Springfield Armory 1911 Range Officer Now Available In Stainless Steel

Springfield Range Officer 1911 Stainless right

Just when you thought the 9mm vs. .45 ACP debate was over Springfield comes out with two new 1911 models in stainless steel. The first one is chambered in 9mm and the other in .45 ACP. This is a debate that can only be won by picking one of each! Springfield Armory’s 1911 Range Officer is making news with the addition of models in stainless steel. You can choose between 9mm and .45 ACP models that feature a brushed Stainless finish with Cocobolo grips. Function and style, what else could a shooter want in a popular 1911? Springfield Armory designed the original Range Officer models for high-volume use with a durable and corrosion resistance Parkerized finish. Two new Range Officer models for 2016 continue to offer a similar level of finish durability, but with an attractive new brushed stainless steel look.

The new Range Officer Stainless models feature grips that are as durable as they are attractive. Cocobolo is well known as one of the hardest of woods that will stand up to heavy competition and recreational use. A double-diamond checkering pattern provides positive grip surface without abrasion while the traditional Springfield Armory Cross Cannons proudly display the Range Officer’s heritage.

The new Range Officer Stainless models are built on full-size Government model frames. The forged stainless steel frame and slide add recoil-dampening weight to both 9mm and .45 ACP models. Both share the same exterior dimension of 8.6 inches long and 5.5 inches tall while the 9mm weighs in slightly heavier owing to extra barrel material.

“The stainless steel match barrel and bushing also make this model particularly ideal for those who are shooting in adverse weather climates,” explains Chad Dyer, Springfield Armory Marketing Director, “The frame is resistant to rusting in damp, or even wet environments. Not only does it look great, but it’ll also hold up to extreme shooting environments.”

Like the Parkerized predecessors, the new stainless models offer the features that made the original Range Officers so popular. A fiber optic front sight provides great recreational or competitive visibility while the fully adjustable target rear sight allows the shooter to customize exact point of impact to their preference and preferred ammunition. A 5- to 6-pound match grade trigger provides the crisp release necessary to wring maximum accuracy from those precise sights.

Following the original Range Officer design, the profile is clean and uncluttered with the safety and magazine release on the left side only. Less clutter also means less weight, so competitive shooters can hold the Range Officer steady on target with less strain.

With the new 2016 arrivals, the Range Officer Full Size family now numbers six, with two each chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP. The 9mm models come with two 9-round magazines for a total capacity of 10. The .45 ACP includes two 7-round magazines.

It looks like we are back to the classic 9mm vs. .45 ACP debate. 1911 9mm or 1911 .45 ACP — which one will you side with?

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Comments (5)

  1. As for the 10mm and the FBI issue was normal loadings at the time… these days you are buying off the shelf what is known as “FBI Loads” they are reduced charge rounds. about the same loading as the S&W .40 and slightly more.
    Shooting 10mm for a decade now I learned this early on. as a reloader I can load some real 10mm rounds for you… you might change your opinion

  2. Interested in other views. Honestly most of the discussion I’ve heard has been opinion, anecdotal or based on unproven theory. The report by two detective/researchers 20 to 25 years back on “One Shot Stops” by caliber, bullet type and weight seemed to indicate a rough parity between the two, given the same bullet type, Hollow Point vs. Hollow Point, etc. Personally I’ve owned and carried both and feel equally safe with either.
    What say you!

  3. Another 9mm vs. 45 debate? How about something new. Why not a 10mm vs. a 9mm debate? Now, there is a real comparison that set out to show the possible weakness of the 9mm. Of course, as several astute commentators have stated, I do not want to be shot with either a 9mm or a .45. However, if forced to choose, I will always go with the smallest possible bullet, in conventional loadings and excluding the +p or +P+ loads.
    But the comparison between the 9mm and the 10mm really starts a debate that might bring new interest to the table and actually say something new and different. Before having any actual experience, I just assumed that the 10mm was “overkill” and too much gun for many to handle. After all, didn’t the FBI reject it on that basis?
    My oldest son convinced me to look at the 10mm and I am very grateful to him that he did. My wife might have a different opinion, considering the arrival of several new and expensive purchases to address my curiosity. But, she loves her child and so he gets a pass all the way around. However, that leaves me with the explaining to do. Life is sometimes so unfair!
    In any event, now having experience with 3 different 10mm rounds, I have to wonder who were all those wimpy FBI agents who could not handle the recoil, noise or whatever other objection might have been made to the 10mm. In my experience, in 3 different platforms — a 10mm Witness compact with a 3.6 inch barrel, a really nice Glock 20 (and, I do not generally like Glocks or other plastic guns — generally really lousy triggers compared to my 1911’s) and a full size Witness 10mm custom, the recoil is not really a big deal. That’s true unless, of course, you think it is. I suspect you could mix a full size 10mm up with a really light weight .45 (like my Smith & Wesson .45 SCe) and a blindfolded shooter might not be able to notice any difference in recoil. It is not that “awesome”. Considering the, relatively speaking, quantum leap in terminal energy, flatness in trajectory and velocity, the 10mm has to earn your respect. Regardless of whether or not it meets or exceeds .357 magnum specs in any respect.
    Several of my friends who I consider knowledgeable have recently switched to the 10mm and, somewhat reluctantly, my son and they dragged me along. Even in my smaller 10mm Witness compact, neither recoil nor noise is particularly difficult to deal with. But, wow — the penetration is marvelous. Shoot some steel and listen to the results of the 9mm (ping), the .45 (pow) and the 10mm (kawump). Check out penetration in 2X4’s. Didn’t we used to say 1 inch of wood was about equal to one inch of bone? If true, the 10mm is a wholly different beast from either of its cousins.
    Of course, the obvious question is — is it too much? If memory serves, the FBI in one of their reports concluded that neither the 9mm nor the .45 was a sure one shot fight ender. How about running the same tests with the 10mm? I have my guess as to the results since on paper the 10mm can amount to twice the terminal energy of the 9mm and almost twice the terminal energy of the .45. Now, twice the energy of the .45 is a bit of a stretch, but check the published numbers — when you see the .45 with 300 ft/# + and the 10mm with 600 ft/#+ energies on paper. Further, if you want to double most .45 energies, go to the Buffalo Bore hot stuff and readily see twice the energy in the 10mm on paper.
    So, why not a new debate? People will follow the “experts” and if enough get on board with the 10mm, people will discover it and might find that they like what they discover. Or, I suppose we could all carry an AR-15 and start talking about energies in the 1,000+ ft/# range.

  4. This is a beautiful work of art. First thing I would want to do is dismantle it and study all the parts.if the 1911 was not a gun to forgotten if it wasn’t a great gun cause so many build models copying it.

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