The person mentioned in the previous posts sent an email last night which I just read. He bought the service model XD-9 yesterday and took it straight to the range. He likes it. He said he was impressed with it, and surprised by his own accuracy.
This is someone who, when I ran into him last Saturday, had said something like, "Oh, I would never get a handgun" when we first got on the subject. And now he's blazing away with a new XD and loving it. I like to think that I had something to do with it.