1st pistol finally arrived...and Destiny?

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      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

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      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

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      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.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
      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
      Thought about that but I don't believe it is a good choice for me. I would rather rent a range gun and use that until the 9mm stockpile is used up...might take a few trips to the range though .

      Another option that I like is...buy another pistol.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Poink88 View Post
      Another option that I like is...buy another pistol.
      That was going to be my suggestion.

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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.

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      Ditto...You got no choice but to buy another gun for the ammo you already bought!

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      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.


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      Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
      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.

      I might try to round that area when I get the chance but for now, at least I know to be more careful.

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      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)

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      Quote Originally Posted by terryger View Post
      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.

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