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CALATRAVA
10-13-2010, 10:35 AM
After about a year of conversations, range-time, thinking, wavering, flip-flopping, spec-checking, ogling, fondling (the guns, guys, c'mon..:D) the XD9 tactical is what I've decided will fill the bill.

I'm really impressed with the design, and really haven't found anything that feels better in my hands.

Also very important is the fact that I'm a southpaw with large hands (XL work gloves) and my wife, conversely, is a righty with smaller hands (S-M work gloves) Amazingly this gun feels and shoots VERY good for both of us.

I was committed from the get-go to finding something that we both could use, and the flat shooting, low-recoil 5" model has been a pleasure to shoot.

Specifics that I like:

-great ergo's for us
-great sights (we've grown to love the 6 o'clock style)
-Grip/frame doesn't get hot during long range sessions
-2 included mags are very high quality
-comes with loading tool
-able to have laser and/or light mounted
-Uses reletively cheap/common ammo with lots of diff. loadings
-No manual safeties to get in the way of stress shots (Like when I am screaming like a schoolgirl as I am attacked by a zombie coyote on our property)


I did consider many others: Glock, Sigma, M&P, SR9, Sig, 1911 etc., but this one is simply the gun for us...:)

One question. I'll be looking for a good left-handed OWB holster for IDPA matches as well as carry while I'm working out on our land. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

p.s. I'll post up pics when it gets out of jail!

Ultimate
10-13-2010, 11:03 AM
The XD has awesome ergos that is for sure and a great choice!. Its nice that it also fits large hands. I was thinking that maybe it was a smaller hands gun.

Gryff
10-13-2010, 11:57 AM
One question. I'll be looking for a good left-handed OWB holster for IDPA matches as well as carry while I'm working out on our land. Any suggestions?

If you are going to use the holster for both IDPA and outdoors work, you might look at the Comp-Tac belt holster (http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=66). I'm a fan of Blade-Tech's Stingray holster (http://www.blade-tech.com/SRB-Sting-Ray-Belt-Holster-IDPA-Approved-pr-939.html) for IDPA, but it has been asserted that the holster can be torn off the belt backpiece with a moderate amount of force. This is a non-issue for competition, but could be a huge issue in the outdoors.

Never have actually seen this, but the Comp-Tac's design fundamentally prevents this since the holster and belt loops are the same piece of kydex.

Rear of Blade-Tech holster:

http://www.blade-tech.com/product_images/d_426.jpg

Rear of Comp-Tac holster:

http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog/images/Belt-Holster-Back.jpg

damon1272
10-13-2010, 6:53 PM
Contact Springfield Armory for a free left handed holster. You just send in your right handed holster.

CALATRAVA
10-15-2010, 4:43 AM
Contact Springfield Armory for a free left handed holster. You just send in your right handed holster.

Thats cool, thanks for the info!

kmca
10-15-2010, 5:31 AM
Thats cool, thanks for the info!

I did that a couple of years ago and they didn't want me to send in the right hand holster.

railroader
10-15-2010, 6:10 AM
3 Free mags. http://www.springfield-armory.com/ Mark

CALATRAVA
10-15-2010, 6:20 AM
3 Free mags. http://www.springfield-armory.com/ Mark

:mnl: Already submitted my order, brother!:mnl:


Thanks for posting that, tho!!

Cheers!

map
10-15-2010, 7:00 AM
Congrats on the purchase. Can't wait to see the pics. I figure you can't go wrong with some blackhawk owb holster. Good luck on your search.

fullrearview
10-15-2010, 8:39 AM
Contact Springfield Armory for a free left handed holster. You just send in your right handed holster.

:eek::eek:

I better get on that!

CALATRAVA
10-15-2010, 6:54 PM
Congrats on the purchase. Can't wait to see the pics. I figure you can't go wrong with some blackhawk owb holster. Good luck on your search.

