Product Round-Up: Springfield's Newest Handgun for Concealed Carry

Springfield Armory XDE

Springfield Armory has announced its all-new patent-pending hammer-fired single-stack 9mm compact pistol, the XDE.

The XDE has a sleek frame just an inch wide, for hand and holster fit that is conducive to everyday carry. The patent-pending hammer design grants the XDE a Low-Effort-Slide (L.E.S.) that requires 27% less racking effort when compared to leading semi-automatic pistols. The exposed hammer clearly shows gun mode, and the single/double action trigger offers options for shooting style. The XDE packs 8+1 rounds of 9mm. With the Magazine X-Tension, the capacity increases to 9+1. The flat-base concealment magazine also offers an extended base plate that allows a full grip. Three magazine configurations let you personalize capacity, comfort, and concealability.

The High-Hand beavertail and trigger guard design naturally lifts the shooters grip to a higher position for increased control and improved stability. GripZone provides three texture zones to secure the shooters grip, minimizing slippage and twisting during recoil.

“When we listened to the challenges that gun buyers face, it was apparent that many people struggle with the operation of compact semi-automatic pistols,” observed Springfield Armory Chief Executive Officer Dennis Reese. “We decided to design a compact, safe, and carry-friendly pistol that was much easier to use whether you are a new shooter or skilled gunner. Now, buyers won’t have to make compromises when choosing a self-defense handgun.”

The first double-action shot requires an intentional, longer and deliberate trigger pull. After the first shot, the XDE reverts to single-action operation, giving the operator a much lighter, crisp trigger break. Supplementing the double-action operation is a combination manual safety and de-cocking lever. Ambidextrous, the de-cocking system allows the user to safely lower the hammer without pulling the trigger.

“We firmly believe that a carry gun should be one that users want to take to the range for practice, training, and fun,” said World Champion shooter and Team Springfield Captain Rob Leatham. “Especially for a gun suited for self-defense and concealed carry, it’s important to make the gun as easy and pleasurable to shoot as possible.”

Browning Adds New Black Label 1911-380 Pistols

The new Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro will be available in Full Size and Compact versions. These new pistols will feature an aluminum-reinforced composite frame and slide with a blackened stainless steel finish with silver brush-polished flats. Grips on this new model are checkered rosewood with a gold Buckmark logo. The pistol comes with two magazines. The Full Size model barrel length is 4.25 inches and the Compact barrel length is 3.625 inches. Both the Full Size and Compact versions are available with steel three-dot sights or steel night sights. Suggested Retail price with the 3-dot sights: $800. Suggested retail price with night sights: $880.

Browning is also adding three Compact models to the 1911-380 line in 2017. The Black Label 1911-380 Compact has the same features as the Black Label 1911-380 Full Size but with a 3.625-inch barrel. This model has composite black grips and includes fixed combat sights. Suggested retail: $670.

Browning is also adding Compact models to both the Black Label Pro and the Black Label Pro with Rail. Both of these models have 3.625-inch barrels and are available with either steel three-dot sights or steel night sights. The Black Label Pro Compact has a suggested retail price of $800 for the three-dot model and $880 for the night-sight model. The Black Label Pro Compact with Rail and three-dot sight has a suggested retail price of $830, and the railed night sight model has a suggested retail price of $910.

More information on these products is available at

Smith & Wesson Now Shipping New M&P15 Sporting Rifles

Smith & Wesson Corp. is shipping the newest additions to its expanded M&P rifle series. The M&P15X and M&P15T rifles retain the original look and operating features of the company’s M&P15 rifle line, enhanced with the Magpul M-LOK modular lock system mounting platform.

The M&P15X rifle features the new M&P aluminum, carbine-length handguard, while the M&P15T rifle features the 13-inch M&P slim modular free-float rail system.

Jerry Miculek demonstrated the M&P15T’s capability during Industry Day at SHOT Show in January. A packed crowd was on hand to witness Miculek’s new speed record, which was set using the new M&P15T rifle, firing 10 shots on three targets in 1.59 seconds. Miculek said, “Attempting speed records is never easy, but using the right equipment improves my chances. I really like what Smith & Wesson has done with the M&P15 rifle.”

