The Springfield Armory Range Officer is a 1911 pistol specifically designed to meet the needs of shooters who want to have a highly tuned, match-grade pistol that sheds many of the goodies found on the “Loaded'' models which increase the overall cost of production.
At first glance it may be difficult to see what the Range Officer lacks when compared to the Loaded 1911. Both have match-grade crossdrilled triggers, both have High Hand beavertail grip safeties. Both have a Delta-style skeletonized hammer and have a lowered and flared ejection port. Both have beveled mag wells. In fact, it would seem that the pistol has more in common with the Loaded lineup than with the G.I. or Mil-Spec series on 1911s.
The Range Officer does return to the G.I. style guide rod and plug, thus it does not need an allen wrench for disassembly. Instead of the night sights found on the Springfield Armory TRP it is equipped with fully adjustable target sights.
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From slide/frame matchup to the tuned 5” match grade barrel the internals of the Range Officer are tuned to a high degree in line with both the Trophy Match and TRP. When all is said and done this is one 1911 pistol which is an out-of-the-gate competition gun with an affordable price tag.
Two 7 round magazines ship with the gun as well as a injection molded slide-style holster and double-mag holder and as with all Springfield Armory pistols, the Range Officer is built in either the company's Brazilian or U.S. production facility and comes with the company's Lifetime Warranty.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 pistol (Model PI9128LP) are found below. Please write a review of this gun if you've had the chance to either shoot or carry it in the past so others can benefit from your first-hand knowledge when deciding whether or not to buy this gun themselves. If you have a picture of the gun, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to include it in the Range Officer photo gallery as soon as your review is approved.
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1st 1911, purchased today without knowing which Model Springfield (call it a blindfolded evaluation). That said the decision was subjective. Comparing differing Co's offerings and at differing price points. Personal concerns were from a Southpaw's perspective. How easy/smooth was the slide release and mag release using my index finger. Was it possible to engage/disengage the left sided safety with my index (knuckle) and future retrofit for an ambidextrous safety. Trigger smoothness to include (uptake/reset) with no grittiness. Slide to frame fit. Not to leave out overall finish. Other brands handled were Para USA, Ruger, Taurus, Rock Island, Remington, and another Springfield (TRP). My pockets are not deep enough for the TRP @ over $1400. The slide release was the best IMO @ this price point. Preferred the trigger of the R.O. over the more $$$ Remington @ $1100 (although the slide was butter smooth on the Remi). As far as ambidextrous safety; the right side grip panel is already inlet-ted for one +++. $847 NIB out the door (in Maryland) was worth it IMO. After reading several reviews and all of the positive comments the time at the range is assured not to disappoint. Happy Happy Happy
Purchased this awesome 1911 back in 2011 and still preforming solidly as it was new with over 1000 rounds without any problems. Never owned a 1911, shot a few and really wanted my 1st one to be worth it. Lots of choices were here but positive owners reviews and great articles like this one led me to the S.A. Range Officer. Hard earned money well spent! Thanks Springfield, you've raised the bar even higher with this handgun! A Commander model soon?
I can tell you, that based on the other reviews, I paid considerably more for my Range Officer than all others. I paid $900 plus change, but, that having been said, it is worth that and more!!! I gave up the .40 cal S&W Sigma, that I was carrying, for what I have really wanted for years!!!! I fired it last weekend, at my local range, and only had to make some minor elevation adjustments to the rear sight. This weapon is dead on!!!! I am also pleasantly surprised with the comfortable recoil!!!! That added weight, I am sure, absorbs most of it. Bottom line, I love this 1911, and it is by far more accurate than those we had available, back in the late 60's/early 70's when I was in the Marine Corps. Congrats Springfield, this weapon is a WINNER!!!!!
have had my ro for about 8 months now. love it. carry it concealed everyday in a shoulder rig or in my backpack. just to heavy for the pants. I have hit shots with it that im not even gonna post the distances cause a lot of you will think Im full of crap. adustable sights are great, just takes some rounds to dail you into your gun. easy to break down,easy to clean. nice and simple, but absolutly effective. we should have a 1911 on our flag without that platform we might would be speaking german right now..REALLY. cant beat the price. most consistent gun i have ever used. stays on traget shot after shot after shot. Springfield really hit the mark. I would suggest that anyone looking for a powerful handgun go to the RO and load up. It doesnt get any better, why spend another grand or so for a name.. best gun on the market
Just got the RO in the retail kit with hard case, holster, mag pouch, two mags, bore brush, and a whole ream of documentation for Christmas. Wife surprised me with it. Ran 7 mags through it the day after Christmas and really like the gun. Fit, finish, and appearance is top-drawer. Functioning was flawless. Trigger is very crisp! I tried only Federal 230gr hardball and Winchester "Ranger" 175gr prefragmented ammo. Excellent accuracy with both, but the lighter projectiles grouped a little higher at 25 yds. All shots were clustered below the bullseye at first. I adjusted the point of impact up by 7 clicks, and was dead on the money after that. After I was done punching paper, three empty soup cans from the recycle bin tried to rush me! I went through a 7 rd mag in a hurry resulting in three dead cans with thumb-sized holes through their worthless hides. Can wait to try some wadcutter target rounds in this pretty 1911. Wife did good!
spent $800 plus tax well worth it the reviews helped alot thank you.
Have been looking to buy my first 1911 and finally bought this beast today. It has impressed me from the second i started shooting it. As someone stated above i had to adjust it as it was shooting low for me as well. only 200 rounds through it today so still tweaking the sights. It shoots great groups and i was able to hit bulls eyes from 100 yards away shooting a 25 yard red center target.
love it, I wanted a 1911 for under 600 bucks, i spent 800 and change.... glad I did, I saved money by buying a truly competitive shooting pistol equipped as i wanted it. no complaints, love this pistol
I have had mine for six months. Its a tack driver Rite outta box gentalmen. For the money this is a awesome 1911. I converted it to shoot 45 super as well. I put my glock 21 back in the safe and i personaly carry this 5" 1911 ccw with just a xl tshirt. I Love my springer.
Bought this pistol and love it. only regret is that it does not have a "De -cocker" I know most 1911's don't have a de-cocker, but there are some out there that do. I for one would love to have that feature on this pistol.
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