Springfield Armory Announces The New Range Officer Operator

Springfield Armory has continued to release new gun models from XDm, M1A and several new 1911s. The latest offering is the Range Officer Operator. The Operator comes standard with a national match frame and slide as well as a national match barrel and fitted bushing. These are features found on higher end Springfield 1911s.


The sights are optimized for defense situation with low profile rear sight and fiber optic front sight. The Operator comes in both 9mm and 45 acp. Springfield has also added a rail to the match frame. These new models will be on display during the SHOT show next week. We’ll be posting on our experience shooting them on Range Day.


GENESEO, IL, January 13, 2016 – In response to customer demand, Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce a new member of the Range Officer® family – the Operator®. When the original Range Officer® models were released in both 9mm and .45 ACP, customers immediately asked for similar features in a package optimized for self-defense use.

Like the original Range Officer®, the new Operator® model is designed to perform far beyond its price tag. The Operator® includes the best components and manufacturing techniques, like forged national match frames and slides, both features found on our top end 1911 models. A national match stainless steel barrel and precisely fit bushing help wring maximum accuracy from the Range Officer® Operator®.

“When we released the original Range Officer® series, customers immediately asked us when we were going to produce a Range Officer® model that was equipped for self-defense use,” said Springfield Armory® CEO Dennis Reese. “Customers loved the value of the Range Officer® configurations and the flexibility to choose between 9mm and .45 ACP in the same great platform, so we made development of the new Operator® a priority.”

Designed to be a formidable companion for concealed carry or home defense, the Range Officer® Operator® is equipped with features that can make a difference when split seconds count. The sighting system is bright and fast, leveraging high-visibility fiber optic front sights and low profile combat-style rear sights that won’t snag during fast draws from the holster.

The classic flat mainspring housing is checkered for positive grip, and the extended beavertail safety includes a memory bump for positive and unambiguous activation under stressful conditions. Rounding out the package is a long aluminum match grade trigger, skeletonized Delta hammer, and Picatinny rail for light or laser attachment. To improve reliability, the ejection port is also lowered and flared.

The Operator® is designed around the full-size Government model frame, containing a five-inch barrel to generate maximum velocity from the user’s choice of ammunition. The large frame also allows for maximum sight radius, making it easy to get fast and accurate hits on target.

The Range Officer® Operator® is available in 9mm and .45 ACP. Exterior dimensions are the same, but the 9mm model packs nine+one rounds of ammo with its two included magazines. The .45 ACP model also includes two standard seven-round magazines for a total loaded capacity of seven+one.

Just because the Range Officer® Operator® is designed for defense doesn’t mean it can’t look good. The new model sports a Parkerized finish that looks sharp and will ward off corrosion and rust under the most demanding carry conditions. The checkered Cocobolo grips provide a firm hold without undue wear and tear on carry holsters and clothes.

With the Range Officer® Operator®, customers now can enjoy the same great features that made the original Range Officers® so popular, but now optimized for self-defense application.

Springfield Armory

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m kind of liking the trend the last couple years of gun companies releasing info on new releases just ahead of SHOT show. If something’s worth while, it’ll probably get tested out more on the range day and not have spotty coverage.

  • Bill

    Generally, 1911’s fitted to classic “National Match” tolerances are a little tight for fighting guns. I sense marketing triumphing over common sense. Target guns are target guns, fighting pistols are fighting pistols.

    • Dan

      But it says operator bro. Gotta be legit

      • Steve

        Well, no. It actually operates the range officers. It’s really more of a range manager, but Springfield thought that sounded stupid.

        • MR

          Add some Tritium sights and maybe a light, and it could become the Night Manager.

        • Dan

          Maybe if they added a rail mounted multi tool we could have the Range Custodian

    • USMC03Vet

      All those non existent gun battles going on have settled it once and for all.

  • Goody

    1911s in every conceivable colour, rails, sights, grips, etc. Kimber alone has about a billion different SKUs when all they need are about 5, the difference being largely cosmetic…

    But, when will a popular 1911er start making threaded commanders?

