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Review: Springfield Armory XD-M .45 ACP

Late but not never we’re following up the review on the 9mm Springfield Armory XD-M with the all new .45 ACP XD-M. Thanks to GunBlog.com we’ve got the insides and out of the latest and greatest along with a great video review.

SpringField XD-M .45 ACP Review

After more than 2 years after releasing the XDm in .40 and 9mm, Springfield has now introduced to the market the Springfield XDm in a .45; and we at GunBlog.com got our hands on the first one that came into town. We’ve put about 1,500 rounds of various loads through it, tested it side by side with a Glock 21, and we’re ready to tell you all about it.

Springfield touts the same M-Factor marketing with the .45 as it does with the XDm .40 and 9mm. It features a multi-adjust rail system that features 3 picatinny rail slots to give some freedom for mounting laser or lights. The XDm .45 also features main focus 3 dot sights, a match grade barrel, supposedly the industry’s shortest trigger reset for a polymer framed pistol, a maximum reach ambidextrous mag release button, minimum error disassembly lever, adjustable grip with various backstraps, and Springfield’s mega loc grip texture. Notice all the features start with an “M”, which is what Springfield likes to call the “M” factor.

Opening the Case

Just like all the other Springfield XDs, the XDm .45 comes with all the bells and whistles. Opening up the case (which is bigger and more industrial looking/feeling than the standard XD cases) you’ll find your new pistol, an OWB holster, a dual magazine carrier, a speedloader, two 13 round magazines, a cleaning brush, 3 different sized back-straps, and a gun lock.

All the given accessories are great and usable items (assuming you’re a righty for the holster) except for one, the cleaning brush. I am a creature of habit, and I habitually remove the brush head off my push rod after pushing it from the breach to the muzzle through the bore when cleaning–the supplied brush seems to be twisted steel threads with the bristles incorporated at the end of the push rod, making removing the brush impossible. Most of us would never clean our pistols this way, especially a match grade barrel, so it baffles me why Springfield wouldn’t supply a better brush.

The barrel for me is the most notable feature of the XDm .45. Being fully supported match barrel is a very noticeable feature to have. It’ll allow you to show a wide range of ammunition while lessening the fear of a kb!. The barrel has match stated on the side of it. For me, having a fully supported match barrel is a huge plus when thinking about purchasing an XDm .45. Its almost a steal when comparing prices and features between other pistols.

Read the rest of this review over at GunBlog.com

Chicago gun owners, what’s your latest gun purchase?

A Clean Gun Is a Happy Gun

And a functional gun too. Be sure to keep your firearms clean so they perform flawlessly. Whatever the purpose is. Recreation or home defense, you don’t want a dirty gun.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

We all know that firearms require maintenance and cleaning, but how often should you clean your firearms? Some insist that firearms should be cleaned every time they are fired as well as every few months whether they’ve been used or not. Others insist that it is fine to leave your rifle or pistol uncleaned even after multiple trips to the range. Who’s right? The answer is that it depends on the type of firearm, what it is primarily used for, and what ammunition and elements it has been exposed to.

There are some times when you should clean your gun every time immediately after use. If you are shooting corrosive ammunition, or if the firearm is exposed to water, moisture, or other damaging elements you should always clean your gun as soon as possible. Corrosive ammunition, water, salts, dust and dirt can all lead to rust, corrosion, excess wear and tear and eventually the early failure of the rifle or pistol.

For example, last week I went out hunting with my trusty Remington 700 in 30-06. It’s not a fancy rifle with a synthetic stock and factory blued barrel topped with a Nikon ProStaff 4-12×40mm scope. The weather was cold and damp, and I didn’t see any of the wild hogs I was hunting for, but it was rainy and drizzling lightly off and on so, even though I didn’t fire a shot, I still cleaned my rifle when I got home. Why? Moisture in the barrel could lead to pitting and premature barrel wear. I also made sure to run a lightly oiled cloth between the barrel and the stock bed to clear out any trapped moisture or dirt and oil the barrel in that ares as well.

“But,” you say “I’ve got a stainless steel barrel and receiver. I don’t need to worry about moisture.” To a certain extent, that is true. Stainless steel components do help slow down corrosion and the effects of the elements that cause it, but such parts are more susceptible to excess wear from dirt, dust, and fouling. Stainless steel is softer than other steel used in firearms and as such can experience faster wear.

