The XD is a good pistol, no doubt about it, and if anyone prefers it, that's fine with me - "It's not the arrow, it's the Indian." I just always sense a sort of anti-Glock tilt on internet forums, especially among people without a whole lot of experience in defensive or speed shooting, and try to counter it with some objective facts about Glock advantages. A lot of people act like Glock is all smoke and mirrors, when the gun does in fact have some major things going for it.
Mike I agree. I read on forums where Glock is the gun invented by God and others say it's a piece of overrated hipe-junk. All good quality handguns will launch a bullet down the barrel when the trigger is pulled. My point is I believe "feel" is very important for a new purchase. Besides, not one of us will be crack, top notch, high speed, accurate, competition shooters. If my hands/wrists were comfortable with the Glock angle, I probably would have purchased one. The service models I've fired were nice (except that little G26) with no function problems. I'm not a Glock basher, I just prefer different brand makers.
The very fact that none of us will be topnotch competitive shooters makes it, in my eyes, even more important that we choose the guns that give us the best balance between accuracy and speed. Shooters like Rob Leatham can overcome things like long trigger resets and high bore axes much more readily than the rest of us.
In this case, basically, you can live with a gun (the XD) that "feels" good before you've had a chance to adapt, but that will always be slower to shoot due to simple physics. Or you can choose a gun (the Glock) that may not "feel" as good at the outset, but that will allow you to shoot faster with the same degree of accuracy. Granted, the difference will not be noticeable in the hands of a novice, but experienced shooters can tell the difference.
Once again, though, in the broad scheme of things, as long as you follow the First Rule of Gunfighting ("Have a gun!"), you're still way ahead of 99.9% of people. One gun may have a minor advantage over the other, but simply being armed is what really counts.
I think it's time for the poster, jfrink2 to chime in. Hopefully, he's read the comments and has been able to make an intelligent decision. One that suits his shooting needs/skills.
Personally I don't like Glocks (duck to avoid flaming arrows)
Not because they aren't great guns, but because the angle of the grip makes it uncomfortable to shoot (for me). I feel like I'm aiming at the floor just to hit the target.
To me the XD is far more natural to point and shoot... but again, that's just my opinion.
I disagree that only new shooters worry about the feel of a gun. Granted, if you shoot one long enough you will get used to it. Hell I could probably learn to love Glocks if I shot one enough times.
But I strongly feel that you need to be comfortable with your gun. It has to feel right to you. It can be the most reliable, accurate pistol on the planet but if it doesn't feel right in your hand do you really want to depend on it in a pinch?
Go to the range, shoot a box of ammo through each. Then go back a week later, do the same. After that you'll know without a doubt which one you want.
I shot the XD9 and Glock 19 head to head at the range and while I was a bit more accurate with the Glock, it definitely did not feel right in my hand. Actually it was uncomfortable and I found my middle finger rubbing the bottom of the trigger guard. The XD on the other hand felt as if it was molded for my hand. I also shot the Glock 26...and although my accuracy was actually best with it (so accurate it would make Mother Teresa weep with approval), it was SO uncomfortable to shoot (not nearly as bad as the Kahr PM9 though). I then dry handled the XD9 subcompact and after that there was no way I could in any good conscious buy the Glock over the XD. The comfort level was vastly different for me.
If sex didn't feel good we probably would not go back for more. The same applies to shooting and guns.
remember, we are in the springfield part of the forum here. a note regarding triggers on the XDs as well---they can be lightened to around 3-4lbs instead of 5.5-7.7 as listed on the website, and the length can be shortened. put an XD45 in your hand and put a glock .45cal and the glock's lower feels more like a 2x4...
accuracy is also a different point to tackle as you can definitely hit a BG multiple times in the same hole or you can hit a shoulder, rib, stomach, chest....i'd rather my groupings be about 6" rather than 1" if i'm attacked...
a Glock is like a Brick in my hand. Sure, it is a sturdy weapon, but no way would I own one over an XD.