Originally Posted by Terry_P
What is the problem with the compact version? Recoil, accuracy? I have a CCL and might like to try to carry or it might just find a place in the nightstand. My carry piece is an SP101 in 357 mag and I like the revolver. Do you use handloads? Lead loads?
The compacts are just tougher for range use, but frankly I think all the XD's I shot were compacts and they are just fine as long as you have the extended magazine
. Without the extended magazine my pinky wraps under the grip which would be fine for a defense scenario, not so at the range, just plain uncomfortable.
XD's are great, try and rent one though. I shot my dad's Glock 22 for... what... since I was 13, picked up an XD and shot it better right off the bat. To each his own, for many it's the XD, for other's it's not.
Oh and they aren't technically made in America, but it's like a Ford or Chevrolet, sure they aren't made here, but your getting almost as close as you can get, your buying from an American company. Some people think that doesn't matter, other's like that idea.
Disclaimer: I never shot an XD in .45, I know I shot the compact/sub-compact 9mm, and I swear I shot it in .40 too. I ended up buying an H&K USP compact but still plan on buying an XD someday, they are great guns.