It seems we are in an era of handgun-design evolution and much of it is being driven by the fact that more and more states are recognizing our God-given right to self-defense—a realization manifesting itself in laws permitting the discreet carry of sidearms for protection. Designs are trending to smaller guns that are chambered not in tiny cartridges, but for rounds that have traditionally been recognized as suitable for a self-defense role.

More than a decade ago, around the turn of the century, Springfield Armory introduced the Croatian-made XD series of pistols. They caught on quickly due to their reliability and user-friendliness…

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