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Old 04-02-2020, 02:41 PM
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EDC X9 and X-TAC Elite Compact comparison

Hi all. Relatively new member to the forum and to WC. I picked up a lightly used full size Tactical Carry in late December. Couldn’t be happier.

Looking to also get a WC to replace my Sig Legion P229 as my compact.

Analysis paralysis seems to be something that affects me, and I seem to flip flop on XTAC Elite Compact and the EDC X9.

Not easy to find a WC dealer in NJ, so was hoping some on here have fired both and could comment on impressions, recoil, etc I’m looking for 9mm and will be using mostly for range and nightstand dresser.

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Old 04-02-2020, 03:20 PM
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In NJ if you are limited to 10 rounds, you loose a big chunk of the X9 advantage, so keep that in mind. The Xtac-Elite-C has a 1911 style grip (albeit shorter), the X9 does not, so keep that in mind. For most 1911 fans, it will likely out-shoot the X9, all other things equal, IMO.

If you haven't guessed by now, if I was in your shoes I'd get the Extact-E-C....(I have the Xtac-E-Cary Comp, full grip, comped 45 and love it. They make it in 9mm also, little bigger but something to consider).
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Old 04-02-2020, 03:42 PM
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In NJ if you are limited to 10 rounds, you loose a big chunk of the X9 advantage, so keep that in mind. The Xtac-Elite-C has a 1911 style grip (albeit shorter), the X9 does not, so keep that in mind. For most 1911 fans, it will likely outshout the X9, all other things equal, IMO.

If you haven't guessed by now, if I was in your shoes I'd get the Extact-E-C....(I have the Xtac-E-Cary Comp, full grip, comped 45 and love it. They make it in 9mm also, little bigger but something to consider).
Thank you. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I love my current full size Tactical Carry, and wanted a smaller WC as well. I contemplated the XTAC Elite Carry comp - but in 9MM, I suspect it won’t be as noticeable a recoil save.

Thanks again for your input above
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Old 04-02-2020, 04:17 PM
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I have both, and also, I am stuck in a restricted state. The X-Tac was my preferred carry until I got the EDC X9. The reason being, I have large hands, wear an XL or XXL glove, and the large backstrap and long trigger combination on the EDC fits & points for me as (almost) no other.
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Old 04-02-2020, 04:23 PM
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Certainly agree with CA that if you can only have 10 round magazines that it takes the advantage away from the X9. I really like my X9 but would not have one if I was limited in my magazine capacity.

The true 1911’s made by Wilson are my favorites. The. XTAC pattern is a great texture that gives a really nice purchase on the gun. I still prefer checkering and especially the new 25 LPI checkering but that is just my own personal preference.

My compact Stealth in .45 is my favorite summer carry gun. One thing with Wilson is that there are a lot of models and options to choose from. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-02-2020, 06:41 PM
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If I was limited to 10 rounds for mag capacity, I would give serious consideration to the EDC X9s sub-compact. As far as EDC X9, the larger mag capacity would be a no-select for me if limited to 10-round mag capacity, as the EDC 9 single-stack would be more familiar for 1911 enthusiasts like myself. Since I'm not limited in mag capacity, I chose the EDC X9 over the EDC 9 simply to get the higher capacity, and my experience with it during the prototype testing sold me on that over the EDC 9. Anyway, that's my viewpoint, no better or worse than anyone else's.
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Old 04-03-2020, 08:32 AM
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I have the EDC X9 and X-Tac Elite Compact Comp. Because of your state's 10 rd limit they are wash as far as the ammo capacity. You can get 10 rd 9mm mags for the X-Tac. The X-tac is the more traditional 1911 with an internal extractor and grip safety. The EDC X9 has the advantage of replaceable back straps and exterior extractor and standard adjustable rear sight. For feel the X-Tac is slimmer overall but heaver due to the all carbon steel frame vs. the alloy frame of the EDC X9. Here are my two. The EDC X9 has the large back strap so looks/is bigger in the grip.
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Old 04-03-2020, 10:51 AM
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I have both an EDC X9 and an X-Tac Elite Compact.....it's almost like the apple versus orange comparison.
I have somewhat small hands, so the EDC X9 with small backstrap and medium trigger is about as large as I'd care to go. The more "rounded" feel of the EDC's grip requires more concentration for me to get a proper grip on the draw and maintain it (versus a 1911-type frame). The muzzle flip of the aluminum framed EDC does suffer from more muzzle flip than any steel framed pistol, but the X-Tac grip treatment really assists with maintaining a proper firing grip.
Regarding the X-Tac Elite Compact, I can't think of a better range pistol (for me). The noticeable weight difference does lend itself to better recoil mitigation (even with the 9mm cartridge). I notice less difference in shooting 115, 124 and 147 grain loads with the all steel gun than with the EDC X9 (which is "softer" shooting with heavier bullets). The X-Tac grip treatment is much more pleasant than the 30 LPI checkering on my older WC 1911's....my buddy's new 25 LPI checkering is very aggressive, but this wouldn't be an issue with either pistol you're suggesting.
For a state with limits on magazine capacity, and for the new pistol's intended use as a home-defense pistol and range blaster, I would not hesitate to recommend the X-Tac Elite Compact. That was exactly why I selected it for my newest pistol.
Easy on the hand grip treatment, soaks up recoil, points great, accepts a weapon-mounted light, traditional 1911 ergo's, speed chute for reloads, etc.
Good luck with your shopping!!!

