Had an XD45 Service, bought it when the first came out. Put a lot of rounds through it and really liked it. Sold same to buy an FNP45 a couple of weeks ago. I think the recoil is as soft or softer than the XD. I like a DA/SA capability in a pistol and I loke a visible hammer. Carried a 1911 for a lot of years and guess I still like to see the hammer. In summary, I've got two FNs, 40 & 45, and a bunch of Sigs. Since the FN design is a lot like that of Sig, I think I just prefer pistols that function and tear down in that manner.