Ok, I'm a new guy. I kind of mentioned this in a thread here already, I joined the forum mainly because it's been a pleasure dealing with Springfield's Customer Service and Support. If my screen name gives the impression that I'm LEO I'm not, it's part of my email address from when I used to buy/sell city service surplus, police, fire, road, emt. So there's that! But oh yeah, I do support the Blue.
Anyway, I bought my first plastic auto guns June/July 2020 during the height of this new world all around us. I've always had some Italian off brand 22lr 6 shooter sitting in a tool box out in the garage and 6 super old rounds sittin in a box somewhere. I'm a Car guy btw.
Kind of hearing/seeing the news, tv, internet, radio out in the garage Aaand seeing the lines at the Academy Sporting Goods by my house 1 or 2 hours before they open and seeing the empty showcases when I went in there later in the day I thought it might be a good idea to come up with Something. Talking to people, I knew that getting ammo was going to be a big factor and I knew a good idea for a novice like me a 9mm was probably the best bet.
Ok, ok, I wanted a Glock or S&W or Sig etc etc, I'm new at this! Cabela's and Academy both told me they could probably get me something, to keep checking with them but if I wanted ammo I'd have to get in the lines at 7am, they open at 9 and they sell out fast or the truck might not show up...I'm Not going to do that...I thought about pawn shops...but again no ammo!
Then I remembered there is an indoor range 20 minutes from my house. Called them, Bingo, they had some used guns and some higher priced new guns like Kimbers aaand they promised me 50 rounds with any New gun purchased.
So, I asked the Senorita over the phone how much is a lower priced decent new gun gonna run me? She tells me that after talking with me over the phone, from what they have in stock an XDe 3.8 9mm would be a good bet, $525. XDe, what's an XDe? A Springfield? I don't want a World War 1 carbine!....I want a Glock, they only have used, No ammo.
I ended up buying TWO, came with 100 rounds.
A year latter I purchased a used XDs 4 45 from them and that's the one that I'm having problems with, but Springfield has promised to trade out for a brand spankin new XDe 3.3 45. That's why I joined this forum. I should have my New gun by 12/10. My 9s btw have been very trustworthy! Yes, I'm sold on hammers, I can't stand a safety in the handle.
All my plastic guns Will be Springfields! I did buy a wheel gun the other day, a 2.5 44 mag Alaskan...I got some sort of bug now, hope my ole lady don't get pissed......Whew that was long...Later!