M&P15X with M-LOK features:
New M&P Slim, Aluminum Carbine-Length Handguard with Magpul M-LOK
2-inch M-LOK Aluminum Picatinny-Style Rail Panel Included
Picatinny-Style Top Rail
Forged, Integral Trigger Guard
Armornite Finish on barrel interior and exterior surfaces
Chromed Firing Pin
S&W flash suppressor
16-inch Barrel, 1-in-8-inch twist with 5R rifling
30-round PMAG magazine
MSRP, $1239
M&P15T with M-LOK features:
13-inch M&P Slim Modular Free-Float Rail System with Magpul M-LOK
5R Rifling for Superior Accuracy and Easier Cleaning
Magpul MBUS Sights
Forged, integral trigger guard
Armornite Finish on barrel interior and exterior surfaces
Patented S&W flash suppressor
16-inch Barrel, 1 in 8-inch Twist
30-round PMAG magazine
MSRP, $1190


Ed Brown Releases Compact 1911

Ed Brown Products, Inc. of Perry, Missouri, has added the Compact 1911 to their lineup of traditional custom 1911s. The Compact comes with an Officer’s-sized frame for ease of concealment and is fitted with a 4.25-inch slide for a longer sight radius and reliability. The Compact comes standard with fully-machined premium components, a lifetime written warranty, and a list of options available to personalize the pistol.

John May, sales and marketing director for Ed Brown Products, said, “It is always exciting to add new models, and the new Compact 1911 really shows our customers that we are working to meet their needs.” For more information on the new Compact 1911, visit

Beretta APX Striker-Fired Pistol Is Shipping

Beretta began shipping the APX pistol in April after recently announcing its launch in the U.S. market. As a modular pistol, the internal chassis of the APX is serialized, allowing grip-frame housings to be customized or exchanged without affecting the serialized part.

Beretta has reduced the bulk of the chassis and has built in a high grip position, which offers better control and easier sight tracking. An oversized magazine baseplate helps fast loading and extraction, and full-length slide serrations make slide manipulation easier, especially when wet. The flat-faced design of the trigger promotes a straight rearward trigger press with minimal interruption of sight picture. Ambidextrous, reversible controls accommodate almost all hand sizes.

Beretta has manufactured semi-automatic pistols since 1915 and is now one of the very few manufacturers to offer full-size polymer and metallic-framed handguns in both hammer- and striker-fired operating systems. The APX is available in 9mm and comes with two 10+1 magazines.

FN Announces the FN 509

FN America, LLC has launched the FN 509, an all-new 9mm striker-fired pistol. The FN 509 was born out of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition.

“When the requirements for MHS were released, our team of engineers immediately went to work, taking the successful elements of the FNS Compact and further developing those to meet the needs of the U.S. Army’s solicitation for a new, full-size pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, president and CEO of FN America, LLC. “Between the submission of MHS and the commercial release of the FN 509, we have worked with law-enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and captured feedback that we used to further optimize the pistol.”

Built on the architecture of the FNS Compact, aesthetic changes to the platform include the aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls, and recessed target crown on the barrel.

The FN 509 is currently shipping to FN distributors in two commercial SKUs. Other options, such as manual-safety models, are coming, the company says.

Safety: Internal passive safeties
Sights: Fixed 3-dot luminescent
Operation: Striker; DAO
Trigger Pull: 5.5 to 7.5 pounds
Capacity: 10 or 17 rounds
Weight: 26.9 ounces
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 7.4 inches
MSRP: $649


Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS

Savage Arms is offering serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

The Model 10 GRS houses the full suite of accuracy-enhancing Savage features fitted to a GRS stock made of 15% fiberglass-reinforced Durethan with 65% glass bedding material.

The stock’s slimmed-down dimensions and textured rubber surfaces provide a better grip in wet conditions, while its length-of-pull can be adjusted to fit any shooter.

The length-of-pull adjusts from 33.5 to 36.5 cm. The muzzle comes threaded at 5⁄8-24, and the rifle ships with a 10-round AICS-compatible magazine, flush cup sling loops, and a sling mount for bipod use.

The 22596 model chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 24-inch barrel has an MSRP of $1449. The 22599 model chambered in 308 Win. has a 20-inch barrel and an MSRP of $1449

Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit

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Glock Has Announced Special Production Run of Pistols for the Summer

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Browning Continues Citori 725 High Grade Program

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