An Ideal EDC 1911?

By Yamil Sued
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An Ideal EDC 1911?

September 11th, 2019

4:01 runtime

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for the 1911. And if it’s a good one, I really like it. Well, today we’re looking at the 1911 Range Officer Elite Compact 9mm from Springfield Armory, a great little EDC-ready 1911 with some impressive features.

The Range Officer Elite Compact in 9mm might just be the ideal EDC 1911.

The best way to look at this pistol is as a gun that offers the best of both worlds. It is small enough to carry, but big enough to shoot well. It’s light enough to pack away comfortably, but still built ruggedly enough to stand up to abuse.

The slide is topped off with an excellent set of sights with a fiber optic front unit.

The pistol features a short’ish slide housing a bushingless 4″ bull barrel made from stainless steel and sporting a fully supported ramp. The compact frame is made from lightweight forged alloy, and the entire pistol has a tough “Black-T” finish. Thin G-10 grips and an ambi safety ensure that the pistol is easy to handle and operate, and the slide is topped off with a fiber-optic front sight and a “tactical rack” rear sight with a racking ledge.

Capacity of the 9mm version (it is also offered in .45 ACP) is eight rounds in the two magazines shipped with the gun, and the empty weight of the gun is just under 30 ounces. Overall length is a hair over 7.5″, and height is 5″.

With a short 4″ barrel and lightweight, compact frame, the Range Office Elite Compact is ready for EDC.

I really enjoyed putting this pistol through its paces at the range, so be sure to check out my video above with my full review. To learn more about the pistol, check out the link below.

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Yamil Sued

Yamil Sued

Yamil is a graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences in Santa Barbara, CA with a Major in Illustration Photography and Color Technology with over 34 years of professional experience. Yamil started his professional relationship with the Shooting Industry in 1995 and has since worked with companies like Springfield Armory, S&W, Glock, FNH USA, Remington, Bushmaster, Bushnell, Leupold, Aimpoint, PWS, Vortex Optics, Cor-Bon Ammunition, ERGO Grips, AmeriGlo Sights, Krause Publications, Comp Tac Victory Gear, The Beta Company, IDPA, MGM Targets, Rainier Ballistics, Rock Castle Shooting Center, SIG Sauer and was a Staff Photographer for Cabela’s in Sidney, NE. Yamil is also a Writer and Photographer for Guns & Ammo, Guns & Ammo SIP's and Gun Digest.

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