reply to post by Cool Breeze
I agree with ADVISOR, it is a matter of personal preferrence. My personal side arm is an Israeli Arms Baby Eagle in 9mm. Absolutely LOVE that gun,
however my good friend can't stand it. He likes "American style" pistols like the 1911 with the more perpendicularly mounted straight grip, and
"badger tail" safety. My Eagle is too "European" for his taste, with the slanted ergonomic grip, and the safety high up on the slide(he has short
fingers, haha). He grew up shooting with the style he likes however, and it's what he's used to, and works for him. My shooting style favors the
european ergo grip. Again like ADVISOR said think of every function you will be performing with the gun not just aiming, and pulling the trigger. How
easy is it to engage, and disengage the magazine? Could you find, and operate the safety in a split second without taking your eye off an intruder?
How easy is it for YOU to load/unload the magazine? Find a pistol that fits you, the way you shoot, and you enjoy shooting. I did some research on the
XD(M), and it looks like a great little pistol. It can handle +p ammo, and has lots of cool features, and got high marks in accuracy, safety, and
reliability. I personally like the looks of it, but as I said I like "european style" pistols. Definitely shoot one, and several others like it
before settling on one. If this is your first handgun purchase, shoot LOTS of different pistols first to develop a preferrence.
A handgun should fit comfortably in your hand. If you have a small hand don't get a pistol with a large wide grip. Conversely if you have a big hand
don't get a pistol with a small narrow grip. In the case of the big hand you could actually cause yourself some pain if the first knuckle of your
thumb gets in the way of the handslide on it's way back when fired. I have a big hand, and a Jennings .380 ACP compact, and have made this mistake!
The Jennings isn't for comfort or joy of shooting however. It's small, and relatively poweful for it's size. My wife keeps it discreetly
in her purse.
So think about what it will be used for too. If this will be your primary defensive weapon, you will want to practice with it often. Thus you should
enjoy shooting it, and be financially capable of feeding it. 9mm is very affordable ammo, and a good choice for personal protection in a jacketed
hollow point(JHP). Target rounds such as full metal jacket(FMJ) are down right cheap most of the time. After purchasing, practice, practice, practice,
then... practice some more! The last thing you want to do is be fumbling around with a tool you are not intimately familiar with in a situation X
scenario. The XD(M) would be a great choice if it fits you, you like it, and the price is right. Most I've seen go for between $575, and $600. Gun
prices are kinda crazy right now too. I gave $275 for my Eagle several years ago, and saw one at an auction go for $800 a few days ago. So shop
around, try lots of different guns, find a good price for the one you decide on, and resist the urge to impulse buy one.