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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by D.B. Cooper, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper Member

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    So I actually got hands on an XDE today. I liked everything about it but the backstrap of the grip. Felt like it was protruding too far at the bottom and pressing my hand away from the gun. Other than that...downright awesome. Easy slide to rack. Good sights. I can pull the hammer back to full cock with my right thumb. Seems like it has everything some people like about the 1911 (ability to carry cocked and locked, first shot single action) except for the grip safety, and everything people (meaning I) like about the Beretta 92 (ability to manually cock the hammer, safety decock, safely carry a round in the chamber, DA to SA trigger. Lightweight. Compact. Yeah it's bad ass...if you don't mind the grip. To be honest, I'd e interested in the full size version except they have grip safeties.
     
  2. rpenmanparker

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    Can you have the backstrap professionally shaped for you? Or does the box come with alternative backstraps that you were just not offered to try?
     
  3. RealGun

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    It's not a revolver, so is your grip high and tight? My XD-E feels right, but my hands are not large.
     
  4. D.B. Cooper

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    Interesting idea. I'll research the gun more, but I wouldn't buy a gun I knew I was going to have modified to that level.
     
  5. George P

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    Many guns today come with a variety of backstraps so you can make it fit your hand better.
     
  6. rpenmanparker

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    I hear ya, but to me it is small potatoes. I mean we are talking about a gun you REALLY like. You could buy an extra standard backstrap if necessary and have it carved for your hand without chancing any damage to the gun. What could it cost? $75 bucks would be my guess.
     
  7. D.B. Cooper

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    I don't see anything anywhere on the Springfield site that says the XDE has replaceable back straps. =(
     
  8. webrx

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    bug out guns for me are Ruger security 9, 15 rounds (with an extra mag), backup is an SR22 10 rounds (20 with an extra mag). 2 is one. A 22 will work if it is accurate and the Sr22 (and the sec 9) are accurate in my and my wife's hands. Both rounds are readily available, the SR 22 and a 100 rounds of CCI weigh about as much as the 15 round security 9 - i did not weigh them but that is how they feel. Nobody wants to be shot with anything, not even a 22. If I was worried about roving gangs of people harassing me I woiuld take an AR with a couple 30 round mags. If you only want handguns, then take 2. If you are looking at having two the above two allows the Wife/GF to have a 22 and 20 rounds with a spare mag, you have a 15 round 9mm with a spare mag. She could shoot either if she can shoot at all, the sec 9 handles well.

    The security 9 also has a nice grip for those of us with medium hands.
     
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  9. D.B. Cooper

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    I ended up going with the Springfield XDE.

    I was in a Sportsman's Warehouse today buying rifle powder, and they were having a super-duper Christmas Eve weekend type blowout gun sale. They had the 9mm XDE for $399, plus there is the 3 free magazine rebate deal from the factory. That's about $100 less than any place in town is selling them for.

    It's a little heavy for the size of it; the full size FN-X is the same weight, but it has all the features I wanted, and there are very few guns on the market that do. (And the FN-X is nearly unobtainable up here.)
     
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  10. rpenmanparker

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    Good for you. Enjoy it.
     
  11. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Congrats. I hope it serves you a long time. :cool:
     
  12. kBob

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    I have been following this a bit.

    If the OP had just gone with his first choice of a Charter Undercover he would have had it all this time. Assuming he got one made at the right time by the right folks he would have been fine.

    Sometimes all our haggling about what is "best" for someone else gets in the way of having what works in a timely manner.

    The Charter Undercover I bought used in 1978 is still going. Oh there are other things in the stables, but that old five shot snubbie still works and never makes me feel I or whatever family member is using it is under armed.

    Back in my Range Officer days when the Charter was my wife's main carry gun, she won supper at range closing most anytime she chose to shoot it at 100 to 120 YARDS. On three eight inch plates at 15 yards she was not last for time either.

    Just a thought.

    -kBob
     
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  13. PapaG

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    Out of my selection, Shield, CW9, and EC9S, the EC is the thinnest, lightest, least expensive, and for me, the easiest to shoot. The first two are going on the block.
     
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