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  1. 30 Springfield XDs snatched from Washington gun store

    With a team of late night burglars crashing through a neighboring business wall to make their entry, some $40,000 worth of firearms and accessories were stolen from a Washington state gun store recently. The thieves' haul included a variety of XD pistols-- and the feds are offering a reward for their recovery. (Some 30 Springfield XDs in 9mm, 40S&W, and .45ACP such as the one shown above, were stolen. Photo by ATF) The incident Lakewood, Washington, (Pop. 58,000) in quiet Pierce County...
  2. 4-inch XDS .45ACP now shipping

    Springfield Armory is working hard to expand its XD collection of combat handguns and really trying to have something on the shelf for everyone. When the XD(S) came out with its 3.3.-inch barrel, it was soon followed by the 4-inch version this January, which debuted at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. However, at the time, it was just offered in 9mm. Well, SA's Croatian Willy Wonka factory listened to the cries of .45ACP hardballers and delivered. That's right, a 4-inch XD(S) in .45ACP, the...
  3. Archeologists pore over Springfield Armory Historic Site

    As an XD fan, you will notice the classic and historic Springfield Armory cannon wheel and artillery piece ordnance crest located on the slide of every one you pick up. While today's SA is only based on the name of the original institution, which is now a monument to American ingenuity and a storage place for the national relic firearms history, the original Springfield Armory is undergoing an archeological excavation to help preserve this history. Background on the Armory The year after...
  4. Are XDs Really Made In Croatia?

    Springfield Armory's XD series combat pistols have been popular in the US for nearly a decade. Prominently marked on the side of each slide are the words: Made in Croatia. So what's the deal with that? Are XD pistols really made in Croatia, and moreover, who makes them? Who is Springfield Armory? The Springfield Armory, founded in 1777 by then-General George Washington to make cartridges and gun carriages for the Continental Army in Springfield, Massachusetts. For nearly 200 years, the...
  5. Balancing your EDC load

    While your XD is forever at your side while you are traveling out in the world, what do you have to accompany it on the journey? We talk about some of the more popular options out there for your consideration. Lights The funny thing about this planet is that the sun comes up and goes down every, single, day. This means that on a long enough timeline, we spend at least half the year in the dark. Even if the sun is out, we often find ourselves inside where it can often become, with little...
  6. Before The XD Was The HS95

    Most XD owners who know a thing or two about the history of their guns are aware that the Springfield Armory XD started as the HS-2000 in Croatia. What they may not know is that before the HS, there was the HS95. That gun was very different from today's XD but by knowing the gun's past you can see its present. Why the HS95 Founded in 1853, Zastava Arms in Kragujevac Yugoslavia (then Serbia, now Serbia again) has long been a player in the firearms game. For 150 odd years, they made various...
  7. Cleveland's Holsters Review

    Bobby Cleveland is the proprietor of Cleveland's Holsters LLC located in West Allis, Wisconsin. [URL]https://clevelandsholsters.com/[/URL] [URL]https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clevelands-Holsters-LLC/119323708154588[/URL] Bobby was gracious enough to send us two holsters to test and review for the members here. One for a Glock 30SF and one for a Colt 1911a1. Cleveland's Holsters are made from 100% American manufactured materials and are produced for a variety of pistols and revolvers. The two styles offered are...
  8. Color it up: Filling the roll marks on your XD

    One of the joys of gun ownership is the ability to personalize your firearm. For some this means changing out sites, recoil springs, and other temporary additions that change the mechanics of the gun. For others there are more permanent changes such as stippling and slide porting which cannot be undone and, if done improperly, damage the firearm. Then there are little cosmetic changes that are pleasing to the eye of the beholder that can do not affect the performance of the gun one bit, but...
  9. 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...
  10. Desantis IWB Holsters for XD 3 Compacts

    Finding a holster for your pistol can be maddening. The Springfield XD 3 series of compact pistols, billed as the smallest under-barrel railed handgun in its class, is a new and popular design. This pistol, due to its size is sometimes hard to find leather to fit it. New York-based holster maker Desantis produces no less than seven models of inside the waistband holsters billed to fit the 3" XD subcompact pistols. Intruder This model is a tuckable and adjustable holster made from leather...
  11. Do you get the most of your XD at the range?

    With the current price of ammo and the ever-pressing need to get everything accomplished in our world, range time can be both expensive and hard to find. Taking this in mind, I developed an easy, 1-hour, 50-round session that I try to stick to in an effort to get the most from my XD experience. Why I practice I am an everyday carrier. My four current personal platforms vary from day to day and occasion to occasion but I do have a pair of XD series handguns that cycle through this...
  12. Florida mother introduces robber to her XD

    After finding a man running around her property at 4:30 a.m., Lizette Rosario retrieved her Springfield XD, refusing to allow her family to become victims. What happened next will surprise you. (Yes, you can operate an XD just fine, even with a manicure. Photo by WKMG) The town Located along the Central Atlantic coast of Florida, roughly midway between St. Augustine and Miami is small and quiet Orange City. With a population of just over 10,000, the historic town in Volusia County, which...
  13. 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...
  14. Freak incident causes accidental discharge for XD-equipped officer

    Normally in the world of "guns that go off by themselves," the root cause of the problem is something that involves someone's trigger finger being negligently on the trigger. However a case in West Virginia, of a sheriff's deputy in a struggle with a mentally ill subject, may be a true accidental (if you consider an unstable person intervening to be accidental) discharge. The gun shot Kanawha County, West Virginia is the most populated county in that mountainous state. Home to the state...
  15. Glock vs XD

    In all of the great head-to-head competitions in history, there has to be a winner. No matter whether it's Coke vs. Pepsi, Ford vs. Chevy, Alabama vs. LSU, or Tastes Great vs. Less Filling, someone has to win, even if it's just by a nose. Within the polymer-framed pistol community there is no greater rivalry between XD and Glock. Let's break it down: Both are reliable, have double-stack magazines, internal safeties, loaded chamber indicators, cocked slide indicators, effective sights, good...
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