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Springfield Releases The 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” Pistol In 9mm & .45 ACP Versions

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Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” Pistol

It looks like Springfield Armory is not done yet with releasing compact pistols and their latest release should make those who love the 1911 ergonomics (airsofters included) and would want in CCW-style form happy. Last Monday, the 14th of September, the firearms maker announced the release of the 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” pistol.

The Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” is the smaller version of the full size 1911 Ronin Operator 5” that was released last year. Customers can opt for the .45 ACP or the 9mm versions in Satin Aluminum/Black color scheme. The 5” version also has a 9mm version and sports a Stainless/Black color scheme.

Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 4.25” & 5" Pistols

Springfield 1911 Ronin Operator 5” & 4.25" Pistols


To match the 4.25” barrel, it features a traditional barrel bushing system. Other features seen in the pistol are the Crossed Cannon premium laminate wood grips, stainless steel checkered flat mainspring housing, Springfield Armory 2nd Generation Speed Trigger, and forward slide serrations. The magazine is basepad-equipped with the 9mm version having a 9+1 capacity in the 9mm model and the .45 ACP version having an 8+1 capacity.

Whether shooters opt or the 9mm or the .45 ACP model, the price remains the same at US$849. Airsoft players who cannot have access to real steel firearms in their countries will have to wait for the airsoft version to be made, licensed or not.

Press release from Springfield Armory below:

GENESEO, ILL. (07/14/20) – Springfield Armory® is proud to introduce the Ronin™ Operator® 4.25“, a lightweight, rugged and reliable 1911 pistol built for a lifetime of service at an MSRP of just $849.

Available in 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ronin Operator 4.25″ offers shooters an exceptional pistol with the strength and durability they have come to expect from a Springfield Armory firearm. This is accomplished through the use of a forged carbon steel slide, lightweight forged alloy frame and a forged barrel. The result is a pistol that combines thoroughly modern precision manufacturing with a proven approach to quality and performance.

The pistol features a traditional barrel bushing system that matches up with its 4.25″ match grade barrel. The barrel itself is fully supported and ramped, lending additional strength to the design and ensuring consistent and reliable functioning.
“Since its release earlier this year, the full-size Ronin Operator has been extremely popular due to its combination of impressive features and pricing,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The new Ronin Operator 4.25″ adds a lighter, more compact option for those who love carrying the legendary 1911.”

The Ronin Operator 4.25” sports a beautiful two-tone finish, with the forged alloy frame featuring a satin aluminum Cerakote finish and the forged carbon steel slide a hot salt blued finish. Lightweight and comfortable to carry, it weighs in at 29.5 ounces in the .45 ACP version and 31 ounces in the 9mm variant.

While the Ronin Operator exudes a classic air of tradition in regards to quality and value, its appointments feature everything you would want on a thoroughly modern 1911. The beavertail grip safety with “memory bump” ensures solid engagement, while the fiber optic front/tactical rack rear sight and extended safety lever deliver instant sight picture and intuitive control.

Rounding out the package of the Ronin Operator is a pair of Crossed Cannon™ premium laminate wood grips, stainless steel checkered flat mainspring housing, Springfield Armory 2nd Generation Speed Trigger, forward slide serrations and a basepad-equipped magazine (9+1 capacity in the 9mm model and 8+1 in the .45).

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