Bullet Breakdown: How Diameter, Grain and Length Factor

Posted by Team Springfield

Sep 25, 2017 8:13:20 AM

Fairly new to the world of firearms and ammunition? Pistol newcomers and first-timers might have a lot of questions when it comes to factory ammunition and bullet specifications. What does caliber relate to? What does grain measurement and overall length refer to? And why do these specs matter?

Here's a breakdown of these bullet specs and what they mean for overall performance.

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Topics: First Time Gun Buyers, Accessories

4 Dry-Fire Drills to Challenge Any New Shooter

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Aug 18, 2017 8:21:14 AM

The concept of dry-fire (or for those purists out there, we can use the term dry-practice) is often dismissed by many but also inversely and unfortunately overused by others. (For example: Due to some law-enforcement (LE) agencies’ ammunition budget constraints, dry practice is often the big replacement for live fire.) In a perfect, money-is-no-object world, dry-fire should compliment as much live fire as time and funds allow.

Dry-practice should also be a fairly significant and useful portion of your training package—especially when learning a new technique or focusing on specific principals like the four below.

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Topics: Dry Fire Friday

How the Range Officer® Elite Champion™ Checks All the Right Boxes

Posted by Steve Horsman

Aug 8, 2017 4:00:35 PM

Since my retirement from law enforcement (LE), I am not required to carry a specific make or model of gun anymore. That’s a nice change for me, because my favorite pistol of all time is a full-size 1911. So when I turned in my department-issued pistol and received my official ID, indicating my LE "retirement status," I started carrying my full-size Springfield Armory® 1911 TRP™. 

It may seem odd to most, but I have grown very fond of and comfortable with the added weight of the full-size, steel-framed 1911. 

Stay tuned for how Springfield Armory®'s new Range Officer® Elite Champion™ factors into my daily-carry routine.

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Topics: 1911 Handguns

Take Aim: How to Zero in a 1911 Pistol

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jul 21, 2017 1:56:54 PM

I just got my grubby little hands on a few of the new Springfield Armory® 1911 Range Officer® (RO®) Elite pistols. (Four to be exact.) And the one that grabbed my attention first was the Target Model. Probably not a big shock to those of you who know me as a competition shooter—this pistol was designed for someone just like me.

After looking it over and admiring how well put together it is, I can't wait to see what it can do. Which means it's time to hit the range! #LetsGoShoot

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Topics: Pistols & Compact Guns

EMP® vs. TRP™: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 20, 2017 4:21:11 PM

Both the EMP® and TRP™ have proven track records as 1911s excelling in their specializations. One thrives in a concealed-carry role, and the other is a dream pistol for the tactically minded shooter. Which is best for you? Well, it all depends on your purpose.

Need some help contemplating the decision? Here are some key details about each line.

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Topics: 1911 Handguns

Learn to Use the New XD-E DA/SA Handgun: Features & Functionality

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jul 13, 2017 2:58:46 PM

Over my 25-plus years as a police officer, I have carried a small variety of duty weapons with varied trigger systems. Starting in 1990, I carried a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) duty gun in .45ACP. Years later, I opted to carry a double-action-only (DAO) system in .45ACP and the same system in 9mm.

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Topics: Shooting Tips, 1911 Handguns

The SAINT™ with Free Float Handguard and Its First Match

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jun 20, 2017 3:41:45 PM

With more than 20 years in law enforcement, I have carried a variety of AR weapon systems. Always a huge fan of Springfield Armory®, I was pumped in 2016 when I heard that they were releasing their first AR—the SAINT™.  In anticipation of its availability, I got on the wait list and purchased the very first SAINT that my favorite gun dealer received.

In the following six months, I exclusively shot my SAINT™ rifle during training, while instructing classes and in a variety of 2-and-3-gun matches. Firing more than 2,000 rounds during this time period (a combination of budget-minded .223 ammunition, XM193 and duty ammo), the rifle never hiccuped and ran with no malfunctions.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles

Take Aim: How to Zero in an AR15

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jun 15, 2017 10:14:32 AM

One of my favorite things in this world is when I get a new gun. And whether it is a rifle or handgun, it’s an equally good day. A very close second "good day" is when I buy a new optic for one of my rifles, because that means I get to mount it and sight/zero the gun in.

Let's break down the zeroing-in ritual.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles

Springfield's Newest SAINT™ Rifle Features

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jun 12, 2017 10:25:01 AM

Although a stock SAINT™ rifle is perfect for the vast majority of gun owners, there are many who understand and appreciate the value of some slight - but significant - modifications. One of my main uses of the SAINT™ rifle is for competition. Generally speaking, in multi-gun events, the match directors try to test the shooter in a wide array of shooting challenges. Some are challenges of speed, some are of manipulation and some are accuracy-intensive.

There are a few essential modifications that I like to make to my rifles, and I'm happy to see that two of these modifications are now standard in the new SAINT™ rifle.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles

Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese Update on the House Judicial Criminal Committee: Opposing (SB1657)

Posted by Dennis Reese

May 16, 2017 4:56:28 PM

This morning the House Judicial Criminal Committee convened a hearing on SB1657. I submitted a witness slip that serves as a request to testify. I wanted the committee to know how strongly I object to this legislation that attacks Second Amendment rights, would close small businesses, harm the Illinois economy and damage the firearm industry as a whole. 

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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®.