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.
All four variants ship with two magazines.
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.”
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.