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This is my latest purchase from Buds (Several more are inbound though). Let me start by saying Buds service is second to none. Best prices, fastest shipping and items arrive exactly as advertised.
For the gun, I took it to the range and fired several hundred rounds through it earlier today. I own several similar style handguns and I must say this is by far the best of the bunch. The weight is what you would expect, the feel and balance are awesome. It fits jsut right in my hands. The ambi mag release is nice. The trigger is probably the best I have felt in years. It has about 5 lbs (my guestimate not measured as of yet) but it is so smooth you won't even notice it. The break is crisp and it is hard to jump on the trigger as it is so smooth in the pull. I did notice that unlike other brands I own, this trigger doesn't have to travel very far to re engage allowing for very quick second shots. The recoil is lighter than expected and it falls back on target easily. Matched with the trigger and short reset, it is one evil lead slinging machine. I really did fall in love with this XD 45 and I can't imagine a better feeling weapon at this point. I have yet to try the SIG 250F but that is next on my list. I think I am going to have to get this in 40 and 9mm as well since it is such a sweet everyday shooter.
I don't carry concealed as the oppressive laws in MD make it impossible, but I do think it would be fairly decent in cold weather. Summer months might prove a bit tricky as it is a full sized handgun.
The accessories are decent. I am not fond of the style and like a traditional full holster but if you like the style it fits well.
If you are debating on getting one, go for it. They are priced to sell and it will most certainly become your everyday shooter.You won't be let down with this handgun. It is about as close to perfect as you can find in this class of firearms.