Springfield XD(M) .40S&W

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Hi,

Welcome back to NW Tactical, today we are gonna switch gears hear a little bit and instead of reviewing a knife we will review our first gun. This one is my personal favorite polymer pistol on the market. The Springfield XD(m) .40S&W, this pistol not only looks badass but I think its one of the best polymer pistols on the market at this time because of its innovation in egronomics and safety.

First off let me clear up one common question, why is the round called .40S&W, when it is manufactured by Springfield. The .40S&W round was created jointly by Smith & Wesson and Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The .40 S&W was developed from the ground up as a law enforcement cartridge designed to duplicate the performance of the F.B.I. reduced-velocity 10mm Auto cartridge, which could be retrofitted into medium-frame (9mm size) automatic handguns. The reason the F.B.I. needed this type of round is because it needed a handgun that could hold more rounds then your typical 6 shooter revolver and had more stopping power then the 9mm parabellum round. The reason they came to this conclusion is because in the aftermath of the 1986 F.B.I. Miami shootout during which 2 F.B.I. agent were killed and 5 more were wounded sereverly. The F.B.I. agents were totally out gunned by the bank robbers even though they out numbered them 8 to 2, the 2 bank robbers were carrying a Ruger Mini 14 rifle, S&W M3000 shotgun and 2 S&W .357 revolvers. Eventually the two armed robbers were killed but they took some serious lead and kept on going. The F.B.I. chaulked this up to the weapons that the agents were carrying did not have sufficient stopping power.  Hope you enjoyed this little history lesson.

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The Springfield XD(M) .40 S&W is a polymer pistol. Polymer is a type of hard plastic that is lighter, resistant to wear, abrasion, solvents, and oils compared to its steel frame brothers. Polymer plastic can be molded into a variety of ergonomic shapes that do not require separate grip panels, permitting them to use high-cap mags without increasing the bulk. It also makes them more adaptable to persons with smaller hands. Another great thing is that the polymer frame flexes under the recoil and also absorbs some of the recoil pulse so they shoot softer then the heavier guns and you can shoot faster while maintaining good grouping.

Now lets move on to the gun features which there are many. The XD(m) is a modified version of the XD which was one of the more popular polymer handguns on the market. Springfield could have been content with the XD and sold them out as fast as they came into the warehouse but they decided they wanted more and boy did they give us more. First off the XD(m) has a match grade barrel which rivals aerospace manufacturing, MG barreling is when the barrel is bored the same thickness with more consistent rifling from the rear of the barrel to the tip, which provides a more accurate shot and better grouping. Match grade is usually an aftermarket part that requires special ordering from a barrel manufacture but Springfield has made this their standard.

Springfield has invented terms for the XD(m) that all start with the letter “M”. Lets explore these features and the clever terms that Springfield as invented. First the XD(m) Major Grasp slide Serrations which means it has deeper serrations on the slide to make it easier to cock the weapon in harsh weather or if you are like me and have sweaty palms.

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Next we have the Mega Lock Texture which gives the weapon an all terrain look. Springfield claims that this isn’t all about cosmetic looks but it sure doesn’t hurt. The extra texture on the handle helps you keep a tighter grip in extreme weather. The angle and depth of each contour has been calculated for maximum control vertically, horizontally, and torsionally, it also asists with long rapid fire strings which once agains assists in grouping. The angle of the handle is very similar to that of the legendary 1911. Like I stated previously the polymer guns have a Model Contour Frame which contours to your hand and makes it feel like the gun is gripping you not you gripping the gun. The gun also comes with 3 different backstrapes that they call Mold-Tru backstrapes. These backstrapes add another layer of comfort to the shooter by conforming to the size of his/her hand. It comes with a small, medium and large size so everyone should be able to find a comfortable grip. Along with the Mold-Tru Backstrapes it comes with Magazine X-Tensions which also assist in making it more comfortable.

One thing that sets Springfield XD(m) apart from other polymer guns on the market is that they use a Melonite finish which is a lot thicker then most finishes used on its competitors. The Melonite finish is a salt bath nitriding process that leaves a thicker, harder and more corrosion resistence finish on the slide.