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Old 04-03-2020, 11:50 AM
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The X9 will not shoot as quickly or handle as well as a true 1911, more recoil, swims around in the hand, and is not as square so it's harder to know where it's pointed mid recoil. It also doesn't shoot neutral and requires you to correct point of aim after every shot severely slowing it down vs guns that automatically come right back.

If you have a ammo cap limit get a comped 9mm instead, it will run circles around basically everything that exists
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:43 PM
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I have both an EDC X9 and an X-Tac Elite Compact.....it's almost like the apple versus orange comparison.
I have somewhat small hands, so the EDC X9 with small backstrap and medium trigger is about as large as I'd care to go. The more "rounded" feel of the EDC's grip requires more concentration for me to get a proper grip on the draw and maintain it (versus a 1911-type frame). The muzzle flip of the aluminum framed EDC does suffer from more muzzle flip than any steel framed pistol, but the X-Tac grip treatment really assists with maintaining a proper firing grip.
Regarding the X-Tac Elite Compact, I can't think of a better range pistol (for me). The noticeable weight difference does lend itself to better recoil mitigation (even with the 9mm cartridge). I notice less difference in shooting 115, 124 and 147 grain loads with the all steel gun than with the EDC X9 (which is "softer" shooting with heavier bullets). The X-Tac grip treatment is much more pleasant than the 30 LPI checkering on my older WC 1911's....my buddy's new 25 LPI checkering is very aggressive, but this wouldn't be an issue with either pistol you're suggesting.
For a state with limits on magazine capacity, and for the new pistol's intended use as a home-defense pistol and range blaster, I would not hesitate to recommend the X-Tac Elite Compact. That was exactly why I selected it for my newest pistol.
Easy on the hand grip treatment, soaks up recoil, points great, accepts a weapon-mounted light, traditional 1911 ergo's, speed chute for reloads, etc.
Good luck with your shopping!!!
Grinch - Thank you very much. Prior to writing this, I was leaning towards the XTAC elite compact.

Was looking for the confirmation of the 1911 style of it, as well as the noted lowered recoil of the steel frame.

Thanks to everyone for the expertise and guidance. Very much appreciated
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:45 PM
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I have the EDC X9 and X-Tac Elite Compact Comp. Because of your state's 10 rd limit they are wash as far as the ammo capacity. You can get 10 rd 9mm mags for the X-Tac. The X-tac is the more traditional 1911 with an internal extractor and grip safety. The EDC X9 has the advantage of replaceable back straps and exterior extractor and standard adjustable rear sight. For feel the X-Tac is slimmer overall but heaver due to the all carbon steel frame vs. the alloy frame of the EDC X9. Here are my two. The EDC X9 has the large back strap so looks/is bigger in the grip.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:59 AM
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I bought a X9, I never really liked it. I would buy a X-TAC Elite Pro and be done with it. The 4 inch Pro in 9mm is a awesome gun.
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Old 04-04-2020, 11:02 AM
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If it’s for range and night stand use then why not just go full size? If you aren’t carrying it, the smaller size will just lose you some recoil management. If you are limited to 10 rounds and it sound like you want 9mm a full size steel 1911 would be my first choice. If you don’t have the 10 round limit then I’d throw the X9L in as an option. I only had mine for a short time but I liked it a lot, it’s not a 1911 but pretty close. If it was made in a steel frame I’d get another one. I realize you said you are looking for a compact but personally I only use a smaller gun because it suits a purpose, like concealed carry and being limited by what I’m wearing. Otherwise a full size will mitigate recoil better so why not if I’m not carrying it.

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