Springfield XD-45

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Considering buying a handgun? That comes as no surprise when you take the current political and social spheres into account. But before running out and buying a handgun, there are a few things you should know.

Before purchasing your first handgun, you have to ask yourself the question, "Why do I need (or want) a handgun?" More often than not, the answer will be self-defense. That was the reason I purchased my first handgun and it is likely why you are here today. After that, you have a whole slew of decisions to make that include picking between a revolver or semi-automatic, calibers, brands and models – the list goes on and on.

Eventually, just like I did, you will come to settle on one handgun that meets all of your needs. For me, it was the Springfield XD-45.

The Springfield XD-45 is a striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol that utilizes a short-recoil operation and is, as its name suggests, chambered for the powerful .45 ACP cartridge. This service pistol, known for its rugged durability and reliable operation, packs a mighty punch that makes it a great choice for personal protection. Each pistol includes two 13-round magazines, a magazine loader, a magazine holder and a holster, all of which comes packed in a hard, suitcase-style case.

After putting countless rounds through my Springfield XD-45, I can say with complete confidence and honesty that I made the right choice. Make sure you do too by picking up a Springfield XD-45 today for $509.

Founded in 1974, Springfield Armory, Inc. is an arms manufacturer and importer based in Geneseo, Illinois. After the U.S. Government closed down the federal armory (Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts) in 1968, one Elmer Balance registered the trademark name "Springfield Armory" for his company. That company was later sold to the Reese family and is today operated under the name Springfield Armory, Inc. With that quick history lesson in the books, let us get to the Springfield XD.

In 2002, Springfield Armory brought the XD line of pistols to the United States market. They quickly rose through the ranks, surpassing other polymer pistols in terms of performance, safety and reliability. Their factory-standard two-stage trigger will have you placing tight groups on any target with ease. They also boast a number of safety features like the loaded-chamber indicator and the striker-status indicator, which provide the shooter with visual and tactile confirmations as to whether the pistol is loaded and cocked. Add in the grip safety, ultra safety assurance (USA) trigger, drop safety and out-of-battery safety and you have a pistol that is at the top of its class in all of the areas that matter most.

The Springfield XD-45 features a 4-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.3 inches. The barrel has both a melonite finish as well as a fully-supported ramp. The forged steel slide also features a melonite finish for enhanced corrosion resistance. With its lightweight, polymer frame, the pistol weighs in at just 30 ounces – making it manageable by just about anyone. Though the .45 ACP cartridge is not known to be the lightest firing pistol cartridge, recoil is very manageable. The pistol's 3-dot iron sight system features a dovetail front sight and provides for a rapid acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. As noted the pistol includes two 13-round magazines as well as a MIL-STD 1913 rail for mounting lights and lasers.

Those looking for an entry-level .45-caliber pistol that outperforms nearly everything in its class need look no further than the Springfield XD-45Right out of the box, the Springfield XD-45 impressed me. I am sure it will do the same for you. Consider purchasing one today for any of the following:

- Personal protection

- Target shooting

- Law enforcement

- Collections

- Much more…

Grab yours today for just $509.

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