If you’ve got a gun that is only used for plinking, target clays, or punching holes in paper, it’s probably OK to let a few months and 3-4 trips to the range lapse before doing an in depth cleaning. You should still be aware that semi-automatics and rimfire firearms may begin to show performance and reliability issues with excessive fouling. My Walther G22, my favorite semiautomatic plinker, tends to run fine for about 500 rounds before it begins to have problems cycling dirty .22 rimfire ammunition. Because of this, I like to keep a bore snake, some CLP and a brush in my range bag to give the action a quick once-over should it start to hiccup. Even so, it sometimes makes it through a couple of bricks of Federal .22 LR before it sees a good scrubbing.

On the other hand, if you’re shooting a match gun or a firearm that is relied upon for personal defense, you should always keep it clean, oiled, and ready to go. As mentioned above, fouling, dirt and dust can cause reliability issues in semiautomatic firearms. Any primary defensive firearm should, in this writer’s opinion, be kept clean and well oiled at all times. Revolvers are not immune to fouling either: carbon build up on the cylinder can make a double action trigger nearly impossible to pull as the cylinder gap becomes clogged. For match guns, most semiautomatics run more accurate and more reliably when clean. Bolt action rifles on the other hand often require a fouling shot for the best consistency out of a cold bore. For this reason, it is sometimes easier to clean these rifles at the range where you can then fire a fouling shot (from non-corrosive ammunition) so that the bore is ready to go. Some ranges won’t allow you to clean a gun at the range, and that’s fine, you can clean it at home and store it without a fouling shot, just remember that your bore will need a fouling shot to prep the bore prior to competition.

Depending on how often they are used, all firearms should periodically undergo a professional detailed cleaning where the firearm is torn down and thoroughly cleaned, oiled and reassembled. How often this is necessary depends on the number of rounds fired through the gun and the role it typically is used for, but I like to detail strip and clean all of my firearms at least once a year regardless of whether or not they ever made it out of the gun safe at all. On firearms that are just being stored in a safe ambient moisture in the air, humidity, can cause some small rust spots to show up. Dessicants such as Hyskore drying silica gel will help reduce the humidity in your safe and cut down on rust caused by this moisture in the air. An annual cleaning not only makes sure that all of your guns are clean and stored properly, but also gives you the chance to inspect each firearm for problems that you may not normally notice. While you’ve got the gun broken down, look for cracks, rust and corrosion, erosion, or other signs that a part may need replacing. More than once while detail stripping my firearms I’ve found pins, springs, and other small parts that were wearing and could soon fail. By replacing them early an unexpected failure was prevented.

Always make sure to wear the proper safety gear when cleaning your firearms, and always clean in a well lit and well ventilated area. Some chemicals and solvents are dangerous and have fumes that can be unsafe to breathe. Proper eye-protection, gloves and a respirator are always recommended when working with gun cleaning chemicals.

Chicago Gun Owners, how often do you clean your gun and are there any special methods you use?

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Three More Reasons Daley Thinks You Don’t Have a Second Amendment Right

So not only does it look like you can’t have a regular 9-5 in order to register a gun within the cities Monday through Friday 8:30am – 3:30PM time frame. but Daley seems to think if you have 20/50 corrected vision you don’t have a second amendment right either. Oh and good luck finding that license number for the state certified instructor. It doesn’t exist yet.

Chicago PD Permit Process

Now described on their web site. I would note that there is 5 pages of forms to fill out in order to legally register a firearm, and also with that five hours of training. They’ll also fingerprint you at the time of the application. I would also note they only appear to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30pm each day. Good luck getting your permit if you have a job. Better luck if you’re poor and can’t afford to take a day off. Daley is a snake.

UPDATE From the comments:

Also note that currently the permit requires the license number of the State certified instructor. That particular ‘license’ from the IL Dept of Professional Regulation (DPR) has no number, so the form cannot be completed even if one has the requisite training from a certified instructor.

I’m sure Daley will get that worked out after a few more expensive and time consuming lawsuits.

UPDATE: Also from the comments, apparently Daley thinks people with 20/50 corrected vision, which could still see an attacker and aim safely at typical self-defense distances, don’t have a Second Amendment right.

source: Snow Flakes in Hell