We applied for our pistol permits a few weeks ago, and finally got them this past Saturday. It took 2 days shy of 3 weeks from the time we turned the applications in to the time they arrived in the mail. That's the great thing about Wayne County. Just a few miles west, in Monroe County, it takes anywhere from 6 months to a year to get your permit. Our sister-in-law applied over 2 months ago. She's still waiting.
So the first two days of having our Springfield XD-9, we fired about 170 rounds of ammo through it. That thing is really fun to shoot, but it could start to get expensive when you tear through a magazine in about 30-40 seconds.
I'm loving the XD. I like the extra safety features like the grip safety and split trigger, the cocked indicator and the chambered round indicator. And on the range, the gun shoots very nicely-- comfortable to grip, low recoil, fast follow-up shots, no jamming or misfires. The XD is also extremely easy to take down and put back together without any tools. And while a lot of handguns have a reversible magazine release, the XD simply has a magazine release on both sides -- no need to change anything. It also has a built-in accessory rail for tactical flashlights or laser sights if you so choose.
The XD came with a plastic carrying case, holster, 2 magazines, a speed loader, magazine holster that holds 2 magazines, cleaning brush, and a gun lock. Gander Mountain threw in another gun lock and a "gun sock".
My decision came down between the Springfield XD or the Beretta PX4 Storm, and I can honestly say I don't regret my decision at all. The Beretta is a nice gun, but if I were to buy another handgun, I would get another XD in a heartbeat.