Springfield Armory stepped into the 10mm realm last December, with a monster 1911 designed from the ground up for Col. Cooper’s semi-auto magnum. Offering both a 5 inch tactical and a 6-inch hunting slide option, the Heavy Operator’s were an instant hit. You can read my full review here. I remain impressed with the handguns. I liked the 6 inch so much, it now resides in my personal collection.
Improving on initial success, Springfield Armory is introducing a new variation of both models. Now, you have the factory option of the Heavy Operator with an RMR pre-installed, cut deep into the slide. I predict another big win, this is the perfect set up for a 10mm 1911. Springfield is calling this the 1911 TRP 10mm – RMR.
Red Dots are easier to be accurate with, especially as the range starts to increase. One of the benefits of 10mm is its use as a hunting round. Not only is it fantastic for self-defense, it is usable on deer sized game in many states. If I needed to take a shot over 50 yards, I would much rather do it with an electronic sight given the option.
The Trijicon RMR has proven to be a tough and reliable Red Dot, so I find it an excellent choice for the 10mm. My personal RMR has taken mountains of abuse and is still ticking. The included model from Springfield has a 1 MOA dot, a good balance of speed and accuracy. The larger the red dot, the easier it is for your eyes to pick up, but the more of the target it also obscures.
The depth of the slide cut is important since it dictates how far off the line of bore your sight sits. Springfield cut right down to the bone, which nestles the sight deep. Also included are suppressor height sights, allowing you to look right through the red dot window and still use irons in a pinch. The irons are tritium, an excellent night time back up.
The new models are largely the same as the original TRP 10mm, with a few slight changes. The 5-inch models still have a classic 1911 bushing, with a match grade barrel. The 6 inch features a bushingless system, with a bull barrel. The new 6-inch model comes in a two-tone green frame, black slide, with new black grips. Both models now also come with a pre-installed mag well, a great help in reloads on a single stack. In place of the hard-sided case with the original, both now come in a handy range bag.
Springfield Armory has stepped hard into the 10mm game, and the new model is sure to be a success as well. MSRP listed on the website is $2507.
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