1st pistol finally arrived...and Destiny?
Finally, my first handgun arrived today and I am all giddy and excited about it.
The story, I few years ago (yes years ago), I contemplated buying a handgun. Did a lot of research and reading or specs online. I am certain at that point that my first gun will be a Glock 40 caliber (G22 or possibly a G35) but I never bought one. Couple of months back, the urge to buy came again and I physically checked the Glocks...to my horror, they don't feel well in my hands.
Went back to the drawing board, did more research and joined a few gun forums. Read a lot and asked more questions and was reluctantly steered towards 9mm (for all the good reasons). Later, gave in and concentrated my search on 9mm of; CZ 75B, H&K USP, Beretta PX4, S&W M&P, Springfield XD & XDM, Walther P99, & FN FNP9. A few were eliminated due to cost, fit, availability, etc.
Last week I ordered my pistol...a Springfield XDM-9 bi-tone SS/Black for $570. Even ordered 2 extra magazines so I will have 4 total. While waiting, I bough my cleaning kit, cleaning solvent and lubricant and last but not the least ammo 24 boxes x 50 of it from Walmart (22 Federal + 2 RWS).
Today, my FIRST pistol arrived and as mentioned above I am all excited. Everything is perfect but upon closer inspection, to my horror, I noticed it is .40 caliber and not 9mm!!!
I am not a super religious man but believe in divine intervention (or destiny?) so instead of returning it I decided to keep the 40 and have the 9mm mags replaced. Of course I also want to start playing with my FIRST pistol and don't want to wait 2 more weeks. (can you blame me?)
My dilemma is the 1,200 ammo in 9mm which I cannot return (or replace). Any ideas how I can dispose these 9mm ammo? At any rate, went back to Walmart today and start stockpiling 40 caliber ammo. Even bought 4 boxes of Federal HST online already.
I will try to post a picture soon and maybe a range report next week if I can since we will be busy entertaining the whole week. Hope I can sneak out a few hours.
Question...are this wear signs normal for a new (unfired) gun?
Last edited by Poink88; 03-10-2010 at 12:19 PM.
Reason: add pics
Why not just buy a replacement conversion barrel for the .40 so you can shoot the 9mm you have and you'll have two guns in one? Something like this http://www.pistolgear.com/proddetail.php?prod=00PG016
Don't you also have to buy a new recoil spring and mag to make that work? Or will the recoil spring work with 9mm. I know the mag would have to be changed.
That was going to be my suggestion.
Originally Posted by Poink88
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I believe that the factory test fires the gun before it ships, but I have no clue as to whether the wear shown here is "normal" or not. Someone with more experience in these matters hopefully chimes in soon.
Ditto...You got no choice but to buy another gun for the ammo you already bought!
I see no unusual marks in the photos. Just racking the slide a few times will show marks in finish where the system is tight.
I am not certain if this is applicable or not at this date but: Around 4 years back I purchased an XD40. Soon after the purchase I found out the hard way that the loaded chamber indicator flag protruding from the slide top was razor sharp. While ejecting a round from the chamber in preparation for cleaning the indicator cut my palm wide open.
Springfield may have addressed this issue by now, I certainly hope so.
It is still the same. Thanks for the heads up.
Originally Posted by TOF
I might try to round that area when I get the chance but for now, at least I know to be more careful.
i have no problem with the loaded round indicator on mine but if i did a small fille shoud take the razor off it in about 5 minutes.
as for the ammo you can trade it or sell it outright very quickly depending on which page you put it on(not this one but list it anyway)
Thanks, just did.
Originally Posted by terryger
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