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.


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

Thinking (and Practicing) Outside of the box - Defensive Handgun Deployment

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Dec 7, 2015 4:15:23 PM


Train wrong, and you will do wrong. Period.

In terms of defensive handgun deployment, getting the handgun into the fight - if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in one - is key to your survival. The problem is, most of us (yes, even including me at times in the past) are practicing techniques that might not meet the “stimulus/response” test.

The great benefit of practice is that it makes you better at what you practice. The downside to practice is that it makes you better at what you practice.

Read those last two sentences again.

You will perform like you practice because of a process called myelination (Google it). We write programs in our brains by doing something repetitively. The problem is that the program we write might not be the one we want to run in certain circumstances. A skill program is technically not possible to delete once it's been built, even if it was incorrect.

We want to make sure to write the correct program, and stimulus/response is part of this equation.

So how does this relate to defensive handgun deployment?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Accessories

The Case for Appendix Carry: Picking Your Carry Position

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:32 AM


I am often asked about my handgun carry position and the reason for my choice. There are some subtle, yet important, differences in the defensive draw process versus the competitive draw process. There are several crucial steps to performing a lightning-fast concealed draw.

While drawing a handgun quickly under the stress of an attack is important, there are other critical factors in accessing your handgun. As it turns out, I covered this topic in detail in an article over on the Personal Defense Network blog.

It's an excellent primer to what this post will go over. Let's jump in. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Shooting Tips

Why I Choose To Carry A Full Size 1911

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 9, 2015 8:38:00 AM

There are plenty factors that play into the decision of what pistol to use as an everyday carry gun.

After carrying a pistol in one form or another for the last 17+ years, one thing I can conclude is that a full-size 1911 is one of the easiest pistols to carry in a concealed format… at least for me.

With all the various options, formats, and configurations available, people still ask me why I continue to choose a full-sized 1911 over other popular sizes.

For me, it’s a pretty easy answer that can be broken down into three basic parts: carryability, reliability and shootability. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

Why I Choose To Purse Carry

Posted by Kippi Leatham

May 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM


To quote Robert Heinlein: An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life”.

In my lifetime, I have always tried to carry myself well and when CCW permits became available in my state of residence, I also began carrying myself well-armed.

I firmly believe that a community where citizens are armed and legally able to carry a firearm is a safer place to live.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Tips for Women

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

Testing the XD® Mod.2™ .45ACP - Range Report

Posted by Rob Leatham

Mar 5, 2015 9:14:00 AM


That's the most important thing you need to know about Springfield Armory®'s new XD Mod.2 3.3" Sub-Compact .45ACP Pistol.  

We took it for a spin last week and let me summarize by saying that in addition to the outstanding ergonomic experience, this pistol boasts some great sights and a darn good trigger pull. 

When it comes to subcompact pistols chambered for higher caliber rounds like .45ACP, its important to remember that how a pistol feels in your hand is more than a matter of comfort. Your grip determines how well a pistol points as well as your control over it when it pushes and lifts throughout recoil. 

A good firm “grasping” of the handgun is essential but the texturing and shape of the grip will contribute greatly to a shooters control. 

That's where GripZone™ shines. 

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

6 Factors to Consider for Concealed Carry Small Handguns

Posted by Team Springfield

Dec 12, 2014 9:00:00 AM

More people than ever are getting permits for concealed carry. Concealed carry firearms offer personal protection. Whether it’s for CCW purposes or simply personal preference, small handguns offer a number of unique advantages. However, be careful when shopping around. There are some things you’ll definitely want to consider before purchasing a small handgun.


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Topics: Concealed Carry

Do You Have the Right CCW Accessories?

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 14, 2014 12:02:28 PM

Next time you're at the firing range, take a look around. You'll notice a lot of regulars have modified firearms with a variety of accessories. If you're looking to accessorize similarly, keep in mind some accessories are superfluous. Some, however, will greatly enhance your ability to properly use your CCW. The challenge is determining which is which.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Accessories

5 Tips to Avoid Printing with Your Concealed Carry

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

The word “printing” has a whole different meaning for those with a concealed carry permit. It’s one of the major mistakes you want to avoid and can land you in some pretty sticky situations if you fail to follow certain practices. Instead of taking a “let’s see what happens” approach, it’s best to spend time practicing specific forms and techniques.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

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®.