Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

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Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby groover000 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:29 am

Thinking about buying an XD soon, but was wondering what the difference is between the 4" and 5" model other than 1". Is one more accurate than the other? Anything else I should know? This will be my first handgun. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Ben Rumson » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:38 am

Welcome aboard. The extra inch won't matter in accuracy. Get the 4" in case you decide to get a CCW once you become proficient.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Ben Rumson » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:41 am

The 45 will cost a lot in ammo learning how to use it. A XD9 would be more cost effective.. To get a feel for what I'm talking about, look up the price for a thousand rounds of 45 and a thousand rounds of 9. You'll most likely shoot way over a thousand rounds if you really get into it. ;)

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby The Quiet Man » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:47 am

Ben Rumson wrote:The 45 will cost a lot in ammo learning how to use it. A XD9 would be more cost effective.. To get a feel for what I'm talking about, look up the price for a thousand rounds of 45 and a thousand rounds of 9. You'll most likely shoot way over a thousand rounds if you really get into it. ;)


Heh...it will take you a thousand rounds to properly break that baby in! ;)

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Combat Controller » Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:30 am

Great guns, and to be honest the 5" really is not all that different that you will notice, pr most folks for that matter. The 4" is a pretty good all around size and is handy. All of mine (except for the sub compact) are/were 4" guns.

Dead reliable too, never had a single failure in 5 guns, ever.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Whirlibird » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:26 am

It mostly depends on what you plan to do with it.
As a belt gun the 5" is easy to carry as is the 4", but the 5" gives the full ballistic potential for the .45 cartridge.
For me the 5" is a bit easier to shoot, the longer sighting radius is an asset, and it balances better for me (YMMV). However if you're going to carry concealed, the 4" is easier to tuck away.
My only real complaint about the XD's is the 'squishy' recoil, it takes a bit of getting used to compared to a 1911 or Glock when trying to run one fast. But that's just my opinion.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Aglifter » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:02 pm

If you're going to carry it, I'd suggest getting the smaller XD 45 -- I believe there's a compact version w. a 4" barrel, and a shorter grip -- you can return to the full size grip by switching to the standard capacity magazines, w. the grip adapters.

I have the 5" version, and have been very happy w. it, but it's primarily a plinker/bedside/car pistol for me. With a good holster, the 5" may be concealable -- it's not actually that much bigger than a 1911.
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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Aaron » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:23 pm

+1 to the 4 incher for CCW. That's what I got and I certainly haven't had any problems with accuracy and, despite being thick, is easily concealed. Especially when using the shorter ten round magazine which is what I leave in it when carrying. I carry one, rarely two, of the longer thirteen round magazines as reloads, but they're not hard to hide as long as they aren't in the mag well.
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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby martini » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:07 pm

I have been very happy with my subcompat xd. But as I have gotten into carrying pocket guns most of the time I am looking at trading it on an XDm in 9mm. It has a 4.5" barrel.
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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Combat Controller » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:43 pm

Here a a few pics of 4" XD's .45s and 9mm.
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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby groover000 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:29 am

Thanks all for the welcome and advice. I will go out this weekend and give the 4" a try before buying. I still think I will go with the .45 though. The next purchase after the .45 will be an XD 9mm for the wife. One other question...what type of ammo should I be on the lookout for as far as practice goes? And who generally has the best prices? Also has anyone gone to FrontSite for training? I live in Las Vegas so it seems like a good place to go since it is close.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby The Quiet Man » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:52 am

Pratice ammo? In a word...cheap. Defense ammo is another story. My XDs haven't choked on anything I've fed them. I personally like Magtech for pratice ammo. Keep your eye open for spare mags...while you still can and pick up as many as you can afford.

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby Rich Jordan » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:44 am

Walmart dropped their price on 9mm and .45ACP Blazer Brass last week. I've seen reports of $8.57 for 9mm and $13.99 for .45ACP, but my local was rather sold out when I stopped by. I've had good luck with both, though its not the best brass for reloading (ok, but not great), and the .45 is a little hard to use in a full moon clip for a revolver.

You may be able to pick up some cheaper mail order if you shop around, especially if you're willing to shoot import ammo (Russian Wolf/Barnaul, S&B, Fiocchi, etc; the latter two are quite good).

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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby mekender » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:47 am

my local doesnt carry blazer... :cry:
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Re: Springfield XD .45acp.....4" or 5"

Postby martini » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:19 am

My XD eats everything I have fed it.
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