Springfield Armory expanded its comprehensive lineup of 1911 handguns with its all-new Ronin Operator 1911 in 2020. The handgun retains signature design and construction elements that harken back to the classic Government Model 1911 while also incorporating modern features and manufacturing in order to produce a dependable, rugged service pistol at a price that today's shooters can afford.
Each Ronin Operator 1911 is configured as a traditional, full-size, 5" 1911 and is constructed with a forged-steel slide and frame mated with a hammer-forged barrel. One of the stand-out external elements of the Ronin is its attractive, two-tone finish, thanks to the stainless-steel frame and the blued, carbon-steel slide. The flats of the slide and frame are polished, with all other surfaces of the gun left in a matte finish, creating a unique look that stands out in the 1911 world.
Despite its traditional construction, there are several modern features that make the Springfield Armory Ronin Operator 1911 a viable option for range, competition or personal-defense use. The gun is outfitted with a beavertail grip safety complete with a "memory bump," which provides a tactile reference point for shooters to ensure they're obtaining the same hold on the gun with each presentation. Each gun also features a modernized sighting system, complete with a fiber-optic front sight and a white-dot rear sight complete with a tactical-rack ledge on its leading edge, giving users the ability to rack the gun single-handed off a flat surface.
The Ronin Operator 1911 also includes an extended, strong-side safety lever, as well as wood-laminate grips complete with Springfield Armory's crossed-cannon logo. Other features found in the gun include a stainless-steel, checkered, flat mainspring housing, Springfield's Second Generation Speed trigger, front and rear slide serrations and a basepad-equipped magazine that provides one extra round in capacity over traditional, flush-fit 1911 magazines. The Ronin Operator is available in both 9 mm and .45 ACP, and the suggested retail price on the gun is $849. For more information on the Ronin Operator, visit springfield-armory.com.