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For concealed carry, the 9mm would do fine if you are worried about recoil. the .40 will jump and bark quite a bit, even in the 4 inch if you are recoil sensitive
 

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Truly, either weapon is fine for concealed carry...more a function of what you prefer, have confidence in and get used to. Recoil management or control in a function of the style of grip you employ..!!
 

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hell yea a XD compact in .40S&W would make a great conceal carry gun. The recoil will be controlable. Unless you have very small hands or bad wrists you should not have any problems. And, if its really only a conceal carry gun and not an everyday plinking gun then recoil shouldn't be as much of a factor as stopping power and comfort of carry. If you can, find a friend with one, or a shooting range that will you rent or barrow or whatever.
 

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Ease of carry is a matter of body size, shape, and method of carry. I can easily and comfortably carry and conceal my XD-40 Tactical model with an inside the waistband holster. Grip length is much more of a factor in concealability and comfort in my experience than barrel length. Sub-compacts are too small for my hands unless an extension is added and then it is no smaller in the grip than the standard models. I think the Duty model XD is a good compromise between ease of carry and ease of handling but others will have differring opinions.
 
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