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Springfield Armory XD Pistols


Springfield Armory XD Pistols


Bob Dunlap works his way with you through the new Springfield XD series of Semi-Auto pistols. He is very favorably impressed with this new Croatian designed pistol, even though Bob often expresses his likes and dislikes (you know he is not shy about expressing those opinions.) You will be surprised to learn that he is a big fan of this particular plastic gun!

As usual, he uses a cut-a way gun to explain and demonstrate the design and operation of the gun. He also tells you why he thinks that the designer is a European Gun Guy, not an American Engineer, and why that is good. Now take it easy out there you excitable folks, were at least as patriotic as any of you! Take a listen to what he has to say.

If you want the quick course on how to get this super popular new pistol apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)


Among the items covered are:


  • There is not much history to discuss in the case of the XD because it is so new
  • The term short recoil, locked breech is applied to the gun, and explained
  • Bob happily notes that the gun is very well made, and of equal importance, the parts that are supposed to be hard really are, and those that need to spring, do

Design & Function

  • Explanation and demonstration of the action firing cycle with the cut-a way gun
  • Locking and unlocking mechanisms shown and their operation demonstrated
  • Extraction, ejection, and loading cycles shown
  • The slides recoil stopping component shown and its operation demonstrated, kudos for its excellent design given, and parts great strength explained and shown
  • Clever design that keeps the feeding of the new round from nudging the barrel forward and up
  • Demonstration of the clever mechanism that forces the barrel that last little bit up into a tight bind lock-up in the slide, and why this is important for accuracy
  • Slide removal is shown to further demonstrate this final lock-up operation, and Bob has one of his unique gadgets to allow you to see how the operation is accomplished
  • Three safeties are displayed and their operation is demonstrated
  • Operation of the disconnector is shown
  • Operation of the firing pin safety is shown
  • Operation of the grip safety is shown
  • Positive engagement angle of the sear with the firing pin is shown
  • Ambidextrous operation of the magazine catch shown
  • Interaction between the slide stop and the magazine follower shown
  • Magazine disassembled and design and operation demonstrated
  • Trigger safety (safety #4) operation displayed
  • Retention of takedown lever shown
  • Locking block insert removed from frame and its operation discussed
  • Barrel feed ramp relationship to frame ramp demonstrated and the 1.5 to 1 rule explained. In addition, covers one area of concern with the design of the gun, and it is a feeding issue
  • Striker assembly design and operation demonstrated
  • Well thought out design of the loaded chamber indicator demonstrated


  • Extensive disassembly, parts not removed, i.e. sights, will be damaged if removed and are not normally removed unless replacement is required
  • Extractor removal shown and you are never going to figure it out without this DVD

Cleaning & Lubrication

  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use


  • You are going to need to make three slave pins to get the sub-assemblies to stay together while you locate them in the frame. Save your old drills (use the shanks), use Brownells music spring wire, or order three new pins from Springfield and cut them off with a Dremel cutting disk
  • Making sure, you have no parts left over
  • Function and safety checks

Final Thoughts on the Gun

  • Bobs comments on the guns design and execution
  • The final word. He is going to buy one

If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "visual demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Springfield XD owner, or someone who intends to be.


How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.