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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3 Rifle Drills You Need to Add to Your Regimen

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jan 28, 2019 2:03:00 PM

Going to the range and shooting at targets the same old way, time and time again can get dull. You might even feel your skill development has plateaued. Start pushing yourself by incorporating a few new rifle drills into your regimen.

Try these 3 simple drills that can sharpen your rifle skills.

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Topics: Range Life

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: Everyday 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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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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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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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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