Carrying Concealed: Changes You Can Expect to Your Lifestyle

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 6, 2016 12:06:55 PM

On my 21st birthday, the prospects of being able to finally purchase alcohol weren't nearly as interesting to me as my ability to now acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL) and carry a handgun on a daily basis.

So a couple of weeks after I turned 21, I received my CPL and strapped on my carry pistol.

At the time, it was a compact stainless steel 9mm. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, despite having been raised with guns and literally shooting my whole life, I knew nothing about carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense on a day-to-day basis. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

Keep Calm and Carry On: Introducing "Anatomy of the Draw"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 18, 2016 1:31:30 PM

There are a variety of factors involved when choosing a firearm - use, type, size, caliber, cost - the list goes on and on. In many circumstances, you would probably find a rifle or shotgun to be the best choice. They are the most accurate, powerful and easy to use firearms. 

The Long and Short of it

However, there are a multitude of scenarios in which the long gun is simply impossible to have at the ready. Bigger, heavier and too bulky to conceal, rifles and shotguns just don't always fit.  So, when the long gun is unsuitable, the handgun becomes the obvious and best choice. Good news is modern handguns are very powerful, reliable and accurate tools.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Shooting Tips

Home-Defense Hero: XD-S® 3.3" with Crimson Trace® Laserguard®, Part I

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jan 14, 2016 4:24:11 PM

It’s 2016, and a new shooting season is again upon us.

January always means a few things to me: Bianchi practice, new gun products and SHOT Show. I always look forward to the start of a new year - pulling out my Bianchi guns, setting up my first Bianchi practice match and heading to SHOT to see what’s new and cool. 

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Topics: Personal Protection

Thinking (and Practicing) Outside of the box - Defensive Handgun Deployment

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Dec 7, 2015 4:15:23 PM

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Train wrong, and you will do wrong. Period.

In terms of defensive handgun deployment, getting the handgun into the fight - if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in one - is key to your survival. The problem is, most of us (yes, even including me at times in the past) are practicing techniques that might not meet the “stimulus/response” test.

The great benefit of practice is that it makes you better at what you practice. The downside to practice is that it makes you better at what you practice.

Read those last two sentences again.

You will perform like you practice because of a process called myelination (Google it). We write programs in our brains by doing something repetitively. The problem is that the program we write might not be the one we want to run in certain circumstances. A skill program is technically not possible to delete once it's been built, even if it was incorrect.

We want to make sure to write the correct program, and stimulus/response is part of this equation.

So how does this relate to defensive handgun deployment?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Accessories

Why I Choose To Carry A Full Size 1911

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 9, 2015 8:38:00 AM

There are plenty factors that play into the decision of what pistol to use as an everyday carry gun.

After carrying a pistol in one form or another for the last 17+ years, one thing I can conclude is that a full-size 1911 is one of the easiest pistols to carry in a concealed format… at least for me.

With all the various options, formats, and configurations available, people still ask me why I continue to choose a full-sized 1911 over other popular sizes.

For me, it’s a pretty easy answer that can be broken down into three basic parts: carryability, reliability and shootability. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

A Woman’s Guide to Home Defense Firearm Accessories

Posted by Team Springfield

Dec 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Choosing the right firearm for you depends on what you need out of the firearm. The best hunting firearm is very different from the best concealed carry firearm. When your need is home defense, choosing a firearm is only half the challenge. Your firearm must perform its function properly, defending you, your family and your home from danger. The key to home defense with a firearm is learning how to use it and purchasing the right accessories to complement it.

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Topics: Personal Protection

3 Compelling Reasons Why Women Own Handguns

Posted by Team Springfield

Oct 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

An increasing number of women are choosing to become handgun owners. The number one reason women buy handguns is for protection. Typically, these women recognize the need to be prepared in the event they are the potential victim of a violent crime. Often, women who live alone or spend considerable time alone desire the protection that a firearm can offer, which is why owning a handgun and being ready to use it can make them feel more at ease. Many women simply want to protect their families from the possibility of intruders, while others are interested in becoming involved with competitive shooting.

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Topics: Personal Protection, Tips for Women

How to Select the Best Handgun for Personal Protection

Posted by Team Springfield

Aug 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Purchasing a handgun for concealed carry requires careful thought and consideration. Any handgun chosen will need to be reliable, comfortable to use and handle, and durable in a small, concealable size. Read on to learn about what to look for in a concealed carry firearm, such as the SA XD-S 9mm.

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Topics: Personal Protection

Four Compelling Reasons to Own a Handgun

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Handgun ownership is a multi-faceted issue with many pros and cons. People who choose to own a handgun report feeling a heightened sense of security and believe they are better able to protect themselves from violence. Many handgun advocates say a concealed carry handgun can mean the difference between life and death. But that’s just one reason handgun ownership is on the rise. Here are some compelling reasons to consider when deciding whether owning handguns is right for you:

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Recreational Shooting, First Time Gun Buyers

What Are the Best Firearms for Home Protection?

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When looking for a firearm for home protection, choosing the best one is paramount. These suggestions will help you choose the best firearm.

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Topics: Personal Protection


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®.