Springfield Range Officer


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daytodaze
February 24, 2012, 12:28 PM
I'm going to be joining the 1911 club as soon as i settle on a certain model.

Right now, the springfield range officer is at the top of my list, but that's a mostly uneducated decision and I'd appreciate any validation or alternative suggestions.

Looking for full-size models only, and i want to stay between $800 and $1000. I could probably stretch the budget a bit more, but i've heard the diminishing returns are going to put me over $1500 before i see any performance boosts.

My mates all swear by Kimber, but the cheapest models I've been interested in are the warriors.

Any input?

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rcmodel
February 24, 2012, 12:37 PM
They have gotten very favorable reviews in all the gun tests I have seen so far.

It seems they put all the stuff you need for top-notch accuracy in them, with none of the bells & whistles that drive the price up.

Buds Gun shop is showing about $700, but they are out of stock right now.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/70940

rc

Overkilll0084
February 24, 2012, 12:58 PM
I know a guy who had one. He parted with it unwillingly (long story). I had an opportunity to shoot it, it was a pretty good gun for the money.
If you wanted a bit more shine, you might think about the SA Loaded Target. They start at just a bit more than the RO.

Byrd666
February 24, 2012, 12:59 PM
The R.O. is a great choice, in my opinion, for a full size 1911.Not owning one of those but, I do own the EMP .40, and I gotta tell ya', if the "baby" version is any indication of the build of the full size, you'll be getting a pistol you'll love for your lifetime. And the S.A. Customer Service is absolutely top notch.

If you want some other choices or ideas, take a look at:

Ruger SR 1911
Remington R1 series
Regent series
STI - multiple choices in a variety of prices and configurations. A friend of mine has a couple of them and normally has an STI or his beloved Caspian as his daily carry

Kimber has a few choices in your price range and so does Taurus but, both of these companies are hit or miss and they both have lousy reputations for customer service. And for the money involved, I would avoid that hassle.

JTQ
February 24, 2012, 01:06 PM
Make sure you want/need adjustable sights. They are not common on a 1911, and if you ever decide you want something different, you will be very limited on your choices since the slide is cut differently. Adjustable sights are not usually recommended for concealed carry since they tend to snag on clothing and are typically more fragile than fixed sights.

daytodaze
February 24, 2012, 03:09 PM
Thanks for all the input, guys. At this point my carry gun is a g27, so this new gun will mostly be a range/competition gun that may see some home defense if i get used to it. The sights are something im taking into consideration.

It looks like apringfield has a couple options available with night sighta and rails for a bit more, but thats all something i need to check out.

LTR shooter
February 24, 2012, 04:31 PM
so this new gun will mostly be a range/competition gun that may see some home defense if i get used to it. The sights are something im taking into consideration.



For a range gun I would rather have the adjustable sights especially for a pistol that can shoot bullets weights from 185 -230 grains. I picked up a Range Officer late last year. My bullseye shooter friend was impressed at the frame/slide fit and overall how tight the gun is.

I am renewing my range membership soon and will be taking the RO with me!

Kingofthehill
February 24, 2012, 07:08 PM
Stay away from the Kimbers, the Range Officer is a fantastic 1911 and you are right around the price range for an STI Trojan which is even better.

JOe

dacotah
February 24, 2012, 09:07 PM
I'm loving my Range Officer - had it for almost a year and have been pleased from day 1

Bojangles7
February 24, 2012, 10:15 PM
I bought one two months ago and couldn't be happier. I wasn't a big fan of the edges on the adjustable sight so I installed the Harrison tritium rear, as well as a Dawson tritium front.

Patrice
February 26, 2012, 09:45 AM
Hhmmm....Well, I have access to one. Shots were low off-center; adjusted the sights; it's hits where I aim.--Patrice

nathan
February 26, 2012, 10:09 AM
I handled one new at Guns and AMmo of Jim Pruit at Cypress, Tx last CHristmas. I tried to rack the slide and it was super tight. Its practically stuck . But for the price that is a great gun to have.

drbeans
February 26, 2012, 11:04 AM
I have heard they great for the money. I really like all Springfield 1911s.

If you want higher end but want to stay under the 1500 mark, find a used TRP. I own one and love it. I worried I would regret spending the additional money, I DONT!

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