NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory Ronin Operator

Springfield Armory’s reputation for its rendition of the Browning-designed M1911 pistol has grown throughout the years as the company forges ahead, bringing to market emulations of the classic design that rival the best the industry has to offer.

Springfield Ronin pistol shown on white with text on image calling out make and model.

From entry-level to its high-end, custom-fitted pistols costing thousands, Springfield Armory has succeeded in providing the market a broad sampling of 1911 pistols. But the company was lacking in one area and decided to make a change. At SHOT Show 2020, Springfield unveiled its Ronin Operator semi-automatic pistol. Modeled after the classic M1911, the Ronin operated is fitted with a 5” hammer-forged barrel and is tailored and priced to supply the next-level shooter with a sleek pistol he/she can be proud of.

Muzzle of 1911 pistol shown on white background.

Built from forgings of stainless steel and carbon steel, the Ronin Operator is designed to last a lifetime and more. The frame is of stainless steel and left in the white and provides a flat mainspring housing, checkered, that is fitted with a beavertail grip-safety. Stock panels accompany the frame, providing an attractive two-tone finish with functionality by providing a hybrid design of partially smooth face and checkering.

Right side of a two-tone-colored pistol, black slide and stainless steel frame with red grips shown on white background.

The feature list continues to grow with the Springfield Ronin Operator. The carbon-steel slide provides cocking serrations both fore and aft, and is topped with Tactical Rack rear sight with two white dots and a fiber-optic front pressed into dovetails. Traditional hot-salt bluing renders the slide with a classic look that combines with a mirror-like finish along the polished flats of the pistols slide.

Rear end of Ronin pistol detailing the rear serrations on the black slide and tactical rack rear sight shown on white background.

Springfield Armory provides its Gen 2 Speed Trigger that is a lightweight skeletonized design borrowed from the company’s Range Officer Elite and TRP Operator. The trigger design delivers a crisp and short trigger pull. Combining the upgraded trigger with the company’s skeletonized hammer, the Ronin Operator results in a fast and smooth shooting pistol delivered at a price just above entry-level.

Lady with camo ballcap on and protective shooting gear on a white shooting range facing a remote camera shooting a two-tone springfield pistol.

To more about the Springfield Armory Ronin Operator, watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above.

Springfield Armory Ronin Operator Specifications
Manufacturer: Springfield Armory
Model: Ronin Operator
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic, center-fire pistol
Chambering: 9 mm Luger
Frame: stainless steel
Slide: forged carbon steel; blued finish
Barrel: 5”; hammer-forged steel
Sights: dovetailed; two-white-dot rear, fiber-optic front
Magazine: 9-round detachable box
Length: 8.6”
Height: 5.5”
Weight: 41 oz.
MSRP: $849

Further Reading:
Tested: Springfield Armory’s Hellcat
Tested: Springfield Armory M1A Loaded 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle
To The Rescue: Springfield’s 911 Pistol
G.I. “Non-Colt” M1911s
Springfield’s Range Officer M1911s



Campbell .32 20WCF 1
Campbell .32 20WCF 1

The .32-20 Winchester Center Fire: History & Performance

Born from a desire for a faster and flatter shooting cartridge, the .32-20 Winchester Center Fire cartridge came to the world stage at the end of the 19th century as a popular option for revolvers and lever-action rifles alike, but its popularity eventually dwindled as the 20th century progressed.

Tavor X95: The Updated Israeli Bullpup

Unveiled in 2016 and claiming a prestigious NRA Publication’s Golden Bullseye award by the next year, the Tavor X95 was a commerical success and improved upon the design of the original Tavor SAR. 

NRA Gun of the Week: Kimber 84M Pro Varmint

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, watch as American Rifleman staff take a short-action Kimber 84M rifle to the range for discussion.

The Armed Citizen® Oct. 15, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Rifleman Q&A: M1 Garand Vs. M1 Carbine Rebarrels

It seems to me that few World War II-vintage M1 Garand rifles retain their original barrels today, whereas most M1 Carbines of the same era I have seen still have the original barrels?

Record Setting Participation In USA Clay Target League Fall Season

This fall season of the USA Clay Target League has reached new heights, with a record breaking 651 high school and college teams, equating to 11,783 of the young enthusiasts, participating.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.