Can I get an education on Springfield?
I am developing a bit of a fascination with Springfield Armory. These things come and go, but I have to indulge them.
I don't know why; I've never had one and I've never known anyone who has one. For the price of most of their models, most people seem to go with Kimber.
I know a bit about the history of the company but I'm developing a complex around two of their products in particular.
This is the Springfield Mil Spec in stainless steel. I have no idea what it is that I seem to like so much about this pistol. I do like all stainless guns, and I don't see as many all stainless automatics as I like. Maybe it's nostalgia, or a nagging curiousity to try something that's as far from a double action revolver as you can get?
This is the Service Size model of the XD series in .40 S&W. I actually picked one of these up. The salesman compared it to a Glock. I think he was wrong.
I'm not a Glock basher, but people who say Rugers feel like bricks or have poor ergonomics have never handled a Glock. I joke about polymer guns but in actuality I like them just fine. The ergonomics are the only thing against Glock. (I do kind of like the 19 for some reason, much better than the 17...) I very much expected this gun to feel "wrong" too.
Actually it felt all right. I would have to have one with a stainless slide, but I handled it and I thought "Hey this is all right. :)"
I was just curious if anyone has any experience with Springfield in general, these particular products, or what you think of them as CCW choices. I don't think I'd actually carry the Mil-Spec because I can just see that little safety constantly snagging and disengaging, but maybe that's not a problem. This kind of thing isn't normally my bag but you've got to start somewhere.