Glock 19 vs XD - First Gun

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by deezy68, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Hey everyone,

    New member here, so pardon my newb-ness of the subject matter, as this seems to be debated a million times over everywhere I look.

    My wife and I are looking to purchase our first handgun for recreational and home purposes. Trying to decide between a Glock 19 or a Springfield XD9...

    Before replying, here's where we're at:
    - We have shot both firearms (my wife prefers the Glock)
    - I'm a lefty, she's a righty (ambi mag release is a plus for me)
    - Price point is somewhat of a factor (XD is about $50-100 cheaper in my area)
    - XD grip safety (pro or con?)
    - Neither of us will not be carrying this firearm

    That's about it. I know Glock users will tell me get the Glock and all others will say XD...and obviously, this is, which I'm aware of :tongueout:

    Other questions:
    - If Glock: Gen 3 or 4?
    - If Springfield: XD or XDm?

    Just looking for some unbiased and honest opinions for a first time gun buyer! I can't make up my mind!!! :dunno:

    Thanks in advance...

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  3. I purchased my first Glock, a Gen 3, 19, about 4 years ago. It became my everyday carry. I was and am very pleased with it. (previously carried a Ruger SP 101)
    About 18 months ago I purchased an XD Sub Compact 9mm, carried it for a while. Overall, I was not satisfied with the XD ... I have big hands which caused some issues with the grip safety, I found the 19 more accurate , tighter ...
    Both ran flawlessly for me, no malfunctions.
    About three weeks ago I traded the XD in on a Glock 30 SF - got a chance yesterday to put 150 rounds thru it, performed great, no problems. If it continues to be reliable at the range, it will be my primary carry.
    While both guns are from reliable manufacturers, I prefer the ruggedness and reliability of the Glock ... just my experience and opinion.

  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    It's all a matter of personal preference, but this is a 1911 sub-forum, so I will suggest you look at 1911's. :)

    For me, I prefer the XD.
    #3 polizei1, Feb 18, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  5. Neither. You should be asking us which 1911 you NEED. :whistling:

    You should start here...

    #4 Hokie1911, Feb 18, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  6. Maybe fate led you to post in the 1911 forum??

    That Mil-Spec up there is a good 'un.

    On the original topic, I've had XDs and Glock and I lie the Glocks better for several reasons.

    Lower bore axis shoots flatter and faster.

    Trigger break and reset are much better on the Glocks.

    Less parts and easy to detail strip.

    Tons of aftermarket stuff (even though I don't have any).

    Spare parts are cheap and available all over the internet.

    That many cops and militaries can't be wrong.

    The XDs are good guns too, so I'd get whichever one ya'l shoot the best.
  7. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Go big or go home....

    I say Springfield Professional at minimum.

  8. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    I would go with the XD myself.. just because for me the ergos of the glock are just all wrong. I hate the way it feels in my hand.. kinda like an unwieldy brick.. As for between the xd and the xdm I say stay with the xd, what one gets for the larger price aint much imo. Also with Springfield comes most excellent customer service when it comes to warranty issues, Glock I am not so sure about as I do not/ will not own one.
  9. XD for me also. Mainly because it fits my hand just right. :supergrin:
  10. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

  11. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    But if ya really have yer heart set on something plastic.. minus well just go go HK and call it good..
  12. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

    If it were me, I'd get a 2nd or 3rd Gen 19 and call it a day for the above reasons. Personally, I don't care for the XD whatsoever, but you may. Try them both and get what works for you.
  13. HK is nothing but overpriced plastic junk. Why on earth would he want to pay an extra $300 for that when he could have an Austrian beauty?
  14. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    I also agree, I almost bought a HK P2000sk but settled on an EMP instead. If you're going to get polymer, I would highly suggest looking into HK and Sig. I do like my XD9 though, but I would never think about carrying it.
  15. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Guest

    <shrug> I dunno Hokie.. you tell me.. :tongueout:
  16. BuckyP

    Lifetime Member

    No problem, everything you need to know can be found in this video:
  17. I wouldn't trust my life to an overpriced plastic gun. No wait, I do.... :whistling:


  18. I say pick up a 1911. ;)
  19. had the G19, and I liked that over shooting Quack's old XDm. Couldn't stand the XDm, so SA should just stick to making quality 1911s.

    I really like this plastic.

  20. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    I liked mine so much i sold them


  21. I have a Gen 3 G19 and a XDM 9 (4.5). They are both superb firearms. All in all, the XDM is slimmer and feels much better in my hand overall. The G19 is difficult for me to get the pad of my finger on the trigger. However, all in all, I enjoy the G19 more and it is tried and true. If I was going for reliability and the wife likes the G19, I think that is your pick. Gen 4 would probably be the best of both worlds since it might help w/ you being a lefty. However, the XDM is a real nice pistol and my wife is deadly w/ the XDM but can't hit the broadside of a barn w/ the G19. The ergonomics of the XDM fit her much better.

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