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    Got My First Handgun

    I went to the store last night to see what my options were in a 9mm auto in the cheaper price range, and to get a Taurus 38 Special for my wife. After looking at all the revolvers her attention quickly turned to the Springfield XD9 4" Service model I was looking at just for fun. She wanted to see it, and ended up being able to pull the slide just fine, and actually liked the feel of the XB9 over the revolver. I was more than happy to spend the extra cash on one high quality gun instead of two cheaper ones. I also feel safer in the fact that she will have 16 rounds instead of the 5 rounds the 38 special held. We can't wait to get to the range, and my wife is really happy with our purchase. It should be a great gun for both of us. Here are some pics.



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    Congratulations!!!

    Will she be carrying this gun, or just using for home defence and fun at the range?

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    Looks just like my baby, only mine is the .40. You'll like it a lot.

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    Yes, congrats. Nice gun

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    I forgot to add that if you don't like how the guide rod sticks out of the gun, consider getting a Don's Guide Rod and spring for your new toy. http://pistolgear.com/proddetail.php?prod=01DRA

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    It will be for home defense and fun at the range. She hasn't decided if she wants to get her concealed license yet. The only gun I had was a 12 gauge for home defense, and now that I am traveling more with my company, I wanted her to have something that she could handle easily. Plus I have always wanted a semi-auto pistol, so it all worked out really well.

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    My wife hates guns, but I was able to corral her to the range 2x. Out of all my guns, she preferred the USPc the best. Whebere I go on trips, I put that gun by her bed, and she at least knows how to use it. I keep it cocked and locked, and she knows how to work the safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin81 View Post
    It will be for home defense and fun at the range. She hasn't decided if she wants to get her concealed license yet. The only gun I had was a 12 gauge for home defense, and now that I am traveling more with my company, I wanted her to have something that she could handle easily. Plus I have always wanted a semi-auto pistol, so it all worked out really well.
    If she's going to CCW, she want to look at something smaller. Not caliber wise, but frame. I'm 6'5" and depending on my clothes, the grip of my service model will print.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    My wife hates guns, but I was able to corral her to the range 2x. Out of all my guns, she preferred the USPc the best. Whebere I go on trips, I put that gun by her bed, and she at least knows how to use it. I keep it cocked and locked, and she knows how to work the safety.
    Mine doesn't hate 'em, but she's not in love with them either. She does let me keep the P3AT by her side of the bed though.

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    My wife loves guns. We both grew up shooting, and have always had them around. With the both me and the shotgun around she always felt safe, but the after my first week being gone for work, she insisted that she had a handgun. I'm supprised it took us this long to buy one to be honest. We both said we would when we turned 21, but never got around to it.

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    Nice gun, I think you will really like the way it shoots as well as how it feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin81 View Post
    It will be for home defense and fun at the range. She hasn't decided if she wants to get her concealed license yet. The only gun I had was a 12 gauge for home defense, and now that I am traveling more with my company, I wanted her to have something that she could handle easily. Plus I have always wanted a semi-auto pistol, so it all worked out really well.
    Back when I was looking for another gun for myself, this was the gun that my wife was the most accurate with. She loved shooting it.

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    Welcome to the world of XDs
    After you and the wife shoot the XD you will both be hook on them.
    Before you know it you will have more XDs running around the house.
    Have fun and be safe

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    Thanks guys. I'm glad to see that everyone knows, and likes this gun. I'm going to stop today and get some snap-caps so my wife can practice loading, unloading, and dry fireing.

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    Congrats! Nice gun!

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    I was wondering how many snap caps I should get. Most of the ones I see come in 5pks and 6pks. Since they don't eject, I don't need to fill up a magazine right?

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    No, they do not eject. Typically, for dry firing practice, I use 1 in the chamber. Pull the trigger, and then recock the gun by pulling the slide back an 1/8" - Then reshoot...

    U want several because they tend to wear out after probably 100 or so shots. The firing pin will slowly dent the fake primer area. It will slowly make a deeper and deeper hole. After a while, the hole will be deep enough that the firing pin will no longer touch the snapcap. Then its time to get rid of it and start again.

    That judgement is sort of a guess. Check it periodically. When U feel the depression is too deep, toss it and use another

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    Thanks Shipwreck. I'll get the pack of five. I think it will help her become more comfortable handling the gun. Hopefully the weather will get better here in Dallas so we can get out to the range!

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    Just to play Devil's Advocate here, you also don't really need to bother with the snap caps for dry fire practice with the XD. It's has a striker, not a firing pin, so it's OK to dry fire it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    Just to play Devil's Advocate here, you also don't really need to bother with the snap caps for dry fire practice with the XD. It's has a striker, not a firing pin, so it's OK to dry fire it.
    That's a good thing to know. Thanks Todd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    Just to play Devil's Advocate here, you also don't really need to bother with the snap caps for dry fire practice with the XD. It's has a striker, not a firing pin, so it's OK to dry fire it.

    Sometimes I wish I'd keep a word document with some common comments, so I don't have to type the same thing out all the time.

    U really should always use snap caps for dry firing practice, since U are repeatedly pulling that trigger. I've seen multiple posts on Glocktalk by people who have cracked and broke the area of the slide around the firing pin. Even though the Glock must be dry fired to disassemble, it can still happen. Admittedly, its typically people who dry fire a lot.

    Other guns recommend snap caps too. Beretta 92 firing pins can easily break otherwise. HK redesigned the firing pin in their USP line a couple of years ago - They left the old design in the gun for many years, and the firing pin was prone to breakage because of dry firing.

    SOme people insist that all modern semi-autos, striker based or not, are safe to dry fire. That doesn't seem to be true.

    Occassional dry fire is 1 thing. Repeated practice is another. I'd get the snap caps if I were U. And, use them...

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