Steve Horsman

Steve Horsman has extensive experience serving in military and law enforcement. He spent four years in the U.S.M.C. and followed with 27 years of experience as a police officer. While in law enforcement, he served as an undercover officer, a member of S.W.A.T. and as a police sniper. Adding to his already impressive resume are 30 years of competition shooting.

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Friends Helping Friends - Buying Your First Concealment Pistol

Posted by Steve Horsman

Nov 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM

I am often asked by family and friends, to recommend or suggest a first firearm. And while I am honored and privileged to be trusted enough to be helping, I usually respond by asking, “What are you going to be doing with the gun?” The reasons for my question are several. And that usually provokes some soul-searching and additional thought by the person I'm helping.  

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Topics: EDC

The Springfield Armory® 10mm XD(M)® - From Plinking to Predators

Posted by Steve Horsman

Oct 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With Springfield Armory’s recent introduction of their 10mm 1911-style pistols, I’ve been reminiscing about my first encounter with the 10mm cartridge…

Back in the mid-1980s, I remember buying my first 10mm pistol. It was a Colt Delta Elite. As I recall, Colt was one of the only companies that had introduced a "production" 10mm semi-automatic pistol. It wasn’t the first 10mm pistol built, but it was one of the first manufacturers that actually had a production capability that was keeping up with customer demands.

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Topics: Range Life

My New Backup & Dress-up Gun - the 911 .380

Posted by Steve Horsman

Sep 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

When I heard that Springfield Armory® was building a .380 caliber pistol, my first thoughts were, “This will be interesting - And I can’t wait to shoot it!“. But as I started thinking more about it, I had a lot of questions:

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The Guide to Traveling with an AR-15

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jun 5, 2018 1:00:00 PM

One question that I see frequently on the Internet and in forum chat rooms has to do with flying with firearms. Whether you are traveling domestically with a handgun or a long gun, following the guidelines set forth by the individual airline and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is of the utmost importance. 

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.300 Blackout - Take The Plunge

Posted by Steve Horsman

May 1, 2018 9:51:50 AM

Historically, I have been hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of newly introduced cartridges.  I am  already heavily invested in several pistol and rifle calibers. When a new caliber comes out, I usually wait to see how it’s received and if it’s going to stick around. So when the .300 Blackout made its appearance several years ago, I took the “wait and see” approach.   

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Concealed Carry Considerations: Why the XD-E™ May Make You An Appendix Carry Convert

Posted by Steve Horsman

Nov 16, 2017 4:39:02 PM

Back in the day, when I was a police officer, I open carried a pistol on my hip every day of my life. And since retirement, as a responsible citizen, I carry a concealed firearm everywhere I go.

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Topics: EDC

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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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: Range Life

Dry Fire Friday Episode 5: M1A(TM) Trigger Press

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jul 15, 2016 11:02:00 AM

It's another week-ending episode of Dry Fire Friday.

Steve Horsman here - And I'd like to walk you through a basic dry fire drill for M1A™ rifle fans. It's a fundamental drill that's good to practice before heading to the range after a short or lengthy break from shooting.

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Topics: Video Series

The Draw Of An M1A™: Springfield's New SOCOM 16 CQB Rifle

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When I first saw the Springfield Armory® M1A™ rifle in the early 80s,  I remember thinking, "that is the coolest-looking rifle I have ever seen." I was just out of high school, so there was no way I could have afforded such a rifle.

That didn't stop me from dreaming though.

After joining the Marines and a 20-years-plus career in law enforcement (LE), I'm happy to say now that I am the proud owner of more than one of these classic, almighty rifles.

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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®.

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