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How to Evaluate and Choose the Right Pistol

Posted by Rob Leatham

Oct 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM


If you’re a gun collector or enthusiast like I am, you know that picking the best firearm to meet your particular needs can be a difficult process to wade through.

When you pit two or more potential models against each other, what should you look for?

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Topics: Pistols & Compact Guns

Range Report - XD® Mod.2™ 4" Service Model

Posted by Rob Leatham

Sep 8, 2015 5:27:00 AM

You knew it was coming...

And here it is - the all-new XD® Mod.2™ 4” Service Model with GripZone®! Hot on the heels of the 3” Sub-Compact Mod.2™, the Service Model chambers the increasingly popular 9x19mm cartridge and utilizes the same 16-round magazine as standard XD® models.

And just like its little brother, the "New Guy" gets the new Mod.2 look and feel.

 Let's check out the slide assembly. 

  • Fiber-optic front sight - easy visibility in any ambient light condition
  • XD(M)®-style, high-visibility combat rear sight
  • Slim, narrow slide
  • Built-in, Posi-wedge cocking serrations
Loaded-chamber indicator
  • Striker-position indicator

So that's the top half of the story - what about the frame?

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Topics: Pistols & Compact Guns, Polymer Handguns, Range Report

Midsize Face Off: 1911 Range Officer® Champion™ vs. XD-S® 4.0"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jul 9, 2015 8:10:00 AM


What do you think of when you hear the term “midsize?”

My personal definition? It’s larger than the smallest and smaller than the largest. Yeah, I know it’s a smarty-pants answer. But it is a good way to define it.

Midsize pistols are among the most popular in the handgun market because they offer a greater range of versatility than either full-size or sub-compacts. But since there are so many midsize pistols from which to choose, you have to base your purchase decision on what you want to use your pistol for

To illustrate this point, let me show you how I evaluate two of Springfield Armory®'s flagship midsize pistols in a head-to-head comparison. 

The two pistols that I'll compare are the 1911 Range Officer® (RO) Champion™ and the XD-S® 4.0" pistol

Here are the major considerations I will use to evaluate these models. They may differ from yours:

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Topics: Pistols & Compact Guns, First Time Gun Buyers

An M1A™ of a Different Color: A Loaded Precision Adjustable Rifle Rundown

Posted by Rob Leatham

Jun 25, 2015 10:37:00 AM


Different look. Same great rifle.

The M1A™ Loaded Precision Adjustable Stock (PAS) rifle is now available in your choice of two stock and hand-guard colors – the fan-favorite Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and the tried and true classic black.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles

Shooting Stance (Part II) - The 5 Essential Tips to Torso and Leg Positioning

Posted by Rob Leatham

May 26, 2015 11:11:00 AM


I routinely see a competitor's upper body move back and forth when shooting. This is caused by the force of the gun kicking / recoiling, and the constant weight shifts and corrections made by the shooter to compensate.

It is nearly impossible to shoot a sequence of shots quickly and accurately if your torso is constantly moving. Heck, it's hard enough to do when everything is perfectly still!

If you wait until you stop moving backward and then lean forward again to return your upper triangle into shooting position before you can align the sights to shoot, you will never be fast or accurate.

Last week we covered the "Upper Triangle" of a shooting stance, this post explores "Torso and Leg Positioning". Let's go. 

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Topics: Shooting Tips

Shooting Stance - 7 Key Components Of The Upper Triangle

Posted by Rob Leatham

May 21, 2015 9:31:05 AM

We all were told at some point in our training to "relax, squeeze the trigger slowly and let the gun kick freely". 

This makes sense when you're just starting out, but if you want to shoot faster and maintain a high degree of accuracy, this basic advice will have to evolve. You will have to do things differently. 

That's where shooting stance comes in.

It's one of the most important fundamentals of being a faster, more accurate shooter. Stance covers everything from the ground to your gun (literally). 

A proper shooting stance has a lot of elements involved. For sake of simplicity I'll separate stance into two parts. The "Upper Triangle" and the "Torso and Legs".

This article is devoted to the "Upper Triangle", which is your hands, arms and shoulders. 

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Topics: Shooting Tips

Range Report - Springfield Armory® MC 1911 Operator

Posted by Rob Leatham

May 5, 2015 10:13:00 AM

To me, the 1911 is the best handgun design of all time. 

The new Springfield Armory® MC 1911 Operator® is the epitome of a multi-use, heavy duty 1911 pistol. It has all the features you need and is improved with a trick set of G10 grips and our new OCTO-GRIP™ scalloping pattern on the front strap. 

Equipped with our loaded package of high visibility self illuminated night sights, ambidextrous thumb safety, speed trigger, hammer and beavertail style grip safety, it may be the perfect tactical .45 ACP pistol.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Pistols & Compact Guns, Range Report

Which M1A Rifle Is Right For You?

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM


A good design lasts forever.

Just look at the the 1911, Peacemaker and Double Barreled Shotgun. When it comes to the M1A Rifle Family, I see a design that falls right into this same category. 

Few .308 caliber rifles can perform as well an M1A™ rifle and none are as versatile. Whether it's a high power rifle competition or close quarters combat (CQB), there's one that serves any purpose.  Couple that with a classic design and quality materials and you've got a winner. 

M1A™ Rifle Variants are classified under three barrel lengths:

  • 16 inch barrel
  • 18 inch barrel
  • 22 inch barrel 

From there variants are comprised of different stocks, finishes, barrel weights and intended uses.

The trick is to decide which size suits you best.

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Topics: Tactical Rifles

6 Tips To Getting A Better Grip On Your Gun

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 2, 2015 9:26:00 AM

One of the most poorly understood elements of handgun control is how to grip your pistol.

A lot of people struggle to properly position the gun in their hand. There are varying opinions on how much effort, or gripping pressure to use and how to maintain that pressure. 

Today we're going to outline how to improve your grip and control over a firearm. 

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Topics: Shooting Tips, Competitive Shooting, First Time Gun Buyers

XD-S® Mega Challenge

Posted by Rob Leatham

Mar 25, 2015 4:18:17 PM


Welcome to the Springfield Armory® XD-S® Mega Challenge. This one requires all four models of the XD-S® pistol. You'll need a 3.3" and 4.0" in each of 9mm and .45 calibers, a shot timer, a bench or table and four USPSA targets. In addition, you will need 16 rounds of ammo, 8 in both 9mm and .45. Ya, I know, that's why it's called a Mega Challenge.


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Topics: Recreational Shooting

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®.