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SBR Episode III: Springfield's SAINT™ and SAINT™ Edge Short-Barreled Rifles

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 29, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In our SBREpisode I: Short Barreled Rifles - A Short Crash Course blog, we outlined a brief history of rifle development and touched on the U.S. National Firearms Act (NFA) and NFA Firearms.

In SBR Episdode II: Short Barreled Rifles - Worth the Work, we discussed the pros and cons of an SBR and why we think it’s worth the investment - the process, wait and cost involved to become a legal SBR owner. 

And in this blog, SBR Episode III, we will introduce you to the very cool specifics of the Springfield Armory® Short-Barreled Rifles - the SAINT™ and the SAINT™ Edge.   

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SBR Episode II: Short-Barreled Rifles - Worth The Work

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM


In our SBR Episode I: Short Barreled Rifles - A Short Crash Course blog, we outlined a super-condensed history of rifle development and touched on the U.S. National Firearms Act (NFA) and NFA Firearms. 

In part 2 of our SBR series, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of an SBR and why we think it’s worth the work and investment - the process, the wait and cost involved to become a legal SBR owner. 

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The Little "pew pew" That Could: How The New 911 .380 Changed My Mind About Small Guns

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jan 11, 2018 2:14:15 PM

Finally a little gun I can wrap my mind and hands around: The Springfield Armory® 911 .380.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

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

Worlds Collide: Return To Alignment

Posted by Rob Leatham

Aug 9, 2016 5:14:00 PM

When you're firing rounds in rapid succession, your accuracy will be dependent on how well you can return the gun to alignment. Much too often we make it about focusing on the front sight, when it really should be about getting the gun back into alignment

That's why perfecting the timing of recoil control and returning forces is critical.  

Welcome to "Worlds Collide," bringing together the perspectives of two of the shooting world's top minds, Glen Stilson (Independence Training) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™).

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Topics: Shooting Tips, Worlds Collide

Dry Fire Friday Episode 2: Intermediate Trigger Pull

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jun 17, 2016 2:00:00 PM

We're back for Episode 2 of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

Today's topic takes last week's trigger-pull exercise to the next level: can you do it in a quarter-second? 

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Topics: Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

Dry Fire Friday Episode 1: Trigger Pulling 101

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jun 10, 2016 9:28:32 AM

Welcome to the first episode of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

In this series, we'll explore fundamental drills, tips and ideas on how you can improve your gun-handling skills. All of the drills will be with an unloaded gun and no ammunition, which is what dry fire means, so you will never have to leave home to practice!

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Topics: Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

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

My New Base 1911 of Choice: Springfield's Range Officer® Operator®

Posted by Rob Leatham

Mar 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

First things first - a Springfield terminology lesson.

Springfield Range Officer® - a 1911 with a minimalist modification package offering basic features for competition.


Springfield Operator® - a firearm featuring a frame designed with integral accessory rail, allowing mounting of lights, lasers, etc.


Springfield Range Officer® Operator® - a 2016 new product and my new base 1911 gun for competition.


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Topics: 1911 Handguns

Meet Team Springfield™: Introducing Factory Shooters Jalise & Justine Williams

Posted by Rob Leatham

Mar 3, 2016 2:13:00 PM

I have proudly been a member of Springfield Armory®'s shooting team for several decades now. Over the years, I have seen many, many shooters come through our program. Some have gone on to become great champions and are still close, personal friends.

Great competitors like Brian Enos, Doug Koenig, Alan Fulford and so many others - all were at one point Team Springfield™ shooters. Sadly, Alan is gone now, but Dougie and Brian are two of the best shooters of all time and still my good buds.

But it isn't just the winning they have done that makes them special. It is something much more than that. Something called character. Character sets champions apart from winners.

And I'm happy to announce that we have a couple more "characters" joining our team.

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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®.