By: Friedrich Seiltgen

The 1911 .45 ACP pistol has been around awhile. It’s gone to war countless times, and it’s achieved iconic status. A lot of folks think it’s way past its prime and should be retired, but Springfield Armory says otherwise. Springfield has introduced the 1911 Operator, and it’s full of surprises. Let’s take a look!


The 1911 Operator starts with a forged carbon steel frame in a black Cerakote finish. Springfield added G10 grips manufactured by VZ. Their scalloped panels not only look great, but they also provide a firm no slip surface. The pistol has an ambidextrous safety for you left handed shooters out there.


The slide is forged carbon steel with a black Cerakote finish, and forward cocking serrations. The sights mounted have a tritium front with a tactical rack white dot rear. The barrel is a precision 5 inch long, match grade, stainless steel model with a 1:16 twist.


Type: Single Action, Recoil Operated, Semi-Automatic

Caliber: .45 ACP

Magazine capacity: 8 Rounds

Sights: Tritium Front, Tactical Rack White Dot Rear

Barrel Length: 5 Inches

Overall Length: 8.6 Inches

Height 5.25 Inches

Weight: 42 Ounces

MSRP: $1,159



The 1911 Operator features a host of duty-grade features that serious shooters demand. If you want a no-nonsense, defensive-grade pistol that’s ready to serve, then look no further than the Operator. Get down to your Springfield dealer and see if this is the pistol for you.

That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at [email protected]