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  1. XD: The Prepper's Choice

    The Prepper movement has been quietly evolving in the background over the past decade or so. These hearty individuals spend their spare time, sweat, and coin to better make themselves ready for, well, just about anything. And one of the favorite handguns of the prepper movement is the Springfield XD. Why a prepper handgun? (This is a good family larder to keep your household going for 30 days+ after a disaster, but do you have what it takes to keep others who are less prepared from coming...
  2. One of the Largest NJ Cities Choses XD

    The third largest municipality in New Jersey has weighed and measured their options to replace worn out SIG 9mm pistols. The city in question is Jackson Township, located in Ocean County just an hour's car ride from the Big Apple. Their choice- the Springfield XD in .45ACP. About Jackson Township The first Europeans came to what is now Jackson Township back in 1665 when 25 families from Long Island moved there and set up residence. The town grew until the 1920s, when Jackson's population...
  3. Shooting Your XD during an Ammo Crisis

    Since before New Year's 2013, there has been a growing shortage of popular ammunition available at affordable prices. This drought of brass has led to many not having ammo to shoot for defense, not to mention having spare rounds for practice and training. Here is some advice on how to stay sharp and get the most out of what you have. Regular Range Practice, not plinking. Nothing beats safe, regulated, live-fire at targets on a range. Now is not a time to plink and waste ammo on tin cans,...
  4. 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...
  5. Before The XD Was The HS95

    Most XD owners who know a thing or two about the history of their guns are aware that the Springfield Armory XD started as the HS-2000 in Croatia. What they may not know is that before the HS, there was the HS95. That gun was very different from today's XD but by knowing the gun's past you can see its present. Why the HS95 Founded in 1853, Zastava Arms in Kragujevac Yugoslavia (then Serbia, now Serbia again) has long been a player in the firearms game. For 150 odd years, they made various...
  6. 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...
  7. What Is Melonite?

    Since 2006, Springfield has been shipping a large portion of their pistols treated in an anti-corrosion process described as Melonite. Unlike Duracoat, cerakote, and others, Melonite is not a spray-on or baked-on coating. It is not paint. Like hard chroming or nickel treatments, it is a much more intensive but is almost 20-times as strong as those legacy processes. Melonite is a very hard finish that is produced by a controlled chemical reaction and here at XD Forums we thought you should...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Glock vs XD

    In all of the great head-to-head competitions in history, there has to be a winner. No matter whether it's Coke vs. Pepsi, Ford vs. Chevy, Alabama vs. LSU, or Tastes Great vs. Less Filling, someone has to win, even if it's just by a nose. Within the polymer-framed pistol community there is no greater rivalry between XD and Glock. Let's break it down: Both are reliable, have double-stack magazines, internal safeties, loaded chamber indicators, cocked slide indicators, effective sights, good...
  11. 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...
  12. The Springfield XD for Law Enforcement

    When you look around at law enforcement officers and notice what they are carrying, you spot a lot of SIGs, Glocks, Smith and Wessons, and the occasional Ruger. With the Springfield XD being such a popular, effective, and well-made modern handgun, you would expect to see more of them in the holsters of the men and women of the Thin Blue Line. Currently, XDs are a minority in law enforcement circles and we went looking to see why that is. Here is what we found out. Adopted By... (photo by...
  13. Cleveland's Holsters Review

    Bobby Cleveland is the proprietor of Cleveland's Holsters LLC located in West Allis, Wisconsin. [URL]https://clevelandsholsters.com/[/URL] [URL]https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clevelands-Holsters-LLC/119323708154588[/URL] Bobby was gracious enough to send us two holsters to test and review for the members here. One for a Glock 30SF and one for a Colt 1911a1. Cleveland's Holsters are made from 100% American manufactured materials and are produced for a variety of pistols and revolvers. The two styles offered are...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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