Its not you, its me. Really. I just can’t handle you anymore. I can’t afford you and I don’t want to carry you. These are all my problems, not yours. We can still be friends though, right? And I’m sure there’s a bunch of guys and gals in the northeast who need you. And hey, its not like we’ll never see each other. I still have the 1911 remember? . . .
Yep, I’m done with .45 ACP for daily carry. I made the decision a few weekends ago when I fired my (then) daily carry M&P 45C and my new XD(m) 3.8 9mm compact side by side. I did a simple drill where I stepped right, drew my piece, and fired five rounds at 10 yards. I watched in horror as I outshot myself with the XD(m). The worst part was that those five shots from the XD(m) were my first with the gun. I had literally never fired the gun before and outshot my daily carry piece which has eaten close to a thousand rounds of less than inexpensive ammo. Here’s why I made the decision to switch.
- The XD(m) carries more. 13 + 1 vs. 8 + 1 in the M&P. Carrying an extra compact mag gives me 27 rounds on my person vs. 17 with the M&P.
- 9 mm is a serious contender. Any modern defensive bullet leaving the barrel of the XD(m) is putting the hurt on another human if it comes to that.
- Ammo is cheap and plentiful. This translates directly to more practice
- I shoot it better. That big .45 ACP doesn’t do a damn bit of good if I can’t put rounds on target. Simply put, I shoot the 9 better.
So there you go. Count me in the 9 mm camp. I’m done with .45 ACP except for my weekends away with the 1911. I just can’t find a compelling reason to carry it. Your mileage might vary.