The XD(m) has a Minimal Reset Trigger which gives it the shortest travel of any polymer gun on the market. The single action trigger is very clean and breaks between 5.5 and 7.7 lbs. The XD(m) also has the shortest reset on the market as well which keeps you on target with a greater ease for faster more accurate follow up shots which once again aides in grouping. The XD(m) has a Picatinny rail system that they call Multi-Adjust Rail System. This allows you to personalize your gun by adding a laser, flashlight system, or even new sights.

The XD(m) comes with a ton of safety features to help the shooter/carry protect himself and the people around him from an accidently discharge. On the slide there are two indicators that tell you the gun is loaded and cocked, first there is an indicator on the slide by the discharge chamber that will protrude from the top to let you know visually and by touch that there is a bullet in the chamber ready to fire. Second there is a pin that protrudes from the back of the slide letting you know that the chamber has been cocked and ready to fire. This pin will protrude even if there is no bullet in the chamber. Some of the other safety features are the Grip Safety which is on the back of the handle and has to be depressed to fire the weapon. Last but defiantly not least is the USA Trigger System. The USA Trigger System stands for Ultra Safety Assurance which guards against accidental discharge from dropping or bumping by locking the trigger in place until direct rearward pressure is applied. Thats four different safety features all on one gun to protect you against accidental discharge. One more thing Springfield has changed about the XD(m) is that you do not have to pull the trigger to field strip the weapon. Talk about field stripping the weapon, the XD(m) only takes seconds to field strip and put back together. With only 5 different parts anyone can field strip the weapon and clean it, which is great for novice shooters or people who are not looking for a complicated home defense system. Springfield is defiantly leading the field in safety which makes them one of the top weapon distributors in my opinion. They have the shooters safety in mind not just their bottom dollar.

Last but not least the Springfield XD(m) comes is a very nice hard plastic carry case that comes with everything you need to use the weapon immediately and it makes a great range case. The case comes with styrofoam cut out for your gun, two magazines(one compact that holds 12 rounds and another extended version that holds 16 rounds), a hard plastic gun holster, a hard plastic magazine holster that holds two fully loaded magazines, a speed loader, three back straps, a gun chain lock, and last but not least cleaning supplies to keep your gun at its best.

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In conclusion I think this gun is a no brainer for any level shooter, from beginner to advanced. When I bought this gun I had never owned any type of weapon before. This was my first gun and I am glad that I went with it, I have put over 2,000 rounds thru it without a single jam or malfunction which is a great indicator of the quality of this handgun. The safety features were one of the main reasons I purchased the gun, also the ergonomics of the gun felt like an extension of my arm where as the Glock and other guns didn’t feel as natural when I would point them down range. Also the increased grip texture helped make the gun look pretty badass. I was also looking for a gun with a little more stopping power then a 9mm, but to my surprise I learned that the XD(m) .40S&W is one of the only guns on the market that you can switch to a 9mm with only a few changes. All you have to do is buy a 9mm barrel and some 9mm magazines and switch them out with the .40S&W barrel and the .40S&W magazines and magically you have a 9mm pistol. Two in one, who would have thought. One of the nice things about that is the 9mm bullets are a lot cheaper to purchase then the .40S&W so it helps save money when you just want to go to the range and enjoy blowing the shit out of a target, it also is great if you are sharing this weapon with your spouse because the 9mm round has less recoil and is easier to shoot for women. I would recommend this gun to everyone, from a women just looking for a small concealable gun for self-defense, a husband who is looking for a home defense weapon to protect his family, to a Police Officer looking for a secondary or primary weapon for duty. The XD(m) comes in pretty much every size and caliber that you could possibly want. In this review we focused on the 3.8 Compact .40S&W but they are all exactly the same but for caliber size and barrel length. They come in 3.8″ barrel with full handle and compact handle, and shoot .45ACP, .40S&W, 9mm rounds, its also comes in 4.5″ barrel that shoots .45ACP, .40S&W, 9mm, and last but not least it comes in 5.25″ barrel that shoots .45ACP, .40S&W, and 9mm rounds. What else could you possible want/need in a polymer handgun. I know this was a long blog but I do love this gun and there is a lot to know before you make such an important purchase. I hope this blog will help you make your desicion on if this is the right weapon for you.

