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  1. 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...
  2. Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 sub-compact now available in .45ACP

    Promised a couple months ago, Springer has made good by coming up with possibly their best .45 XD compact handgun in the past 15 years when they introduced the Mod 2 in that caliber this week at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Other XD .45 compacts The Mod 2 is not the first in the line but, when compared to the others, it could very well be the best. Going back through the lineup of guns that are still in production, SA runs the classic XD 4-inch Compact. When you say 'compact' here,...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Hunting with your Springfield XD

    Traditionally, outdoorsmen who use firearms are thought of as either being shotgun or rifle users. However, there are also those hardy souls who undertake to go after game with something smaller and with a much more challenging sight picture-the handgun. With that being said, there is often a place for XD owners in the woods. Why handgun hunting? Some of the most famous of American outdoor legends including Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, and Jack O'Connor hunted deer and other medium to...
  7. 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...
  8. Springfield XD-S: Confirmed Robber repellant

    When the young female clerk at a used bookstore in Iowa was confronted recently with a robber armed with a can of pepper spray, she reacted in a way she never thought she would have to. In short, when the man came a-knocking, her Springfield XD said, "No soliciting." The town (Fort Dodge, IA, doesnt it look like a nice place? Photo credit: Wiki) Fort Dodge, Iowa, located in Webster County, is a quiet little town of about 25,000. They still have a traditional downtown area, a small zoo...
  9. The XDS: Top concealable .45 semi auto

    Springfield Armory has for generations been known as one of the go-to providers of traditional longslide 1911-style .45ACP handguns. When they debuted the XD series, being European in design, was chambered in 9x19mm parabellum. To this was later added the American favorite .45 and the new runner-up, the .40S&W. Well, in recent months XD has come out with their top-notch XDS series of single-stack concealable pistols that have really proven themselves to be popular. The XD(S) in a nutshell....
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  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. 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...
  15. 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...
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