Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 with adjustable target sights

The Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 is made for those who want a 1911 competition pistol for a relatively low price. It has features that allow the user to participate in various types of competitions, but without the additonal features found on other Springfield models that aren't absolutely necessary in those competitions.

Its 5" stainless match grade barrel is something you'd want in a competition pistol. So is the long, lightweight speed trigger. Its five to six pound pull is suitable for a variety of competitive shooting disciplines.

The forged steel frame and slide are anodized for durablility, as well as good looks. Despite the relatively low price, the pistol comes with hardwood Cocobolo grips that make the Range Officer an attractive pistol, too.

The pistol comes with adjustable target sights. The adjustable sights are made by Novak, and are considered to be some of the best on the market. The rear notch and front sight blade align with just enough "air" around the sight picture to let you know that your sight blade is centered. Once adjusted, they stay adjusted, even after thousands of rounds.

If you're not sure which type of competitive shooting you'd like to get into, the Range Officer is a reasonably-priced way to try all of the shooting competitions before you decide.


Model number: PI9128LP
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel: 5"
Sights: Low profile adjustable target
Weight, length: 40 ozs., 8.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 2 Seven round blued

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Our Impressions of the Range Officer 1911:

Springfield is marketing the Range Officer as an economy competition pistol, and it fills that role well, if you can call a $750 pistol "economy". Let's face it, a good 1911 isn't cheap anymore.

The anodized finish on the Range Officer is rich black. It's a good finish, and we only saw some very tiny "pimples" where specs of dust or other material had gotten on the metal before finishing.

The adjustable rear sight is good quality, with positive clicks you can feel when making adjustments. The notch in the sight does leave enough room around the front sight blade so that it's reasonably easy to tell that the sight blade is centered. There's nothing worse than a front sight blade that fills the entire rear notch, leaving you to wonder if you're off from left or right. It would have been nice to have three dots on the sights, or a white outline rear notch, but that's for more expensive pistols.

The trigger on the Range Officer, as with so many 1911's these days, felt gritty out of the box, and a bit heavy. When we compared a new model to one that had been shot a few hundred rounds, though, there was definitely a difference. We suspect the grittiness could be relieved by a very good cleaning to get rid of tiny bits of metal and other "schmutz" that are part of the production process. The heaviness is just a function of not having broken in the pistol.

When we shot the broken-in Range Officer, we found it to be very reliable. We didn't experience any failures to feed or eject. Accuracy was very good as well, with 1" groups at 25 yards from a sandbag rest using Federal Premium ammo.

Someone who shoots IPSC or IDPA would likely want a few more features, such as an ambidextrous safety, checkered front strap, beveled mag well, and a lightened trigger. A bullseye shooter might also want a lighter trigger, and perhaps higher quality sights. Those are all things that can be added to the Range Officer.

The Range Officer isn't a Les Baer or Ed Brown pistol. It's an economy model from Springfield Armory. It does a good job, and for a reasonable price.

Springfield Armory Range Officer Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of  5 stars 4 out of 5
By shooter, Edensburg, PA
May 27, 2015

Primary use: Target Shooting


Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of  5 stars 5 out of 5
By Paul, Dallas, TX
April 2, 2015

Primary use: Target Shooting

"This is my first 1911 and I love it! Balances in the hand wonderfully, minimizes muzzle flip and recoil and I was able to qualify for my CHL with only 2 range days of practice beforehand, scoring a 100% and being somewhat overconfident by the end of the range session."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of  5 stars 5 out of 5
By Frostbite, Elyria, OH
November 3, 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I've been looking at this gun for months now when I would go to the range, and finally I pulled the trigger. I absolutely love this weapon. The price of the Range Officer made a very good 1911 affordable to myself and shooting this weapon just feels right. I'm a bigger guy so this conceals well for me. I've put about 1000 rounds through mine and haven't had to adjust anything and I haven't had any failure to feeds or jams. Very well done Springfield :-)"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of  5 stars 5 out of 5
By Terry, Moreland, WY
September 16, 2013

"Very tight with no slide to frame play. Trigger was a little heavy and inconsistent so I had a gunsmith do a trigger job that got it below 4 lbs. Grips should checked rather than smooth. This gun is very accurate and groups close to the Les Baer TRP and Premier II that I have. This pistol is one of the few 1911's with adjustable sights which I wouldn't be without! Magazines were a little tight so a little filing was in order. The adjustable sights allowed me to easily sight it in without having to drift or file the sights or change out the sights. They are the only way to go! I placed a small piece of skateboard tape on the fore strap for additional gripping capability."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of  5 stars 4out of 5
By Kenny, Henderson, KY
June 3, 2013

"Really like it, minus the sights. Defense reasons in low light conditions. Could get u in trouble . Keep up the good work.!!!"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of  5 stars 5 out of 5
By Sam, Sache, TX
February 11, 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I paid about $900 and change, guess I should have shopped around, but, regardless, this weapon is worth the price I paid. I gave up the .40 cal S&W Sigma I was carrying, to move up to the 1911 I have always really wanted. The Range Officer gave me everything I wanted and more. Fired it last weekend, at local range, only had to make minor adjustment to elevation, at 15 feet away, this weapon held an initial group about the size of a tennis ball............I can live with that!!!! I was pleasantly surprised with the lack of overpowering recoil, Springfield has done a wonderful job on this weapon."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of  5 stars 4 out of 5
By Dan Gross, Cody, WY
January 28, 2013

Primary use: Target Shooting

"I personally love the RO, the only problem is that it is very hard to pull back the rail. I've shot it enough and it feels like its loosening up a bit, but my wife can barely get it back because she just hasn't the strength. She love to shoot it mind you, and was seriously wanting one for herself, but thats the only thing thats keeping her from getting one. Any advice?"

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of  5 stars 4 out of 5
By Jesse, Jennings, MO
January 7, 2013

Primary use: Defense/Law enforcement

"I have a number of handguns ranging from .22 to .454, but this Range Officer is my first .45, and I love it. I never thought a big bore would be so pleasant to shoot. My only objection is the black sights. They're not easy on old eyes. I might change, at least the front sight, to a Mepro or a Trijicon. or maybe a colored pipe. Anything to make it more visible."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of  5 stars 4 out of 5
Kevin Lawson, Palmbay, FL
May 16, 2011

Primary use: Target shooting

"I wish the sights had a white dot or another color than black. It takes some getting used to, but overall I love this gun: the feel; how it shoots; the recoil. I shoot with friends that have Glock and Kimber and they both have said the next 1911 they will buy will be a Springfield Range Officer. For the money I think its a great gun and I'm proud to own it. I also own a subcompact .40 cal. XD, also a great gun. My next gun will be an XDM .45 cal. Please keep making these guns. They are the best on the market. Thank you for all your good work on all your guns. I will only own Springfield!!!!."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of  5 stars 5 out of 5
Carl, Groveport, OH
May 24, 2011

Primary use: Target shooting

"My brother owns a Korean War vintage 45 and we love to take it to the range. I just moved back to the US after over 26 years in Europe where owning handguns is very restrictive. I have a collection of 6 handguns and really like the looks of the Range Officer. I've had it in my hands a couple of times and I'm interested in adding it to my collection. I particularly like the idea of being able to adjust the sights. Springfield is one of a very few that offers adjustable sights. I believe it is important to adjust the gun to you rather than you adjusting to the weapon. I want to add it to my growing collection."

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