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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  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. 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...
  7. 30 Springfield XDs snatched from Washington gun store

    With a team of late night burglars crashing through a neighboring business wall to make their entry, some $40,000 worth of firearms and accessories were stolen from a Washington state gun store recently. The thieves' haul included a variety of XD pistols-- and the feds are offering a reward for their recovery. (Some 30 Springfield XDs in 9mm, 40S&W, and .45ACP such as the one shown above, were stolen. Photo by ATF) The incident Lakewood, Washington, (Pop. 58,000) in quiet Pierce County...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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),...
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