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Old 11-10-2012, 04:39 PM
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I had a very good couple weeks of work so I did a little gun shop/pawn shop wandering.
In my travels I came across a Springfield XD 45. Box came with, but no extra mag for $349. This is the 4 inch blued model with the thumb safety. Well, for that price, and since it fit my hands, it followed me home. I found 3 more mags within 20 minutes of looking after leaving the house the next day.

I went to the range today and tok it along with my 1911's and 4 boxes of various 230 grain ammo.

I like it. It points well, shoots well and shoots where I'm aiming. It never hiccuped. Not on ball or truncated cone hollow point ammo. Groups were under 3 inches for me and my buddy Dennis at 10 yards.

This is the first double stack mag .45 that I've found that fits my hand well. Most feel like I'm trying to grip a 2x4, but this one works for me. It's very controllable and makes fast, repeat hits easy.

I like the fact that the extractor functions as a loaded chamber indicator, and I can feel it on top of the slide. I don't need to see it or look for it. The striker, when cocked protrudes out the back of the slide so you can tell by sight or touch it is ready to go. And, since I'm very familiar with the 1911, the thumb safety is no surprise.

It breaks down easily, and is easy to clean and maintain. Goes back together easy too.

It is bigger, thicker than a 1911. it's not a pretty handgun, but then, it's not designed to be but it does exactly what it's meant to do and so far, Im impressed.
Next trip, I'll see how well it likes my 230 grain XTP HP handload.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:45 PM
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Nice find, at a good price. I've heard a lot of good 'function reliability' reports on the XD.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:41 PM
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A friend of mine bought an XD .45 , I liked the trigger on it much more than a Glock's long pull. I just picked up a Ruger .45 auto for $300. Just a single stack, not small but pretty light weight. Wanted another .45 ( have two Kimber 1911's) and have been wanting something inexpensive to leave in the vehicle.
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Sounds like a nice gun at a great price. Milt Sparks makes a very nice IWB holster that is comfortable and makes even the XD somewhat concealable if that is your purpose. I like mine alot. It does not have the cache of the 1911 but it sure shoots everything well. I put Truglo fiberoptic/tritium sights on one and Trijicon sights on the XDS. The Truglo are very bright, the Trijicon is more subdued. I like both after market sights compared to the original XD sight. I hope that you enjoy yours as well.
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MMichaelAK, Glad its working well for you, good find.CD
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:06 AM
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Now do a 460 Rowland conversion and have some fun. You can still shoot .45 ACP and then .45 Super and .460 Rowland.
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