|In order to vote for one of the two guns you have to register first at http://www.springfieldduel.com/register.|
|This “Duel” is more a preference over polymer carry pistols vs. tranditional 1911s than the actual guns themselves. Both guns are superb examples in their class and extremely good values, but that is really all they have comparable from a shooters standpoint.|
|The prizes range from hats and mugs to a total of 8, count em, 8, of these actual guns.|
We try not to blast you with too many emails but since this is NRA Show weekend this is a story that is too good to not let you know about. In fact you have already missed a couple days of the giveway, but fortunately they only gave away tshirts this weekend. Register now and start voting! A total of 8 guns are being given away in addition to a whole bunch of other stuff.
Springfield Armory, no introduction required of course, is running a crazy cool “shootout” promotion between the two new guns we told you about at SHOT Show this year. They are the XD(M) Compact and the 1911 Range Officer. Go to http://springfieldduel.com/contenders to learn about and leave your own comments about the “competitors.”
The contest has prizes every day between April 29 (this past friday) and May 28th.
The promotion is simple. You register on the special contest website (yes don’t worry it’s free) and you can vote up to once an hour for your preference in this “duel” between the two pistols.
The prizes are the thing here. They range from Springfield hats, mugs and tshirts to six (yes 6) guns over the course of the month, then the grand prize winner gets one each of the two guns. To win all you do is vote by clicking.
Which gun do you prefer? As I write this, the 1911 Range Officer is winning 58% to 42%, but we just shot both guns at the range today with a group of friends for an upcoming blog post and I suspect that they will be neck and neck by the end of the contest. Both guns are fantastic.
Now, you are probably asking yourself, why on earth would Springfield ask you to choose between two guns that are so dissimilar.
The XD(M) Compact is a pure carry gun. It’s a double stack 9mm that is actually 2 guns in one. It comes with a standard flat base 14 round magazine for ultimate concealability, and an extended 19 round magazine for maximum capacity. Of the XD line, this (M) series came out in a 3.8″ barrel version last year, but with only a full size 19 round grip. This XD(M) Compact is the next evolution in that gun and has the shorter 14 round grip, but the option to supersize your Compact to the grip length of the original XD(M) 3.8.
The Range Officer, or RO as it is being called, is nearly the polar opposite of the the polymer framed XD(M) Compact. It is a 1911 built in the tradition of the most accurate and high quality guns of its kind. Springfield Armory has always been one of the most respected of the makers of the 1911 style pistol, and in this 100th Anniversary year of the 1911 they have introduced a gun engineered for entry level competition shooters and enthusiasts looking for that “lifetime purchase” 1911 that will last them and their heirs through generations of shooting. Springfield created the RO with World Champion shooter Rob Leatham and it is made to withstand tens of thousands of rounds of practice per year and remain as accurate and true as the day it was made. Why spend thousands on a 1911 with features you may not need and may not even want? For a street price of under $900, the Range Officer will provide you with a platform from which to build your own champion 1911, with the features you choose to invest in, not that someone else decided that you need.
These guns are two ends of the spectrum. The first is a polymer framed carry gun and the second a solid steel 1911 built for competition and/or lifetimes of family shooting. How do you choose between the two as to which one wins the duel?
Who cares!! Springfield is giving away free stuff, including a whole bunch of these awesome guns, so go register and vote as often as you can.
Thanks as always for being part of GunsAmerica. We hope to get the blog roll filled up for a digest with these two guns by the end of the week. See you then. -ph@ga