Springfield Armory has added four new RO Elite models to its 1911 Range Officer line, each offered in 9 mm and .45 ACP chamberings. The new pistols are clad in the same self-lubricating corrosion-resistant Black-T treatment as on Springfield Armory 1911s built for the FBI’s regional SWAT and Hostage Rescue Teams, and also include the newly designed Gen 2 triggers, ambidextrous thumb safeties, and custom thin-line G-10 grips. While these upgrades typically run $370, the pistols are reflecting only a $125 price jump.
“The original 1911 Range Officer line remains a huge success with serious shooters,” said Dennis Reese, Springfield Armory CEO. “It made professional level performance more affordable by leveraging the tools, techniques and experience only Springfield Armory has. That’s always been our calling card. The new RO Elite models are more of the same: premium features, high performance, affordable price.”
The RO Elite Target is engineered for accuracy, features a forged-steel match-grade frame and slide, 5” stainless steel, match-grade barrel, fully adjustable rear target sight, fiber optic front sight, and GI recoil system.
The RO Elite Operator features a 5” match-grade stainless-steel barrel, Picatinny rail, and slanted serrations on the front and rear of the slide. Additionally, it has a GI recoil system, a tactical ledge, white-dot rear sight and fiber optic front sight.
The RO Elite Champion features a 4” stainless-steel match-grade barrel captured in a forged steel slide with flat wire captive recoil system. The full-height, forged lightweight aluminum alloy frame is light and strong. This model is topped with a tactical ledge, white-dot rear sight and red fiber-optic front sight.
The RO Elite Compact carries a 4” stainless steel match-grade bull barrel with fully supported ramp and a flat wire captive recoil system. The compact frame is forged aluminum alloy, maximizing concealment and minimizing weight. A low-profile, tactical ledge, white-dot rear sight with fiber-optic front sight sits on a forged steel slide, allowing quick and accurate target acquisition.
“We’re proud to offer new choices for pistol shooters who appreciate details,” said Reese. “And especially proud to prove, once again, that you can own and enjoy a high-quality firearm without breaking the bank.”