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post. My next post I will be reviewing Smiths SK2 2-Stone sharpening kit. Also please leave a review/comment in the section below.

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Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Last Resort Knife

Here is a quick video review of the the Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement knife to follow up on my written blog. Please let me know what you think in the reviews below.

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Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement

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Hola Amigo’s,

The Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement is one evil looking SOB. I recently found this knife while browsing on Amazon when purchasing my Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife and had to have it at first site. I love absolutely everything about this bad boy. Its angry angle, mean looking blade, and the fact that this blade is not meant to kill but to deter perps who are attacking you, and getting them off your person. This knife is a last resort for Law Enforcement(but can be used for anyone looking for a great defensive weapon) if a perp is attacking them while they are reaching for their primary weapon. It is supposed to be held on the opposite side that they carry their gun and behind their ammo clip. It is small and black so it is very discreet and most likely will not be detected by anyone. If the police officers gun is being held back, jammed or simply out of ammo, he/she will be able to easily deploy this weapon and use it to remove the attacker from his/her person. This is not a slashing blade it is a push blade. Meaning that the officer will simple grip the blade upside down(as shown in picture above) and simple push the attacker off him while inflicting painful cuts/gashes to the perp. The knife is not meant to hit any major organs or arteries so as not to kill or cause permenant damage to the perp. The idea is to get him off you so you can subdue him. This knife is small but perfect for its intended use. A lot of people always say that if being attacked a perp can simple take your knife away but with the Ka-Bar TDI that would be next to impossible. The handle fits in your hand so that only the blade is showing, if a perp tried to grab the blade he/she will defiantly lose a finger or be cut to the bone.

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Now lets get down to some facts about the TDI Law Enforcement Knife. The knife was invented by John Benner President and Chief Instructor at Tactical Defense Institute and veteran police Lieutenant of 33 years. The knife is made using AUS-8 Stainless steel which is a much harder metal then AUS-6. The blade is only .125″ thick, 2″ 5/16th long and overall with handle is 5 5/8th inches so it is not a very big blade but a very dangerous one. The knife is made in Taiwan but is still very sturdy and well built. The knife only weighs .35lbs so when attached to your person you barely notice its there which is great for law enforcement or military because they are already carrying almost half their body weight in gear. The angle of the blade is 15 degrees which is crazy sharp and you must be very careful when handling this blade because it will cut you in a flash. The handle is made out of Zytel which is a glass filled nylon material. It has great grip strength so it is easy to deploy in even the harshest weather. The knife is slanted or what they call drop point which makes the knife egronomically perfect for the knifes application, which is push motion not slashing. 

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So in conclusion I highly recommend this knife to anyone who is looking for a defensive weapon, this is not an offensive weapon like the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife. This is a no brainer for any law enforcement or military personal, but I recommend it strongly for anyone, especially women as a back up to their primary defense weapon be that a gun or pepper spray or even carry it as a primary defensive weapon. It is easy to use without much training and will not kill like mentioned above but will inflict maximum damage to perp which will give you enough time to escape the situation safely. My favorite part of the knife is just how angry/evil it looks, but even though it looks scary it defiantly is not all just bark is has quite a bite to back it up.

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Coming up next I will be reviewing my Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact 40 Caliber S&W and then Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit, Sypderco Persistence folding knife, Springfield XD Service 4″ 40 Caliber S&W, Gerber Paraframe II Combo Blade, Gerber Fast Draw Combo Blade, Gerber RipStop Straight Edge. SwissGear Backpack, Benelli Shotgun, Glock Pistols. Please let me know if there are any products you would like to see me review on this blog.

Also keep an eye out for the short videos that will follow must posts to give a quick overview and visual presentation of the products that are featured on this website.

Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife

Here is a visual presentation of the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife. This is a quick video so you can see what it looks like and a few facts. For a more detailed review please see the previous blog post.

