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Old 05-18-2017, 02:23 PM   #21
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Oh Happy Daze, looks like they have finally hit the store shelves. My name is on the list to be called, and am anxiously awaiting the call. Like one previous poster stated, that he is 82. I am 83, and hoping for some relief on racking the slide, which is my main reason for wanting one. Already have a 9mm Shield, and a 9mm XDM, but want something easier.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:21 PM   #22
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RevV; I also carry from time to time a Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight. But the little semi-autos just seem to grown on you. And most are flatter for a front blue jeans pocket.
I am in the Mid-South, so maybe another week or so, it'll be showing up at my local dealer.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:55 PM   #23
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Took my XDE to the range today for the first time and here are the results:
Target was a 9" paper plate.
Shot 40 rds of Federal FMJ RN 115 gr.
Shot 50 rds of PhoenixMunitions HP 124 gr.
Distance 21 feet
Lighting very good. Indoor range.

All rounds stayed in target area. At that distance did not notice any difference between the 115 gr and 124 gr strikes.
Did notice about a third of the shots were between 7 and 8 o’clock, possibly due to squeezing my fingers while pulling the trigger and some jerking. Otherwise the others were around the center of the plate.

Sights: From factory the were well aligned with the center of the plate, some and inch to two inches above center. Being used to the XD9, the shooting radius was much shorter which could account for the shots being dispersed.
In daylight or good indoor lighting both the rear and front sight (red fiber optic) were easily seen and picked up. But I believe in dim or poor lighting, the sights will be hard to see - at least for my eyes.

The trigger pull was smooth and pleasant when hammer cocked. At DA still smooth and trigger harder to pull. Don’t know the the weight of the trigger pull for either DA or SA.
The grip was nice and fit my hand but fingers wrap around a little more than on the XD9 but after a couple of shoots I got used to the smaller grip.

The safety/decocker: When in the safe mode (up) it was relatively easy to move the safety to fire position. It is difficult to move the safety from the safe position to the decock position when gun is in shooting grip (for me) but if on should it doesn’t make any difference (imo) because the gun fires DA. Bwt, I did notice that when the XDE is decocked, the hammer goes to a quarter-cocked position. (original post I said half-cocked - sorry)

The hammer is easy to cock with a finger. From it’s size and shape, I think it will be hard to snag on clothing, etc.
Magazines: One had a for lack of a better word a pinkie rest, the other did not. Could not really find much difference between them but it seemed that I shot a little better(?) With the pink rest.

Ammunition: It both type of rounds without a hiccup, no FTFs, FTEs, stovepipes, etc. Did not shoot any type of critical defense ammo, that will be the next time I go to the range.

Over all the XDE was fun to shoot. It will probably become my summer EDC, if I can find a good IWB holster. Will the XDS holsters work? Any suggestions?


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Old 05-20-2017, 01:32 PM   #24
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Nice write up,thanks for the info.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:06 PM   #25
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Thanks Casdor12345; The range report makes me that more anxious to get my hands on one. Sounds like a winner.
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