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Springfield Armory XD 45ACP

The Springfield Armory XD 45ACP

The Springfield Armory XD 45ACP is a serious home defense, self defense concealed carry firearm with exceptional quality, accuracy and power. Currently with 29 variants and 4 color combinations, from the 3 inch sub-compact models to the XDM 5.25” to the new 2012 XDS .45 ACP, there is a Springfield XD for everyone.

Springfield Armory XD 45ACP

I recently got my wife an incredibly powerful Taurus Judge for home defense and self protection. I wanted something that had good stopping power, but more importantly, that required little skill and aiming accuracy. When chambered with the .410 bore shotgun shell, all she has to do is aim, shoot, and severely damage whatever is in her way. As an extra level of security, I attached a 190 lumen strobing flashlight to stun any assailant before he meets with his inevitable fate. The final driving force that led me to the purchasing decision was that it could be chambered with the modernized classic .45 Long Colt, a mean and powerful classic with a big kick and decent accuracy.

As I took the Judge to the range over and over, I decided that the best thing to come out of that revolver was the defense quality .410 bore shell, and even the .45 Colt Hollow Point. But it lacked the accuracy I desired. Yet, I was really enjoying the .45, so I had to get back to the local armory and really think about what I was going to get next.

Springfield Armory XD 45ACP-TargetWhen I took my wife to look at the Judge, I spent a good deal of time playing with a firearm they had on sale, the Springfield Armory XD 45ACP in 3.8” all black polymer with the crimson trace grip on it. I was focused on the Judge, but intrigued by the XD. Shortly thereafter I came back for the Springfield XD, but it had been put aside on layaway, gone from what could have been an exquisite and meaningful relationship.

I spent nights awake thinking of the Springfield Armory XD, and days dreaming of ownership; releasing what I imagined were perfect round after perfect round. Its absence haunted my thoughts and sent a chemical bouquet of norepinephrine, cortisol and regret through my veins.

Finally, one evening my wife and I were enjoying some beers and champagne, and I revealed that I had to get another firearm. She quickly accepted that proclamation, and the next morning I scoured the internet looking for the perfect Springfield Armory XD model that would suit my needs.

The Specs

After a day or two, I locked onto the one – a Springfield Armory 45 45 ACP Caliber 4” Service Model XD bi-tone with Black Polymer Frame and Forged Stainless Steel Slide and a Satin Finish. It came in its infamous 2006 package with 2, 13 round capacity stainless steel magazines, complete with a magazine loader, holster, two magazine holder and a chamber lock. 3 Dot Steel Front and Rear Dovetail make up its Sight System, and boasts a Dual Spring Recoil System with Full Length Guide Rod. It’s full length is 7.3”, height is 5.75”, weighs 30 ounces empty, and is one bad-ass Mechanical Dream.

I called my local retailer and told them I was going to have a transfer coming in for the Springfield Armory XD. They asked me how much it was coming in for, I gave them the price, and they offered to match it. They didn’t quite do so, but at $27 extra, with the taxes and accounting for the transfer fee, I was willing to support our local guys. And, I was able to get it lightning fast from their distributor.

The Springfield XD came in along with their ammunition order, and as usual I wiped out their Zombie Hornady 45ACP Hollow Point defensive cartridges along with all of their Federal American Eagle 45ACP Full Metal Jacket cartridge, cleaning out their fresh shipment of .45ACP cartridges!!

The Springfield Armory XD models are offered in 29 variants and four different colorcombinations. For the colors, they come in the Solid Black polymer, Olive Drab, Bi-Tone Black Polymer and Forged Stainless Steel, and Dark Earth.

Models include:

-Sub-Compact 3”-79.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 13-16 round magazines.
-Sub-Compact 3”-79.5mm in .40 S&W with 9-12 round magazines.
-Compact 4”-102.5mm in .45 ACP with 10-13 round magazines.
-Compact 5”-127mm in .45 ACP with 10-13 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Service 4”-102.5mm in .45 GAP with 9 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Ported V-10 4”-102.5mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 16 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .40 S&W with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .357 SIG with 12 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .45 GAP with 9 round magazines.
-Tactical 5”-127mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in 9×19 Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM 4.5”-114.3mm in .45 ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDM 3.8”-96.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 3.8”-96.5mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in .40 S&W with 11-16 round magazines.
-XDM Compact 3.8”-96.5mm in .45ACP with 9-13 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in 9x19mm Parabellum with 19 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in .40 S&W with 16 round magazines.
-XDM 5.25”-133.3mm in .45ACP with 13 round magazines.
-XDS 3.3”-83.8mm in .45 ACP with 5 round magazines.

