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  1. So you got a new XD, now what?

    With the holiday season now past us, many fortunate among us are the proud new owner of a Springfield XD handgun. If you are one of these lucky individuals coming here for these first steps, or a long time owner, let us talk about what to do with that hogleg when you get it. Inspect it This step is important no matter if you have a new gun or a used on fall into your lap. With the firearm unloaded and pointed in a safe direction, go ahead and give it a field strip, checking for signs of...
  2. Stripping Your XD Platform

    Proper care and maintenance of your Springfield XD is something that every owner and user should know like the back of your hand. Luckily, the gun has a very basic take down process. However, there are a couple of tricks to keep in mind. Why learn to field strip? Every time you fire your XD, carbon is created from burnt propellant and lead shavings from the bullet itself. These need to be removed after firing to ensure the weapon is clean and functional. Even if you never fire the gun,...
  3. How is your XD Secured?

    In 2012, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Justice, some 190,342 firearms were lost or stolen, with the majority of these being handguns. Tragically, most never get recovered which means that it is all-important to make sure that they don't grow feet and walk away in the first place. This sets the stage for asking just how your own gun is secured. Gun safes Now first of all, we aren't talking about an everyday carry piece or a nightstand gun that is loaded and ready to go at...
  4. Want to win a Bersa?

    Our sister site, BersaForum.com, is giving away a Bersa Thunder .380 duotone and I want you to enter for your chance to win it. The first step in entering is registering. [URL]http://www.bersaforum.com/forum/account.php[/URL] After registration please follow this link for complete rules of entry. [URL]http://www.bersaforum.com/forum/f5/bersa-thunder-duotone-380-giveaway-1361/[/URL] Thanks for entering, and good luck!
  5. How to Properly Pronounce 10 Gun Names You're Likely Saying Wrong (VIDEO)

    By default, if you are a member here (or just stopping by), odds are you are a dyed-in-the-wool XD fan. However, even you likely have had at least a few of the below pass through your hands at one time or another. There are few things more embarrassing for a new gun owner than mispronouncing the name of a firearm. It's even more embarrassing for a long-time gun owner. To help the gun owning public, our friends over at OutdoorHub put together this great video to lay out how to better...
  6. 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...
  7. New Springfield Mod 2 XD's Debuting

    Calling the updated design a "refinement of a classic, a distillation of greatness," Springfield is now advertising their Mod.2 XD series pistols which offers a number of improvements. It's a modification of the XD(S) 3-inch subcompact in both 9mm and .40S&W-- but has just a ton of small upgrades to it. New features These guns will be loaded with a host of innovative features that have long been absent from other Croatian polymers. These include a new fiber-optic front sight post...
  8. 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...
  9. Having fun with 5 Plates with your XD

    Basic skills training with your Springer is more than just working on paper targets. To help train shoot/ no-shoot, magazine exchanges, target transition and other tasks to shooters, I like to run a series of drills with a series of five freestanding steel plates. Here's how they go. The plates Paper targets have the place but I have a special part of my soul that loves the sound that lead makes on steel when flying in excess of 800fps. That auditory 'ting' of a good, solid hit on metal...
  10. 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...
  11. The XD as part of your balanced firearms collection

    Your Springfield XD fills a niche in your gun locker for a self-defense pistol both in the home and out in the big, bad world as well as a gun for target shooting and some sporting uses. However, what do you have to go along with the XD to scratch that itch and round out the collection? Here's some suggestions. A modern sporting rifle Although your XD can protect the homestead, your vehicle, and your person out to a range of 25 yards reliably, maybe even out to 50 if you really practice...
  12. Washington man gets painful lesson in how to safely unload his XD

    Two weeks ago an unidentified Springfield owner found out the hard way the proper procedure for unloading his handgun after he accidentally shot himself in the leg-- as he unholstered his handgun while seated in his truck. The town Located between Seattle and Tacoma in King County Washington is the ville of Federal Way. This metropolis of some 89,000 is currently the 10th largest city in Washington State. Originally, a logging town, Wiki says that the town is home to Weyerhaeuser, the...
  13. So you've been involved in a defensive gun use, now what?

    It has happened. That event that you always hoped would never occur under your watch: having to use a firearm in self-defense. Whether you had to pull the trigger or not, you now have several things to worry about. Will you be charged? Go to jail? Stripped of your guns? Sued? Lets talk about that. The 3-legs of self-defense As a firearms instructor for both concealed carriers and security/law enforcement, I spend a lot of my time talking about the proper use of force. Now, force can be...
  14. HillwigTool Universal Site Pusher Giveaway!

    Our fantastic sponsors over at Hillwig Tools have donated one of their Universal Site Pushers to be given away here on XDForum and it's time for you to join up! Follow this link to enter now. [URL]https://www.xdforum.com/forum/f7/universal-site-pusher-giveaway-2225/[/URL] Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
  15. 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...
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