Sometimes there is confusion between pistols and revolvers, although they are not the same, they are both handguns. A pistol is a type of handgun that has a single chamber, or multiple chambers, used to hold the cartridge while revolvers have rotating chambers that hold the bullet.
The Springfield Xdm (9mm) Pistol is the number one handgun that is recommended for newbies. It is created to fit perfectly into your hand so you can have a good grip on the pistol. Aside from its triple safety guards, it is also equipped with an indicator for loaded chamber and striker status. This feature makes it a beginner-friendly gun.
Parts of the Springfield Pistol
Let us break down the parts of the Springfield Pistol and understand its purpose as, before anything else, we should understand the components – meaning we should know the function of each section.
- Bore, also referred to as the gun barrel, is the cavity located inside the pistol where the bullet travels when the gun is fired.
- The breech is located at the back of the barrel where the bullet (aka ammunition) will be loaded.
- Grip is where we hold the pistol.
- The grip is the one we use to guide the gun.
- The magazine is where the ammunition is stored.
- It has a spring that helps it operate.
- A magazine can be fixed or detachable.
- Muzzle located at the front end of the pistol where the bullet exits.
- Trigger is what we use to set off the gun.
- A trigger guard is to protect the trigger and make sure it will not set off accidentally.
How to Properly use a Springfield Xdm (9mm) Pistol
Safety is the first, and most important, thing to remember when it comes to handling a gun (or any weapon for that matter). A gun is a hazardous weapon that needs to be operated using care and attention – You have to be cautious if you are using a gun. It would be best if you had a presence of mind (i.e. not under the influence of alcohol of drugs).
There are safety precautions for handling a weapon. Following these rules can lower the risk of danger while you are handling the weapon. Let’s go through each safety rule in weapon handling and make all of it a habit.
- Always have in mind that all guns are loaded weapons.
- This way, you will train your mind to be more careful even if your weapon is empty.
- You will need to point the gun in a safe direction.
- If you are on the firing range, the safe direction will be pointing down the range, not on your side (because if the gun goes off, someone may get hit).
- The next thing in our safety tips is always to put your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Put your ‘trigger’ finger away from the trigger.
- Last, but not least, before you shoot something, you have to make sure that you know what exactly it is you are shooting at!
- Do not forget to check the target and what is behind it.
- Licensed ranges will have this sorted for you.
All of the rules are very crucial because if you do not follow them, someone will get hurt or, worse, will die. Even you can get hurt if you handle or use your weapon in a careless manner.
Weapon handling is a serious matter, so do not ignore all the rules. As part of their induction process, licensed ranges will provide newbies with an outline of weapon safety rules.
Loading and Unloading
First, understand the ammunition you are using. Check if it is the right calibre. Ammo can be confusing. You have to know the right bullet type for your weapon before loading it. If you mistakenly load your weapon with the wrong ammunition, it will be hazardous.
Once you are familiar with the ammunition to be used, press the magazine release button at the side of your weapon near the handgrip. Once the magazine is released, check if the magazine is empty. Check the weapon to see if there is a bullet in the chamber. Semi-Automatic pistols will lock it slides open when you finish a round – But you have to double-check.
Load your magazine with a fresh round of ammunition. Hold the magazine nice and tight, then slowly load each bullet with its tip facing forward on the angled side. Carefully load them one at a time. When the magazine is ready and fully charged, you can now insert it back into the weapon.
Firing a Gun
If you are a newbie, you must hold the gun with both hands. It will give a gentle and firm grip on the pistol when you fire it. Holding it with both hands will make it more stable during recoil. If you are used to carrying a weapon and already have anticipated the recoil, you can press the firearm by your dominant hand.
As you are firmly gripping the gun, place the other hand to the exposed part of the grip. It will support your grasp when you fire your weapon. Secure your position by standing with your feet apart, and knees slightly bent. Aim your hand(s) towards the target by extending your arms.
Aim at target using your eye correctly – You have to align your sight and set your target. Once the target is in position, gently squeeze the trigger – do not snatch the trigger.
Things to Remember when Acquiring a Gun
Owning and using a handgun (or any weapon) is a big responsibility. Do not just purchase one just because you like it! Rules for acquiring, licensing, and storing weapons vary between countries (and states within countries). For example:
- If not held at a licensed range, make sure the weapon is safe and secure in some form of lockable storage unit.
- Make sure your weapon is registered with the local authority/police.
- You need to submit all the requirements to be able to register your weapon.
If you are eager to own a Springfield Xdm (9mm) Pistol, then you should buy yours now. Many online gun stores are offering new and used guns. You can check out GunHub now and make a purchase.