Articles from chriseger

  1. Dry Fire Practice: The least expensive way to train

    In case the recent ammo crisis hasn't made it clear to you, shooting can be an expensive hobby. Shooting can be an even more expensive sport. Shooting can be a valuable investment in personal safety. But we can only invest what we have, and most of us do not have unlimited funds. Whatever your purposes are for keeping and bearing arms, developing skill in their use is important. Some skills, like a smooth trigger press or recoil management, require live firing. But many important, and often...
  2. To +P or not to +P...That is the question

    It was a beautiful fall morning when I decided to attend "The Nation's Gun Show" in Chantilly, Virginia. I had decided to make an important purchase there that day. One I did months of research on. I decided to buy a Springfield EMP in 9mm. For me, it was the perfect handgun to carry concealed in the warmer months and a handy back up for my duties as a police officer. Now that I have the pistol, what kind of self-defense ammo should I feed it? No matter what kind of firearm you own for...
  3. The Omega Man : Springfield's Lost German 10mm

    So if you contend that 9mm is just too small, .38 Super is just too old school, and .45ACP is just too slow, odds are you are a 10mm Auto kinda guy. Well Springfield knew about the 10 milly back in the day and even made a 1911 framed pistol to accommodate it. We aren't fooling around here. In fact, it was the Omega. These guns were old school 'Pre-90' series guns with a 5.04-inch barrel (a hair bigger longer than standard 1911s) that were made from a West German-US partnership. Say what?...
  4. The Case for Two 1911s

    If John Moses Browning's Model handgun of 1911 is perhaps now an icon, today made by Springfield Armory, would it be OK to have more than one? Does Sterling Archer own a turtleneck? Of course! We give you the reasons why. Commonality of parts So you have two handguns in your life, why should both of them be Springfield 1911's? One of the most important reasons we can think of is interchangeability of parts. The 51-ish parts of the design are some of the most common in all of pistol-dom....
  5. Care and Feeding of 1911 Magazines

    The Springfield 1911 series of pistols is by far one of the bestselling and most loved handguns of all time. You only have to look as far as our forum logo to see an example of this. The thing is, probably the most important step to keeping that Springer ticking like a clock is in proper magazine maintenance. Before you check out, give us ten minutes of your time. You can thank us later. How do you get that bad boy apart? Ok, first of all, there is more to cleaning and caring for that...
  6. The Springfield Armory SOCOM 16

    Ever since the M14 first came out in the 1950s, those who carried one more than across the room cussed them for their weight. Well in 2004, Springfield Armory came up with a chopped down version with a 16.25-inch barrel along with a lighter stock. They gave the world the SOCOM 16. Why was it made? Springfield Armory, in their current incantation, began making a semi-auto only variant of the M14 battle rifle in 1974. By 1991, this gun, known as the M1A, had matured. It was a precision...
  7. The Springfield GI Model 1911

    For less than a decade Springfield Armory made a budget .45 that saluted the old-school Colt 1911s carried by servicemen and women across most of the 20th Century. This model, appropriately enough, was the GI Model and it was a hidden gem. The design To salute the plain Jane, no-frills GI guns that were stamped out in the millions during World War 2 to defend the country from the forces of Hitler and Imperial Japan, in 2004 Springfield Armory decided to introduce a gun that was much the...
  8. Springfield Armory MC Operator Model 1911

    The US Marine Corps has long been a fan of John Browning\'s Model 1911 pistol. Colt made early models while WWII era guns were largely made by Remington, Ithaca and others. Those long serving guns remained in the arsenals of the Marine Corps for decades after, being modified, and improved to stay the best combat handgun the corps could offer those at the tip of the spear. Springfield based its MC Operator on these Marine special operations style 1911s. The Marines .45 For over a hundred...
  9. The Springfield M6 Scout Survival Gun

    Say you are alone in the woods for an extended period, backpacking, camping, and just communing with nature. Or you are flying over a remote area in your private plane, or boating in that out of the way place and you run into trouble. You find yourself in that situation where an emergency could leave you at the mercy of the wilderness. You need a survival gun. Springfield made one of the best. Why a survival gun Ever since the dawn of the airplane, it became readily apparent that these...
  10. The Range Officer Now Comes in 9 Milly

    Springfield Armory has announced that they have put their vaunted Range Officer series of .45ACP 1911-style pistols on a new diet. No, we don\'t mean Volumetrics, Jenny Craig, or the Ornish diet; we mean the RO now comes in a variant ready to nom nom nom on 9mm NATO all day. The Range Officer In November 2010, Springfield came out with a modification of their 1911-line with an \'out of the box\' entry-level competition gun. Featuring a host of nice features like an extended beavertail...
  11. Springfield's G3: the SAR3 and SAR8

    One of the best-known and loved weapons of the 20th century, used by more than fifty countries, was the German Heckler and Koch designed G3 rifle. This 7.62x51mm NATO battle rifle used a unique action to produce an accurate and utterly reliable gun that proved itself worldwide. As you may or may not know, Springfield Armory imported some of these of their own. What is the G3? In the late 1950s, the West German Army was looking to equip their force with a new rifle to replace the...
  12. Springfields FAL the SAR48 and 4800

    The FN FAL was the so-called Free World's Right Arm for almost forty years. Springfield Armory imported their own version for years and it's a classic. In fact, many say it is the best FAL in the US. The FAL After World War 2, the Belgian firm of Fabrique Nationale (FN) based in Herstal developed a select-fire battle rifle known as the FN (Fusil Automatique Lger "Light Automatic Rifle") to replace all of Europe's old bolt-action rifles. This long-barreled gun, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO...
  13. The Springfield P9 CZ75 Clone

    Back in the 1990s, the Czech CZ75 pistol was being rapidly understood to be one of the best combat handguns of the 20th Century. The thing is, since these guns were made behind the Iron Curtain, they were hard to get in the land of Apple Pie. Well, that's where Springfield came up with an idea crazy enough that it just might work. Czech, by way of Italy The Czech designed CZ-75 was, as noted above, next to impossible to get in the US during the Cold War. However, the Italian firm of...
  14. The Old Springfield Armory

    When the flames of the revolutionary war were in full blaze, the new country realized that it needed an armory to build and store its weapons of war. No less of a person than General Washington established the first US armory at Springfield Massachusetts. That the new one draws its lineage from this old Springfield Armory. Continental beginnings The year after the Declaration of Independence, General Washington and his chief of artillery Henry Knox scouted out a militarily defensible...
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