John Moses Browning’s 1911 is one of the most iconic firearms ever created in the history of weaponry. Over the last 110 years the pistol has been refined and improved upon since its original inception. During that time it still has remained relevant in the modern firearms conversation. Only proving its longevity. Now, Springfield Armory has recently announced their new 1911 Operator with some new enhancements that allows the Operator to be a more defensive minded pistol in modern times.

The new 1911 Operator from Springfield features: an ambidextrous safety, front and rear serrations, tritium front sight post, a Picatinny accessory rail, and a match grade barrel. The Operator also features a forged frame and slide with VZ 10 grip panels. The new features added to the 1911 Operator addresses some of the shortcomings of the original design while also refining the platform as a whole. Which will hopefully make it more appealing to modern gun owners of today.

Below, is the press release from Springfield Armory introducing the new 1911 Operator.

Press Release

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GENESEO, ILL. (12/20/21) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the release of the new Operator®, a no-nonsense duty-grade 1911 pistol that stands ready to deliver.

Noteworthy features of the new Operator pistol include the Tactical Rack rear/tritium front sight set, rugged G10 VZ Grips®, ambidextrous safety, two eight-round magazines with bumper pads, forward slide serrations and more.

The pistol features a rugged, low-key black Cerakote finish on its forged steel slide and frame, ensuring both protection against the elements and the durability to provide a lifetime of service. Durability is further enhanced by the use of steel parts in the pistol’s construction, such as the flat mainspring housing. The frame features an integrated Picatinny accessory rail on the dustcover that allows users to equip the pistol with the light, laser or combo unit of their choice.

The 5″ match-grade barrel, made from forged stainless steel for the utmost in durability and ruggedness, is designed to deliver the maximum in both barrel life and downrange performance. To provide users with simple, tool-free takedown in the field, the Operator features a traditional barrel bushing for ease and simplicity.

“Springfield Armory 1911 pistols are renowned for their performance, strength and capabilities,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing. “With this new Operator, shooters get a duty-grade 1911 with the features they expect from a premiere fighting pistol.”

Equipped with the features today’s serious shooters demand, the Operator builds on the more than a century of service of the revered 1911 and its proven .45 ACP cartridge, making the pistol a must-have tool for self-defense.

MSRP of the Operator is $1,099.

The new Springfield 1911 Operator is available now. For more on Springfield lineup and their new 1911 Operator, click here.

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