My very first.


November 16, 2007, 09:34 AM
I purchased my very first handgun yesterday. A Springfield Armory Champion Operator .45. Will hopefully get to the range soon to try it out. Seeing as it's my first handgun can you tell me if I need to oil any of it or is it ready to go out of the box? Does anybody know what kind of ammo they found that works best. Gander Mt. was having a sale buy a box of Remington get one 50% off. So I pinked up 2 boxes of 45 auto, 230 gr. remington and one box of Speer Gold Dot 185 gr. hollow points to start with. Any recommendations or advice on up keep of my knew pistol would be greatly appreciated.


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November 16, 2007, 09:45 AM
Congrats on a nice firearm. I have always liked springfield's 1911. I would lightly oil it before you shoot it just to be safe. That is what i did with my SpringfieldTRP when i first got it. I think you will be VERY pleased with how it shoots, I know i was. As for ammo my TRP will eat anything (haven't shot lead though) and has yet to jam. Mine likes winchester white box (can be had at wally world) pretty well though it is dirty. I have been impressed with Seller & Bellot ammo, it is a bit priceybut good ammo. For personal defence ammo i like Remington Golden Saber, though others are good also. just my thoughts. enjoy and welcome to your new addiction.

November 16, 2007, 09:52 AM
Very nice.


Now go shoot the poop out of it. :D

November 16, 2007, 11:13 AM
very goood first gun...enjoy the manual...

Shooters Plus
November 16, 2007, 02:24 PM
Very nice! I'm sure it will serve you well.
As far as up-keep, just keep it clean. Don't be surprised if you have a couple of malfunctions at first as most require a little break-in period of 300 or 400 rds. Also, as probably stated in the manual, you'll need to change recoil springs a little more often than what the full-size requires.

Good luck and keep us updated :)

November 16, 2007, 04:19 PM
I would field strip the firearm and give everything a once over with a lightly oiled rag and then put her back together. I love my GI champion and I bet you will love your champion as well.

November 16, 2007, 06:03 PM
Pretty cool. I did not realize they made a Champion Operator. I wish they made a Champion length Mil-Spec.

November 16, 2007, 08:41 PM
Beautiful pistol. I'm addicted to 1911s. That's good advice from Shooters Plus. Don't be discouraged by some malfunction early on. I almost freaked when my Baer jammed shortly after I took it out of the box, but then I thought about it some. Spending $$$ makes you emotional sometimes. It will work out and be a great gun for you. Practice with the ammo you will carry as much as you can without breaking the bank, but obviously FMJ will be what you shoot the most (and I've relied on the Remington ammo you mentioned to get me through an IDPA match, shoots great and is reliable). Different loads act differently with recoil, feed differently, and can vary a little in where they hit. Especially when you practice with "the cheap stuff" and carry high end self defense ammo in the gun but never shoot the stuff. It can make a difference. Oh, and I would recommend carrying the grain weight bullet you practice most with. Just my preference. Shoot 230 gr if you're carrying .45, I say. Obviously cleaning after shooting is pretty important. If the barrel bushing is a little snug and hard to turn like mine is, you might think of investing in a bushing wrench. Learn from me and try to find a composite one (not metal, please) or you can rub the recoil spring plug and be irritated - if you are obsessive with your guns like I am. But enough about my OCD with guns. Just shoot it whenever you can, keep it clean and oiled and enjoy the heck out of it. Also, think about at least a short class on shooting. I went forever with the wrong grip because I grew up around rifles, not pistols. Look up the high thumb hold for that one and maybe you won't have to un-learn the wrong grip like I did. Man, I hope I didn't just start up a debate somewhere in this message.

November 16, 2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate it. From the sounds of it, it seems I picked a good pistol. I have been wanting a 1911 style for my first pistol and have been saving for sometime to get one. I actually lost track of how much money I did save and I have enough left over for another pistol and alot ammo. But I think I will leave that money sit for awhile and just enjoy this one. I do plan on taking a class at my local range the next time they offer it, which is soon. I'll write back after I shoot it a couple of times and let you know how I'm doing with it.

Where is a good place to get some extra mags for it?

Thanks again

November 16, 2007, 10:10 PM
Good going for your first! :cool:

Steve B.
November 16, 2007, 10:42 PM
That's a sweet rig. Just shoot it. A lot.

November 16, 2007, 10:59 PM
You can look on-line for mags. I bought extras at a gun show. There are a few good mags to choose from, but here are a few suggestions. Mine came with 8 round Wilson Combat mags. They're stainless and have been great for me. They have removeable base pads that I don't mind and actually are kind of nice if you shoot competition and have to drop mags on the ground, but some people don't like them. It's all personal preference. I know a lot of guys that swear by Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags, also 8 round mags. Then there are the Les Baer, also 8 round. All range around the same price of $20 - $30 each depending on where you look, McCormick being less expensive. I like stainless mags, but there again it is personal preference. I always say get some advice to steer you in the right direction, but it's really what you like and works for you. You'll be carrying and shooting it. PA isn't a concealed carry state, is it? I don't think it is but if so, that's a sweet gun for it.

Shooters Plus
November 16, 2007, 11:09 PM
Where is a good place to get some extra mags for it?

Well....... since you asked :)
We would be honored to help.

November 17, 2007, 03:21 PM
Congratulations. Springfield makes fine firearms.

Baba Louie
November 17, 2007, 03:44 PM
Run it oiled. Keep it well lubed. Take a photo or two.

After the first couple of magazines check the recoil spring assembly making sure to keep it tightened up, as I have found that sometimes the 2 piece recoil spring assembly from SA comes loose under prolonged range shooting. No need to ask me how I know, just hand tighten (if need be) when the slide locks back after the 2nd or so mag has been emptied.

Beautiful gun. Where's the photos? I think it's a THR req't to post a few whenever one purchases their inaugural handgun and opens a thread about it. If not, it ought to be. :D

Please provide a follow up range report (with photos) showing some 5 yd, 10 yd, 15 yd targets etc w/ load info, just so we can see more photos of your initial purchase.

Is it the lightweight Operator?

edited to add... I'm blind. I now see the photos. That's really a sweet pistola

November 18, 2007, 02:37 AM
congrats and what a great choice. i have 3 sa handguns one is a 1911 and i love all of em. be sure to send in that loaded coupon and get a good deal on those extra mags and other acessories, i just had my wife send mine in this week. as far as lube, you should always lube your guns and it is best if you take it home disassemble it, get the factory goop and stuff out of it, lube and reassemble and then go to shooting to your hearts content.

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