Well I called a local shop and they can have the xd9 with night sights by Thursday! So I will be going over after work to place my order!
Question for the XD owners. I know dry firing is required to strip it. And it seems that it is ok to dry fire to practice with the trigger, stance, and sighting. But do any of you use or recommend snap caps as an extra measure of protection for your XD?
Also what kinds of ammo have you had the best luck with for the range? Any recommendations for good home defense rounds?
Finally, what are you using to clean your XD?
The cheapest stuff you can find. My XD's have eaten anything I've ever fed them. Usually it's WWB, or Blazer Brass when Walmart has it. There's a pretty long thread on here that I started about BB, and I personally like it better than WWB. I think it's a little cleaner, and it's even cheaper than WWB (if you're WM even has it). Give it a try if you can find it.Also what kinds of ammo have you had the best luck with for the range?Any modern hollow-point.Any recommendations for good home defense rounds?There are a lot of cleaning threads around here. Everyone seems to have their own products that they use. Look at all the different threads and you'll see what everyone uses. Personally, I clean with G96 (it's like CLP).Finally, what are you using to clean your XD?
Buy the cheapest FMJ ammo you can get for practice, and any name brand JHP's for self defense. XD's eat anything, as a rule.
Most of the practice ammo you find is 115 grain, in 9mm. If your gun shoots consistently low (like 6" at 7-10 yards) with 115's, you may want to order some 124 grain FMJ's for practice. The heavier bullet stays in the barrel longer, therefore the point of impact will be higher, because the muzzle will have risen a little more before the bullet leaves it.
You always need to see what your particular handgun 'likes' the best. I have had two 9mm's that shot to POA with 124 grain ammo and were always low with 115's. Most shoot OK with 115's, but not all. You should be shooting well enough after a couple hundred rounds to judge whether you need to try a different weight bullet.
I clean my XD45 by removing the slide and disassembling it (not hard), spraying it with Breakfree CLP (available from Walmart) and brush it and the inside of the frame with a nylon brush. Wipe clean with an old tee shirt and Q-tips. Dip a copper bore brush in Hoppes solvent, and run it through the barrel a few times, then run clean white patches through, till one comes out clean.
I usually put a single tiny drop of oil on each of the slide rails, and let it run down the length of it, before replacing the slide. It's not really necessary because the CLP lubricates everything fine, but it's an old habit, and doesn't hurt anything.
WHen I go to pick up my XD9 tomorrow (provided I don't get screwed on the background check.....I have no criminal record so it would be a mistake if it happened. I recently had a background check when I started my job.)
Anyway....I am thinking about picking up ear and eye protection of my own. I want the highest NR rating I can get. I can't use plugs, my canals are too small for them to fit. Anyone know anything about the ProEars NR33? They claim NRR 33 db, the highest passives I can find.
Any other recomendations? What about eye protection, what companies make good eye prtection and what do I look for as far as maximun protection?
I wear 29db Peltor H10A muffs. The best thing about them is that I can wear them literally for hours (doing woodworking) without them crushing my head or smushing my ears. They are plenty quiet enough for the range, even with AR15s or .50 magnum pistols going off in the next bay. You can usually find them at woodworking suppliers, home centers, and industrial supply companies. They are more comfortable than the slimline 33db muffs we bought. Two thumbs up on the Peltors.
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I also use Peltor ear muffs, ordered from Midway. This is the third set I've tried and they are the best of the three.
The eye protection is not that critical, as long as you are protected from flying hulls (yours and the guy next to you). They don't hit with much force, but they are hot. I shoot with cheap reading glasses so I can focus on the front sight, but the $5 el cheapos from Walmart are fine.
ALso, I like the Peltor Optime III since it seems to offer the most broad spectrum protection , but can't find where to buy them. Are there any online stores that carry this model?
I shoot steel silhouettes, but usually from the maximum range of 20 yards (at my range). Also, they are pretty well engineered to deflect the bullets.
Still, a shot in the right spot could send some bits back at the shooter.
For eyes you don't have to spend a lot of money. Any of the safety glasses found at Home Depot or Lowe's ought to do, most are under $10. Mainly to protect you from spent casings, smoke and debris coming out of the barrel or off the gun.
If you happen to wear eyeglasses when you shoot, I highly recommend these safety glasses:
What Wyatt said. Any ANSI-certified safety glasses are fine (and cost about $10 or even less). If you wear prescription glasses you can ask your optician for polycarbonate lenses. This is the same as Lexan, and is stronger than what most cheap safety glasses contain. If you don't have wrap-around safety glasses, and wear prescription glasses, you might want to get some clip-on side shields to keep cartridge cases from bouncing behind your glasses (ask me how I know this...). I use these: http://www.tasco-safety.com/sglasses...ds.html#gb-B22
I don't have prescriptions. I'll just look for a decent pair that has thin frames and lenses that wrap around to provide side coverage so as not to mess up the seal on the muffs.
I'm trying to find the peltor optime III, but can only find other models they make. Hearing protection is REALLY important. I did too many years playing drums in rock bands as a teenager and Home Theater is a big hobby of mine.....so I'd like to be able to continue enjoying my system
In other news, I just got the call that my XD9 is in and I am going to pick it up tonight! I wonder if they already ran the PICS check when I ordered it (i'm in PA) or if they have to do it when I actually pick it up. I'll look for ear and eye gear there and also want to pick up a box of decent ammo and some snap caps.
Anyone know anthing about these two models?
Well All when smoothly and my XD9 is now home! Can't wait to get it to the range and break it in.
Since this is my first handgun, I have a question. I noticed that the very tip of the barrel that protrudes from the front of the gun isn't directly centered in the hole....like the barrel rests on the bottom edge of the hole. It seems to me this would be normal since the barrel also sticks upwards a bit when the slide is pulled back. Sound normal?
This picture shows what I mean: http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...2880Medium.jpg
ALso, do new guns typically need to be lubricated right away, or do they have any lubrication on them from the factory?
Sorry for the length of this thread and all the questions. But you have all been really helpful and I sincerely thank you!