Is This the Best 1911 To Buy?

By Yamil Sued
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Is This the Best 1911 To Buy?

June 17th, 2020

5:34 runtime

Just when I thought I had all the 1911 pistols I could ever need, Springfield Armory comes out with something even more awesome. Out comes the Ronin Operator 1911, a pistol that is ready to roll with all the modifications and features I wanted, and at an amazing price of an MSRP of just $849.

The Ronin Operator, available in .45 ACP and 9mm, is an amazing pistol for an amazing price.

Must-Haves

Features I can’t live without? Forged steel. The material on a 1911 must be durable and of the highest quality. The Ronin features a forged stainless-steel frame and a forged carbon steel slide. A hammer-forged barrel rounds out the package. This makes the Ronin Operator a great option.

Excellent features like an extended beavertail grip safety define the Ronin Operator.

There are some other features on a 1911 that I have grown so accustomed to that they are a must on my 1911 pistols. These features are functional and for ergonomics, like a tactical rack rear sight, high-visibility front sight and a beavertail grip safety. The Ronin has all three, starting with a fiber optic dovetail front sight, which is great for competition, a two-dot serrated tactical rack rear sight, and a well-designed grip safety with “memory bump” to ensure full engagement. A lightweight trigger adds to the appeal of this superb pistol.

A fiber optic front sight gives you a high-visibility means of aiming with the Ronin.

Perfect Platform

What’s so great about the Ronin Operator to me is everything it gives you for the price, which allows you some budget for customization if you are one of those that likes to “tweak” their guns like me.

The tactical rack rear sight sports two dots and a serrated rear face.

There are features on any handgun that are appealing to some shooters and maybe not to others. Grips for example are a very personal thing to 1911 shooters. The Ronin ships with beautiful wood grips, which not only are very aesthetically pleasing, but very comfortable, too.

Beautiful wood grips are standard on the Ronin Operator 1911.

But remember, I like to change things out. Personally, I’m switching them out for some G10 grips as I’ve found those are a great option for the hot Arizona climate where I live. With the price of the Ronin, I end up with some spare cash for add-ons like this.

Clean Canvas

One feature I love in the Ronin Operator is the clean and smooth front strap of the frame. This will allow me to decide what kind of texturing I will add to the pistol, whether checkering, stippling or just leave it as is. It gives me the freedom to choose and customize the pistol to fit my needs.

The front strap of the forged stainless steel frame is smooth.

Caliber

Another very cool thing about the Ronin Operator is caliber choices. I’m a huge .45 ACP fan, but there are times when a 9mm is a good choice. Then, you’re in luck, there’s a Ronin Operator just for you! It is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP. Now, my choice is going to be which one? I’ll make it simple — I’m getting both! There is also a 4.25” version of the pistol in the works as well with a lightweight frame, also available in .45 ACP or 9mm. Choices, choices, choices!

While Yamil tested the Ronin in .45 ACP, it is also available in 9mm.

Range Time

I guess the first thing to do is hit the range. I got some Federal Syntech ammo and took my .45 ACP Ronin Operator to my local range and shot a few hundred rounds of ammunition. The pistol ran great, shot well and was just an all-around impressive performer. Now I just need to pick out a holster, and I’m all set.

The Ronin Operator performed like a champ on the range for Yamil.

Conclusion

The Ronin Operator from Springfield Armory is pretty tough to beat. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a pistol with all these features on it at the price, even without the forged parts. Add in the long-life and durability the Ronin Operator offers along with its great features and an amazing price, and you have a gun you can afford that will likely outlast you!

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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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