    • Anonymoose

      Most companies don’t offer threaded anything. Why not just buy a threaded barrel from Storm Lake, Bar-Sto, or EFK?

      • Goody

        “Just buy”, Sadly, Australia. 120mm is the minimum barrel length, and I want a commander for Just In Case carry reasons. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t legally buy a commander with a sub 120mm barrel, then fit a threaded barrel to bring the length up, because it’s still registered as a 4″.

        • Anonymoose

          Well there’s your problem.

        • Anonymoose

          Are threaded barrels even allowed in Australia, or is that a scary Assault Feature like it is in California and the Northeast?

          • Goody

            They are 100% allowed, used frequently to bring p226 and plenty of other firearms up to length. Strangely, 4″ revolvers are allowed, so it might just be easier to get a 686 with an itty bitty handle.

            Yeah, it is a problem. Starting to see some real momentum on social media though, non-gun friends share violent news story and the shooters have already got to it, “When will we get a right to self defense?”

          • Anonymoose

            All living things are born with the right to self defense. Whether or not some tyrannical bureaucrat wants to let you exercise that right is another matter, though.

          • Goody

            Even plants have thorns.

  • Double A.D.

    Wow! Another 1911! I can’t believe it! It’s earth shattering! It’s a game changer! It’s neva been dun befo’!
    I understand that this site relies on traffic for revenue, and I don’t blame you guys, but, wake me up when manufacturers start producing something new and not just adding lipstick on a 100 year old design. (I do like the 1911 and own a few, btw).

    • Phil Hsueh

      I don’t mind seeing new 1911s on the market, although I’ll never see one being sold anywhere near me since I live in CA, but it would be nice if there more people like RIA offering quality 1911 for well under $1,000 instead of these $2,000+ ones coming out lately. I think that there’s a huge market for sub $1,000 1911s that aren’t junk but everybody seems to be focusing on the high end market instead. Personally, for the money some of these new high-end 1911s are going for I’d much rather spend that money on something like a Tavor or SCAR.

    • Get ready there are two more coming by Sunday.

  • micmac80

    ‘Range Officer Operator’ seriusly LOL why not ‘Mall rent-a cop operator’ another pathetic 1911 ,springfield should stick to what it does best branding and selling someone elses guns (XD range from HS )

    • MR

      I might get one if the price were right, but I’d never say the name. I don’t see the word “operator” on the firearm anywhere, but we don’t see the left side of the gun. Checked the website, and I see the Range Officer, and Range Officer Champion, but I don’t see the ROO in my cursory glance. Press sneak peak, I guess.

      • MR

        Looked closer at the Champion model, and it does say “RO CHAMPION” on the grip panels. So this will probably say “ROOPERATOR”. But I’d probably be replacing the grip panels anyway, probably for nice pearl grips, make it fit for a New Orleans Pimp. Hmm, “Range Officer, Pimp”. I dunno, sounds like it may be pimping out range officers.

        • Paul White

          If any gun of mine says “rooperator” I want custom grips with Scooby Doo saying Ruh Ruh on that sucker

    • mosinman

      the range officer pistols are made in the Philippines and they just stamp Springfield Armory on them so they’re just like the XDs

      • Gary Fisher

        My MILL-SPEC .45 says made in Brazil; I guess each model number must designate also what country it is made in. Dam Shame

        • mosinman

          it’s possible they make different models in different countries

  • Anonymoose

    What, no Bo-Mars?

    • Nope not on this one.

      • Anonymoose

        I always think of the “true” Range Officer models having fully-adjustable sights for target shooting, but I guess the main difference is the overall improved accuracy over a GI model. A lot of people shy away from fully-adjustables to Novak-style for ruggedness, but Bo-Mars are pretty rugged, unlike older style adjustable target sights, like they used to have on old Colt Gold Cups and such.

  • Mystick

    You know, I’m to the point of just finding a good 80% somewhere without all the BS and a matching slide…

  • Wolfsbane

    Yawn. Let me know when they’re coming out with the vaunted Dog Catcher Edition.