Springfield Armory, Inc.

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Springfield Armory, Inc.
Private
Industry Defense
Founded 1974
Headquarters Geneseo, Illinois, US
Products Firearms
Website springfield-armory.com

Springfield Armory, Inc. is an American firearms manufacturer founded in 1974 by Bob Reese to rescue the famous name "Springfield Armory" and also the philosophy that drove the Springfield Armory for centuries.[1] The company is a four-time recipient of the National Rifle Association (NRA) American Rifleman's Golden Bullseye award.[2]

Formation[edit]

After Springfield Armory – the United States' first armory (established under authority of General George Washington as a major arsenal early in the Revolutionary War) – was closed by the federal government in 1968,[3] Elmer C. Ballance began using the name "Springfield Armory" through his company (LH Manufacturing) dedicated to the first civilian production of the M14 rifle, calling it the M1A. Ballance began in San Antonio, Texas, and soon after moved to Devine, Texas, where the company gained momentum and popularity. In 1974, Ballance sold the company to the Reese family, who had a well-established production shop in Illinois and experience base. The company then expanded its market into pistols, including the M1911. After further success, the company began to branch into other types of firearms. The company, now run by Dennis Reese (formally along with his brother Tom Reese), manufactures and imports dozens of different firearms in many styles and models. A motto used by the company, "The First Name in American Firearms" (alternatively "The Oldest Name in American Firearms"), is an homage to the first U.S. national armory and namesake, the original Springfield Armory.[4][non-primary source needed] There is no other connection between the company and defunct federal armory other than its name.

Products[edit]

The company's main products are M1911 pistols, and the M1A rifle series. It has been importing the Croatian HS2000 pistol as the XD ("X-Treme-Duty") series since 2002. Previously the company offered clones of the M1 Garand, Beretta BM59, FN FAL, HK 91, and M6 Scout. They have also imported Tanfoglio and Astra semi-automatic pistols under the Springfield name.

Rob Leatham has been the captain of "Team Springfield", the practical shooting team, since its inception in 1985.[5][6][7][8]

Political involvement[edit]

Springfield Armory, Inc. played a major role in vocally opposing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed assault weapons ban that threatened to ban firearm manufacturing in Illinois. Co-owner Dennis Reese responded to the proposed legislation by saying "if this passes, we're out of town."[9]

On July 13, 2007, at the 100th anniversary of the National Matches held at Camp Perry in northern Ohio, Reese announced that the company would provide $1 million towards the NRA's "Competitive Shooting & National Championships Endowment" and challenged other firearms manufacturers to donate to the endowment.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rifle & Small Handgun Manufacturers | Springfield Armory". Springfield Armory. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  2. ^ NRA Gun of the Year Awards, 2006
  3. ^ "Springfield Armory History & Culture". Springfield Armory National History Site. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "About Springfield Armory". Springfield Armory. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "TGO's Titles". Official Web Site of Rob Leatham – professional action shooter. Leatham Enterprises LLC. Retrieved October 6, 2015. Captain, Team Springfield since its inception in 1985 
  6. ^ McHale, Tom (May 18, 2015). "12 Competitors to Watch at the 2015 NRA Bianchi Cup". Shooting Sports News. OutdoorHub. Carbon Media Group LLC. Retrieved October 6, 2015. Rob Leatham last won the Bianchi Cup back in 1985. He could very well take the title again this year. 
  7. ^ McHale, Tom (April 25, 2012). "Springfield Armory's Rob Leatham Discusses Wayne Gretzky, Jackie Gleason and Getting Whooped By His Sister". Shooting Sports News. AmmoLand. Retrieved October 6, 2015 – via My Gun Culture. We had the opportunity to catch up with Springfield Armory Team Captain Rob Leatham at the recent NRA Annual Meeting. 
  8. ^ Fitness News Desk (November 2, 2012). "Springfield Armory's Rob Leatham Achieves Eighth IPSC World Championship Title" (Press release). Geneseo, Illinois: Wisdom Digital Media – Broadway World, BWW Fitness. PR Newswire. Retrieved October 6, 2015 – via Springfield Armory. Springfield Armory would like to congratulate its team captain, Rob Leatham, on winning his 8th world champion title at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot XVII, held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, Fla. 
  9. ^ Erickson, Kurt (March 3, 2006). "Gun makers say they'll leave state if weapons ban OK'd". Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Springfield Armory to Provide $1,000,000 to Support NRA's Competitive Shooting & National Championships". The National Rifle Association. Archived from the original on July 1, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 

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