View Full Version : Springfield XDs or Compact 1911

10-02-2012, 08:24 PM
I am really looking into getting a nice carry gun and I have it narrowed down to the XDs or a compact 1911, specifically a Kimber ultra. Each have their pros and cons and both are amazing weapons. What do you think would be a better carry option. I like both but I don't know how to choose between the two.

10-02-2012, 08:30 PM
How do you shoot them? I have the Ultra and love it, tried the XDs at the range and found the grip a bit small for me, nice gun, but loved the Kimber, I find like cars there are a lot of choices but you will know when you find the right one.

10-02-2012, 08:38 PM
Don't choose...get both!;)

Either one is a fantastic choice.

10-02-2012, 08:40 PM
I have extremely small hands and can fit a full grip on the XDs. Heck I can almost get a full grip on an LCP. So grip size isn't really going to affect my decision. Unfortunately I don't know anyone with either of these guns so shooting them isn't an option. I have held both and love both. They are amazing. I just don't know how to make a choice. I am thankful for any insight and I know you guys would love to see what I eventually pick but it'l probably be a month or two before the purchase. It will give me some time to really think about it. It sucks being a poor college student.

10-02-2012, 08:44 PM
I like the XDm's for magzine capacity over the 1911's, but both are fine choices. I suggest going to the range and see which you shoot the best with and carry that one.

10-02-2012, 08:46 PM
Sorry if there is any confusion the two guns I am talking about are the Springfield XD(s) the single stack .45 and any small frame 1911, but in particular a Kimber Ultra. In this case the 1911 has the better capacity with a flush mag.

10-02-2012, 09:12 PM
I have both and the xds is easier to conceal and more comfortable to conceal but I shoot the kimber much better

10-03-2012, 05:38 PM
Just bought an XDs and its a lot lighter then the kimber ultra carry. Ether choice would be great, but like norahc said get both!!!

10-03-2012, 05:52 PM
Cant go wrong with either for sure. I like the capacity on the XD and to be honest at like striker fired triggers.

10-03-2012, 06:30 PM
for conceal carry go for the xds i love the 1911 dont get me wrong but for the price and kimber is known for only coming with one magazine.

10-04-2012, 11:32 AM
I am a huge 1911 fan, but I would still go with the XDs. I carried a FS 1911 for a few years and over time I found I started carrying it less and less. In a good IWB holster its not bad, but having a lighter gun is even better. The XDs is the perfect size! You can carry it all day long and not really no its there. Plus it still is a 45 acp :D!

10-04-2012, 03:35 PM
^ thats what made me get an xds. I found my self carrying the 1911 a lot less and i knew that had to change!!!

10-05-2012, 08:55 AM
Of course the ultimate choice is yours but i happen to carry an XDs and I do own a kimber eclipse pro 2 (ok maybe not the kimber you have in mind) but I preffered to go XDs because it conceal on me better and its lighter than most 1911 full metal frames. Dont get me wrong kimbers are awesome and i love them but if carrying option is your concern XDs is the better choice in my opinion.

MP Gunther
10-07-2012, 11:12 AM
Both are Great. I've got an XD and think it's a very good CC gun especially for the price...the Kimber is sweet though. Damn I don't know get both

10-08-2012, 03:57 PM
Not sure which would be better since I've never even held an XDs yet. I know I don't care for the 5+1 capacity for the .45 version, but I guess if you hit what your pointing at with it, it'll be enough. I say "pointing at" instead of aiming because your most likely not going to have the time to relax, take a deep breath, let it out, align your sites on target and slowly squeese the trigger all while dodging the incoming rounds.

10-08-2012, 08:45 PM
both would be nice. The XDS will be easier to carry! smaller / lighter

10-09-2012, 06:46 AM
Be aware that a lot of people find compact 1911s to be pretty unreliable in regards to sustained performance in tactical settings like training classes.