TFB TV: Springfield RO Compact 1911 9mm with Rob Leatham at SHOT Show Range Day

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In Part 2 of 3 in the Springfield SHOT Show Range Day series, Rob Leatham gives me the details on the new Range Officer Compact 1911 in 9mm.  It features a dual spring recoil systems, fiber optic front and low profile combat rear sights, a Parkerized finish, a 4″ stainless steel match grade barrel with fully supported ramp, Cocobolo grips, and an anodized aluminum frame.

This is a 1911 geared towards the concealed carrier who wants a 9mm 1911 with a lighter aluminum frame.  I have never been a 1911 fan, but after shooting this gun (and receiving on-camera props from “The Great One” himself, which now must mean we are besties), I have requested a sample copy of the RO Compact 9mm for a more thorough evaluation.  Pending results of that eval and review, I might even consider carrying this gun.

In other words, I was very impressed with the light recoiling RO Compact 9mm.  The single action trigger was excellent, the sights (including high-visibility fiber optics) were commensurately good, and the stainless 4″ match barrel would probably perform almost as well as a tournament 5″, far exceeding the requirements of a practical defensive pistol.

If Springfield obliges my request for a review model, I will give you a more thorough evaluation. In the meantime, enjoy the video, and don’t forget to subscribe to TFB TV.



James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


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  • JSmath

    Specs are pretty impressive.

    • James R.

      I agree, Looks good on paper. I want to run it through the wringer and find out if it is worth the $750 street price.

  • Bruce Normanski

    I want a 4″ EMP, instead

    • Madcap_Magician

      That would seem to be a superior product, IMHO, as well. The EMP barrel could actually be 3.5″ and look much more proportional.

  • Darrell Allen

    Seben fiddy?!?!?!!!

  • Hyok Kim

    Glad to know Leatham appreciates the virtue of 9.