I've been lurking for awhile now, maybe two weeks, and thought I'd join. I currently do not have any pistols (haven't even shot one), but I'm interesting in learning all I can before buying one. I'm planning on applying for my GFL next week, whether I use it or not. When I first started researching pistols I was drawn to the XD45 ACP, probably because of the advertising hype. A few of the boards (packing.org; and XDtalk) have high praise for the XD in general. I'm not sure if the 45 is too much for a newbee though. My intention is to use it for home protection primarily and not necessarily a carry weapon. Could get costly to get proficient on the range with ammunition though. I understand it cost much more than say 9mm. What a great country we live in! See y'all later.