Safety features include the drop safety keeping the pistol from firing when dropped, as well as the trigger safety and the grip safeties. Optional ambidextrous frame mounted thumb safeties are available for the .45ACP, .40 and the 9mm variants.

That should be enough for you to find something you like!


The Springfield Armory XD is manufactured in Croatia and goes as far back as 1991 under the name PHP-Prvi Hrvatski Pistolj, meaning First Croatian Pistol, designed by Marko Vukovic and his team. It was later redesigned and released as the HS95 in 1995, and ultimately evolved into the HS2000 in 1999. It served as the Croatian Military’s primary side arm, and was imported for sale through HSAmerica as a 9mm.

By 2002 Springfield Armory, Inc gained the licensing rights and began selling it as the XD-9, or Extreme Duty 9x19mm Parabellum. An American market grew hungry for more variations, leading to the multiple offerings they have today.

The Springfield Armory XD 45ACP won the Handgun of the Year from American Rifleman and The Shooting Academy of Excellence in 2006, and in 2009 for the XDM model.

The Ammunition

The Springfield Armory XD has a nicely well rounded set of options for the chambering capabilities. These include:

-9x19mm Parabellum
-.40 S&W
-.357 SIG
-.45 GAP
-.45 ACP

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The Test

My Springfield Armory XD 45ACP arrived at my local Armory on a Tuesday, and it would be another few days until Friday that I could take it to the range. When Friday came around, I took the first opportunity that the ranged opened, one hour after sunrise, to take the Springfield XD for a test run.

Since all XD’s come with a front rail system and I had missed out on the Crimson Trace special the local armory had, I went on amazon and bought a Compact Pistol Gun Picattiny Rail Red Laser Sight for $20! It looked good when I installed it, but at the range it was way off so I had to shoot without it. I did manage to spend some time with the adjustment when I got home.

Springfield Armory XD 45ACP

I wore my special bi-tone shirt to match the beauty and grace of the black polymer and stainless steel combination. I loaded the mags which was nice and smooth until I got the the 12th and 13th rounds, which got a little challenging. I should have used the magazine loader, which I still have yet to use. *As an update, the loader works well, especially with the stubborn twelfth and thirteenth rounds.

44 Desert Eagle

Desert Eagle

The Desert Eagle is a powerful gas operated semi-automatic pistol with a large frame and a powerful and destructive force. Originally designed as a revolver, it later captured a niche market when redesigned as a semi-automatic handgun – the only competitor of its kind to the 44 Remington Magnum revolver series. Though currently under the direction of the Israeli Weapon Industries, it was originally designed by Magnum Research’s Bernard C. White during the late 1970’s and into the early 1980’s, with two patents being filed in 1983 and 1985 by yet another group to hold its ownership, the Israeli Military Industries.

Unlike the usual blow-back or short recoil pistol designs, the gas operated design allowed the use of more powerful cartridges. The gas system borrows its operating concept from much larger powerful rifles such as the M14 and M16 series. Though with good reason some would celebrate this aspect of the weapon, its greatest drawback is in the Desert Eagle’s large size and weight as a handgun.

Shooting a 44 Desert EagleBy easily exchanging the barrel and magazine, the Desert Eagle can fire cartridges of .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, 440 , 45 ACP, Cor-bon and .50 Action Express. The maximum effective range is 200 meters with the .50 AE.
Depending on the cartridges, its capacity ranges from 7 to 9 rounds per magazine, and barrel sizes range from six to ten inches (152.4 to 254.0 mm). As a .44 Magnum, it weighs 4.2 lbs, or 1,897 grams.
44 Desert Eagle TargetWhen grasping this monstrous weapon, the Eagle’s weight is immediately appreciable, and extra effort is necessary when aligning the sights to the target. Once the objective is in sight, concentration, slow and steady breaths and a slow pull of the trigger are necessary for a good shot. Allowing the detonation to surprise you, the round escapes through the barrel with powerful intent and devastating recoil. When observing other shooters, one can see a cloud of explosion at the tip of the barrel. As a shooter, it takes a moment to realign the sights to the target. And if you’ve fired off your first round well, you can enjoy the satisfaction of claiming the target with a powerful and unruly pistol.
I love this firearm! The Desert Eagle was designed to be a powerful force and a real stopping weapon as demonstrated by its large cartridge capacities. It’s power and impressiveness easily overshadows some of its drawbacks. Due to its massive weight and compromised control, it’s best considered a destructive member of a larger arsenal rather than a primary weapon, perhaps after the acquisition of a 45 1911, paralleling them to 44 Magnum and 38 Special revolvers.
9mm Glock Semi Automatic Pistol

9mm Glock

The 9mm Glock is a collection of polymer and steel semi-automatic pistols that are among the most commonly used handguns in the world; claiming up to 65% of the law enforcement market in the United States, with the Glock 17 9mm reigning in as the dominant force.

