Springfield Armory Announces New Ronin, XD-M Elite Pistol Series

01/16/20 7:16 AM | by

Springfield Armory Announces New Ronin, XD-M Elite Pistol Series

Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week announced a host of new pistols for 2020 including the Ronin M1911 and the XD-M Elite line.

The XD-M Elite series, a group of four new striker-fired pistols, takes the long-running XD line to a new level. Each comes standard with the company’s new Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META), a flat face trigger that SA contends “delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.”

Other features across the 9mm XD-M Elite offerings are match grade barrels as well as enhanced ergonomics such as an ambidextrous slide stop and redesigned slide serrations.

four XD-M Elite models

The variants include an Elite Precision, Elite Tactical, Elite 4.5, and Elite 3.8. The first two models have 22-round magazines and a removable extended and flared magwell while the latter two use a slightly shorter magwell for 20-round mags. (Photos: Springfield Armory)

The XD-M Elite Precision sports a 5.25-inch hammer-forged barrel and extended slide with an adjustable target rear/fiber optic front sight system. The overall length is 8.3-inches while weight is 30-ounces. MSRP is $653.

The XD-M Elite Precision sports a 5.25-inch hammer-forged barrel and extended slide with an adjustable target rear/fiber optic front sight system. The overall length is 8.3-inches while weight is 30-ounces. MSRP is $653.

XD-M Elite OSP

The XD-M Elite Tactical OSP, with a Desert FDE finish, uses a hammer-forged 5.34-inch threaded barrel with thread protector, a red-dot cut slide, and suppressor-height iron sights. The overall length is 8.6-inches while weight is 30-ounces, MSRP is $709.

The XD-M Elite 4.5, as the name would imply, has a standard-length slide and 4.5-inch hammer-forged barrel. Both this model and the smaller Elite 3.8 have Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights combined with fiber optic fronts. The overall length is 7.6-inches while weight is 29-ounces. MSRP is $559

The XD-M Elite 4.5, as the name would imply, has a standard-length slide and 4.5-inch hammer-forged barrel. Both this model and the smaller Elite 3.8 have Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights combined with fiber optic fronts. The overall length is 7.6-inches while weight is 29-ounces. MSRP is $559

The XD-M Elite 3.8 has a top half that includes a shortened 3.8- hammer-forged barrel and matching compact, aimed at being a more carry-ready pistol. The overall length is 6.75-inches while weight is 28-ounces. MSRP is $559.

The XD-M Elite 3.8 has a top half that includes a shortened 3.8- hammer-forged barrel and matching compact, aimed at being a more carry-ready pistol. The overall length is 6.75-inches while weight is 28-ounces. MSRP is $559.

All four variants ship with two magazines.

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Ronin Operator

The Ronin Operator, in both .45ACP and 9mm, is a new two-tone M1911A1 from Springfield that includes a 5-inch match-grade stainless barrel with a fully supported ramp. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

The Ronin Operator, in both .45ACP and 9mm, is a new two-tone M1911A1 from Springfield that includes a 5-inch match-grade stainless barrel with a fully supported ramp. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory’s new Ronin Operator, a full-sized M1911A1, will be available in 9mm and .45 ACP variants. The two-toned pistol has a stainless steel forged frame and a forged slide of carbon steel with hot salt bluing. The company stresses their forged frames are much better than cast framed M1911s.

While the gun evokes memories of custom M1911 rigs of the 1980s, SA says it blends old school looks with modern manufacturing to produce something different from the rest of the pack.

“Everything you would want on a modern 1911 is present on the Ronin Operator,” says Springfield Armory in the press release for the Ronin Operator. “From its beavertail grip safety with memory bump for solid engagement to its fiber-optic front/tactical rack white-dot rear sight system to its extended safety lever, this is a pistol designed to deliver performance.”

Forged stainless frame and hot blued slide with lots of modern features= SA Ronin Operator.

Other features on the newest M1911 headed to SHOT Show this month are laminate wood grips, a stainless steel checkered flat mainspring housing, SA’s 2nd Gen Speed Trigger, and forward slide serrations. The pistol ships with a single basepad-equipped magazine with an 8+1 capacity for .45ACP models and 9+1 for 9mm.

MSRP on the Ronin Operator is $849.

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