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  1. LKS473
    July 25, 2014

    My lone point of contention is that 9mm is available the world over where .45 is not. While 9mm was sold out for months around here, I could buy cases of rimmed cartridges, .40, and .45 in any store I sent to. Same with .30-06 vs. .308. I could even buy 7mm-08. Couldn’t buy 5.56, but could buy all the ‘weird’ calibers for firearms few people own “because you can’t find that ammunition just any old general store”; for example, .30-40 Krag. I literally have not seen any .22LR or .22 Magnum (other than bird shot) in my area for at least two years.

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  2. blackbelt3
    July 18, 2014

    I spent several months going to a number of ranges so that I could rent and shoot a number of the guns that call themselves CCW. A week ago after shooting the XDs 9mm several times I settled on it. I like the grip safety a lot. There were lots of guns that came in 2nd. Nothing wrong with any of them – didn’t get a chance to shoot the DB9. I live in the mountains of Colorado so you can wear a vest year round without anyone thinking anything about it. Yes the XDs is heavier than the Kahr, Kel-tec, apparently the DB9, the 380’s etc – but in my vest it doesn’t make a difference. I can even carry in cargo shorts if its a really warm day. We all have our unique circumstances that cause us to buy certain guns. I have only put 100 rounds thru the XDs-9 but not even a burp. Yes I used good ammo and now have Federal JSP – 95 gr loaded for SD and the range. I am thrilled with the gun and hope everyone else likes theirs as well. I would recommend the XDs series to anyone. My brother’s in law have the 40 and 45 cal and agree with me.

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  3. Charles Newman
    November 29, 2013

    I disagree. The DB9 is much smaller and lighter and DOES make a huge difference in carrying concealed. I’ve tried them all, and the DB9 works the best for a 9mm. If it weren’t for the DB9, I’d be carrying a .380, such as the TCP or LCP daily. How you even put that brick of a XDS 9mm in the same category is beyond me.

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  4. Donald Ferrill
    August 22, 2013

    The first 3 times I pulled the trigger on my Xds 9mm the other day at the range, it did not fire. Scared the crap out of me being a brand new never fired gun. I finally figured out I did not have the PERFECT grip on the gun. He grip safety was the problem. I am 68 years old and can’t close my right hand fingers completely. I had no problems with my Glock. 29 or my Ruger LCR 38 Spc.. Or any gun I have fired. Sorry but the grip safety sucks for me and will have to go. It requires two hands for me to get the perfect grip. I would have been dead in the wrong situation. The XDS is extremely accurate but nor reliable with my hands.. I cannot pull the XDS from my holster with the perfect grip. I have to talk my left hand and push up firmly on the butt of th mag. Love it otherwise but don’t like safeties anyway. If a guy puts a knife to your throat when leaving a restaurant, do you think you are really going to remember a safety or get the perfect grip ?

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    • Cary Kieffer
      August 23, 2013

      Donald, thanks for the comment. Sorry about your hand issues….It sure is an accurate, great pistol….Before you ditch it perhaps you could try one or 2 things. 1. Contact Springfield, they have a custom shop, and see if they could make you an extended grip safety?? That would help you just like the beavertail grip safeties with the pressure pads on my 1911’s. 2. Perhaps you could have the safety pinned?? That was something else many people have done to 1911’s, might work here as well. Just 2 thoughts I had on remedies for your situation. Good luck and thanks for stopping by TGR. Cary

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      • Scadaman
        August 29, 2013

        Thanks Cary, I think I will put the smaller rear piece on and see if that helps. if that safety was one inch lower I don’t think there would be a problem”. Right now however, I just can’t trust it as a carry.
        Don’t like safeties in the first place. Who would remember a safety if a knife was at your throat.. I considered even taking a black bead,filing it flat on one side and super glueing it to the safety but that’s. Al Bundy B S

        I am just going to pack my LCR 38 in the summer in my cargo pants and my Glock 29 in the winter when I am wearing s heavy sweater and using my Fobus paddle holster. I don’t really care about printing because you can carry open in Indiana in accordance the Indiana
        State Police website.

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      • Cary Kieffer
        August 29, 2013

        Donald, yes the smaller backstrap might help. Good call on that one. Also your mention of the superglue/bead thing…I agree with the concept but I would never super glue anything either, you’re right Al Bundy all the way. You could take it to a qualified smith and have a small threaded hole drilled in the back of the grip safety and then loc-tite/screw on your little custom made grip safety extension. That would work and it would be solid. I think you were onto something with that idea. If you do that send me a pic so I can check it out. Thanks. Cary

        cary@tacticalgunreview.com

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  5. Mike Coker
    June 5, 2013

    Nice review Cary. You may have sold me switching over my carry gun.

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    • Cary Kieffer
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks boss, It has no equals in my opinion. Try the Hornady Critical defense in 115 grain. 3 touching shots at 25 is pretty impressive grouping from 3.3 inches of barrel

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