Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25″ Unboxed at the Gun Counter

Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25″ 9mm

The new 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” 9 mm from Springfield Armory brings modern styling and precision manufacturing to the timeless 1911. It has a profoundly classic look with all the features today’s shooters expect at an entry level price. Using the highest quality materials and forged components, the Ronin Operator is truly built for a lifetime of service. Featuring a lightweight aluminum alloy frame, this 1911 was designed to be carried. It comes with a soft sided pistol case, additional fiber optic rods, and 1 x 9-round magazine with base pad. Currently the Ronin Operator comes in two configurations: a 5” Full-size and a 4.25” Commander both available in either 9 mm or .45 ACP, and all have a two-tone finish.

The Ronin Operator comes in a two-tone finish. Photo by Springfield Armory

All Ronin Operators feature a forged carbon steel slide with a hot salt bluing treatment bringing back that traditional 1911 look. The flats on the slide are polished while the rounded edges and top of the slide are matte. A fiber optic front sight is paired with a serrated tactical rack white dot rear sight. A tactical rack ledge allows you to manipulate the slide, on clothing or an object, one-handed. The hammer has been skeletonized and serrated for added grip. The single-sided serrated thumb safety engages easily, and the serration lines flow to match the slide release.

The hot salt bluing gives the slide a unique finish and traditional look.

The barrel is a 4.25” forged stainless steel, match grade, with a 1:16 twist. The chamber is fully supported for ultimate reliability and strength. This is Springfield’s first Commander size 1911 with a barrel bushing. A barrel bushing offers slightly better fit then bull barrels and keeps the weight down. The fit and lockup are rock solid. The recoil system is a Commander length GI Style guide rod.

This is the first Commander size 1911 offered with a barrel bushing from Springfield.

The lightweight alloy frame is forged aluminum featuring a satin aluminum Cerakote finish. Weighing in at just 31 ounces, the alloy frame is 10 ounces less than the steel frame Ronin Operator. The beaver tail grip safety features a “memory bump” that ensures positive engagement. A checkered mainspring housing provides texture for a strong grip. Springfield’s traditional crossed cannon logo sits on the laminate walnut wood grips with a hybrid smooth/checkered finish, which complement the traditional theme. Satin grip screws match the finish on the frame and make the grips stand out. Springfield updated the trigger to their Gen 2 Speed Trigger. It’s an aluminum skeletonized trigger with a crisp break and short reset.  

Springfield’s updated Gen 2 Speed Trigger is everything you’d want from a 1911 trigger. Crisp break, short reset, and little take up.

The Ronin Operator is a traditional looking 1911 with modern aesthetics. MSRP on all 1911 Ronin Operators is $849.  

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  • Dan September 22, 2021, 12:38 pm

    I like it very much.. I’m a leftie, and I don’t need an ami safety. been carrying 1911 for years with no ami… Great buy for the money and a good shooter..

  • Stan December 4, 2020, 10:00 am

    Need more information on Springfield Armory micro 911 in 9mm.

  • Griffendad December 4, 2020, 9:11 am

    I’ll stick with my Colt Lightweight Commander. Virtually the same specs except Novak sites. Awesome piece, never had a hiccup from the first round, no mim parts either.

  • Enrique Rivera December 3, 2020, 5:13 pm

    With so many optionsalready available in 9mm I don’t see a need for yet another 1911 chambered in 9mm, single stack magazine. None whatsoever!!! But that’s just me!!

  • Jeff Wallace December 3, 2020, 10:13 am

    How much for this 1911.45 41/4 9mm

  • Skip December 3, 2020, 10:00 am

    A very good unboxing review of a terrific value in a 1911.
    For a “carry” gun, Springfield hit the mark exactly.. NO adjustable sights and no ambi safety. Just right!
    A gun to carry, use, and fight with if necessary. No fluff.
    Skip

    • Awesome Bill from Dawsonville December 3, 2020, 10:22 am

      No ambi safety? Sorry but this southpaw disagrees in a BIG way. Nothing like buying a gun and immediately having to add parts because lefties don’t count.

      • Delco December 8, 2020, 2:33 pm

        Absolutely my fellow lefty. Skip is one of those rookies who Drop off their guns do have the scope mounted.

  • Joe Wells December 3, 2020, 9:33 am

    How does it compare to the EMP lightweight champion 4” model ? That is one fine pistol, imo. This Aluminum Ronin model appears similar in weight, design, just a more basic model.

  • duane r gooch December 3, 2020, 8:33 am

    How much does the darn thing cost???

    • Mike December 3, 2020, 10:48 am

      The msrp on all ronins is $849.00

  • Jessie E Ellis Jr December 3, 2020, 8:28 am

    Got to have one 1911 45 caliber

  • The SGM December 3, 2020, 7:33 am

    “Crisp break, short reset, and little take up.” And how heavy is the trigger pull’ over 3.5 is what I want. And where is the adjustable rear sight? No sale without these.

    • Phillip DeWitt December 3, 2020, 9:50 am

      The rear sight is obviously adjustable for windage. Nice looking pistol.

  • Tim Stecz December 3, 2020, 6:52 am

    I’m interested in acquiring a 10 mm can you help me out

  • Judah Randasan Jr. December 3, 2020, 6:13 am

    When this SA 4.25 inch Ronin Operator be available in the Philippines gunshops. I am a Type 2 LTOPF licensee.
    I am a big fan of 1911, now in 9mm instead of the old school, .45ACP
    Thank you.

    Jude

  • Mike in a Truck December 3, 2020, 5:37 am

    Nice looking pistol.Make it in 38 Super Automatic and I’ll buy one.

  • Scott Swanson December 3, 2020, 4:50 am

    Got to have that piece. Great for CCW.

  • Rick Anderson December 3, 2020, 4:23 am

    Email me the cost

    • Michael Sayles/ January 23, 2021, 11:50 am

      Last line of the review, cost is $849.00

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