Ivan Gelo

Recent Posts

The Springfield 911: Up Front With The Backup

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Jan 25, 2018 2:24:10 PM

When I started my law enforcement career over 27 years ago, it was common to carry a backup gun in an ankle rig or some type of vest carrier holster. More often than not, the weapon of choice was a semi-automatic .380 ACP.

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The SAINT Edge - Ready For Anything & Everything

Posted by Ivan Gelo

Nov 15, 2017 8:00:50 PM

Are you ready? The latest Springfield Armory® innovation is here ... and it's an all-new, competition-ready, LE-ready, hunting-ready SAINT - The SAINT Edge 5.56.

Drumroll, please... 

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Topics: SAINT

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

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

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®.