision to trade the XDS .45 for the Shield 9mm.

    That all being said, it was nice, and if you are looking for a really compact .45, you can't go wrong.
     
  8. Wilbert

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    I had thought about the shield a bit too. I was looking for a 9mm or a .40, but after handling the xds I thought, "Well... why not?"

    my 1911pd is one of the most stupid accurate pistols I've shot, and I just kinda like the little extra thump of that .45. I'll be sure to let everyone know what my final decision is and I'll post pics when I get it :D
     
  9. m3mh0g

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    I've had mine since October and I love it. While it isn't as easy to shoot as my Colt Rail Gun,it is plenty accurate for needed social work. I've carried it both in the pocket and IWB and have found it just as comfortable as any other including my j-frame Smith. The capacity was not an issue for me since I've carried a j-frame before. Every time I've let someone else shoot it I get the "that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be" look. I have talked 4 buddies in to buying one.
    One piece of advice: don't be concerned when trying to manually it may (probably wont) cycle. It is such a tight little package, without the violent action of pulling the trigger it doesn't work as well.
    Here are some before and after pics of mine.

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  10. leadchucker

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    I went in a gun store looking for a new XDs, and came out with a used Glock 36. It carries pretty well.
     
  11. Wilbert

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    Where did you get that holster? Or did you make it yourself?
     
  12. Mainsail

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    Great gun.

    Wear a glove when you're practicing as it can get painful around round 50.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. bigfatdave

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    nice little gun

    sort of snappy
    very rough texture on grip
    capacity is as advertised
    nice sights
    very tight inside
    requires a good overhand slide rack and proper release, or the first round hangs up
    feed problems ONLY when casually chambering that first round by hand, otherwise it runs perfectly

    My 5'2" wife with smallish hands ran it at a bowling pin match, and did just fine except for needing to hit with every round to clear the table without a reload. It was an interesting experiment, we'll probably try it again now that we have more 7x magazines

    I might consider picking up another when the gun-buying stupidity calms down and/or when they start showing up in 9mm
     
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    Mine has been great
     
  15. Wilbert

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    Good thinking. It looks like things are starting to slow down a little, but I attribute that mainly to lack of stock
     
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    Awesome Firearm .... Love Mine!

    Point and click! ..... Sights are awesome! :cool:
     
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    m3mh0g that is a sweet setup. Who makes it?

    The XDs is great! 150 rounds downrange with no problems. Took me awhile to get used to the thinness of the grip but it shoots great. Almost boring making one hole in the target on a regular basis.
     
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    How about a Beretta PX4 Storm sc in 9mil. I just picked up this last week. I like it and I have owned a XDS sc too. The price of the Beretta is similar to the XDS,
     
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    Get yourself a Talon grip, the rubber one. Also round the edge of the backstrap on the right side where it digs into the meat of your thumb. Just smooth the corner down a tad, and it makes a world of difference.
     
  20. Mainsail

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    Already have!

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    Shot one belonging to a gut at the range. Shot excellent. Recoil was not bad. Would prefer a regular white dot front sight.
     
  22. JohnsXDM

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    You do know that they just came out with the XDs in 9mm now.
     
  23. ryno31

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    I've been very impressed with mine. I had a couple of light primer strikes within the first couple hundred rounds but its been rolling like a tank ever since. It conceals amazingly and is the same size as most pocket 9mm's but its a .45, can't beat that if you ask me. As one person posted above, yes it's definetly not a range gun or an all day shooter as after 50-75 rounds it does beat your hand up but it's made to be a high quality, very concealable .45 that will be used to save your life not for plinking at the range. The recoil is actually more comfortable to me than my cousins little kel-tec 9mm and has never been an issue. It's pretty obvious that I'm a big fan of this little .45 and its a winner in my book.
     
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    I agree that it isn't an all-day shooter, but it isn't unpleasant to maintain skills with either. It is plenty comfortable to shoot for the designed purpose, a life saving "SURPRISE" moment.
    And I forgot to mention above that I also find it more pleasant to shoot than my KelTec pf9.

    I should also mention that while there are internal differences, if you know how to operate & maintain an XD or XD(M), you know how to run an XD(S) - which is a nice feature, assuming you like the XD design.
     
  25. m3mh0g

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    For those that asked about my holster rig. A THR member actually made them for me. TAKtical. He is just starting to make holsters full time and does great work at fantastic prices. He doesn't have a website yet, you can PM him here, send him an email at TakticalHolsters@aol.com. He also has a Facebook page for those that use FB. Give him your business you won't be disappointed.
     
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