Thought this would be a good thread to post in, vise starting a new thread. I'm looking for a pistol for home defense/range shooting. Yesterday the girlfriend and I looked at some semi-automatic 9mm's. We didn't really look at the H&K's or the Sigs, because of the price, but we looked at the XD9, XDM9, and the Glock 19.
I was thinking 9mm for the price of ammunition, and being able to go to the range a couple weekends a month and put a couple hundred rounds down range to stay proficient. I know some say that a 9mm isn't sufficient stopping power, but I'm thinking a 9mm isn't going to just anger an intruder and not stop them with proceeding. I also think the 9 has a bearable amount of recoil to shoot regularly for the both of us.
Yesterday she and I went to the range and each put 25 rounds through a SA XD9, and a Glock 19.
The XD9 I thought was a better looking gun, and felt good in the hands, it was a little heavier than the glock, but to me felt a little more comfortable. I liked the feel of the XDM9 even better, but they didn't have one available for use at the range we were at. My grouping was surprisingly good with the XD, because I've never been a good shot (Shooting a Beretta 9mm for Job qualifications). The biggest gripe I had was that the slide would catch on the spent casings instead of ejecting them all the way. I don't know if I got a bad gun, or if I wasn't holding the grip safety correctly so the slide couldn't go back, but something was amiss and I'm now very uncomfortable to the thought of owning one of these. It happened to me probably once every 4 rounds and to my girlfriend a few times as well. It was easy to clear, by removing the magazine, and pulling the slide all the way back, the round feeding and the spent casing would fall out onto the shooting bench, and I'd reinsert the round and continue the course of fire. It's too bad, because I've heard a lot of good things about these guns and I really liked the way the 3.8" XDM9 felt in my hands.
The Glock 19 was lighter, and it was pretty comfortable in my hands, but didn't have the same feel as the XD. My girlfriend preferred this gun because it was lighter and had a smaller handgrip. The looks of the gun were quite utilitarian in comparison to the XD. It had a square slide and a molded polymer textured grip and nothing more. Even the Slide release and magazine release had absolutely nothing special about them. The sights were a little harder to adjust to than the XD, instead of aligning dots, I now had to place a dot in the middle of a field goal post. At first my grouping was terrible. I had to sight in or zero myself to this gun for about 10-15 rounds. After I got the hang of it, my grouping was much better, but it took a lot of adjusting on my part to shoot accurately. The plasticky magazine was a little skeptical at first, but after loading a few magazines I became comfortable with it, maybe even more-so than a full metal mag. The Glock had no hiccups firing whatsoever. After the trigger was pulled the round went downrange and it was ready to go again. My girlfriend and I both noticed we went through rounds much faster with the Glock, because of the ease of fire, before we knew it our magazine was empty, even after taking into account the jams with the XD.
The Marine Corps exchange didn't have a Glock 19 available the day we went, but the XD9 was selling for around $500 with two magazines and a holster. I should have asked for the price of the Glock, but I didn't, shame on me.
Is there any other semi-auto 9mm's I should take a look at, or would you recommend a different caliber for what I'm looking at purchasing? Thanks in advance.