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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. Is a HS2000 an XD or is an XD a HS2000?

    If you are a Springfield XD shooter, owner, or enthusiast, odds are you have bumped into the term "HS2000" in your travels. You may have even heard speculation that the HS2000 is the XD. Well, we are here to bust the myths and shatter the misconceptions. What is an HS2000? Back in the (former) People's Republic of Yugoslavia, there was a group of engineers in the state of Croatia who banded together to form a company called IM Metal just as the hard-working Croats decided to pack up their...
  3. To Stipple or Not to Stipple your XD? That is the question

    If you have a Springfield XD, you know that you have one of the plainest gun grips in the world and there is not a lot you could do to change that with a set of aftermarket grips as on other pistols. Let's face it, it's a polymer framed gun, which doesn't lend to a lot of customization on the lower. One very common DIY trick to fix this, especially for older pre-M series guns, is a stippling job. This act of burning holes in things that you love may (or may not) be the answer you are looking...
  4. The 357 SIG story as told by Springfield

    When SIG and Federal teamed up in 1994 to develop the bottle-nosed powerhouse that later became the .357 SIG round, everyone that was serious about personal defense took notice. One of the first offerings in the XD line once importation switched over from HS in 2002, the SA XD 357 still lives today. Why the 357SIG? As you can see in this image, the 357 SIG is one of the few modern bottle-necked pistol rounds in common use in the Western world. If the lower case looks familiar to the...
  5. Going .460: Rowland Upgrades for your Springfield XD

    One of the most popular caliber swaps for large frame pistols is the relatively new .460 Rowland caliber. It offers a bit more bang for the buck but has some things to keep in mind. We look at this innovative aftermarket conversion for the Springfield XD. What is the .460R? If you took a .45ACP sized round, and made it deliver performance around that of a .44 Magnum, then you have something on the order of the .460 Rowland. This round, the brainchild of "Shooting Show" host Johnny Ray...
  6. 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...
  7. Oddball Croatian room-broom: The Agram 2000

    In the 1990s, the new country of Croatia was in a pickle. Cut off from access to foreign weapons and facing a very well-armed Yugoslav military, the little republic was in dire need of modern small arms of every sort. That's where some local ingenuity produced a host of homemade but forward thinking firearms-- to include the Agram. (The A2000 shown with its standard screw on suppressor. Photo via Zonawar.ru) Why was it made? Back in the (former) People's Republic of Yugoslavia, there was a...
  8. Springfield XD chambered in .45 GAP: It does exist

    For a beautiful two-year period, a beautiful but rare handgun existed. This polymer-framed, striker-fired gun, developed on spec from Springfield Armory came in the very unlikely caliber of .45GAP. Moreover, it's not an urban legend. What is the .45 GAP? Developed by CCI/Speer engineer Ernest Durham at request of the Glock company, the .45 caliber Glock Automatic Pistol cartridge, commonly just referred to as .45GAP, is something of a compact round that gives roughly the same performance...
  9. Mech Tech debuts carbine conversion unit for XD pistols

    Ever seen those groovy kits out there marketed to add an extended barrel and stock to a Glock or 1911 that in the end turns those humble handguns into a compact rifle? Well its XDs time at bat as the same guys which make those are planning to ship a Springer model in coming days. Why do this? Simply put, the longer a barrel is, the more propellant is burned behind a bullet, which in turn, allows it to build speed (velocity). It's not just a theory, but a fact. If you head on over to...
  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. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. The Springfield XD's Weird Croatian Grandpa

    Those of you who have ever looked at the slide of your Springfield XD have long ago realized that the pistol was made in a faraway land by the name of Croatia. There, the gun started life in 1999 as the HS2000 pistol. However, what you may not know is that the old HS owed its beginnings to a weirder looking design that preceded it. (This...is the XD's grandpa, the PHP MV9) IM Metal The Balkan European country of Croatia is famous for inventing the necktie, and saving Europe a few times...
  15. Springfield Custom Shop enhancements for the XD

    While primarily known for turning out supped up 1911 longslides, the Springfield Armory Custom shop also will extensively refit and upgrade your standard XD in a number of options for carry and competition. Springfield Armory Custom Shop series XD(S) 3.8 Compact Carry (Photo by Springfield Armory) About the shop If you want to set up your XD to run like a Swiss watch, there are several methods of accomplishing this. In addition to aftermarket suppliers such as Springer Precision, Pistol...
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