Steve Horsman

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Dry Fire Friday Episode 5: M1A(TM) Trigger Press

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jul 15, 2016 11:02:00 AM

It's another week-ending episode of Dry Fire Friday.

Steve Horsman here - And I'd like to walk you through a basic dry fire drill for M1A™ rifle fans. It's a fundamental drill that's good to practice before heading to the range after a short or lengthy break from shooting.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles, Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

The Draw Of An M1A™: Springfield's New SOCOM 16 CQB Rifle

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When I first saw the Springfield Armory® M1A™ rifle in the early 80s,  I remember thinking, "that is the coolest-looking rifle I have ever seen." I was just out of high school, so there was no way I could have afforded such a rifle.

That didn't stop me from dreaming though.

After joining the Marines and a 20-years-plus career in law enforcement (LE), I'm happy to say now that I am the proud owner of more than one of these classic, almighty rifles.

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10 Years in the Making: The 1911 EMP® 4"

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The latest addition to the Springfield Armory® 1911 family of firearms has had a long journey.

Back in 2006, Springfield Armory® introduced the 1911 EMP® (Enhanced Micro Pistol) in 9mm and .40SW calibers at the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. While there, I was able to test-fire some of the very first EMP® pistols ever made. I couldn't believe how accurately they both shot, but, for some reason, the 9mm model really stood out to me. The pistols were immediately a success in the gun world, and still are today.

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Polymer Pistol Perfection: The XD® Mod.2™ 5" Tactical Model

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When the original XD® 5" Tactical 9mm pistol came out more than 10 years ago, I immediately became a huge fan, as the gun had everything I desired in a polymer pistol.

Or so I thought at the time. Springfield Armory®'s latest XD® evolution may have just topped itself.

Back then, the XD® Tactical was without a doubt my all-time favorite polymer pistol. I shot this gun a lot. I was putting approximately 10,000 rounds a year through mine, and the more I practiced with it, the more I liked it. Through all of the seasons that I shot that pistol, I never once had a malfunction or broken part. I may have replaced the recoil spring. Once. It is reliability redefined.

Then a few years ago, the XD(M)® 5.25" came along.

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Topics: Polymer Handguns

A New Operator® is Born: The 1911 Range Officer® Operator® 9mm

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When Springfield Armory® introduced the 1911 Range Officer® (RO) in .45ACP and 9mm a few years ago, the pistol was an immediate success. The RO line continued to evolve into the Champion™ and Compact pistols, also in both .45ACP and 9mm. 

These models were not lasting long on dealer shelves, selling as soon as the local gun shops were getting them.  

Springfield has continued to expand the RO line with a few different models this year, one of which is the Operator®. 

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Enter .40 S&W Caliber: Engineering the Perfect XD-S®

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When I started my law enforcement (LE) career in 1988, the issued duty gun was a .38 Special revolver. I had no previous LE or handgun experience, except firing one magazine out of a 1911 while going through the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, so I assumed the .38 was good to go.


During my field training, though, I noticed that many officers did not carry their issued revolvers. Rather, they were carrying semi-automatic pistols in either 9mm or .45ACP. My training officer said we had to attend additional firearms classes if we wanted to switch to a semi-auto duty gun. So immediately, once out of training, I did just that and ended up choosing a 9mm semi-auto.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Polymer Handguns

First Suppressions: Shooting An XD(M)® Threaded Barrel Pistol

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jun 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM


The threaded barrel is a game-changer for suppressor fans.

I’m no expert when it comes to suppressors, although I did help select 100 suppressors for the police department patrol rifle program for which I instruct. I also have a few of them for my own rifles.

They are a ton of fun to shoot. And it has to be said – there’s something great about being on the range and not having to wear ear protection.

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Topics: Pistols & Compact Guns, Polymer Handguns

Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.