Springfield Armory XDm 3.8 in .45 ACP

XDm 3.8 .45 ACP review

Springfield Armory is releasing their XD(M) 3.8 in .45 ACP now.  As its name suggests, this new XD(M) has a 3.8 inch and pretty much mirrors its predecessors except for the cartridge.  This new .45 ACP version has a capacity of 9 rounds or 13 with the Springfield X-Tension magazines.  It has a trigger pull between 5.5-7.7 lbs, features dovetail sights and weighs 27 ounces with the flush magazine and 29 ounces with the extended.  The new Springfield XD(M) 3.8 in .45 ACP could be a good choice for fans of the .XD(M) .45 who wish to have something a little easier to carry concealed.  Price should be around $650 and should be at gunstores soon.

XDM 3.8 .45 Pics

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Colt .380 Mustang Pockelite

Colt Mustang review

Colt is going to release a new and improved .380 Mustang Pockelite which they showed earlier this year at SHOT SHOW.  The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite features an aluminum alloy receiver with a stainless steel slide and barrel; both of which are CNC machined from solid block.  The new lightweight Mustang Pocketlite has a total length of 5.5 inches with a 2.75 inch barrel,  weighs only 12 ounces and holds 6 rounds.  Price for the .380 Mustang Pocketlite should be between $600-$700 dollars.  Check below for pics of Colt’s new .380 pocket pistol taken at SHOT SHOW earlier this year.

Colt Mustang Pics

Colt .380 Mustang Review

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M2 CORP M.A.D.S. (Magazine Auxiliary Defense System)

MADS Review

A while back, a new gun accessory company, M2 Corp,  reached out to Gunblog.com and asked us to take a look at their M.A.D.S. or Magazine Auxiliary Defense System.  To clarify the long acronym, its a spiked butt plate that goes on the bottom of your 1911 or Glock magazine, but to M2’s credit, their name sounds much better than spiked butt plate.  It’s intent is to be able to turn your pistol into a  striking device.  I’ve had a few weeks to handle the M.A.D.S. for the 1911 and gave the Glock model for a friend of Gunblog’s to check out.  M2 has made a very interesting accessory that may be more for looks for some, but could prove to very functional for a niche market.

M.A.D.S. PicturesConstruction/Installation

The M.A.D.S. is made of a very durable polymer which mirrors the same type of polymer seen on high end magazines and Glock frames.  The “teeth” of the M.A.D.S. are sharper than I anticipated and they’re quite small.  Although there’s not much to the M.A.D.S.’s construction, it seems solid and durable.

Installation differs between the Glock and the 1911.  We’ll start with the easier one, the Glock.  Installation only consists of sliding off the bottom plate of your Glock 9mm/.40 magazine and sliding on the M.A.D.S.–voilà, your Glock’s magazine is now a pistol whipping enhancement device.

Magazine Spikes

The 1911’s installation is not nearly as easy, as you’ll need some tools to complete the job.  Its not serious gunsmithing, but drilling is involved.  The 1911’s M.A.D.S. kit comes with the actual M.A.D.S. itself along with 2 small screws.  Installation consists of drilling two small pilot holes on the bottom of your 1911’s magazine floor plate (I used 1/32″ bits to install mine).  After that, its just a matter attaching the M.A.D.S. onto the magazine’s floor plate–which can be a little tricky.  If you have a magnetic screw driver then it’s much easier guiding the screws in and attaching the M.A.D.S.

Overall, the installation isn’t that difficult, especially the Glock’s model–and after it’s installed, the M2 Corp M.A.D.S. definitely gives the pistol a fierce look.


So its pretty obvious what the intended function of the M.A.D.S. is right?  But how well does it work, and what are some of the pros vs cons of installing the device?

First off, the pros.  It turns your pistol into a fantastic melee device.  Seriously, I would hate to be pistol whipped by this thing.  I have a habit of slamming my magazines in the well; I like to ensure they’re seated.  Only once I made the mistake of slamming the magazine in with the M.A.D.S. installed, and after my palm felt like it was ravaged by piranhas.  So the M.A.D.S. achieves its goal as being a pain infliction device.  If I was in the absolute worst case scenario where my gun doesn’t work and I’m forced to use it as a melee weapon, I would want a M.A.D.S. installed for sure.

