Well I finally got off my butt and got around to trading some guns to get a new one. I sold my P99 and P22 and Shotgun at Gander Mountain and bought a Springfield Armory XD 45 Compact in black.
I’d have preferred to get it in dual tone – the slide is silver – but they only had the black version. That’s OK. One cool thing is my hand fits fully on the short grip. They have two magazines, one 10 round and short and one 13 rounds, long with an extension. When you add the extension you’ve turned the gun into a full sized service pistol.
Now I have to find a holster. It comes with one that is a joke for concealed carry. I have a Fobus paddle holster for my P99 and I wanted the same for the XD. But they don’t have one specifically for the 45 Compact, though they said the one for the service model may work. I tried one at the store and the gun didn’t seem to fit, though you could unscrew it and loosen it. Turns out there is a SP11 and SP11b. The SP11b is intended for the compact version of the 9mm/40/357. The SP11 is intended for the full sized gun. I don’t know which one I was trying.
I’d go to the range tonight to get some trigger time, but I have a prior commitment and did I mention the nearby range burned down? Happen sometime last month. So I’d have to find a new range and that will be a challenge.