Springfield Armory on Monday announced a new duty-grade Operator-series railed 1911 pistol variant, chambered in .45 ACP. 

Springfield has produced Operators off and on for some 20 years, with the latest version being packed with features like a black Cerakote finish over a forged steel frame and slide with a stainless-steel match-grade 5-inch barrel. It ships standard with G10 VZ grips, an installed ambidextrous safety, forward slide serrations, and a Tactical Rack rear/tritium front sight set. 

Springfield Armory Operator 1911 45 pistol
Standard-sized for an M1911A1, the new Operator stands out due to its M1913 rail on the frame's dustcover, allowing for lights and lasers. Overall length is 8.6 inches. (Photo: Springfield Armory)
Springfield Armory Operator 1911 45 pistol
Other features include a flat mainspring housing and a tool-free takedown in the field as the pistol uses a traditional GI-style barrel bushing. Weight is 42 ounces. (Photo: Springfield Armory)
Springfield Armory Operator 1911 45 pistol
The new gun is a continuance of the original "Operator" models, which date back to guns built on spec for police tactical teams and U.S. Marine MEU-SOC units in the early 2000s (Photo: Springfield Armory)

"Springfield Armory 1911 pistols are renowned for their performance, strength and capabilities,” says Steve Kramer, the company's VP of marketing. "With this new Operator, shooters get a duty-grade 1911 with the features they expect from a premiere fighting pistol."

The new Springfield Armory Operator 1911 ships with two eight-round magazines with bumper pads and has an MSRP of $1,099.

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