M.A.D.S. review

It should be  noted that after installing the  M.A.D.S. on the Glock or the 1911, both guns worked flawlessly.  Installing the M.A.D.S. had absolutely no impact on the functionality of the pistol.

There are some trade-offs for installing the M.A.D.S. on your pistol/magazine.  First off, if you carry concealed, the teeth of the M.A.D.S. could do a number on you jacket or shirt.  I’m sure after a while, it could damage your clothes.  Also, if you’re carrying in a holster while driving, the M.A.D.S. could eat up your car seat.  Just a couple of things to think about before installing a M.A.D.S.  Another drawback is on the 1911 M.A.D.S., after installing it, it makes it almost impossible to take off the bottom plate of the magazine.


The M2 Corp Magazine Auxiliary Defense System or M.A.D.S. has a big complex name for a simple straight to the point device.  It serves its purpose fully–it turns your magazine into a great pain infliction device.  I can see police officers liking this since it can turn their magazine in a great submission device.  Having the M.A.D.S. even mildly pressed into my skin is enough for me to say uncle.  Although this device is mainly aimed at law enforcement, I can imagine plenty of gun owners installing it on their home defense pistol.

The M.A.D.S. costs $12.95 for either the 1911 model or the Glock. Both are available at M2corporation.com. 

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Sig Sauer P226 MK25

Sig MK25 Pics

Yesterday we told you that SIG SAUER is going to stop producing the SIG P226 Navy and replace it with the new Sig P226 MK 25.  Today, we have the pics and info of the new SIG P226 MK 25.

The new Sig P226 MK 25 is the exact (I mean exact) same pistol our US Navy SEAL teams are carrying today.  And when I say exact, I mean even the name.  Its rare to see the civilian version of a firearm and its military counterpart to share the exact same nomenclature, but in this rare case, the Navy gave Sig its blessing to do so.  This is not a commemorative pistol either, it is the exact same gun SIG SAUER  produces for its contract with the Navy.

So what are you, and the Navy SEALS getting with the P226?  Well it comes with 2 piece grips, night sights, a true 1913 picatinny rail and all of the internal parts have been phosphate coated.  Even the UID identification label is the same as the Navy’s.

I can see Fanboys (and girls) of SIG SAUER and the Navy SEALS jumping all over this (and I’m sure if you drew a Venn diagram of these two demographics, the two circles would lay on top of each other).  With as proven and reliable as the P226 is, and its use by our most elite soldiers, I’m sure Sig has a winner with this new P226 MK25–the question is, are they going to make enough of them and are you going to be able to find one?  Check below for pics and specs.

Sig MK25 pics

Sig MK25 PicsSig Sauer Navy MK25


  • Caliber 9MM
  • Overall Length 7.70 in
  • Overall Height 5.50 in
  • Overall Width 1.50 in
  • Barrel Length 4.40 in
  • Sight Radius 6.30 in
  • Sights SIGLITE® Night sights
  • Weight w/Magazine 34.4 oz
  • Frame Material Alloy
  • Frame Finish Nitron®
  • Slide Material Stainless Steel
  • Slide Finish Black hard anodized
  • Magazine Capacity 15 Rounds
  • Trigger DA/SA
  • Trigger Pull DA 10.0 lbs / SA 4.4 lbs
  • Features UID identifi cation label, anti-corrosion coatings on controls and internal components, anchor engraving
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Sig Sauer Discontinuing the P226 Navy — Replaced by the P226 MK25

Sig Sauer will stop producing their Sig P226 Navy and will no longer offer the model after 2011.  Sig will be replacing the P226 Navy (NSWG) with the new P226 MK25.  The Sig P226 MK25 is identical to the pistol that’s carried by the U.S. Navy SEALs.  Expect about a $100 dollar increase over the P226 Navy which will bring the price for the MK25 to about $1,100.  Hopefully we’ll have full specs and pics of the Sig Sauer P226 MK25 very soon.

(Hat Tip:  SigSauerGuns.com)

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