I vote "go for it" Joe.
I hate it when people start making sense in response to my posts. haJust remember guys the .45 in a compact or sub compact is going to have a lot of barrel jump (kick) compared to a 9mm.
Leathermaneod, a full size .45 will be much more controllable.
My suggestion to both of you is to try to find someone or shooting range that will let you shoot a sub or compact .45 of any brand to get an idea before you buy.
Hi Joe. Remember me? Make sure if you get the XDs that it's not an XD sub like I posted somewhere else....the juries are brutal.Okay, now reversing course.........going with another 9mm!! I got to shoot a couple of .45's yesterday and really did not realize how much of a recoil wimp I am. Neither were Mod 2, but same general size though.
So, rather than make an expensive mistake, and realizing that I am quite happy with my Mod 2 9mm already, I am going back to getting a single stack 9mm. I did not have time to rent one yesterday, but I do like the XDS in 9mm. It will probably be the one I finally get.
Stay tuned. Updates will come in the next week or so with picts of my Christmas present to myself.
My single stack 9mm EDC...
I am right there with you JoeUSooner. My 63rd birthday is in 5 days. I do not care for harsh recoil at all.I'm pushing 70 years of age, and have begun to agree with Bette Davis... who was quite accurate when she opined that aging "ain't for sissies."
Twinges of arthritis, especially in the left shoulder, have now made recoil a serious factor (that it historically hasn't been) in my choice of carry gun.
I haven't been a Glock guy either. I can tell you that for me, there's as much difference between a 26 and a 43, as there is between a XD subcompact and a XDs. Like you, the 26 is not an ideal fit for me, while the XD subcompact (Avatar pic) is perfection. Likewise the more aggressive grip texture of the XDs series is very uncomfortable for me, while the S&W Shield feels much better, and the Glock 43 is absolute perfection! Point being, if you have the opportunity to try out a 43 give it a shot ( no pun intended).no Glock for me...
Welcome to the forum.I own both the 9mm and the 45acp....it doesn't kick any more than a full size...in fact. For some reason mine actually seems to have less recoil??? Go figure...nonetheless you will love my mod2 45...so much that I bought the 9mm and as of yesterday I bow own the Saint!!!