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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #1
 
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XD-S or LC9

well as the title says. Which one. I have had my eyes set on an XD-S for a while now, especially the one with the SS slide and black frame. This would obviously be a CC weapon.

I have fired both, i am competent with both, so that being the same, which is better? I know the LC9 is a little cheaper, but i cant for the life of me decide on which one.

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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #3
 
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The LC9 is my choice.
If you can get used to the long trigger pull.
The pistol is smooth and sleek at 17.6 oz vs the XDS's 23 oz.
LC is thinner too.
It fits my needs as I wanted a EDC with a manual safety.
But go with what feels best to you. Good luck.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 03:32 AM   #4
 
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It was love at first sight for me with the XDs. Watching videos of experienced shooters and trolling the Springfield forums, I keep seeing that they have a tendency to not lock back after the last round if your finger is near the slide or slide release and not going into battery when you slingshot hand-rack them or are holding slightly limp wristed. Both are able to be overcome with training.

Because I am newer (1 year) to handguns, I personally wouldn't trust myself to not make this mistake in a clutch situation. I am looking at other options for EDC, even though that XDs is a sweet little firearm!

Again, it seems to be "user error" and not a "defect", but it's something to consider.





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XDs for me. The LC9 is a nice pistol, but I like the XDs and Shield much better. If I hadn't bought the Shield 9, then I would have bought exactly what you want: the XDs with the SS slide! I like these little striker-fired pistols. They are also fun to shoot and easy to handle. I liked my LC9, but the XDs and Shield are really nice pistols
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I own both, and I much prefer the XDs. The LC9 is smaller, lighter, and is much snappier. I also do not like the unnecessarily long trigger pull on the LC9.

Having said that, since you have shot both nobody can answer your question better than you.
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Neon and Captains... are these issues overblown then? For every firearm you have haters on the internet... I get that.

As I mentioned, the XDs looks awesome to me... I was just worried about inadvertently causing a failure in an emergency. I was leaning towards the Shield or LC9 because they seemed a bit more foolproof. (Not sure if that's the right word)

Unfortunately my range doesn't have one to rent, or I'd go try it out for myself.
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Neon and Captains... are these issues overblown then? For every firearm you have haters on the internet... I get that.

As I mentioned, the XDs looks awesome to me... I was just worried about inadvertently causing a failure in an emergency. I was leaning towards the Shield or LC9 because they seemed a bit more foolproof. (Not sure if that's the right word)

Unfortunately my range doesn't have one to rent, or I'd go try it out for myself.
I think the issues are overblown. Every model usually has some that aren't performers. I know the Shield and XDs have recalls (I don't know if the LC9 did). I think anyone would be well served by any of the three. They're all excellent quality firearms. My preference swings more towards the XDs and Shield, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't trust a LC9. I really like my Shield. I think it's a great firearm that I enjoy range time with (unlike the KelTec PF9 I tried- ouch!).
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You will get several opinions on such a question you posed here and ultimately it is your decision.

To me the XDS in 9mm seems a little heavy. Something a little lighter would be more versatile.

When I checked the LC9 it had too many safeties for my tastes. I wish they would have kept the LCP format and applied that to LC9 when they developed it.

In 9mm, I'd probably not get either model. If this was about getting something in .45, then I would go with XDS. In .45 the extra weight of the XDS makes more sense. The 9mm has so much competition and there are some real winners. I'd open your search up a bit and consider more options.

Luckily if you get something and you find it was wrong for your style of carry, you can trade it (or not) and get something else. I would not have just one pistol for CC. If for nothing else as a back up in case it breaks and needs to be sent in.
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Neon and Captains... are these issues overblown then? For every firearm you have haters on the internet... I get that.

As I mentioned, the XDs looks awesome to me... I was just worried about inadvertently causing a failure in an emergency. I was leaning towards the Shield or LC9 because they seemed a bit more foolproof. (Not sure if that's the right word)

Unfortunately my range doesn't have one to rent, or I'd go try it out for myself.
Are what issues overblown? The "snappiness" and trigger pull? Not to me, or else I would not have mentioned them. The trigger pull and reset on the LC9 are very very long compared to most other semi-auto handguns. If that's the only gun you shoot, then you can get used to it, however I also shoot and carry Glocks, and find it very difficult to transition between the two. Galloway Precision finally just released an aftermarket trigger bar that is supposed to reduce the length of pull, I have one coming and am looking to forward to trying out.

As for the snappiness, the LC9 is lighter, so naturally it will inflict more felt recoil with everything else equal. I have large hands and even with lower pressure ammuntion the guns feels like it wants to jump out of my hands. It's even worse with the flush fitting magazine plate. The added weight of the XDs makes it much easier for me to shoot, along with the fact that the trigger on it feels similar to a Glock. I have no trouble shooting it quickly and effectively with a flush fitting mag.

You stated that you have shot both, do you think the issues with the LC9 that I have mentioned are overblown? Guns are very personal, what feels right and works well for one person may not for another, it doesn't mean that anything is wrong wit it.
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Are what issues overblown?
My fault ... vague wording on my part. I was referring to the questions I posed about the XDs. Good info on the LC9.

It sounds like all three are pretty solid choices from the replies. Maybe I just have to wait a few months for my range to have one to shoot and do the comparison test. Something about the XDs gets me excited more than the Shield or LC9 when I hold them in the LGS. ��
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My fault ... vague wording on my part. I was referring to the questions I posed about the XDs. Good info on the LC9.

It sounds like all three are pretty solid choices from the replies. Maybe I just have to wait a few months for my range to have one to shoot and do the comparison test. Something about the XDs gets me excited more than the Shield or LC9 when I hold them in the LGS. ��
Hey, if the XDs does it for you, why fool yourself? Go and get it! There are thousands of people loving that sidearm! Go and join them! Both the XDs and Shield did it for me. I just happened to get the Shield first. Have fun and carry! Nothing wrong with liking and wanting what you carry!
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The LC9 is my choice.
If you can get used to the long trigger pull.
The pistol is smooth and sleek at 17.6 oz vs the XDS's 23 oz.
LC is thinner too.
It fits my needs as I wanted a EDC with a manual safety.
But go with what feels best to you. Good luck.
I see the manual safety as a drawback. But i really do like the weight and thickness.

Thanks for the input guys, i think i am going to go with the XDs. that is unless i try out a Shield in the mean time and like that better. Maybe i will tell the wife i need to buy both to do an accurate and objective comparison.
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I see the manual safety as a drawback. But i really do like the weight and thickness.

Thanks for the input guys, i think i am going to go with the XDs. that is unless i try out a Shield in the mean time and like that better. Maybe i will tell the wife i need to buy both to do an accurate and objective comparison.
Go for it! The wife needs to understand that these things may need to be compared and tested... for decades on end

Good luck!
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Maybe i will tell the wife i need to buy both to do an accurate and objective comparison.
If you need someone to come over and help you compare, I'm your guy! Will bring snacks.
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