I'll have to check out their offerings. thanks!

evidens83
10-15-2010, 8:38 PM
Good choice cant wait for the update with pics ;)

mixwell
10-15-2010, 8:43 PM
NO !!! You should have bought a Glock because everyone knows Glock > everything else right ??? :rolleyes: nice pickup.. I would have went with an XD but I was soo hard headed on getting a Glock to say I owned one I bought a G22 but I love it.. I think Glock, XD, m&p are all = on par and you cannot go wrong with either of those three choices, just comes down to personal preference/comfort.

zfields
10-15-2010, 9:00 PM
Another one sees the Croatian Light

Gh0sT
10-15-2010, 9:55 PM
Nice choice. Before you start shooting get a houge grip.

I got long fingers and the extra grippyness helps during IDPA - IPSC matches

Old4eyes
10-16-2010, 8:00 PM
For the original poster - Get an Uplula magazine loader and toss the stock one from SA.

The tactical model is easier to rack than the service so your wife might appreciate that choice. My wife can't rack the service, but can rack the tactical.

There are two problems with an XD. First is the striker retaining roll pin. Go over to the XD talk forum and do a search on that issue. The do break on occasion, have a spare on hand. I've got 4 XD's and have not had the problem, but I did get a bunch of pins. Do use snap caps for dry firing practice. It took years for Springfield to admit that the pins won't last as long if you do a lot of dry firing without snap caps.

Second problem - The sights are dang near impossible to get out. Switching to aftermarket sights is real hard for the owner or corner gunsmith. Best to send it to experts.

Have fun with it, be safe with it and put on the flame resistant underwear for protection from from the Glock/Sig/MP crowds.

bombadillo
10-16-2010, 8:08 PM
I would say that crossbreed is going to be the nicest holster out there for you. Here they are: http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/

http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/IWB/tabid/56/CategoryID/1/List/0/Level/1/ProductID/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName

This is the one you want and its a really nice setup.

bombadillo
10-16-2010, 8:08 PM
D'oh, I just saw you're looking for OWB holsters. Either way I'll leave it and if you ever need an IWB holster, you can go that route.

Old4eyes
10-16-2010, 9:03 PM
OWB for IDPA:

http://rlcompanyusa.stores.yahoo.net/sithc.html

This is the Tucker Leather site showing the Silent Thunder Champion holster.
It's pricey. The holster is made by Garrett Industires.

I don't have the Champion, do have the Silent Thunder for a 1911. Kydex with leather lining.

CALATRAVA
10-16-2010, 10:29 PM
For the original poster - Get an Uplula magazine loader and toss the stock one from SA.

The tactical model is easier to rack than the service so your wife might appreciate that choice. My wife can't rack the service, but can rack the tactical.

There are two problems with an XD. First is the striker retaining roll pin. Go over to the XD talk forum and do a search on that issue. The do break on occasion, have a spare on hand. I've got 4 XD's and have not had the problem, but I did get a bunch of pins. Do use snap caps for dry firing practice. It took years for Springfield to admit that the pins won't last as long if you do a lot of dry firing without snap caps.

Second problem - The sights are dang near impossible to get out. Switching to aftermarket sights is real hard for the owner or corner gunsmith. Best to send it to experts.

Have fun with it, be safe with it and put on the flame resistant underwear for protection from from the Glock/Sig/MP crowds.

Thanks for the info, sir. Good to know about the roll pins and the sights

You don't have to worry about me and snap caps though. I have a drawer full and I never "leave home without um" :)

CALATRAVA
10-16-2010, 10:36 PM
Oh, and old4eyes, thanks for mentioning my wife racking the slide. It IS noticablely easier to rack and was a selling point i failed to mention in my first post.

Good for other fellas to know, if they're wondering if they're cowgirls would enjoy this piece more than something else

CALATRAVA
10-16-2010, 10:51 PM
Another one sees the Croatian Light

Hah! :D