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I'm looking to replace my Sig P226 40S&W with a compact 45.

I was looking at the Springfield XD-S 3.3" 45ACP, Glock G30 or G36.

Does anyone have experience with either or have another suggestion?

I'm looking to move from the 40 to 45 due to the snappy recoil of the 40. The wife isn't a big fan of it. I've heard (and it's been a long time since I've shot) a 45 is more of a push back.

On the other hand, 45 rounds are a little more expensive. Quick search for some bulk ammo, a 1000 rounds of 45 is $40 more than 40. So not terrible.

I'm waiting for my wife to be able to go to the range on ladies night to check these out. It's $20 cheaper for both of us to go then vs me going alone. I want to make sure she is comfortable shooting the one we pick out.
 

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Just go with 9mm. You're not losing much if anything. The gap between rounds is almost non existent with quality built defensive ammunition. If your wife is uncomfortable with recoil look at Hornady Critical Defense - good bullet, low recoil.
 

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Just go with 9mm. You're not losing much if anything. The gap between rounds is almost non existent with quality built defensive ammunition. If your wife is uncomfortable with recoil look at Hornady Critical Defense - good bullet, low recoil.
I installed a wolf 9mm barrel in my Glock 27 and it has a much nicer recoil. Also much less expensive. I 2nd trying a 9mm with defence rounds.
 

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I third getting a 9mm. These days quality defensive 9mm loads make .40 and .45 pointless, not to mention you're getting more capacity with 9mm as well.
 

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I'm looking to replace my Sig P226 40S&W with a compact 45.

I was looking at the Springfield XD-S 3.3" 45ACP, Glock G30 or G36.

Does anyone have experience with either or have another suggestion?

I'm looking to move from the 40 to 45 due to the snappy recoil of the 40. The wife isn't a big fan of it. I've heard (and it's been a long time since I've shot) a 45 is more of a push back.

On the other hand, 45 rounds are a little more expensive. Quick search for some bulk ammo, a 1000 rounds of 45 is $40 more than 40. So not terrible.

I'm waiting for my wife to be able to go to the range on ladies night to check these out. It's $20 cheaper for both of us to go then vs me going alone. I want to make sure she is comfortable shooting the one we pick out.
Get the XD-S in 4"; either 9mm or .45.

Depending upon the gun, .45 feel more like a push back, rather than a snap up. That's usually because of the platform used. My 1911 5" goes back. HK45 goes back. S&W E-series 4" lightweight 1911 snaps.

But as others have pointed out, for defensive purposes, 9mm ammo is more than sufficient today.
 

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Get the XD-S in 4"; either 9mm or .45.

Depending upon the gun, .45 feel more like a push back, rather than a snap up. That's usually because of the platform used. My 1911 5" goes back. HK45 goes back. S&W E-series 4" lightweight 1911 snaps.

But as others have pointed out, for defensive purposes, 9mm ammo is more than sufficient today.
The platform you're using and how it's weighted definitely makes a huge difference in how the recoil feels.
 

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The platform you're using and how it's weighted definitely makes a huge difference in how the recoil feels.
Yeah, I was real surprised in how light my buddy's S&W 4" 1911 was when I shot it. I shoot my 1911 and it's closer to a 9mm, while his is closer to a G27.:laugh:

My b-i-l has the .45 xd-s 3.3" and really likes it. But it's not one he takes to the range or EDC.
 

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XDs are trash. Sorry.

Just get a 9mm. Modern defensive loads make 40s pointless, plus shot placement and round capacity trumps 45.

Glock or Sig ftw.
 

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XDs are trash. Sorry.

Just get a 9mm. Modern defensive loads make 40s pointless, plus shot placement and round capacity trumps 45.

Glock or Sig ftw.
Are you saying all XDs? Or the XD-S? Or the XD?
 

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After shooting 7 different pistols, I went with the XD Mod.2 3.3" in 45ACP.

Shot about 80-90 rounds through each.

Really liked the way it felt in my hand. Didn't have any soreness after shooting them.

Now I need to find a good holster.
 

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After shooting 7 different pistols, I went with the XD Mod.2 3.3" in 45ACP.

Shot about 80-90 rounds through each.

Really liked the way it felt in my hand. Didn't have any soreness after shooting them.

Now I need to find a good holster.
:thumbup:

holsters:
single guy operation- 360concealment.com
aliengear- inexpensive but comfortable.

I just picked up an aliengear IWB for my 1911. Works great, but not as stiff as my CrossBreed IWB for my XDM 3.8".
 

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Interesting no one is suggesting a 1911 compact here. I would assume they are a little too temperamental?
 

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Interesting no one is suggesting a 1911 compact here. I would assume they are a little too temperamental?
Sort of; they can be finicky and require tweaking but it depends on the make/model. 1911s are like ARs; the userbase is sort of all or nothing in that someone will come out and say that Wilson Combat is the absolute minimum for protecting yourself and your loved ones and then someone else will say their RIA is just as good for 1/4 the price and then it devolves into screeching and ****-flinging.
 
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