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  1. Thinking about open carry and what you need to know

    When carrying your firearms outside the home, you have two basic choices by logic: whether to carry lawfully concealed or openly in accordance with your local regulations. We take a look at the latter, which is both growing in controversy and acceptance. What is open carry? By its very name, the definition of the act in question is the simple unconcealed public carry of a firearm outside the home be it a long arm or handgun. It can be either for personal defense, or to exercise your Second...
  2. Crimson Trace to debut a green diode Laserguard sight system for the XDS

    One of the leading sighting systems companies in the country, Wilsonville, Oregon-based Crimson Trace has announced they are bringing a green light laser to the market for the Springfield Armory XD(S) pistol. Founded in 1994, Crimson Trace has been marketing laser sights for over 20 years and has gotten pretty good at it. Why a laser? "Your heart pounds as adrenaline surges. You experience target fixation. Your near vision deteriorates. Your field of vision narrows. You don't hear...
  3. Timeline of the fight to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Infographic)

    First framed by founding father James Madison back in 1789, the fundamental rights protected under the Second Amendment of the Constitution to keep and bear arms have been under attack for centuries and withstood the test of time with both wins and losses for those who defend gun rights. With the current administration's efforts to paint certain classes of firearms as being, "not family heritage or family tradition," while advocating a ban in the same breath, it appears that the war is still...
  4. Working on that stance to bring it into the 21st Century

    Before you even go to slap leather, think about how you are standing. No matter whether its target shooting, plinking, or defensive combat, remember that the first two are a simple evolution of the last. If a martial artist, be it a boxer, a foil fencer, an MMA competitor, or a wrestler stepped into the ring or arena unprepared and their balance off center, how are they going to be able to react to their opponent? They cannot. The same logic applies to shooting, be it with a rifle,...
  5. Working to smooth out your trigger pull-- no matter the gun

    If you have heard it once, you have head it a thousand times: squeeze the trigger, don't jerk it-nobody likes a jerk. The reason for this is simple. If you slap that trigger, you are going to pull your muzzle off target. At close range, you won't notice it, but at distances 7 yards and further, the slap of a trigger can lead to throwing off your shot by several inches. Further back and you won't even hit the target at all. One sure way to fix this is to train your brain to have a slow and...
  6. Springfield announces Single Stack Summer free mags event

    Springfield Armory is currently running a special until Aug. 31 that gives every XD-S buyer a whole bunch of swag that includes mags of all flavors and a pouch. Background on the XDS With the "S" in the series denoting a single stack magazine, these guns took the improvements that came about with the M-series XD over the original HS2000 pattern gun and shrunk everything down. Using a 3.3-inch or 4-inch barrel coupled with a frame that is slimmed significantly by the use of a single stack...
  7. XD doubles down on quiet time: Brings out 2 models with factory-threaded barrels

    The good folks in Genesco, Illinois must have finally realized that there are nearly 600,000 legal suppressors out there-- a figure that is growing by the minute-- and have debuted both a 9mm and .45ACP XD (M) model with factory threaded barrels. Why bother? Although suppressors (commonly but incorrectly termed silencers) are highly regulated (you have to file a Form 4 with the ATF and pay a $200 tax per can), they are not illegal to own under federal law. Further, in now 40 states,...
  8. Springfield Armory brings out the XDS 3.3 in FDE

    If you have been on the fence about getting a single-stack slimline XD(S) 3.3 in either 9mm or .45ACP but just really wanted one in flat dark earth, its time you dig into the cookie jar because you are now in luck. As reported this week, Springfield Armory, through Davidsons (one of the largest firearms wholesalers in the country), is now offering a number of M1A rifles and XD series pistols in flat dark earth. Included in the release are two new XD(S) 3.3 variants, in 9mm and .45ACP...
  9. Using Cover and Concealment

    In a gunfight, you never want to stand out in the open, like high noon in an Old Western movie, and shoot it out in a fair fight. There is no such thing. You had better believe that if a bad person is shooting at you, they are going to strive to make it as unfair to you as possible and you should return the favor. One of the best guides in your tactical toolbox is the proper use of cover and concealment. What is Good Cover? Cover is something bullet resistant that you can tuck most of the...
  10. Springfield Armory's War Daddy: The Illinois M-1 Garand

    The company we know today as SA, who use the same name as the legendary Springfield Armory founded by the Continental Army, actually started in Illinois in 1974 with the production of a semi-auto version of the M-14 rifle (dubbed the M1A) and a new-production version of the classic 8-shot 30.06 brawler of World War II and Korea: the M-1 Garand rifle. Would you like to know more? The M-1 Author's 1943-made WWII-era Springfield Armory M-1 Garand. Not looking too shabby for a 82 year old gun...
  11. Flying with guns, or, how to keep the TSA from keeping your XD

    Last week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took 49 firearms off passengers headed to their planes of which 44 were loaded and 23 had rounds chambered. One of these was a beautiful XD (M) taken from a passenger in Charlotte, North Carolina. As you move through life, you often have to travel. Travel, of course, occasionally involves flying in commercial airliners. Here are some tips and tricks for doing so with that favorite gun in your life. (The Charlotte XDM, now in TSA...
  12. Suppressing your XD

    In the past ten years, the number of suppressors, commonly but incorrectly termed silencers, has doubled to nearly 600,000 legal "cans" registered with the feds. With that in mind, let's see just what you have to do to get one on the end of your Springfield Armory XD. Is it legal? Introduced in the 1900s these devices were sold for peanuts back then to allow shooters to practice without waking the neighbors on a Saturday morning. Then in 1934, they were, largely without reason, lumped in...
  13. Ohio town sees controversy over planned XD raffle for kids benefit

    When a local gun store in a Dayton suburb offered up a new Springfield Armory XDS to raffle off in support of a children's baseball team, some in the media and the community blew the story out of portion. The town Huber Heights, Ohio (pop 38,000) is a quiet kinda place. Located just outside of the bustle of Dayton, it bills itself as "America's largest community of brick homes," and only began development in the 1950s. According to the town's wiki page, former Pittsburg Steeler Will Allen...
  14. Installing an After Market Slide Stop

    I received my Pistol Gear Extended Slide Stop this week. I decided to wait till this weekend to write a range report so that I would have some time with it at the weekly steel shoot. So I spent a few hours shooting steel and doing reloads while shooting the Texas star and some poppers, and I was impressed with how easy it was to release the slide without having to shift my gun as much as usual. The slide stop sticks out a bit farther back than the OEM version and this allows you to engage...
  15. Running a DIY Hot Caustic Blue on a Springfield XD

    Ok guys I've been thinking of doing this for some time and this week I decided to go for it. I've been wanting to do a hot caustic blue on my XD tactical and last week I found a great recipe. So, here goes. Warning this mixture is nasty and can cause serious burns. The Lye reacts with the water and can splash you causing burns. Wear eye protection, rubber gloves, aprons, face shield. Do not breathe the fumes. Even the droplets from it fizzing burn skin. Ingredients: -4 cans Drain Out...
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