While there has always been a demand in law enforcement circles for small, sub-compact pistols which can serve as a backup gun, more and more civilians getting state issued permits to carry concealed weapons has fueled consumer demand for guns such as the Springfield Armoy Ultra Compact Loaded 1911 pistol.
Smaller sized 1911 pistols have their own unique set of obstacles which gun manufacturers have to overcome. These include what do do with the barrel bushing when space is an issue, the difficulty of getting the traditional single action of the original 1911 to work reliably given shorter slide and barrel in concert with the not-so-short .45 ACP cartridge, and the ever-present argument of magazine capacity.
While the point can be made that small guns like the Loaded Ultra Compact can benefit from a double-stacked magazine such as is found in the Para Ordinance Warthog, the thin profile of the 1911 pistol (one of it’s key selling points) is lost when the grip is necessarily widened to accept the thicker magazines. The Springfield Armory Company, having extensive knowledge of the mindset and purchasing patterns of 1911 pistol owners, made the decision to make a small gun such as this which retains the single-stack magazine, even though it only has a 6-shot capacity. Most shooters who will carry this gun will chamber the gun and then add an additional round to the magazine and end up carrying it with 7 rounds total.
Armed with this knowledge and the company’s legendary expertise in manufacturing 1911 pistols, Springfield Armory offers the Ultra Compact in a loaded configuration complete with the upgraded High-Hand beavertail grip safety, match grade cross drilled aluminum trigger, skeletonized hammer, combat sights, and a standard ambidextrous safety. Newer Ultra Compact pistols get double-diamond Cocobolo hardwood grips with the Springfield Armory logo center mass but a number have been produced with wrap around rubberized grips in the past.
Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 Pistol
Both the slide and frame of the gun are tooled from forged carbon steel and the only available finish that Springfield Armory makes available on the Loaded Ultra Compact is in satin stainless steel. The pistol comes without the barrel busing which was integral to the original John Browning design and is instead fitted with a bull barrel as is common with most sub-compact 1911 pistols. This necessitates an upgrade to the recoil spring system as well and the Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact has been fitted with a dual-spring system complete with a full-length guide rod.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact sub-compact pistol can be found below. Please write a review of your own if you’ve had the opportunity to use this gun in the past, but be sure that you place your review in the right location as the Loaded Micro-Compact, Micro Compact Operator, and GI Micro Compact all closely resemble this gun but have their own separate review sets. Don’t forget to email us a picture of your pistol at email@example.com and we’ll be sure to add them to the Ultra Compact photo gallery so everyone can appreciate it.
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I OWN A SPRINGFIELD V10 ULTRA COMPACT IT FEATURES PORTED BARRELS FOR LESS RECOIL AND I MUST SAY IT SHOOTS LIKE A DREAM I HAVE TO SAY IT KICKS BACK LESS THAN A 9MM IF I GET MYSELF INTO A SITUATION WHERE PERSONAL DEFENSE IS NECESSARY I DONT WANT MY GUN BARREL FACING THE SKY AFTER MY 1ST SHOT THERE IS LITERALLY NO RECOIL WITH THIS WEAPON AND THAT MAKES IT FUN TO SHOOT ALSO ALL THOSE WIMPS OUT THERE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE MUZZLE FLASH VIA THE PORTED BARREL GET YOURSELVES A CAP GUN OR BETTER YET GET A TOY GUN AND YELL BANG EVERY TIME YOU PULL THE TRIGGER Read More
all i can say is the twu greatest firearms are the beretta PX 4 STORM and the springfield 1911 ultra compact 45/9mm i am nwating for 6 months for a springfield 45 still waqiting.. i own both weapons they are the finest the beretta there is hsrdly no recoil none... best weapon for someone starting out Read More
i recently bought a springfield armory pistol 9MM it failed me ejection and feed, i send it back to springfield they tuned the Extractor cut and polished the feed ramp and honed the barell.i havent fired it yet, i hope it is ok.. i ordered a springfield 1911 s/s 45 acp hope it will be a great gun note: i did fire the 1911 9mm a few jam ups but a great pistol i also have a Beretta 9mm PX storm best for Recoil None What so ever....... exclent for a young kid starting out i ordered a 45 acp springfield i been waiting for 8 months TWO GREAT Firearms............. Read More
I have owned my Springfield UC1911 for over 10 years and have carried routinely since getting my CCW. I have got over 1,000 rounds through it, with 250 being Wolf steel cased stuff. In all of the rounds I have fired, I have experienced exactly one failure to eject and zero failure to feeds. The weapon inspires confidence and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Read More
A few months ago I saw a Springfield 1911 TRP in the case at my local GunShop. Ohhh it was the best. After much research, I laid down my coins and took it home. Lovvvve it. Now my son is going away to Alaska to study and I want him to have a CCW. We checked out the Glock 30 in .45... not for him. I let him try my TRP, "thats the one, but only need a smaller one". He tried my Colt Defender, "that's the size I want. But I like the Springfield." I was in the local GunShop, saw the Ultra Compact 1911 .45, laid my coins down, and soon after he graduates he will have his first Springfield 1911 .45 ACP, and I can sleep nights again. Thanks for the helpful reviews. Read More
After I purchased my Kimber Crimson Pro Carry, I saw the Springfield Loaded Ultra .45 Compact online. I just could not find one anywhere. I put the picture as my home screen on my computers. Four months later, I visited my local range and he had it in the display case. I had to have it! It's beautiful, accurate, concealable and has become my favorite gun! I carry it daily, in the pants holster, front position, right of center, very comfortably. Night sights are excellent. Cocobollo grips with the Springfield Armory Cross Cannons are a show piece! Opted for the seven round magazine plus one in the tube for eight shots to go. A true quality piece backed with the Springfield Life Time Warranty! Did I mention that it's gorgeous? Read More
I have now owned and carried this weapon for about six months. I have been thrilled with every aspect of its performance, fit, finish, and ever other measure. Due to the short barrel, you have to hold it just a bit tighter than your larger framed 1911's, but it only took about two magazines to get the feel of it. IT is excellent for concealed carry for a man. Perhaps a bit heavy for some women, but it is probably personal taste. I highly recommend it. Read More
I recently began carrying and shooting the Loaded Ultra Compact. At first I was hesitant due to a number of reviews on jams, but when I held the gun, it just plain fit... and is beautiful. Grips are narrow, and nice wood. When shooting, the recoil was not very bad at all. A bit stronger than my Glock 36, but very manageable. Sites are a bit low, and hard to see in daylight, but are good night sights. The only problem I have is the ambi safety. it is larger and not rounded. It cuts your hand when pulling the slide if not careful and it bulky on the right side and a gunsmith will charge around two hundred dollars to swap it out.. so you have to live with it. Read More
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