March Issue Of Shooting Illustrated Highlights The New Springfield Armory XD Mod.2

March 2015 Issue Of Shooting Illustrated
March 2015 Issue Of Shooting Illustrated
Shooting Illustrated
Shooting Illustrated

FAIRFAX, Va. –-( The March issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, features the Springfield Armory XD Mod.2, the upgraded version of the company’s subcompact, striker-fired concealed-carry pistol.

With hundreds of hours put into ergonomic study and design for the new frame, slide and especially the grip, Springfield Armory has made numerous improvements to its subcompact XD.

See what makes the Mod.2 different from the original and decide whether you want to enter the “Grip Zone.”


If you’ve been thinking about entering the 3-gun zone, ArmaLite ( ) , the folks who put the “AR” in “AR-15”, have a rifle for you. The company’s M-15 is purpose-built for 3-gun competition, which makes sense because its president, Tommy Thacker, is a national 3-gun champion. With a host of smart, efficient components tailoring the M-15 for quick, decisive and accurate use, it is equally at home on the field of competition or serving for home defense.

Whether you participate in 3-gun competition or not, there is much to learn from its competitors when it comes to a defensive strategy. Knowing precisely the kind of gear you need for the task, keeping everything handy for rapid presentation and being exceptionally familiar with all your hardware is what is needed to excel in competition—or to prevail in a defensive situation. Dick Williams provides some 3-gun-inspired tips for home defense.

Many gunowners choose an AR-15-based carbine for home defense, and one critical factor is for that rifle to be compact and maneuverable. Shaving weight off one’s chosen defensive rifle is a solid idea, and the quest for the lightest carbine might include a polymer lower receiver. Rifle Editor Steve Adelmann takes a detailed look at three such options.

Whether it’s training for home defense, 3-gun competition or concealed carry, shooters who need corrective lenses face additional challenges over those with perfect vision. Balancing the need for protection with the challenge of vision correction is a fine line to tread, but it can be solved with a little common sense and a good ophthalmologist. Bryce M. Towlsey offers some tips and suggestions on how to choose protective, corrective eyewear for the best results on the range and in competition.

Look for these articles and much more in the March issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

For more information: visit, call Editor-in-Chief Ed Friedman at (703) 267-1331 or e-mail [email protected]

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last time I checked you usually buy a gun for how it fits in your hand and how it performs, it’s a high quality gun that shoots, bottom line.


It is a bit corny to have that ‘grip zone’ stamped like that but this gun fits my hand like a fine deer skin glove and I shoot it very well. Stick some rubberized Talon Grips on there and you have a solid purchase without the corniness.

L.L. Smith

How would those that can’t read know how to hold this pistol? It must be for only those who are educated.


Sorry, but there is no way I am spending any money on a weapon that reads, “Grip Zone” Hilarious. I can promise you, once they wake up and produce the weapon without the “grip zone” printed on the grip I will buy one, but not until then. Total Fail.