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    My first gun.

    I use to shoot my dads .357 S&W and his old .22 rifle. His buddy was a gun collector he was in a wheel chair due to a gun injury when he was a kid. He taught us to shoot and he would let us shoot in his back yard.

    I recently got back into shooting thanks to another member on this board LazyChandler. I borrowed my dads .357 again and my buddys Ruger 9. My buddy steve came with me to the range and he was showing me some things. He has a kimber .45 and a glock 9. I had a blast shooting every one of them.


    So I bought a .40 XDM. I have not bought any ammo for it. I want to get comfortable with handeling it before I load anything. I am going to find out about a gun safety class. My dad wants to get his concealed carrying license and wants me to go to. So I might do that.

    I need to learn what the laws and my rights are in ohio too. Never the less I read quite a bit on the xdM and it seems to be a very good gun.

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    Welcome, Kicks, and good choice on a first hangun.

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    Welcome to the forum..I tried the XD(M) in 9 mm last week and it is a good gun, I rated it as the S&W M&P 9 in the 9mm category. Have fun, and be safe..

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    Thanks guys. I think I was taught well by my dad. He was in viet nam. I always treat a gun as if it is loaded. He has a bunch of stories of people shooting others and shooting them selves from mishandeling guns.

    I look forward to taking it to the range.

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    Welcome from New Jersey.

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    Welcome from southeast Texas. You can't beat an XD for a first choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
    Welcome from southeast Texas. You can't beat an XD for a first choice.
    Agreed. The Springfield XD and XDM line of handguns are quite possibly the most advanced to date. It's a bonus they're made in the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by literaltrance View Post
    Agreed. The Springfield XD and XDM line of handguns are quite possibly the most advanced to date. It's a bonus they're made in the USA.
    Not sure about the XDM but the XD is made in Croatia and imported by SA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
    Not sure about the XDM but the XD is made in Croatia and imported by SA.
    WHAT???

    Wow, no kidding. Just looked it up on wikipedia.

    This is very surprising. Admittedly I did jump to conclusions, but I do remember reading something about Rob Leatham contributing to the design of the XDM, I figured that's all there was to it...

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    Ok what type of bullet do I want for self defense? I am guessing a hallow point.
    I bought 250 rounds for 75 bucks at bass pro today that are MC rounds. I hope those will be good for the range.

    I am going to load some pics in a bit even though everybody knows what the gun looks like.

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    About any HP ammo will do you fine for CD. i like the Hydro Shok a lot but I use several depending what I see when I'm looking for ammo.

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    Congrats. Get some snap caps and practice dry firing and cycling the gun a bunch before you go to the range. Helped me a bunch and loosened the gun up a bit.

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    I thought dry firing was hard on the gun? What are snap caps?

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    Snap caps are a dummy round that can be places in the chamber to give your firing pin a little break giving it something to hit rather than trying to dry fire without anything in there . In reality most modern firearms with the much improved metals used these days it's not as bad on the weapon as it might have been years ago but snap caps are cheap and you know using them that toy can practice your trigger control all day long and it's not going to hurt the weapon.

    So you can dry file it empty and it might not hurt it or you can use a snap cap and know it's not going to hurt it. Even though I have had a few striker fired pistols that said in the manual that dry firing will not hurt the weapon I figure the small price invested in a set of snap caps is not a lot to put out for the piece of mind it gives this old guy

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