The Springfield 1911 Operator is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in .45 ACP. What’s different about the Operator from other Springfield 1911s is all of its sub-models have a Picatinny rail for easy mounting of accessories.

Just like the original 1911A1, the Operator is recoil operated, so the expanding gases that push the projectile out also forces the slide back and by doing so ejects the casing and chambers another round.

Otherwise its features include a skeletalized hammer and a single-action only trigger that sets off the action with a 5- to 6-pound pull. It has two safety mechanisms. A grip safety that rests within the dovetailed curve below the hammer. The grip safety is automatically engaged when not in use, so it cannot fire unless the trigger is actually pulled. This means no accidental discharges if dropped.

The second safety is a ambidextrous safety that turns on and off with a flip of a switch. It has a lowered and flared ejection port, which reduces the risk of ejection failure, a dense titanium firing pin and front slide serrations.

Springfield recommends the Operator for law enforcement or military use.

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