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Springfield Armory-XD Named "Handgun of the Year" by National Rifle Association Publication's "American Rifleman."

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Springfield Increasing Production to Keep Up with Demand

GENESEO, ILLINOIS (June 4, 2003) – Springfield Armory's XD (X-treme) polymer pistol recently was named “2003 Handgun of the Year” by the National Rifle Association Publications’ Division in its inaugural Golden Bullseye Award. The XD was cited for its innovative design and exceptional quality.

The editors of American Rifleman, the NRA’s flagship publication for more than 118 years, featured the pistol in a special section of its May 2003 publication. The award was officially announced at a ceremony program during the NRA’s 2003 Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 24-27, in Orlando, Florida.

“The Springfield XD won us over for its unique combination of modern and traditional features,” wrote American Rifleman’s Editor Mark A. Keefe IV.

“We’re very honored to receive this award,” said Dennis Reese, Springfield’s co-chairman. “We knew we had ourselves a winner and this just gives us further proof of how innovative the XD is. It was a hot-seller before receiving the Golden Bullseye. Now it’s really taking off. We are increasing production to try to meet up with demand. We can only move so fast, though, because we will not compromise our high standard of quality. We just ask our XD customers to be patient.”

“The XD marries many of the better elements of several other well-established pistols into one efficient, new design,” wrote American Rifleman. “From features like the grip safety to the dual recoil spring assembly to the accessory rail on the dust cover, the XD ends up being more than simply the sum of its parts. Combine all that with a very competitive price and the trust that is implicit with anything Springfield puts its name on, and you have a real winner.”

The entire Springfield XD line utilizes the industry’s most encompassing safety standards, including a grip safety, Ultra Safety Assurance (USA) trigger safety, and firing pin block (drop safety). Each XD features a loaded chamber indicator as well as a striker status indicator.

“With more than 100 nominations, including a number of products that may well reshape the industry in the years to come, even being considered (for the award) is an honor,” said Joe Graham, Executive Director of NRA Publications. “While we can only honor a few, the innovative, attractive and functional designs rolled out with increasing regularity clearly demonstrate the growth within the firearms industry and, ultimately, its dedication to providing the finest and safest products to the consumer.”

For more information on the entire line of Springfield products, contact Springfield, Inc. at 800-860-6866 or write: 420 West Main Street, Geneseo, Illinois, 61254. Visit the Springfield Web site at:


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