Take The Curve

Posted by Steve Tarani

Jun 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

When it comes to personal protection against an active threat, having a defensive action plan is not a luxury but a necessity. The advantage of such a plan is:

  • You’re not waiting around to be caught in the middle of an attack
  • You are not forced to come up with a solution on the fly
  • You have a widened scope of awareness prior to an attack

Your intent should always be to predict or prevent your involvement in any violent physical threat. However, if you have no choice but to engage a threat, you must consider your response options based on realistic expectations.

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Topics: Personal Protection

9mm vs. .45ACP: The Ultimate Caliber Conundrum

Posted by Team Springfield

Mar 27, 2018 9:14:43 AM


And here we go again ... you already know that you can’t go wrong with either of these classic calibers. But it’s a debate that continues to create controversy among shooting enthusiasts everywhere. Each round has its pros and cons when compared, yet each remains a staple among firearm fans. 

Read on for not just some of the same old argument (there's some of that), but considerations from our Team Springfield SMEs on which caliber may be the best for you.

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Topics: Personal Protection, Ammunition

Ready To Respond - The Springfield 911

Posted by Team Springfield

Jan 31, 2018 8:29:23 AM

Pocket pistols aren't for everyone. While the small size makes it great for concealing, it can often detract from the pistol's overall shootability. However, the Springfield Armory® 911 .380 was designed to remove compromise from the equation. It's small enough to fit in a pocket holster and incredibly light, but it fills the hand well, especially with the extension magazine.

But that's not all that makes this pocket pistol stand out. Here's everything else you need to know about the 911.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Pistols & Compact Guns, First Time Gun Buyers, Springfield News

Carrying Concealed: Changes You Can Expect to Your Lifestyle

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 6, 2016 12:06:55 PM

On my 21st birthday, the prospects of being able to finally purchase alcohol weren't nearly as interesting to me as my ability to now acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL) and carry a handgun on a daily basis.

So a couple of weeks after I turned 21, I received my CPL and strapped on my carry pistol.

At the time, it was a compact stainless steel 9mm. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, despite having been raised with guns and literally shooting my whole life, I knew nothing about carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense on a day-to-day basis. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

Keep Calm and Carry On: Introducing "Anatomy of the Draw"

Posted by Rob Leatham

Apr 18, 2016 1:31:30 PM

There are a variety of factors involved when choosing a firearm - use, type, size, caliber, cost - the list goes on and on. In many circumstances, you would probably find a rifle or shotgun to be the best choice. They are the most accurate, powerful and easy to use firearms. 

The Long and Short of it

However, there are a multitude of scenarios in which the long gun is simply impossible to have at the ready. Bigger, heavier and too bulky to conceal, rifles and shotguns just don't always fit.  So, when the long gun is unsuitable, the handgun becomes the obvious and best choice. Good news is modern handguns are very powerful, reliable and accurate tools.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Shooting Tips

Home-Defense Hero: XD-S® 3.3" with Crimson Trace® Laserguard®, Part I

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jan 14, 2016 4:24:11 PM

It’s 2016, and a new shooting season is again upon us.

January always means a few things to me: Bianchi practice, new gun products and SHOT Show. I always look forward to the start of a new year - pulling out my Bianchi guns, setting up my first Bianchi practice match and heading to SHOT to see what’s new and cool. 

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Topics: Personal Protection

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

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

A Woman’s Guide to Home Defense Firearm Accessories

Posted by Team Springfield

Dec 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Choosing the right firearm for you depends on what you need out of the firearm. The best hunting firearm is very different from the best concealed carry firearm. When your need is home defense, choosing a firearm is only half the challenge. Your firearm must perform its function properly, defending you, your family and your home from danger. The key to home defense with a firearm is learning how to use it and purchasing the right accessories to complement it.

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Topics: Personal Protection

3 Compelling Reasons Why Women Own Handguns

Posted by Team Springfield

Oct 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

An increasing number of women are choosing to become handgun owners. The number one reason women buy handguns is for protection. Typically, these women recognize the need to be prepared in the event they are the potential victim of a violent crime. Often, women who live alone or spend considerable time alone desire the protection that a firearm can offer, which is why owning a handgun and being ready to use it can make them feel more at ease. Many women simply want to protect their families from the possibility of intruders, while others are interested in becoming involved with competitive shooting.

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Topics: Personal Protection, Tips for Women

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®.