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I am new to the world of pistols and am looking to purchase my first one. I had my heart set on a springfield XD9 but then I came across the Taurus 24/7. All the hype of the NRA pistol of the year is making me question my decision. What are the pros and cons of each. I want something in a 9mm so I can practice a lot for not much money.
 

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I am a Springfield shooter. I have not dealt with Taurus and hear a lot of complaints about service. :wink:
 

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I second the Springfield. I have had friends get various Taurus guns and except for the PT-94 or whatever the Beretta copy is called they have all had problems with their guns. The .45 ACP guns were the worst at cracking frames in a short amount of time. I have seen this happen in other calibers too but it has taken more shooting to get to this point. In the Taurus price bracket I would go with a Ruger any day in a full size pistol and I think it is definitely worth while to spend the few dollars extra to get an XD. I have two XDs in 40 cal and really like them enough that I plan on getting one in .45 ACP when I can find one cheap enough.
The only negative I see with the Springfield is that there is some confusion as to what parts for maintanance or repair they will send to individuals to do themselves. This could be a problem in some cases but I feel the aftermarket will pick up any slack if this policy stays in effect for very long.
The "Gun of the Year" designation means little in the real world. One gets that designation by smoozing the right people and not necessarily due to great design.
 

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Well that's enough for me. Thank you. I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new XD9 :D. Where are some good places to get high cap. mags from?
 

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The XD is probably the finest made Croatian handgun I have ever owned.
 

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Let me try a different link for the XD Talk, www.hs2000talk.com. Hopefully this one will work, I think I had the wrong case and too much in the address. The site is called "hs200/XD Talk" in case this address is also wrong.

semiauto,
Veritas may be looking for additional mags or the pistol he is looking at is an older, post ban model that has the 10 round mags. When I decide which XD of mine I'm going to sell, it will be with all 4 original 10 rounders that the guns originally came with, not any of the high caps.
 

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I had an opportunity to shoot an XD in .40 S&W a few days ago. I really liked it and I would recommend the same gun in any caliber.

One thing that took getting used to was the trigger. I've never fired a gun with the safety in the trigger and it threw me off a bit on my first shot when the trigger seemed to move and the gun didn't fire. After the initial experience it was a non-issue. Otherwise it was very accurate and felt great in my hand. I may yet buy one myself.
 

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I would get the Springfiled XD. I've shot the .40 before and it was quite nice. The only Taurus I've shot was a revolver. Not bad, but like others I've heard some bad stories of Taurus quality.
 

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If you get a 24/7 get the PRO model, not the standard. I havent shot one yet, but have shot a XD in 9mm and .40 both are great, I might get a XD in .45 ACP
 

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Yeah I convinced my roomate to get an xd9 just so i could try it out before i went out and bought one :D . We took it home, stripped and cleaned it and then headed to the range. We took turns and got about 125 rounds through it before it jammed. The slide stuck so bad we couldn't budge it and had to take it to my other roomate's dad, who is a gunsmith, and have him dislodge the bullet. He looked it over and found there was a burr on the part of the gun where it feeds from the magazine into the chamber(sorry for the generic lingo as i said i'm new to handguns and don't know much about them yet). He filed it down and said that it was a softer metal so this isn't that uncommon in a 9mm handgun and not to worry about it, just keep and eye on it. I wouldn't think that after all i've heard about the xd that it would do this after just 125 rounds through a brand new gun. I still really like the way it shoots and hopefully this was just a bad apple. We'll have to put quite a few more rounds through it to convince me that its worth my $450.
 
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