Range Officer

The Springfield 1911 Range Officer is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in .45 ACP. The Range Officer was released in late, late 2010 and was highlighted at Shot Show 2010.

Springfield considers it a no-frills Trophy Match or TRP and since it lacks the match grade features, it costs about $650 less. Springfield says they designed it this way so shooters can customize it anyway they want.

Features include a lightweight aluminum trigger that sets off the action with a 5- to 6-pound pull, fixed sights, a wide-mouth magazine well for easy and quick mag change, and a skeletalized hammer.

Just like the original 1911A1, it 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.

It has two safety mechanisms. A grip safety that rests within the beavertail 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 an ambidextrous manual safety that turns on and off with a flip of a switch.

Springfield recommends the Range Officer for competitive shooting.

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