Springfield Ronin Operator 4.25 inch, 1911 pistol, lead
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Springfield Armory first announced its Ronin Operator 1911 back in January. At that time, Springfield only announced the 5-inch barrel variant. Now comes a new variant with just a 4.25-inch barrel.

Springfield Ronin Operator 4.25-Inch

It’s been a big 12 months for Springfield Armory. First, the Springfield Hellcat took the concealed carry community by storm. Then came the Springfield PDW and Springfield EVAC, followed by the initial 5-inch Ronin. Then there was the Springfield XD-M Elite pistol with its 22+1 capacity. Now, we have the 4.25-inch barrel Springfield Ronin Operator.

The Ronin Operator is a true 1911. It’s a retro-style 1911 built to provide a lifetime of rugged service and look good while doing it. Offered in both 9mm and .45 ACP, the new 4.25-inch barreled model features a forged stainless steel, match-grade barrel. The only differences in the two calibers are weight and capacity. The 9mm version weighs 31 ounces empty and has a 9+1 capacity. Meanwhile, the .45 ACP model weighs 29.5 ounces empty and has an 8+1 capacity. Otherwise, you’re getting the same features in both. Springfield loaded the Ronin with features that savvy 1911 shooters look for at a price that will leave Springfield’s competitors shaking their heads. Which brings us to the MSRP: $849.

Our Evaluation

Armory 1911, 4.25-inch Barrel, right

We had gun writer Mike Detty evaluate the 5-inch model for the recent June/July issue of Ballistic Magazine. He said, “When I started this project, I wondered what corners Springfield cut to get the Ronin down to an MSRP of just $849. But after spending significant time with the gun, I have to admit that I haven’t found a single cut corner—in fact, not even a rounded corner! Its major components are forged, and the parts are expertly fitted. It possesses a trigger pull that would normally only be found on high-dollar custom guns, and it’s capable of extraordinary accuracy. On top of all that, it is a handsome, uncluttered gun that is sure to make any true 1911 aficionado sit up and take notice.”

Want to read Detty’s entire review? Pick up a copy of the June/July 2020 issue of Ballistic Magazine at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For more information, please visit Springfield-Armory.com.

Springfield Ronin Operator 4.25-Inch Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm or .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 9+1 (9mm); 8+1 (.45 ACP)
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
  • Barrel Design: Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, 1:16
  • Overall Length: 7.9 inches
  • Height: 5.5 inches
  • Weight (empty): 31 ounces (9mm); 29.5 ounces (.45 ACP)
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front; Tactical Rack White-Dot Rear
  • Trigger: Springfield 2nd Gen Polymer 4 Window Speed Trigger
  • Grips: Crossed Cannon Laminate Wood Grips
  • Frame: Forged Stainless Steel, Matte Round With Polished Flats
  • Slide: Forged Carbon Steel, Matte Round With Polished Flats, Blued
  • Recoil System: GI Style

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