Steve Horsman

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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: Concealed Carry

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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Topics: 1911 Handguns

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: Tactical Rifles

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: Tactical Rifles, Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

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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10 Years in the Making: The 1911 EMP® 4"

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The latest addition to the Springfield Armory® 1911 family of firearms has had a long journey.

Back in 2006, Springfield Armory® introduced the 1911 EMP® (Enhanced Micro Pistol) in 9mm and .40SW calibers at the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. While there, I was able to test-fire some of the very first EMP® pistols ever made. I couldn't believe how accurately they both shot, but, for some reason, the 9mm model really stood out to me. The pistols were immediately a success in the gun world, and still are today.

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Polymer Pistol Perfection: The XD® Mod.2™ 5" Tactical Model

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When the original XD® 5" Tactical 9mm pistol came out more than 10 years ago, I immediately became a huge fan, as the gun had everything I desired in a polymer pistol.

Or so I thought at the time. Springfield Armory®'s latest XD® evolution may have just topped itself.

Back then, the XD® Tactical was without a doubt my all-time favorite polymer pistol. I shot this gun a lot. I was putting approximately 10,000 rounds a year through mine, and the more I practiced with it, the more I liked it. Through all of the seasons that I shot that pistol, I never once had a malfunction or broken part. I may have replaced the recoil spring. Once. It is reliability redefined.

Then a few years ago, the XD(M)® 5.25" came along.

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Topics: Polymer Handguns

A New Operator® is Born: The 1911 Range Officer® Operator® 9mm

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When Springfield Armory® introduced the 1911 Range Officer® (RO) in .45ACP and 9mm a few years ago, the pistol was an immediate success. The RO line continued to evolve into the Champion™ and Compact pistols, also in both .45ACP and 9mm. 

These models were not lasting long on dealer shelves, selling as soon as the local gun shops were getting them.  

Springfield has continued to expand the RO line with a few different models this year, one of which is the Operator®. 

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Enter .40 S&W Caliber: Engineering the Perfect XD-S®

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When I started my law enforcement (LE) career in 1988, the issued duty gun was a .38 Special revolver. I had no previous LE or handgun experience, except firing one magazine out of a 1911 while going through the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, so I assumed the .38 was good to go.

FINDING THE PERFECT DUTY Caliber

During my field training, though, I noticed that many officers did not carry their issued revolvers. Rather, they were carrying semi-automatic pistols in either 9mm or .45ACP. My training officer said we had to attend additional firearms classes if we wanted to switch to a semi-auto duty gun. So immediately, once out of training, I did just that and ended up choosing a 9mm semi-auto.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Polymer Handguns


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®.