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SA finally does a Croatian Centimeter

Springfield Armory on last week announced they were adding a pair of 10mm offerings to their popular XD(M) line of handguns.

Teased for the past two years, the new 10mm installment to the XD series features a full-sized pistol with either a 4.5- or 5.25-inch Melonite finished match-grade hammer-forged barrel with fully supported chambers.

Both variants include “Mega-Lock” grip texturing (bye bye “Grip Zone!”) with three interchangeable backstraps and a 15+1 magazine capacity. When it comes to sights, the 4.5-inch model has a low-profile combat rear paired with a fiber optic front, while the 5.25 variant runs a fully adjustable target rear with a fiber optic front.

Springer is pretty serious about them, showing off a 10K round (and mega boring) reliability test using some pretty high-dollar ammo, and have a $652 MSRP on the shorter version. Plus through the end of the year SA has a deal where you get three extra mags (in addition to the pair that comes with the gun) and a carrying case for free once you register for the warranty.

Still, a Glock 20 runs in the same price neighborhood, so that is gonna be a tough sell.

More in my column at Guns.com.

SA has a sub $1K OSP package that includes just about everything

Springfield’s latest optics-ready XD(M) Optical Sight Pistol model includes two barrels, a factory milled slide, and co-witness suppressor-height iron sights.

The standard package XD(M) OSP direct from Springer, announced Friday, includes both a 5.3-inch 5x28TPI threaded barrel with thread protector and a flush 4.5-inch standard barrel. Besides the barrel package and two 19-round magazines, the 9mm XD(M) OPS has a factory-milled slide and included mounting plates for the Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire 2 & 3, Leupold DeltaPoint & DeltaPoint Pro, JPoint Sights, and Trijicon RMR.

MSRP is $710, or, with an optional Venom thrown in, $958. Actual prices would prob be 10-15 percent lower at your local gun shop, which is a deal if you are down with a Croatian-made semi.

More in my column at Guns.com

Color it up: Filling the roll marks on your XD

One of the joys of gun ownership is the ability to personalize your firearm. For some this means changing out sites, recoil springs, and other temporary additions that change the mechanics of the gun. For others there are more permanent changes such as stippling  and slide porting which cannot be undone and, if done improperly, damage the firearm. Then there are little cosmetic changes that are pleasing to the eye of the beholder that can do not affect the performance of the gun one bit, but do put a smile on one’s face.

That’s where adding color to the etched roll marks of your XD would fall.

This can really turn a ho-hum black Croatian hog leg into the bell of the ball. After all, there has never been a problem with a little war paint here and there.

Fresh cerakoted XDS 45 Burnt bronze slide with FDE frame, and filled lettering.

Fresh cerakoted XDS 45 Burnt bronze slide with FDE frame, and filled lettering.

Read the rest in my column at XD Forum

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