Designed by AShooting a 9mm Glockustrian company Glock GmbH in Deutsche-Wagram, its original intent was to replace the World War II era Walther P38 that was the standard hand weapon of the Austrian Ministry of Defense. According to the company’s website, over 2,500,000 units in its multiple variants have been produced since 1982. A pioneer in
synthetic polymers, Glock GmbH paved the way in handgunmaterials manufacturing by introducing the first
synthetic polymer – or plastic – handgun frame.

The standard 9mm Glock 17 measures 7.32 inches (186 mm) and weighs 22 ounces (625 grams). It has an optional 10, 19 and 33 round capacity with 17 being the standard. It is a short recoil operated locked breech that uses a cam-lock system.

Upon first holding the Glock, I could quickly feel its lightweight qualities and how easy it was to grasp and maneuver. As a aligned my sights to the target and controlled my breath, I squeezed slowly on the trigger and finally allowed it to surprise me at the fire. The bullet escaped through the barrel and connected evenly with the target as the pistol recoiled with soft forgiving. A brief realigning was necessary to repeat the process again, and all the proceeding rounds managed to connect evenly and assertively at the center of the objective.

9mm Glock TargetThe 9mm Glock has gained a solid following and reputation for many reasons including its lightweight qualities, reliability, passive safety features and simple yet defined style. As a semi-automatic pistol, it
remains a personal favorite due to its control, simplicity and itsability to consistently attain its target.

I’ve been getting a lot of slack over the years on the Glock being too much of a block, too square or too unsexy. It’s been compared negatively to the 9mm Beretta 92. I’m a big fan of the Beretta, but it’s an unfair comparison because you’re paying almost twice as much for the firearm over the Glock, and the Glock was never
designed to be sexy, but to be intimidating, reliable and practical while being priced well enough to fit the demanding budgets of law enforcement.

So, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Have fun walking down the runway with your sexy Beretta as I shoot 9mm cartridges into the furious darkness of the night with my 9mm Glock.

22 Beretta

Beretta 22

The Beretta .22 LR Practice Kit is designed by Beretta specifically for the Beretta 92 series pistols. It’s main purpose according to Beretta USA is to facilitate practice shooting and training with the already familiar 92 Series. The 22 conversion kit features a matte black finish and includes the steel .22LR barrel, an aluminum slide with FS manual safety and firing pin block, recoil spring, recoil spring guide, a 10 round techno-polymer magazine and a magazine loader. Extra magazines are available, currently with a suggested retail price of about $40.00. Fully adjustable rear and fixed front sights are standard features, and the locking system becomes blow-back. The overall kit, according to Beretta USA, is sold for $349.00.

The .22 LR kit converts all standard frame 92 series pistols which include Target, Brigadier, Centurion and Elite versions of models 92SB, 92F, 92FS, 96, 98F, 98FS, 92G, 96DG, 93D and the 98F CAL. 7.65 MM PARA. They are not meant for the Compact L and M due to shorter frames, 92A1 and 96A1 as well as the Combat, Stock and Billennium versions which are entirely different systemsta .22 LR Practice Kit fires .22 LR caliber cartridges, has a magazine capacity of 10, its barrel length is 5.1 inches (130 mm) and its sight radius is 6.8 inches (172 mm).

My wife decided to take on the Beretta 22 Beretta Target.22 even after firing off some nice rounds with a 9mm Glock; she felt as if she might do better with a lighter cartridge, though I was absolutely impressed by her precision with the 9mm. Nevertheless, she took aim at both the head and the chest, and beautifully connected on both counts. The photograph shows only the shots that connected with the chest, because…. you get the picture and I’ too lazy to edit another photograph. but you can see the target results in the video. Overall, she was happy with the accuracy but felt the gun could do little more than some light target shooting. And as Beretta suggests, this is a practice shooting and training caliber with the main advantage being the overall cost savings from using the much lighter and less expensive .22.