The 50 States of AR-15

If you have been following my channel on YouTube you may have already seen or heard me talking about “The 50 States of AR-15”. Well here’s a video clip that talks about the project, and addresses some of the questions that have been posted and sent in to us.

Here is a little update on the project, we have received an awesome amount of support from both our viewers, fellow content creators, as well as various companies in the industry. I can’t thank you all enough. This project definitely is as someone had mentioned recently “ambitious”. Yes this project takes a lot of time and effort, and I am happy to do it for you all out there watching. I enjoy sharing my learning experiences, new products, and the behind the scenes look behind the America’s Rifle.

Again, thank you all for watching, stay tuned, and as all ways “Have Fun Shooting…” -Rick

XS® Sight Systems Offers Ranges Opportunity to Add Sights to Rentals

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (06/16/16) – XS® Sight Systems has announced a new effort to encourage range owners to order its products for use on their rental inventories. The new range rental gun program includes one set of XS® Big Dot® sights for ranges interested in giving their customers the opportunity to try them out.
The move is meant to encourage those self-defense carry gun-owners to try out something new in their shooting experience, according to XS® Sights Commercial Sales Manager Tanya Gorin.
“The range rental gun program gives customers who are serious about self-defense the opportunity to get their hands on the Big Dot® night sights before they buy,” she said.
According to Gorin, what makes these particular sights ideal for self-defense is their simplicity, as a large front sight is paired with a n express rear sight to speed up sight acquisition and follow-up up shots.

The XS® Big Dot® is compatible with the following firearms:
GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 27
Smith & Wesson® M&P® 9, 40 and 45
Springfield Armory® XD®, XD(M)® and XD-S®

More information for range owners interested in participating can be retrieved by contacting XS® Sights on its Contact Us page or by downloading and returning a completed order form to

Springfield Armory® Dominates Bianchi Cup Production Division XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series 9mm Pistol Takes Top Three Places

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GENESEO, IL, June 9, 2016 – The Bianchi Cup has earned a reputation as the ultimate test of accuracy, consistency, and performance. This year, each position on the Bianchi Cup Production Division podium was occupied by a competitor using the Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series Pistol.

When the dust settled, Adam Sokolowski of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit took home the gold shooting his XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series 9mm. Michael Gasser, also representing the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, and Springfield Armory®’s own Rob Leatham claimed silver and bronze, respectively. Both shooters also relied on the Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series 9mm pistol to win their titles.

For 2016, Bianchi announced a new format. Shooters completed the full 1920-point course of fire over four stages. Then, only the top finishers advanced to the championship round, only to repeat the entire process. Scores from both 1920-point events were combined to determine the overall winners.

Throughout the week, the Production Division was a battle of the XD(M)®’s with Sokolowski, Gasser, and Leatham trading the lead throughout the tournament.

After the last plate fell, and Sokolowski officially took home the top prize, Leatham commented, “Losing is never fun, but I honestly couldn’t think of two people I would rather have beat me – I’m proud to call Adam and Michael friends. Congrats guys, and thanks for showing the world how awesome and accurate our XD(M)® 5.25 shoots!”

The reason the XD(M)® swept the podium is clear: The Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series Pistol was designed to win. With the longest slide and barrel of any XD(M)® model, the 5.25” Competition Series offers shooters a long sight radius, capped with a high visibility, rapid acquisition, fiber-optic front sight. The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation, allowing the serious competitor to precisely calibrate point of aim and point of impact to their favorite load. Lightening cuts in the slide reduce mass and increase cycle time allowing for faster shot recovery.


For competitions like Bianchi Cup, accuracy means everything, so the XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series models include match grade barrels, a short trigger reset, and a sure grip Mega-lock texture for positive traction in all shooting conditions. The XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series is available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.

Many consider The Bianchi Cup the ultimate test for both the shooter’s skills and their equipment. Each competitor must complete four events, running strings of fire at varying distances for each of those scenarios. The Practical Event emphasizes accurate shooting, including weak-hand only, from distances ranging from 10 to 50 yards. The Barricade Event has shooters placing shots on target at distances ranging from 10 to 35 yards. The Moving Target stage requires competitors to hit targets sliding across a 60-foot track, again at varying distances. The final stage is the Falling Plate scenario. Shooters must engage still plate racks, in order, from 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards.

Springfield Armory® is proud to produce pistols that help shooters perform to the best of their ability. As evidenced by the one, two, three finish at the 2016 Bianchi Cup, the Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series is up to the task.

For more information on the Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Series visit:

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