SHOT 2015—1911 Marine Corps Operator

Springfield Armory 1911 Marine Corps Operator

Over a century after its introduction, and the 1911 is still a top war fighter, self-defense and target pistol. The original specifications were rather vanilla but man do they work! Competitive shooters and gunsmiths took John Browning’s design and spawned an entirely new generation of pistols.

Springfield Armory 1911 Marine Corps Operator
Springfield Armory 1911 Marine Corps Operator

Springfield Armory’s Loaded Series honors this tradition with models that have the best upgrades and custom packages. Models feature extended ambidextrous thumb safeties, a traditional beavertail grip safety with ergonomic enhancements, lightweight delta hammers and extended triggers to enhance handling and performance regardless of your mission—target, IPSIC, IDPA, Personal Defense or combat. Customization happens for a reason; not every feature does all jobs. Understanding this principle, Springfield Armory is offering the Loaded Series with a diverse lineup to allow you to pick the model with features most desirable to your intended course of fire and personal preference in aesthetics.

If you’re ready for a 1911 that brings you upgraded features without a custom shop price tag, look into the Loaded Series.

1911 Marine Corps Operator
Recoil System Two-piece N.M. full-length guide rod
Barrel 5 inches, stainless steel match grade
Caliber .45 ACP
Overall Height 5.5 inches
Overall Length 8.6 inches
Weight 43 ounces, with empty magazine
Sights Low profile combat, 3-dot Tritium
Grip G-10 grip
Magazine Two 7-round, blued steel
Slide Finish Forged steel, black Armory Kote
Frame Forged steel with integral accessory rail, olive drab Armory Kote

Tell us what you think about the soon to be released Marine Corp Operator in the comment section.


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Comments (16)

  1. I bought a 1911A1 Springfield years ago and it is the only weapon I actually shot well as I am not a shooter though my husband is. I hit the target at 75′ and surprised everyone

  2. Earlier in the blog, there was the comment that there was hope that the military would return to the .45 ACP. I was on active duty when the decision was made, by DOD, to go to the 9mm. I recall seeing the DOD document giving the reasoning for selecting the 9mm. I was not really impressed with the reasons for the switch in calibers.
    First, it was stated that the 9mm was the preferred NATO round and so converting to it would standardize PDW ammo across all the NATO countries.
    Second, it cost significantly less to manufacture 9mm vs. .45. More brass, more lead, more powder in the .45 than the 9mm and so more ammo in 9mm could be purchased for less money than the .45
    Third, .45 was physically larger and heavier than the 9mm. A significantly larger amount of 9mm could be shipped than .45. The 9mm weighed less and took up less space than a comparable amount of .45.
    Fourth, the .45 was more difficult to shoot than the 9mm. It took more hand and arm strength to handle the .45 than the 9mm. With a greater percentage of women becoming part of the armed forces, and men joining the military not having the upper body strength of former times, the .45 was deemed too difficult for a percentage of the new recruits to handle.
    If memory serves, those were the principle reasons given for switching to the 9mm. None of them strike me as really great reasons for choosing a PDW caliber. There was little, if any, focus on a PDW round that would incapacitate and enemy reliably with one hit.
    Historically, we keep making the same mistakes over and over regarding PDW cartridges. Read up on the Moro natives and the Philippine Insurrection and the problems with the then current .38 chosen as a PDW.
    Check out the Thompson, LaGarde tests around the 1900’s. Not much is new under the sun regarding pistol calibers and we keep switching back and forth between weak and powerful calibers. We just never learn and remember.

  3. While Kimbers are pricy, and beautiful, I own a Colt New Agent, and purchased it rather than the Kimber as it was less expensive. Prior to selecting the Colt, I researched available info on both, and others in the 3″ family. Initially there were problems with recoil springs and magazine springs. Both mfg’s experienced similar problems & related failures. Those problems have been corrected. At the present time choosing either brand is no different than favoring a Chevy over a Ford. You like what you like, both are fine pieces of equipment. BTW, I do not believe that LAPD is impulsive in firearm selection. Kimber has produced the Custom TLE II for LAPD SWAT. It is carried on duty by their SWAT officers and authorized as an off duty weapon. I’ve owned, and carried on duty, many handguns over the past 57 yrs. & in my own opinion, both Colt & Kimber are fine weapons. YMMV

  4. Did somebody say the Colt was on par with a kimber? Really!! Kimber has a long way to go before it will ever make it to colt status.

    1. colt is well on their way to bankruptcy. They have no more government contracts. They put plastic mainspring housings in their 1911’s. They aren’t the colt of yesteryear.

  5. Since Colts have been brought up in the comments, let me add my two cents in favor of the Smith & Wesson, Sci, scandium framed, Combat Commander sized round healed 1911. The gun has every option I want, is significantly lighter than my Colt all steel, series 70 Combat Commander, has a magnificent trigger, great sights right out of the box and the only thing I have changed is the factory grips for Pachmyer rubberized grips, with the heal of the grip ground off to fit the contour of the pistol. I have a Wilson and I defy you to be able to distinguish between groups shot with both pistols. The accuracy of the Smith is great. However, being significantly lighter than my all steel Colt, it does buck a bit more. Not enough to be concerned about.
    The gun is not cheap but it works exceptionally well for me, and along with my Kahr PN40 is always close by. I have great confidence in both and shoot both very well, in my opinion. I own a number of other guns but those are the last two I would ever sell,

  6. I do remember that pistol being very sloppy and easy to disassemble and reassemble. Would like to have the one I was issued. Anyway, memories of days passed. 🙂 Thanks for the comments.

  7. This gun is way too much! Too heavy to be a carry piece.
    Should be available in a lighter version!
    I prefer my version, a S&W 1911PD, with alloy frame, and 8 round
    capability — for a lot less money!

  8. I would love to have one of these. I have and daily carry a Springfield 1911A1. It is and always has been an excellent and reliable weapon. This new model has some of the features I wish mine had. But mine is fine, its a real meat and potatoes kinda gun. Proud to own one.

  9. I had the opportunity to fire that pistol last week and I found, IMO, the fit, finish and action to be on par with a Kimber. All in all, a high quality piece.
    I’d be proud to own one.

  10. I was issued a Colt 1911 during my Corps days. I simply loved that gun. I’ve always said that if I could only have two guns they would be a 1911 in.45 and Rem 870 in 12 ga. I got the 870, need to save up for a 1911.

    1. I hope this isn’t a disappointment, but speaking as someone who has two of the newer 80 Series Colts (Government Model and a A1), the newer ones are not the most reliable, with the popular opinion being that the newer ones have tighter tolerances for accuracy, which jams up quicker than a loose sloppy gun.

      I find after 150-200 rounds without cleaning, malfunctions start to occur. However, I am given to understand a great of problems can be cleared up by using higher quality mags instead of the cheap Colt ones, but I haven’t purchased any yet.

      That said, they are fine guns. I shoot them well, I like the single action trigger better than the trigger of a Glock, they fit my hand nicely, and of course are classy as all get-out. I just need to bite the bullet and spend $100+ to get them quality mags.

      That gets me to my main point: It’s about a $1,000 for a good 1911, but what you may not realize is that it’s another $100 or more for mags and such.

      Worth it? I think so. My father with his Glock thinks otherwise. We have arguments in jest with much talk about “But mine has 33 round mags!” and “Why shoot twice?” being tossed around.

    2. I do remember that pistol being very sloppy and easy to disassemble and reassemble. Would like to have the one I was issued. Anyway, memories of days passed. 🙂 Thanks for the comments.

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