The Legandary Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife

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Today I will be reviewing the Legendary Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife. I am sure everyone has either heard of or owns one of these bad boys. There are a lot of different opinions on this knife out there and I am gonna give you some information so you can decide if its the right knife for you.

Lets start with the History of this knife. Ka-Bar’s name came about from a testimonial it received from a fur trapper in the early 1900’s. In the testimonial the trapper said that he was being attacked by a wounded bear and his gun jammed. The only thing he had on him was his Ka-Bar(not the name of the company at the time) knife and he was able to kill the wounded bear with his knife and bare hands. He then wrote the company thanking them for making such a quality product. In the testimonial all the company could read was “K A Bar”. The company was so honored by this testimonial that they decided to change their name to what it is today Ka-Bar. Now the original USMC Fighting knife was submitted to the USMC Quartermaster Department on December 12th 1942 in hopes that it would become a general issue knife to all Marines in WWII. After a little re-tooling it was accepted and issued to all Marines that is how the legend was born. The USMC Ka-Bar was so good that is was not only used by the Marines but also accepted by the Army, Navy, United States Coast Guard and the Underwater Demolition Team(which has now become the famous unit that we all know today as the US Navy Seals, the team that killed Osama Bin Laden). Years after WWII many Ka-Bar’s were reactivated and used in the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Can you imagine how beat up these knives had to have been, knives that were reactivated from the WWII, it just goes to show the quality of the blades. These knifes were not supposed to be taken home by the servicemen who used them, they were a tool issued just like the famous M-16 rifle but many were smuggled out because of the affection that the men had come to have for these amazing tools.

The Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife weighs 0.70lbs which is great for strapping to your pack or body without adding much extra weight. The blade is made out of a black Powder Coated 1095 Cro-Van Stainless Steal. The 1095 Cro-Van steel is perfect for this fighting knife because it is easy to sharpen and holds the edge for a long time. The knife is a total length of 11-7/8th inches and the blade is 7″. The blade has a flat grind to a 20 degree edge which is razor sharp right out of the box, it will take the hair right off your chinny chin chin(trust me, it didn’t take my chin hair off but it sure took a patch of my arm hair off). The blade goes thru a 3 step process that all Ka-Bar blades are put thru. 1st the blade is stamped out of a sheet of metal by a 1,000 ton lb blanking press, then put thru a 70ft conveyor oven that takes about an hour to cycle. 2nd the blade is cryogenically frozen to a temperature of -120F to optimize the blade performance and strength. 3rd step involves the stainless steel blade being tempered in a walk in oven to once again enhance its toughness. The USMC Fighting knife’s handle is made out of leather washers that are compressed into an oval shape to fit your hand. It also has a full tang which means that the knife’s steel blade runs thru the handle which makes the blade resistant to breaking. The USMC knife pictured above has the leather handle which is coated in a resin to help prevent rotting if taken care of properly but if you are avid outdoorsman or survivalist I would recommend getting the Kraton G Handle which resembles rubber and is better for wet/moist environments. I prefer the leather handle just cause its classic. The handle has gaps/reservoirs to help prevent your hand from slipping when wet(Originally put there so the Marines that were using them didn’t loose their grip when blood was running down the handle from the enemy that they had just vanquished).

The USMC Knife comes with a beautiful leather sheath. Many reviews I have read complain that the sheath is made in Mexico but I don’t mind because they have done a great job. My sheath is the USMC so it is stamped with the USMC logo, you can also buy them stamped with Army, Navy, and if your lucky and look really hard you can find them stamped with US Coast Guard, it also comes just stamped USA. Like I mentioned the sheath is very sturdy, the leather is really thick and with a couple applications of some saddle soap it is butter soft, and brings out a beautiful deep brown hue in the leather. The Ka-Bar Fighting knife blades are also stamped at the hilt with either USMC, UN, Army, or USA on one side and on the other side it is stamped with the Company name Ka-Bar and the city that the company is located in and the blades are manufactured in Olean Ny. You can also by a hard black Kydex sheath, I do not have one of these but from the reviews I read online they are great for outdoorsmen or survivalist and warriors of any type because it can be strapped to any part of the body and can be strapped to M.O.L.L.E. The leather sheath would probably not be the best option if you plan on stomping thru the forest or camping for long periods of time.

