What to buy...XD 9mm or a .22?

flight13

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Looking to make my first gun purchase and need some opinions. I've been doing a lot of research and decided the XD 9mm was the one for me. Fits my hand nicely and the reviews always seem to be great. As I'm out and about I'll look for 9mm ammo and always run into the same issue as everyone else. Fortunately in the last week I've been able to get my hands on about 500 rounds between WM and Cabela's. With this frustration, I've been wondering if I should just pick up a .22 since the ammo always seems to be available at my local WM. At this point I only plan on going to the range to have some fun. So what do you think...9mm or .22? Plan on purchasing tomorrow.
Thanks
 

SIG_Fiend

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Looking to make my first gun purchase and need some opinions. I've been doing a lot of research and decided the XD 9mm was the one for me. Fits my hand nicely and the reviews always seem to be great. As I'm out and about I'll look for 9mm ammo and always run into the same issue as everyone else. Fortunately in the last week I've been able to get my hands on about 500 rounds between WM and Cabela's. With this frustration, I've been wondering if I should just pick up a .22 since the ammo always seems to be available at my local WM. At this point I only plan on going to the range to have some fun. So what do you think...9mm or .22? Plan on purchasing tomorrow.
Thanks
While 9mm is a little harder to get a hold of right now and more expensive, you could also still use it for self defense. With a .22, you could use it for self defense, though I wouldn't advise using .22lr if you have a choice. One thing you might want to consider is buying an XD9, and if you can swing buying both, there are some inexpensive .22lr rifles around the $100-150 range like Mossberg Plinksters and I think there is also a Marlin around that price range. Anyways, just a thought. By chance did I help you out the other day? I work at Cabela's (I'm Travis). If you have a chance to drop by, I'd be more than glad to help you out.
 

Seabear1500

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Everyone needs a .22 and if it is your first gun especially a pistol I would say go with the .22 for sure. It will make the learning curve way easier and cheaper. Now for the XD, great gun. I have even been considering one since .45 ammo is so expensive now, and 9mm seems available more often.

Learn on the .22 then buy the 9mm, if you can swing it buy both. In .22 look at the Berretta Neos. It is acurate and reliable, and it will teach you about semi autos.
 

flight13

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Thanks for the responses. As much as I'd like to buy both, it's just not in the budget. I've only rented 9mm pistols at the range and I'm comfortable with it. I've never shot a .22 so was worried it might not be enough to satisfy.
Sig_Fiend, not sure if it was you that helped me but it was on Saturday and the guy I talked to said the ammo had only been on the shelf about 30 minutes. I mentioned I was considering the XD. Unfortunately, even with the $30 off XDs that day, the price was still about $30 more than McBride's. I'm leaning towards getting the XD and a rifle later as you suggested. Still haven't decided though...and there's still the XD or XDm thought!
 

hk boy

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if you are getting the XD, go for the XDm
the XDm has a shorted trigger, adjustable grip, match grade barrel, etc...
the only down side with the XDm is they don't make a compact or sub compact model
yet.
 

SIG_Fiend

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That was probably me then. ;) I would suggest going with a 9mm then as you could still use it for self defense, and 9mm is a perfectly capable round.
 

Breadfan

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if you are getting the XD, go for the XDm
the XDm has a shorted trigger, adjustable grip, match grade barrel, etc...
the only down side with the XDm is they don't make a compact or sub compact model
yet.

I suggest he goes for the XD. He won't regret it and he can use it both as a SD and range pistol.
Since this is going to be his first firearm, I wouldn't recommend XDM as it has a shorter trigger pull..XD is the way to go. You can always add up and get yourself XDM or whatever you like.
 
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