Springfield Armory Range Officer?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by stalkingbear, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    For those of you wanting an "economy" target/match/plinking gun check out the Springfield Armory's new Range Officer. While I haven't shot 1 personally yet, it offers the main features required for match guns. It offers a fully adjustable sight, match barrel, adjustable trigger, and tighter slide/frame fit. Based on what I know about Springfield Armory's 1911s I'm willing to bet it shoots very well indeed. It would require very little gunsmithing to use as a base for a serious match gun, or you could use it as is out of the box. There's no way you could start with a Mil-spec gun and build it to these specs for anywhere close to the same price-especially if you have to pay a gunsmith to do it. Heck, I'm thinking about getting 1 to use as a base build for myself. That should tell you something right there. So if you want a serious plinker or match/target pistol on a budget I suggest you look closely at the range officer. I'm sure Dave will be all over this.:D
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Indeed I am watching these.

    And let me echo Bear's comment - to try to turn a GI or a Mil-Spec into a Loaded (or Range Officer) will cost you MUCH more than just buying the Loaded (or Range Officer) in the first place. You will however makes folks like Bear (gunsmiths) very happy that you chose this path...
     

  3. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    Do they come in 9mm? I'm looking for a 9mm 1911 for shooting range fun. Budget was 6-700 but i may have to drop an extra cent or two.
    When and where are they out?

    Still currently looking for my first 1911 and pistol.
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    From what I understand they're in .45acp only at this time. Dave-I'm waiting until you get 1 and grow tired of it so I can buy/trade you out of it somehow:p.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    With the exception of the adjustable sight, it looks like what I started competition with. (still have mine).
     
  6. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Looks like it should be a pretty nice pistol. However, it just seems like another Loaded model to me. The only differences I could find were the adjustable sight, GI guide rod as opposed to the FLGR on the Loaded, and the absence of the ambi-safety.

    -Fred
     
  7. Dillinger

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    These were a big deal at SHOT. Had their own stand near the middle of the display. The fit and features are nice. I dislike the adjustable sights, but it seemed like a well put together piece of kit.

    I think MSRP was around $950, so a master dealer or whatever Springfield calls them will probably be able to save you $100 or so, shopping on line might be even cheaper.

    I don't know if it's the best pistol in it's price class, but it was one of the nicer, better feeling Springers that we played with at the show.

    JD
     
  8. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    I bought a RO on christmas eve. I must say that I am nothing but happy with it. It is my first 1911, I have put close to a thousand rounds through it with no problems (I did have some FTF with reloads in the beginning but a hundred more of FMJ took care of that). Due to the cost of .45 ammo I am restricted to reloads only which is perfectly fine with me! Currently I am reloading for about .15 a round! The changes I ended up with are new adjustable XS big dot sights and thin grips. the bests part about the gun was the price, I had priced the gun for a month or so and the cheapest I could find it was 699. I found other stores that said their cost was around 850! I asked the origional place that I found the gun why the price was so good at 699, (I was about to drop the 699 and be happy with it anyway) they told me they do a good bit of volume with SA and since it was a new gun they got a brreak from SA. Just as I was ready to put the money down he told me Merry Christmas and sold it to me for 499! I couldnt get it and get out the door fast enough!

    Thats my RO story, if anyone is looking at buying one I would highly reccomend it.
     
  9. maierar

    maierar New Member

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    I just picked mine up yesterday. This AM was the required trip to the sheriff to register it on my license, a stop at the dollar store to get a bottle of front sight paint" (read daglow orange nail polish), and a thorough cleaning and relube. I'm going to the range this afternoon with 3 different brands of .45ACP and some 8 round mags from my other 1911. I'm really eager to road-test this one and compare it to other 1911s. Fit & finish is really impressive.
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Screamin' deal RMP. :cool:

    RMP and maierar, please post a range report when you can. We love range reports and pictures around here.
     
  11. maierar

    maierar New Member

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    I put 150 rounds through the new RO yesterday. I shot 4 types of ammo, all 230 grain: TulAmmo (Russian steel-jacketed), S&B, Winchester (white box, semi-wad cutter), and Remington. The only hiccup was one failure to feed with the Winchester. Other than that, the gun never missed a beat. There was a noticeable difference in the accuracy among the bullets past 30 feet. At 50 feet to 75 feet (it was a 25 yd. range) all were acceptable - grouping within 3 inches, with the Remington being the most accurate.
    I'm not making any definitive statements yet as this gun is not broken in, but I LOVE IT!!!! Smooth, comfortable, well balanced, easily managed recoil, great hand-feel and good looking. By the way, while not truly authentically 1911ish, it is tighter than a clam's butt. I am sure it will loosen some as it breaks in, but there is zero play in the slide.
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Is there an open bench warrant on you because of that act of theft? And if not, why didn't you buy everyone they had in stock??
     
  13. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    Well I felt the same way, unfortunately I am the only one bringing in a pay check and my wife is home with our two young boys. I had to beg for forgiveness on this one because I knew if I asked for permission it would have been shot down. Luckily I had just gotten a good size bonus check that left enough after my new toy for her to spend a little as well. Otherwise I do t think it would have happened!
     
  14. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    Canebreak, looks like we are both in Fl. Would you recommend any smiths down here to checker the front strap and cut front cocking serrations? Do you think I would be better off sending it to SA?
     
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  15. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    Canebreak, can you help me? Not trying to be a pest, just impatient like that!
    Has anyone else had experience with SA's custom shop? Would any of you reccomend sending it somewhere else, either private smith or some other custom shop? As a disclamer, this is my first 1911 and funds are a bit of an issue. I wouldn't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars. Is that dueable or should I set my sights lower?
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I sent my MilSpec to SA custom for internal work. I had the innards deburred and fluffed, ramp polished, chamber & throat polished, feed ramp polished and a trigger job. It was a fairly quick turn around and wasn't too pricey. The people were pleasant to deal with on the phone as well.

    As far as checkering and such, I would imagine that since it's their product, they're set up for all of that and it would be a pretty simple and quick operation.

    Not that any good local machine shop couldn't do a good job, I'm just sayin'.
     
  17. russ

    russ New Member

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    I'm with CA in this one. I would feel best about letting SA do the work on their own product.
     
  18. trex58

    trex58 New Member

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    Your right about being tight. I also bought one yesterday and just got back from shooting it. The pistol is a bargin for the price also. Shoots good out of the box. I only fired 100 rounds, but no malfunctions except the 2 Brolin Arms clips would not feed a round into the chamber for some reason. I found it odd, because they work fine in my Taurus PT1911 and Colt Lwt. Commander. I just had two boxes of Blazers one brass the other Alloy, they ran perfect. Just some plinking today at some old bowling pins, but I was whacking them at 25 yards just fine. Maybe next week I'll shoot it off of some bags at paper and see how accurate it is.
     
  19. paul

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    Springfield RO, where?

    I'd buy one online right away for $700.00. I just don't know where to look and get that kind of price. My gunshop, a little mom and pop I buy at, can't compete on Springfields prices from larger volume or some online places. If anyone has suggestions where to purchase, well thank you.:)
     
  20. trex58

    trex58 New Member

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    Springfield R O

    I bought mine last week at C Discount Guns out of Nixon, Texas. The cost was $749.00. I like dealing with the guy, always a fair price and fair trade-in prices also. You can do a dealer schearch on Davidson's web site and find him there.