I am currently looking for a "modern"(non-1911) .45acp for under $700.It would preferably not have a heavy trigger pull and look pretty cool also. PLEASE RESPOND IF YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE WHATSOEVER!!! Ive heard about the springfield xd's are the smith and wesson's m&p's any good?
Last edited by diedreich; 07-23-2008 at 08:48 PM.
Reason: need to update as i have gotten a new paycheck
When I wanted another 45 I looked and handled all three,the M&P,XD and Glock. I chose the XDc 45 in Dark Earth. Good trigger ,accurate and just about the size of my Glock 19. I've got 500-600 rounds through it not one hic-up or problem.The more you shoot it the more you like it. Every one who tried it wants one. I'm not bashing the others just for a 45 the XD fit me.Try it, you'll like it. Good luck.
Hate to be a broken record, but Guns & Ammo Handgun magazine had a .45 polymer shoot-off and the XD45 won more categories than the Taurus, M&P and Glock, and placed 2nd in most of the categories it didnt win.
It's a quality polymer 45. I don't own one in .45 but I do in .40, and I love it.
Well, if a gun mag said it's the best, that settles it!
From the posts so far it sounds like XD all the way, but there are alot of XD fans on this board and the M&P guys (not to mention Glock guys) just haven't chimed in yet. I don't own either and here's my take.
Seriously, both (XD or S&W M&P) are excellent guns. The M&P comes with interchangeable grips in different sizes to custom fit to your hands/feel.
If you can find somewhere that rents both, shoot them both a go with the one that you shoot better and like the feel of. At least dry fire them in the store and figure out which one feels better to you (fit, grip, control placement, trigger reach, trigger feel etc) and go with that one.
And, yes, it may come down to which one you like the looks of better. While I don't really find looks a high priority since, these are both great guns what the heck, get the one that "calls" to you or you get the screaming deal on.
You can find alot of useful info on these guns right here in the Springfield, S&W, and general semi-auto forums.
The poll that has been going on in this forum comparing XD, Glock, and M&P still has XD in the lead !!
To me the poll more accurately reflects the fact that more people that responded to the poll own the XD. I'm not saying it is not the best gun, or that it is for that matter. I'm just saying that in my estimation that is what most of these polls come down to, each person voting for the gun they own. Same with all the "I'm new, which first gun should I buy?" threads. They are all very good guns and it just comes down to which is best for you. While it may very well be that the XD was the best choice for more people that has no bearing on which may be the best for another. And I highly doubt that everyone that voted have shot at least 100 rounds out of each gun in the poll, or even fired all the other guns.
Pick a high quality firearm like any of these, and then buy the one you shoot best and fits/feels best to YOU. My $0.02.