Anyway, one thing I never really pondered until reading a bunch of zombie books was that you always need a backup gun and a nice 9mm does the job well. I had bounced between getting a 3rd Gen Glock 17 or an XD, but after going back and forth 20-sum-odd times at Cabelas, I decided on the XD because it just felt better in my hand. Cabelas is usually a more expensive place to shop but they had a deal where if you signed up for their credit card, you could get $100 off of a $500 purchase. So guess what was a bit over $500.
One unanticipated benefit was that Springfield Armory (SA) had a free 2 magazine give-away a few weeks after I made my purchase. Luckily for me, my receipt date fit right into the beginning of the qualifying timeframe. I've never heard of Glock doing a promotion of that kind, but then again, you can buy Korean surplus Glock mags for pretty cheap.
So let's get back to the pistol. I picked a 9mm because I'm a cheap bastard and it's the cheapest mainstream round that is not a .22LR. I picked the XD because it felt good in the hand, it had both a chamber indicator and striker indicator that could by touched and verified with a quick feel, and because SA has a lifetime warranty if anything ever goes wrong. I had wanted to get the XD9m, but since I don't know what state I'll eventually end up in, I planned for the future and got the XD9 which has 10-round mags if/when the day comes. It will be a dumb decision if I remain where I'm current at, but oh well.
The thing with pistol shooting is that I find it a bit more challenging than rifle shooting. It's harder to keep the site picture steady, you need to breathe properly, and finally you have to try very hard not to jerk when you pull the trigger. I also discovered that, for me, if I cup the bottom of the grip with my left hand, I can keep the gun on-target much better and I also get better groups, as displayed in the picture below. Peeps on the Internet had made suggestions on how you want to have as much of the frame covered by your hands. That method did not work all that well for me as seen in my original groups from the pic above. Pros
- Grip feels better (To me)
- Cheap ammo
- Physical indicators
- I don't like the SA-patented grip safety
- The XD9m exists to tease me