Lets Talk About Springfield XDs
I want to make it clear that I do not own a XD. Why? I hold a grudge towards Springfield Armory. How, so? I remember when the Croat pistols sold for $249 and I was busy buying other handguns. I am now very sorry that there is this gap in my collection.
I have fired a whole bunch of XDs and they have all shot well for me. These include the 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45Gap. I liked each and every one of the XDs I shot. I like the grip and I also like the trigger on these Springers.
Let me know your opinion of the Croat. Thanks and
.45 ACP Service (4 inch barrel)
I have the .45ACP Service and really like it. A lot of people don't like the trigger on it, but when I think about the entire design of the pistol, it seems appropriate. It isn't as sharp a trigger break as the Glocks I've shot, but it is pretty well balanced as far as pre travel, break and reset. I read a lot about the high bore axis, but somehow it stays on target very easily, even with 230 grain load. The recoil seems noticeably less that many of the Glocks friends have, and this is coming from them after they've shot the XD. I have had converts to the XD, without saying a word. It is reliable, with about 3K rounds fired, I have not had any FTF's or FTE's. I added an inexpensive slip-on rubber grip, more to standardize my grip than to alter the size or anything and I have had great results. It is a double stack, so it is probably better suited for big hands, but I have seen a friend with fairly small hand shoot very well with it. I've heard Springfield's Customer Service is very good - I haven't had need for it, but if I do, I'll post the results. I don't know what they are going for now, but when I bought mine in 2008 I paid just under $600.00 otd - but that is in California where every handgun seems to run $50 to $100 more than elsewhere. I don't usually recommend them, I just let friends try mine. That seems to do the trick.
The XD is a great platform
I own the XD 9sc as well as the 45c. to round it off i just got a hold of an xdm 9mm 4.5in. All my xd's run perfect and seem to be more accurate for me. As far as the trigger well after 500 or so rounds it will smooth out. Good luck.