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MilSim
04-30-2010, 12:44 PM
I went to the range with some buddys and one brought his brand new XD tactical full size in .45. Shooting this thing felt all wrong, I cant put my finger on it. It just felt extremely awkward, like a square brick. I own a 1911, CZ Sp01, and Glocks, I figured it couldnt be to far from the glock. Anyone shed some light on this? I need a .40 and dont want to write XD's off if it's just a fluke experience.

SixPointEight
04-30-2010, 12:59 PM
Well the .45 and .40 don't share the same frame. I didn't like the feel of the .45 as much as I did the .40. I think it's because I have smaller hands so the smaller grip on the .40 felt better. Go hold a .40 and see if you like it any better.

MilSim
04-30-2010, 1:00 PM
Ill try it, but I do have big hands........

dirtykoala
04-30-2010, 1:17 PM
Try checking out the S&W M&P, I heard that they mocked the 1911 grip angle when they designed it. If you like your 1911 the m&p will probably be comfortable for you. As far as reliability, I've heard the m&p is comparable to glock. I think it's a pretty good lookig gun, and it feels good to me, I havnt actually shot one just yet.

Greg-Dawg
04-30-2010, 1:21 PM
XDs suck. Go get a Glock Fotay.

Federalist
04-30-2010, 1:33 PM
While I don't own either of them, I have shot XD's in .45ACP and in .40S&W. Neither of them worked for me, so I won't buy them. They didn't fit my hand very well. I didn't like the trigger. And they seemed to have more recoil than other pistols of the same calibers. So, I didn't go with the XD's. Nothing against them, just personal preference.

To give you some perspective on where I'm coming from, I happen to be a huge fan of 1911's. I'm not saying they are the best, but they are the standard by which I compare other semi-auto pistols. I love Sigs and S&W wheel guns. I like HK USPs. I like Glocks but won't buy one since they don't fit my hand.

winnre
04-30-2010, 1:37 PM
You get what you pay for.

SoCalRandy
04-30-2010, 1:41 PM
While I don't own either of them, I have shot XD's in .40ACP and in .40S&W...

You mean .45 ACP, right?

mif_slim
04-30-2010, 1:46 PM
uh-oh another one of these? :P

DannyZRC
04-30-2010, 1:49 PM
I like the XD except for the stock trigger, and that's not horrible.

they fit my hand very well actually, better than a glock by miles and miles.

flatovercrest
04-30-2010, 1:52 PM
Usually polymer guns are not too impressive to shoot, like a 1911 or a metal frame Beretta, CZs, etc. would be.
The lousy trigger on the glock is a classic example.
They are just made to do the job.

Preacher
04-30-2010, 1:57 PM
XD's are good guns....GLOCKS are better guns...you didnt mention price..only caliber....Buy what you can shoot and shoot well..make sure it fits your body shooting, style etc..ergonomics...blah blah blah;)

Bizcuits
04-30-2010, 2:03 PM
I hate the loaded chamber indicator.... Makes me feel like I'm firing a glock with training wheels... I'm not blind or suffering from alzheimer's yet, so I don't need a loaded chamber indicator.

maddoggie13
04-30-2010, 2:05 PM
It is not for everyone...the wifey doesn't like my XD9 or XD45.

CEDaytonaRydr
04-30-2010, 2:07 PM
I had my heart set on an XD40 but I honestly didn't like it when I finally got to shoot it. I was very disppointed... :(

kf6tac
04-30-2010, 2:09 PM
It just felt extremely awkward, like a square brick.

That's how I felt when shooting a Glock, which is what eventually led me to buy an XD. Different hands fit guns differently, so if it doesn't feel right to you, I wouldn't sweat it.

smarter
04-30-2010, 2:17 PM
try out a m&p 4-tay?

MilSim
05-01-2010, 7:54 AM
I guess ill have to give the M&P a try, Its pretty interesting to see how many other people dont like the XD..........

evidens83
05-01-2010, 8:00 AM
I like the XD series. Just like the M&P and Glocks better though :D:p

farnorcal
05-01-2010, 8:45 AM
i like my xd 40 of course, and especially its fully supported chamber

TabooAR
05-01-2010, 10:41 AM
I have an XD .40 Tactical and love it. I recommend going to a range that has a variety of weapons available for your use. Shoot 'em all and rate them. Then go back another day and shoot and rate them all again. Buy the one you are most comfortable with.

Also consider the fact that there is no 'magic caliber' and maybe try some 9's too.

Old4eyes
05-01-2010, 11:09 AM
While I don't own either of them, I have shot XD's in .45ACP and in .40S&W. Neither of them worked for me, so I won't buy them. They didn't fit my hand very well. I didn't like the trigger. And they seemed to have more recoil than other pistols of the same calibers. So, I didn't go with the XD's. Nothing against them, just personal preference.

To give you some perspective on where I'm coming from, I happen to be a huge fan of 1911's. I'm not saying they are the best, but they are the standard by which I compare other semi-auto pistols. I love Sigs and S&W wheel guns. I like HK USPs. I like Glocks but won't buy one since they don't fit my hand.

I can't speak to the .40 cal, but the .45 XD is touted as being one of the softest recoil 45's out there. Google reviews of that model and check it out.
I have a steel 1911 and the XD45 Tactical. The recoil to me is about the same, and that XD45 weighs less. It is certainly easier to rack than my 1911.

But for those that dismiss the XD pistols, that's okay. Maybe there will be more on the shelf when I go shopping.

Ike Arumba
05-01-2010, 11:13 AM
I have shot XD-9 and XD-40, and don't like them. The trigger reach is too short, and I don't have good control of yaw.

MilSim
05-01-2010, 1:27 PM
Also consider the fact that there is no 'magic caliber' and maybe try some 9's too.

I meant I already have a nine and 45's, looking for something in the .40 cal flavor because the local walmart never runs dry of target ammo.

gearhead15
05-01-2010, 1:32 PM
Might try an FNP-40 also. I'm not a huge fan of fo-tay in general but the FNP felt good to me when I fired one.

08duramax
05-01-2010, 2:58 PM
I love my xd 45s. I have the 4 inch and the 5 inch. Great guns. I hate the way flocks feel in the hand. It's all different prefrences. The xd is more like the 1911 is grip angle and feel in my opinion.