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  1. 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...
  2. XDs Pocket 45

    Springfield Armory, in company with the same renowned HS Produkt factory in Europe, had come out with a pocket-carry .45ACP. Dubbed the XD-S, it uses the same action as the proven XD line of short recoil operated semi-automatic pistols in a much smaller profile. When compared to such .45ACP subcompacts on the market as the Glock 36, the XD-S is a lighter, shorter, and most importantly slimmer firearm. The design of the XD-S The XD-S is an all-new platform ergonomically designed to place...
  3. Setback Testing of Federal Hydra-Shok 45ACP

    Study of Setback for Federal Hydra-Shok 45ACP Ammunition This article is a follow-on study after "Study of Setback for Hornady Critical Defense 9mm Ammunition", published on Firearms Talk Forum (FTF). Setback of the bullet in a cartridge is a known issue that can affect the firing characteristics of the round. Setback is caused by the impact of the bullet on the feed ramp as the round is chambered. Adverse effects include overpressuring the cartridge when fired. Damage to the weapon is...
  4. OWB Holsters for XD

    The Springfield XD is one of the most popular handguns in current usage. When carrying the XD the most popular options are inside the waistband (IWB) for deep concealment, duty carry on a belt for uniformed or tactical law-enforcement/security missions, and outside the waistband (OWB) for in-between. OWB will allow the concealed carry user to have the best access to their firearm while using an outer garment for concealment. It's also the default method of plainclothes officers or those who...
  5. XDs for Competition

    You've seen the pro shooters out there with their $2000 1911 race guns do amazing things. Did you know that your humble Springfield carry gun, with a few tweaks, can hold their own rather well? Custom options USPSA (for their Production class events) and IPSC both have XDs on their list of approved guns. Besides the Springfield custom shop, Barsto, Springer Precision, Canyon Creek, and others specialize in building competition grade XDs with Dawson or Sevigny Competition sights, smoothed...
  6. 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...
  7. The Springfield XD for Law Enforcement

    When you look around at law enforcement officers and notice what they are carrying, you spot a lot of SIGs, Glocks, Smith and Wessons, and the occasional Ruger. With the Springfield XD being such a popular, effective, and well-made modern handgun, you would expect to see more of them in the holsters of the men and women of the Thin Blue Line. Currently, XDs are a minority in law enforcement circles and we went looking to see why that is. Here is what we found out. Adopted By... (photo by...
  8. XD Tactical 5

    One of the more 'high-speed' of all XD platforms is the oft-forgotten Tactical series. These rugged and reliable long slide pistols feature a 5-inch barrel that gives the firearm the feel of a normal XD on steroids. Why 5-inches? One of the best pistol platforms of all time, with just over 101-years of solid use, is the Colt 1911. One of the reasons that the 1911 is so popular is its inherent accuracy. A principal design element that makes this legend so accurate is the long sight radius...
  9. 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...
  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. XD External Grip Safeties

    The very minute you pick up your first XD pistol, you notice the funny little button/lever in the back of the grip. Is it to help take off the backstraps to replace them? Is it a loaded chamber indicator? Does it have something to do with take down disassembly? No, no, no, it's an external grip safety and it's been around for a hundred years give or take. Why a grip safety? (this is why the grip safety was demanded by the US Army in the 1900s) Grip safeties on semi-automatic handguns...
  12. What Is Melonite?

    Since 2006, Springfield has been shipping a large portion of their pistols treated in an anti-corrosion process described as Melonite. Unlike Duracoat, cerakote, and others, Melonite is not a spray-on or baked-on coating. It is not paint. Like hard chroming or nickel treatments, it is a much more intensive but is almost 20-times as strong as those legacy processes. Melonite is a very hard finish that is produced by a controlled chemical reaction and here at XD Forums we thought you should...
  13. XD Sub-Compact 3 Compared

    Springfields new subcompact model, the XD 3 is a well thought out design in the realm of striker fired polymer-framed pistols. It's designed for use by CCW/open carry practitioners, in home defense, or for law enforcement tasking. With that in mind, let's see how it stacks up against its two closest rivals-the Ruger SR and the Baby Glock. The Springfield XD 3" Sub-Compact is DAO striker-fired semi-auto with a doublestack magazine. Coming in at just 6.25-inches overall, it's actually...
  14. 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...
  15. Springfield XD on the Big Screen

    Unlike its oft compared to rival, the Glock, the Springfield XD series of polymer frame handguns have not been in hundreds of films. With that being said, the XD has made a number of appearances in the past few years. XD Forum took a day off to go to the movies and see what we could find. Why film appearances count So what, you may ask, does it matter if a gun makes supporting actor roles in films? It doesn't make the gun a better carry piece, more effective, or shoot even one bit better...
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