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 Choose your .45 for smaller hands - Glock 21 SF, or Springfield XD45?
Aimedfire  [Team Member]
5/30/2007 4:44:34 AM
Which if you find the high cap .45s too big to grip.
zen21tao  [Member]
5/30/2007 9:45:47 AM
Sig P220, P220 compact or P245 are perfect for small hands. All three take single stack magazines and are thus thinner grip.
dsg2003gt  [Member]
5/30/2007 10:22:57 AM
Taking noting more into account than grip for small hands. I would say XD45. Overall I believe the 21SF is still a better gun but not the best based on the hand-litmus test.
BSheppard  [Member]
5/30/2007 11:19:33 AM

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:
Taking noting more into account than grip for small hands. I would say XD45. Overall I believe the 21SF is still a better gun but not the best based on the hand-litmus test.

+1

The Glock is the better of the two. A single stack 1911 is the grip king IMO.
bytor94  [Team Member]
5/30/2007 12:18:12 PM

Originally Posted By BSheppard:

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:
Taking noting more into account than grip for small hands. I would say XD45. Overall I believe the 21SF is still a better gun but not the best based on the hand-litmus test.

+1

The Glock is the better of the two. A single stack 1911 is the grip king IMO.



For some.

Yes the XD's grip is much more comfortable for smaller hands.
xLucidx  [Member]
5/30/2007 12:24:29 PM
i have small hands and my XD .45 feels alot better in my hands that my glock 23
+1 for the XD here
SGB  [Team Member]
5/30/2007 3:01:37 PM
XD but you may wish to check out the Smith&Wesson MP45 with the slim backstrap in place.
Texas  [Team Member]
5/30/2007 7:55:25 PM
I like the M&P 45. The capacity is only 10 +1, but they have the best feeling grip.
Gregory_K  [Member]
5/30/2007 8:52:25 PM
Also note that the STI and SV line polly grip frame is about the same size as a wood gripped 1911.
ElIntocable  [Team Member]
5/31/2007 12:59:56 AM

Originally Posted By Aimedfire: Choose your .45 for smaller hands - Glock 21 SF, or Springfield XD45?


XD45
TexasRifleman  [Member]
5/31/2007 11:22:02 AM
Taurus PT145...
twistedcomrade  [Member]
5/31/2007 11:50:22 AM
HK USP 45, and I have medium to small hands.
motown_steve  [Team Member]
5/31/2007 12:10:48 PM
The difference between the Glock 21 and the XD 45 is that with the Glock 21, Glock increase the size of the frame and the grip so that it could accomodate the high cap .45 mags. With the XD, they increased the mag well without increasing the external diameter of the grip much at all. So, the XD is going to fit a smaller hand better.
LgAnimalVet  [Member]
5/31/2007 12:11:32 PM
XD 45
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
5/31/2007 12:29:04 PM
the XD grip is "smaller" still...but i'd still go w/ the glock
Slappy96  [Team Member]
5/31/2007 5:48:06 PM
I tried both and got the XD 45 compact. I have small girly hands and the glock 21sf still felt too big to comfortably shoot one handed.
survivorman  [Member]
5/31/2007 7:40:19 PM
smith and wesson M&P 45...with small backstrap on
GenghisKhan  [Member]
6/1/2007 3:39:04 AM
The XDs grip is smaller than the Glocks and the XD is just as reliable and accurate as the Glock. The draw back the the XD is SAs policy on spare parts. I still love my XDs and will not get rid of them because they function and shoot so well but if the Glock fits your hands OK it is a great pistol and you can get spare parts that you need.
TexasRifleman  [Member]
6/1/2007 1:03:08 PM
Between Glock and Springfield, I'd go with the XD.
acegunner  [Team Member]
6/1/2007 9:38:28 PM
XD for me...feels much better in the hands...im not saying it is the best gun, but very comfortable and reliable
CAR-10  [Team Member]
6/1/2007 10:04:45 PM
I (Mrs. CAR-10) have small hands and chose the XD-45 over the Glock. It was more comfortable and seemed to balance better in my hands.
NVGdude  [Member]
6/2/2007 3:29:12 AM
XD is smaller than the Glock SF, Grip angle is better as well.

1911 is better than either.
timb3  [Team Member]
6/2/2007 3:50:35 AM

Originally Posted By survivorman:
smith and wesson M&P 45...with small backstrap on


+1
mrbrooks3  [Team Member]
6/2/2007 6:03:54 AM
I sold my glock some time ago because of the large grip. Since then I have tried Kimber (single stack) and the XD (double stack), both are good pistols. I just hope the XD is as reliable as the Glock.

I just bought the XD yesterday and did compare both the glock you listed and the XD before I made the purchase. The deciding factor was the grip, it fit my small hands and the XD is supposedly as reliable as a Glock. I can also tell you the XD is fun to shoot and is easy to hang on to which makes hitting the target much easier.
muncie21  [Member]
6/4/2007 11:29:10 PM

Originally Posted By GenghisKhan:
... The draw back the the XD is SAs policy on spare parts. ..


what is this draw back that you speak of?
motown_steve  [Team Member]
6/5/2007 12:46:03 AM
Forgive my ignorance here, but what is a Glock 21 SF?

I thought that I was pretty Glock saavy, but I have never heard of this "SF" before.
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
6/5/2007 12:49:30 AM

Originally Posted By motown_steve:
Forgive my ignorance here, but what is a Glock 21 SF?

I thought that I was pretty Glock saavy, but I have never heard of this "SF" before.



recently released, has a smaller grip circumfrence but still takes regular size G21 mags, but a newer generation that is ambi (old mags wont work_)
kap_x  [Team Member]
6/5/2007 12:52:46 AM

Originally Posted By ElIntocable:

Originally Posted By Aimedfire: Choose your .45 for smaller hands - Glock 21 SF, or Springfield XD45?


XD45


+1
chewbacca  [Team Member]
6/5/2007 12:54:12 AM
G21SF

I think some are missing that part.
Unka-Boo  [Member]
6/5/2007 1:06:07 AM
After 2 years, I finally came to the conclusion that my G21 was just too damn big to fit properly in my hands......so I went looking for something a little more comfy. After looking at damn near every option I could find, I ended up buying a 1911. I'm NOT saying that's what you should buy, but I strongly suggest you spend some time playing touchy-feely with a wide selection to see what fits you best.

Remember, you are the only one with YOUR hands....

Someone above mentioned a Tarus PT.....if you can find a 24/7, pick it up and play with it a bit. It has one of the most comfortable grips I have ever held. I actually spent an hour deciding between it and the 1911 I bought. The main reason I went with the 1911 is that I allready had accessories for one, so I was money ahead...( that, and it's a 1911...everyone needs at least 1..)

My $.02

Boo
NVGdude  [Member]
6/5/2007 3:25:13 AM

Originally Posted By chewbacca:
G21SF

I think some are missing that part.


The SF is not that much smaller around than the standard G21. I also believe that the thickness is the same, but they have taken a bit out of the fore/aft. I certainly wouldn't be able to tell them apart except side by side. The XD is noticeably smaller than either.