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  1. Let the blue gun be your friend: The XD rubber replica

    Whether you call them blue guns, rubber ducks, decoy guns, or whatever, solid polymer practice guns can serve a multitude of purposes while helping to hone perishable skills on the cheap as well. What are they? The military and police have for generations used dummy guns to train new recruits. Often called "Quaker Rifles" back in the 19th Century, they were typically wooden rifle stocks affixed to a solid receiver and barrel. They were made from stocks of surplus guns and piles of damaged...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  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. 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...
  6. States moving to Constitutional Carry in record numbers

    When the year began, just five states allowed otherwise law-abiding residents in their jurisdiction to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without having a permit issued to them by the government to do so. This practice, termed "Constitutional Carry" in reference to the protections allowed in the Second Amendment, is gaining attention and could be seen in as many as a dozen states by this time next year. Why permitless carry? First off, this practice does not replace lawful...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Springfield owner causes controversy with backyard range

    In Florida, state preemption laws have local city and county governments running gun shy when it comes to regulating firearms, which as far as the Second Amendment in concerned, is a good thing. Using this to his advantage, an XD owner seeking to get in some trigger time set up a backyard shooting range-- but quickly drew return fire from his neighbors. The town Down in South Florida, in Pinellas County is "Old St. Pete" The fifth largest city in the Sunshine State, it's just over the Bay...
  10. 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...
  11. 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,...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Quick and Dirty Guide to Buying a Used XD

    Springfield Armory's Extreme Duty (XD) series pistols are one of the best all-around multipurpose handguns the modern shooter can have. They fill a variety of assignments from plinking and poking holes in paper to serious home and personal defense. The months just after Christmas is always the best time of year to get a good deal on a used XD as many who got new guns tend to farm out their older pieces to make room in the safe for new acquisitions. Following a few simple tips can help you...
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