Today Springfield Armory released a new pistol that they have been teasing for about a month called the Hellcat.
The Hellcat is essentially a direct competitor to Sig's P365. It is a micro-compact 9mm pistol with a flush fit 11rd magazine and extended length 13rd magazine.
There are two variations (one with and one without the optics cut).
HC9319B - Hellcat 9mm Pistol without Optics Cut
See the Hellcat HC9319B in our online store with pricing and ordering information.
We've seen the growth of 6.5 Creedmoor with new releases from varying manufacturers throughout the industry. We saw quite a few bolt action rifles being released early with the Ruger Precision Rifle really drawing attention to the caliber due to its modularity and price point.
Quite a few AR manufacturers jumped on the 6.5 train and now Springfield Armory has announced the release of three new M1A models chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor.
Three new models are being released. The three rifles are very similar with the primary difference being the stock. All three have a 22" stainless steel national match medium weight barrel, 2 stage trigger, California muzzle break and 10rd magazine.
Springfield Armory just released a new line of 1911's called Range Officer Elite. We will have these in hand within a few days and will post more detailed photos. We will also post links to our store once added.
SKU - UPC - Description - MSRP
PI9126ER - 706397915254 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Compact , .45 ACP, 6rd - $1,030.00
PI9136ER - 706397915278 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Champion, .45 ACP, 7rd - $1,030.00
PI9131ER - 706397915261 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Operator, .45 ACP, 7rd - $1,145.00
PI9128ER - 706397915285 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Target, .45 ACP, 7rd - $1,048.00
PI9125ER - 706397915353 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Compact , 9mm, 8rd - $1,044.00
PI9137ER - 706397915384 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Champion, 9mm, 9rd - $1,044.00
PI9130ER - 706397915377 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Operator, 9mm, 9rd - $1,159.00
PI9129ER - 706397915360 - Springfield 1911 Range Officer Elite Target, 9mm, 9rd - $1,061.00 Continue reading
Springfield Armory announced today a new single stack 9mm with a DA/SA trigger, deviating from the recent industry striker trend.
We'll have one in house today and shoot some custom photos. We'll post those here when we've got them ready! We'll also compare it to the XD-S to give some impressions.
We just got our hands on the additions to Springfield Armory's 2015 line.
We already knew they released the XD Mod.2 pistols but those are going to be included below. Also included is the lower priced XD-S Essentials packages which strip out the XD Gear (holster and mag pouch).
Be sure to pay attention to the new 1911 Models including the Range Officer Lightweight and the new Loaded Operator! Continue reading
The Mad Ogre's been gun-blogging for a long time, and he takes a look at who makes the best production 1911 pistols, i.e. 1911's you can buy without mortgaging the house or selling off a kidney.
To be honest, we like his choices, because we've found all of those to great values when it comes to the 1911 platform, and if you're looking at something a little more fancy, we also have Wilson Combat, Nighthawk and Ed Brown 1911's in stock as well.
2. Don't Make A Lifetime Commitment To The First Gun You Carry
In part one, we talked about the importance of having your gun near you at all times, because having a concealed carry permit and not having your gun with you is like having a drivers license and a car but always asking your friends for a lift.
So let's talk about the gun you carry. First, the bad news: There's a good chance your first choice for a concealed carry gun won't be quite right for you. Now, the good news: That gun can be used for something else.
Back in 2006, I did extensive research before I purchased a CCW gun about what I thought was the best gun for me. I tracked down features and prices, weighed in size and power, and after weeks and weeks of research, I bought what I considered to be the be-all and end-all of concealed carry guns; a pocket-sized, 10 round 9mm handgun from a new manufacturer that cost less than $300.
And I made a bad choice.
- Sub-compact or "mini" 9mm's aren't known for their shootability and aren't a good choice for a first-time concealed carry gun.
- Its small size made recoil unpleasant and it was full of rough edges and sharp corners that physically hurt my hand after fifty rounds.
- To make matters worse, because the manufacturer had just started making guns, my gun was unreliable and broke often.
I bought a "pocket sized" 9mm because I thought I was getting the best of both worlds: A pistol that I could easily conceal but that still gave me 10+1 rounds of 9mm when I needed it. I still have that gun, but it's a tertiary weapon for me, at best. After that experience, rather than try to find one gun that "does it all", I've settled into a rotation of three guns for concealed carry:
- A pocket-sized .380 auto for when concealment matters most
- A 9mm Shield for (almost) everyday carry
- A full-sized 9mm for when I want to mix things up
It's important to remember that my choices are just that: Mine. Would I be happier with, say, a SIG 938 or an XD-S instead of my Shield? Maybe. The truth is, however, we are living in a Golden Age of handguns. Almost *any* pistol from *any* reputable manufacturer these days is up to the task of defending your life, and it's up to you to find the one that works best for you for price, accessories and features.
When it comes to concealed carry guns, buyer's remorse is no big deal: Unless you're used to carrying the equivalent weight of one or more cans of soda around on your waist, carrying a gun every day of your life will be a learning process, and part of that learning process is learning which gun works best for you. This is even more true about holsters: You are going to buy more than one, and the sooner you accept that fact, the better. You don't have one pair of shoes for dress and work and sports, and you're going to have more than one holster for your gun as well. Don't chase fads, but don't put up with something that is uncomfortable, hampers a smooth draw or does not carry your gun in a safe manner.
Next up in Part Three: Know the limitations of your gun and yourself.