Down to two choices 1911, XD .45
I'm down to two picks, but having trouble deciding between the them.
- Springfield Armory XD .45 ACP 4in
- 1911 .45 ACP
For the 1911, I'm looking at a lower-end model such as a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec (because I do have some minimal standards such as flared ejection port, polished feed ramp, dove-tail sights, etc), but really am open to any similar 1911. Reason being I'm more of a DIY kind of person and would love to do some work on the pistol myself, so I don't really want all the work to be done already :smt083
While I'm not specifically looking for a CCW handgun, I would like that to be an option, which is why I'm looking for a 4in model. The primary purpose will be for the bumps in the night, and range practice, possibly later CCW. I just don't really want to have to buy an entirely new pistol for CCW.
I'm a huge fan of the 1911, and love the potential of the platform for my own customization, but the price of the XD is really what is making me consider it. I've got no personal experience with the XD which is why I'm posting here.
So what it's looking like to me is:
1911 Pros - Customization, Conceal-ability (Because of the slimmer grip)
1911 Cons - Price
XD Pros - Price, Reliability
XD Cons - Frame (I've never shot a polymer pistol, but I'm assuming the muzzle flip/recoil is worse than a steel framed 1911), Trigger
I'm not really concerned with capacity, the single stack 1911 is fine with me, in fact if the XD came in single stack I'd probably get that instead.
So am I way off base? Or which would you go with?
Also, just so you know, I can't seem to find a rental in my area to test the XD, they have the XD(m) .40S&W 3.8in, but I don't think that would be a very similar test weapon.