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Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM II Carbine Pics from SHOT Show 2005

by David Crane [email protected] Click on the digital photos below to view them full-size. All photos accompanying this article are the property of DefenseReview.com. Springfield Armory showed off its new M1A SOCOM II carbine (or SOCOM II M1A carbine) with Cluster Rail System at SHOT Show 2005. The SOCOM II M1A carbine is basically just the SOCOM 16 carbine with ... Read More »

Springfield Armory GI .45 1911 Pistols: Something New from WWII

by David Crane [email protected] Springfield Armory has just introduced their new GI .45 1911 pistols. The new 5" parkerized version looks to be a virtually identical copy of the World War II era 1911A1 pistol issued to U.S. troops. The 5" GI .45 is very reasonably priced ($498.00 retail for the parkerized GI .45 and O.D. green GI .45, and ... Read More »

Springfield Armory (New-Version) Operator, TGO 1, and TGO II 1911 Pistols

by David Crane [email protected] Not content to just sit around on their laurels, the folks at Springfield Armory have been busy little bees, churning out some new 1911 pistols (single stack). The first new pistols we’ll mention are the new TGO 1 Service Model 5" Bi-tone and TGO II Service Model 5" Bi-tone 1911 pistols. Both pistols have been designed ... Read More »

New Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 Carbine and Custom Compact M1A/M14 Carbines

by David Crane [email protected] I just read an interesting thread on the just-introduced Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 carbine and custom versions of the Springfield Armory M1A/M14 carbine. If you’ve been considering acquiring/purchasing an Springfield Armory M1A carbine lately, I suggest you read it. Here’s the direct link to the thread:… http://www.tacticalforums.com/cgi-bin/tacticalubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=56;t=000643. Click here to visit the Springfield Armory M1A ... Read More »

Springfield Armory X-Treme Duty (XD) Pistols: Tactical and Sub-Compact

by David Crane [email protected] Springfield Armory’s XD Pistols recently won the NRA’s 2003 Golden Bullseye Award for "Handgun of the Year". That’s pretty impressive. Just as impressive is the fact that Springfield Armory has introduced both a 3" Sub-Compact XD and 5" Tactical XD model of the X-Treme Duty (XD) pistol in such a relatively short time. DefenseReview has been ... Read More »

Springfield Armory XD (X-Treme Duty) Pistols

by David Crane [email protected] Speaking of compact and subcompact pistols (see story below), DefRev also has yet to run the XD (X-treme Duty) pistols by Springfield Armory. The two models we’re most interested in evaluating are the 4 inch service model XD pistol and the 3 inch Sub-Compact XD pistol. The 3" subcompact XD pistol might actually be the most ... Read More »

SOPMOD M-14 Commando Carbine by Troy Industries. Big Rifle in a Small Package.

by David Crane [email protected] Troy Industries, Inc. was a vendor at SWAT Round-Up 2003, and they showed up with this little bad boy–which is a whole lotta’ rifle in a compact, carbine-sized envelope. The SOPMOD M-14 Commando Carbine is a Spec-Ops-applicable 7.62x51mm semi-auto carbine. Features on the SOPMOD M14 include an A.R.M.S.-like 1913 picatinny rail system, ergonomic pistol grip, and ... Read More »

Colt Model 1911 Pistol and Early Prototypes

The following is an advertisement that was submitted to Defense Review anonymously. Normally we don’t publish anonymous posts–and especially advertisements. However, we’re making an exception here as a courtesy to our members and readers who may have an interest in reading about the history of the Colt 1911 pistol and its precursors. We’ll research the source. Here it is: "Just ... Read More »

Kimber Introduces Intregral Light/Laser

by David Crane Kimber appears to have copied the Caspian Integral Light/Laser Rail Mount with their new integrated "Tactical Rail". This, of course, is good news, as an integral rail is always preferable to a screwed-on rail. However an integral rail doesn’t solve the reported reliability problems caused by Kimber’s Series II Safety system, which the author believes can potentially ... Read More »

Springfield Armory XD-9 Pistol Range Report and Pics.

by David Crane [email protected] "Screaming .357G" has created a thread and provided a range report and pics on the Springfield Armory XD-9 pistol at Glocktalk.com. It’s worth taking a look at. DefRev hasn’t tested the XD-9 pistol yet. When you view the report, be sure to scroll down through the thread, as "Screaming .357G" has made multiple postings with additional ... Read More »