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  1. 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...
  2. XDs Pocket 45

    Springfield Armory, in company with the same renowned HS Produkt factory in Europe, had come out with a pocket-carry .45ACP. Dubbed the XD-S, it uses the same action as the proven XD line of short recoil operated semi-automatic pistols in a much smaller profile. When compared to such .45ACP subcompacts on the market as the Glock 36, the XD-S is a lighter, shorter, and most importantly slimmer firearm. The design of the XD-S The XD-S is an all-new platform ergonomically designed to place...
  3. Are XDs Really Made In Croatia?

    Springfield Armory's XD series combat pistols have been popular in the US for nearly a decade. Prominently marked on the side of each slide are the words: Made in Croatia. So what's the deal with that? Are XD pistols really made in Croatia, and moreover, who makes them? Who is Springfield Armory? The Springfield Armory, founded in 1777 by then-General George Washington to make cartridges and gun carriages for the Continental Army in Springfield, Massachusetts. For nearly 200 years, the...
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