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  1. The Springfields that never were: The SA Cat series

    Before the XD was imported to the U.S., Springfield Armory had a plan for a very different series of handguns. Dubbed the Bobcat, Firecat, and Lynx, these handguns of SA's "R" series were chambered from .25ACP to .45S&W, but good luck finding any... (Ah the elusive Astra A-70, er we mean, the Springfield Armory Firecat!) The concept Springfield Armory as we know and love it today sprouted up in the 1960s in Illinois and cut their teeth making M14 series rifles (what we know today as the...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Silencerco announces threaded barrels, promises XD

    One of the most innovative suppressor makers in the country, Utah-based Silencerco, is promising a new series of drop-in barrels in 2015 for the Springfield XD series. With some 500,000 NFA-registered legal Title II suppressors (also known incorrectly as silencers) in the country, with almost half of those produced in the past decade alone, more and more people are investing $200 in tax stamp to buy a "can." Silencerco Osprey in .45ACP. Coming to an XD near you? The thing is, you have to...
  7. 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...
  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. Training barrels for your XD

    When practicing movement drills, weapon presentation, holstering, close combat, and other evolutions that do not require a loaded firearm, there is no substitute for safety. With that in mind, let us talk about clearing the barrel of your favorite XD in an instantly verifiable way. Why do this? Much of your training regimen for the use of your handgun does not involve range time and making holes in paper. Safe dry fire, draw practice, reloading, and presentation drills build all-important...
  10. The dangerous Squib load, and what to look for

    In every firearms class that I find myself in, before we issue out brass and get ready go loud, a number of subjects are covered such as range alibi fire, first responder etiquette, eye and ear protection, basic safety guidelines, and what to do with hang fires, misfires and squibs. Squibs? Someone nearly always asks? What's that? Glad you asked. What it is... The point by point definition of a squib load is, according to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI),...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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,...
  14. 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...
  15. 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,...
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