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 retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.