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Old April 2nd, 2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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.45 ACP: SR45 vs XD Compact vs M&P45?

I've got a hankering for a modern style .45 ACP pistol after being away from the round for 20+ years (still have lots of loading supplies for it). My top favs are the three listed. I had a Glock 17 at one time, and a Glock is not on my short list. I like the XD Compact, due to its 10 round capacity and shorter grip. This would not be a concealed carry piece, and a 10 round mag is desireable.

Any info, especially actual experiences, would be helpful.



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Old April 2nd, 2013, 04:52 PM   #2
 
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Well,

The M&P's are nice, but hard to get in my parts of CA. I had a XD for a while and just couldn't warm up to it. Not sure why. I just got a SR45 and get to pick it up next week, so I hope that works out. I would say they are all good quality guns, so it comes down to which one feels best in your hand and which you like the best overall.
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All I can comment on is the SR45. Nice shooting gun. Two Ten round magazines, Accurate, pretty mild recoil for a 45. The trigger was very good right from the start. I'd have to say smoother than my SR9c. I tried it in my White Hat Max Tuck holster for the SR9c. Surprisingly it fit very well, but the SR9c and LCP are my CC at this point. If I felt the need to CC the SR45 its doable.
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I have an XDm 4.5 in .45 ACP and it's excellent. I have a PRP trigger kit and a Don's solid stainless guide rod in it as well. It is a tackdriver and will feed anything including cast lead SWCs. The XDm 3.8 Compact in .45 ACP is also excellent.

Yesterday, I fired my new SR9 for the first time. I'm convinced that the SR pistols are world-class and compare well with any polymar frame pistol on the market. Plus, the SRs are the thinnest and no thicker than a 1911. So anyone that carries a 1911 like the Commander model could also carry an SR45/9/40. What I'll probably end up doing is selling my XDm .45 to my shooting partner who thinks I'd be crazy to sell, but equally pleased that he's first on the list to buy it. Then, I will buy the SR45 and I'll probably end up putting the Ghost trigger reset bar in both the SR9 and the SR45. The triggers are decent out of the box and much like the Glocks except they're shorter and crisper and probably 1 or 1 1/2 pounds heavier, so all I'm out to do is lighten the SR's trigger pull by 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. Ruger has really given us a world class pistol and I'm proud to say that it was designed and is manufactured in the USA.
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I have the XDm Compact 3.8 45ACP. I have only about 500 rounds through it. I shot the others at the range and for me the XDm felt and shot the best. I've been using a N82 Tactical IWB holster with it. Works great!
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Shot my new SR45 today- it rocked my world with accuracy and fit. Try it, you'll like it!
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Uh-oh, ya poor CA fella's out there.

Today I got a chance to hold a brand-spanking new Ruger SR45! Actually, I held two of them. 1 in SS, the other in black. That's a pretty solid gun and felt heavier than my M&P45. But it isn't quite a fair comparison because my M&P is the 4" barrel mid-size, not the 5" standard model. The Ruger SR45 has a 4.5" barrel and the SR felt more "top-heavy" compared to what I have. Not a bad thing, just an observation.

The biggest difference is in the build. The M&P's cost a bit more because they are more "finished" compared to any Ruger SR. It's not a big negative to me because with a little bit of polishing pretty much takes care of that.

The issue I had with the XD 45 is that you need super-human strength to pull back that slide. At least that was the case with mine. No matter what, it was tough to lock back or rack. It was an amazing gun to shoot and was built well. A lot of praise for that model just like with the M&P 45 and Ruger SR series of guns. But I sold it because I just could not work that slide easily. The M&P45, however, is very easy to manipulate in comparison. I have no personal experience with the XDM45 compact.

This is a real tough call, to be honest. All of your choices are excellent ones in my humble opinion. I assume it is possible to conceal them pretty well if you have a pernmit to do so. I think what it comes down to is trying them out. Of the 3 you listed, the M&P and SR45 have good standard sights on them. I find the front sights on the XD/XDM to be a tad bit too small for my personal tastes. But your mileage may vary. If you can try these out at a range, that is probably your best bet.
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SR45 also has easy take down, reversible blackstrap to customize fit, and a surprisingly narrow feel. I can rack the slide easily and see the front sight more easily than I expected.

The mags are stiff and I had a couple of FTFeed on the first round when mag was full.

Wow- it shoot a 3/4" group at 21 ft right out of the box (not my shooting but a colleague at the range who is a natural shooter)
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For me it would be between the Ruger or M&P. The tall bore axis on the XD makes little sense to me. I guess you have to determine if the M&P is worth the extra money. All three are well-made guns.
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Shot another 100 rounds through it tonight--- just put 8 rounds in the mag --- hope to loosen them up
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I'll put my money on the SR45, I love mine.. going to be hard to beat the SR45 for the money.
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The accuracy of the SR45 out of the box was very impressive, I had a slight issue, but Ruger is taking care of me without trouble. As far as feel, yeah the Sr is over the top one of the best feeling handguns I have held or fired. Some complain about the safety features, but I have a hard time understanding why. They claim "range gun only" but the Sr45 conceals on a med build guy without issue. Trigger pull seems crisp too.
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I'm in favor of the Ruger, now. I was never really impressed with the P-series Ruger pistols, but I do like the idea of owning another Ruger. Browsing on GunBroker and Guns America indicated that the 'street price' is about $450-$500. I'm not in any rush, so I think I'll eventually inquire of some of my local dealers and see how low they could get one for.
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I'm in favor of the Ruger, now. I was never really impressed with the P-series Ruger pistols, but I do like the idea of owning another Ruger. Browsing on GunBroker and Guns America indicated that the 'street price' is about $450-$500. I'm not in any rush, so I think I'll eventually inquire of some of my local dealers and see how low they could get one for.
I got my SR45 for $414.45 out the door.
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Update: The mags are now a bit looser, can get 10 rds in each

The grouping I'm getting at 21' and 30' is impressive. I've even shot at 50' and am happy with the accuracy.

Over all- the only thing I don't like is the small slide release button- should be a touch bigger. The recoil is very very manageable, aka light, and the breakdown and cleaning is easy.

Want to shoot every day... If the ammo was cheaper
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