I purchased my Ka-Bar knife on Amazon at a great price of $49.99 and received free shipping. I have seen these knifes range from $49.99 – $100.00. The biggest reason in pricing is just purchase power by the company that is selling them. I personally love Amazon(it is also a local company here in Washington) and didn’t mind waiting for it to be shipped. The knife comes in many different options. I purchased the full length 7″ blade with the clipped tip. It also comes in full length tanto tip and it also has a bigger brother and a little brother. The big Brother comes in a 9 3/8th inch clipped blade and the little brother has a 5″ clipped or tanto blade. You can also buy the knife in a commemorative version with gold colored printing for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Vietnam War, Korean War, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Desert Storm, Purple Heart, 9/11, Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, and many more. So there is a commemorative for every generation. You can also have the blade engraved with anything you like for your loved one. I personally am going to have my blade engraved with my family name so I can pass it down to my son(if I have one, I have all sisters and the X chromosome runs strong in my family gene pool) when he comes of age and hopefully he will do the same(I have no problem passing down the knife to my daughter if I only have daughters and I know they will cherish it just the same because it comes from their father). It will make for a great family heirloom.

The Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife is a great knife for survivalist or outdoorsman. It can be used for many functions from cutting down small saplings for fire wood/digging foxholes to using it as a pry bar to pop open locked doors and of course the main purpose of the knife self defense. Now Ka-Bar does not recommend that you use the knife in any other fashion then fighting but it is strong enough to withstand the abuse. Just remember if you do use it for anything other then fighting and it is damaged Ka-Bar’s warranty will be void. They recommend only using the knife for fighting purposes, but I have found it to be a great all around tool. I feel the biggest reason they say this is because they make specialized knife and tools for everything under the sun.

I own the straight edge knife but it also comes in a mixed straight/serrated blade. I bought the straight edge knife just because it is easier to sharpen then the combination blade. My Ka-Bar knife came in plain black box but I have seen them come in white boxes with the anatomy of the knife printed on the box it looks really cool. In the box was the most beautiful knife I have ever seen in my life, along with the very nice leather sheath stamped with USMC logo. The sheath has a loop so you can wear it on your hip by slipping it thru your belt, the sheath also has a strap at the top that clips shut to secure the knife so it will not fall out of the sheath or be taken out without a little effort. It is not the most secure but it will not be easy to be taken off your hip without you noticing and giving you ample time to react. The blade comes wrapped in a cardboard slip that Ka-Bar recommends you keep it in for storage purposes, they recommend not keeping it in the leather sheath for extended amounts of time to protect against corrosion. So do not through away or damage the cardboard sheath it comes in. It also comes with a small instructions sheet that gives you little hints on how to store and take care of your knife to make it last a life time. This knife will be my 1st choice for any camping or hiking excursions, I also like to keep it close at night incase I need to use it to protect my family from any intruders. I can only imagine what a perp would be thinking once he sees this giant knife staring at him unless its dark then he will not see anything only feel the cold steel blade reach out and touch him due to the black blade which help you remain stealth when needed.

So in conclusion the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife is a great weapon that is perfect for its intended use which is to kill, but it can be used for many other functions just make sure to take proper care of the knife when finished. The knife is strong and comes in many different options that will fit everyone. The knife is also great as a gift that can be put up on the mantle and presented as art.

Coming up next I will be reviewing another Ka-Bar product the TDI Law Enforcement Last Resort knife, then I will be reviewing Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit, Sypderco Persistence folding knife, Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact 40 Caliber S&W, Springfield XD Service 4″ 40 Caliber S&W, Gerber Paraframe II Combo Blade, Gerber Fast Draw Combo Blade, Gerber RipStop Straight Edge. SwissGear Backpack, Benelli Shotgun, Glock Pistols. Please let me know if there are any products you would like to see me review on this blog.

Also keep an eye out for the short videos that will follow must posts to give a quick overview and visual presentation of the products that are featured on this website.