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Smith and Wesson M&P .40 Compact vs. XD .40 SubCompact

This is a discussion on Smith and Wesson M&P .40 Compact vs. XD .40 SubCompact within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Main Category category; I am going to guy another gun and am between these two. I am just looking for more insight from ...

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    Default Smith and Wesson M&P .40 Compact vs. XD .40 SubCompact

    I am going to guy another gun and am between these two. I am just looking for more insight from others as far as a gun for concealed carry. The one thing I like about the XD is the safety that is on it for carrying with one in the chamber. The S&W felt GREAT at the range and I shoot it very well. The XD did not feel as good in my hands, I did not shoot it though. Any comments on these two would be greatly appreciated!!! No wars here!!! Just please post up what you think and especially if you own one or both of these guns!!!

    THANKS!

    Also, if anyone knows a place to get either one of these for cheap new to Florida that would be appreciated. The best I can find is a shop locally that wants $500 for the XD plus tax and $529 for the M&P plus tax but with a mail in rebate of $50. The online places I have found that are cheaper are out of stock.

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    i have a full size m&p and love it, but i carry the xd subcompact everyday. both guns will be a good choice. i went with the xd beacuse the m&p compact didnt feel right to me and the xd felt great. the m&p is like a glock, dont pull the trigger and it wont go boom, but the xd safety on the grip and the trigger is a good back up to make sure it wont go off. its all personal choice, but i think both have pro's and con's like any gun will. good luck to you! both guns are great!

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    Well, here in MA since the D*****BAG we call our Attorney General has this idea that forbidding law abiding firearms owners access to certain guns by not including them on a list of approved firearms makes the world so much safer for everyone, we don't have the ability to buy new Springfield XD models. Springfield decided not to participate in the mandatory testing by not sending along guns to be destroyed for no good reason.

    Geeze... Can you tell I'm not happy about that? Grrrrrr...

    Anyway. I have both the M&P45 full size (on hip now) and the M&P40c. Love (Yes folks, It's love) Both!!
    My friend Steve bought the M&P9 full size on my suggestion and he loves his...

    The only issue with all of 3 of them was the 10+lb trigger pull required to (yup you guessed it) pass the MA compliance to be added to the D*****BAG's list... WTF???

    Easy fix though. A company named APEX Tactical Welcome to Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc. makes a performance kit that brings the trigger pull to a super smooth and reliable 5 lb pull with minimal take up tension and short reset. All the parts were a perfect fit, installation was simple. For me it was simple, perhaps have a gun smith do it if you're not mechanically inclined or comfortable with the idea... I safety tested the gun before rework and after rework. It will not go bang unless you pull the trigger. I've been carrying the 40 compact all summer with no issues and the .45 I've had for close to a year and trust it in condition 1 for carry.

    So with all that wind out of the way, I'd choose the M&P... I am biased as I own 4 S&W firearms so.. Take it for what it is worth..

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    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

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    I own both a MP9c and XD40SC. I shoot them both equally well. I carry both in high ride OWB holsters and they conceal well. Both are good quality and you can't go wrong with either. Choose the one that feels right to you.

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    Thanks for the replies! I am leaning waaaaaay more towards the M&P. Mostly since I shot very well with it and it feels better in my hands than any other gun I have picked up. I also think I will go with the one without the thumb safety. To me it feels like it could get engaged or caught on something if i ever had to draw it quickly. I think that with a good holster it would be as safe as the Glock carrying with one in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypenguin View Post
    Thanks for the replies! I am leaning waaaaaay more towards the M&P. Mostly since I shot very well with it and it feels better in my hands than any other gun I have picked up. I also think I will go with the one without the thumb safety. To me it feels like it could get engaged or caught on something if i ever had to draw it quickly. I think that with a good holster it would be as safe as the Glock carrying with one in the chamber.
    The manual safety is really not needed in my opinion. I like the just aim and squeeze method for self defense firearm. I noted the same potential for snags or hang ups with the safety installed.

    Post some pictures when you get it.

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    Default Xd40sc

    I have both an M&P 9 Pro and an XD40sc. In the subcompact size, the XD just felt better in my hand than the M&P. Both are terrific guns, highly accurate and reliable. The construction is a little heavier on the XD. That pistol is surprisingly accurate for its size -- no longer than the barrel is, it is very pointable. It does not seem to be at all picky about the ammo I feed it, and I am very comfortable with it as a carry gun. It is just a fraction wider than I would like, but still a nice size.

    Good luck with your purchase -- I do not think you can go wrong either way.

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    I carry a M&P45 and love it using a suppertuck holster from cross breed.I have no problem with it not having a safty I just carryed for a week with no bullets in it but had it set up to dry fire and at the end of the day when I took the gun off to go to bed I would pull the trigger and it would click meaning I didn't shoot my self in the foot that day.
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    I have a S&W M&P 9 full size that I carry every now and then. It is a very nice pistol.

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    I have both the full size and the compact M&P 40's. i almost bought the xd sc 40 but it just didn't feel as good in my hands as the M&P does. its a little top heavy to me also but thats JMO. from what i have read its just as reliable as the M&P is. for some reason i'm a better shot at the range with my compact then i am with the full size. best of luck, i'm sure you will be happy with either one.

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