Springfield Armory is another classic American firearms manufacturer. In 1777, General George Washington himself surveyed and approved the site for the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. Shortly after, patriots began to manufacture firearms and ammunition for their war for independence. Springfield Armory is still alive and thriving today. In 1999 Springfield introduced the XD series of polymer pistols to the market. The XD-M in .45 caliber offers excellent reliability, ergonomics and a 1911 style grip safety.