Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator 1911 with integral accessory rail

The Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator 1911 is an all-business pistol for carry or combat. It has a black hardcoat anodized aluminum frame for light weight, and a forged steel slide with an Armory Kote finish to minimize holster wear.

The Cocobolo hardwood grips feature the Springfield Armory logo, and complement the black finish of the pistol very nicely.

The frame is constructed with an integral universal accessory rail for lasers, example photo of Springfield Armory universal rail tactical lights or other accessories. (Please note that a Picatinny or 1913 rail is not the same as a Glock style rail, and devices made for the Picatinny or 1913 rails will not fit on universal rails. See photos).

The sights on the Champion Operator are combat style with rounded edges. Three tritium dots on the sights make picking up targets in daylight or darkness equally easy.

The pistol has a 4" match grade bull barrel with a fully supported ramp. The trigger is match grade as well, with a pull weight of 4.5 to 5 pounds. The trigger example photo of Picatinny rail is slightly longer than on most 1911's, allowing most shooters to place the pad of their trigger finger directly on the trigger face.

An ambidextrous safety allows right and left handed shooters to operated the lever easily.

At just 31 ounces, and just 7.5" in length, the Lightweight Champion Operator will be a comfortable gun to carry in a holster or pocket, and its features will make it easy for every shooter to use.


Stainless Steel PX9115LP
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel: 4", 1:16 LH
Sights: Low profile 3 dot Tritium combat sights
Sight Radius: 5.5"
Size: 31ozs., 7.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 4.5 to 5 lbs.

Every Springfield Armory 1911 pistol is equipped with a trigger locking device. A key inserted into a hole in the rear grip strap positively locks the trigger, making it impossible for a child to accidentally discharge the gun. This system gives you a choice as to whether or not you need to lock your gun. Unlike trigger locks on other brands of guns, the keyhole is small, so that it doesn't ruin the looks of the gun.

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Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Victor, Daytona Beach, FL
December 10, 2012

Purpose: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I have owned MANY handguns of every type over the last 25 years, and the 1911 remains my favorite. I just purchased a SA lightweight operator, shot 200 rounds (FMJ and various brands of hollow points) through it and was blown away at how accurate this gun is. Perfect function and feel. There is good reason why everyone gives this gun a 5 star rating!"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Bill, Hendersonville, NC
November 27, 2012

Purpose: Defense/Law Enforcement

"Im a lifelong cop with 25 years LE instructor experiance in tactical training, firearms, defensive tactics, etc. I have owned hundreds of guns and most every 1911 and have been in several DF incidents. This is the BEST "boxed" .45 I have/do/will own. Rides well, points instinctively, shoots straight and performs flawlessly. This is a WARRIORS gun.

A brave man defends himself. A braver man defends his family. Warriors defend strangers. Fools wait."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Posterboy, Gilbert, AZ
April 4, 2012

Purpose: Target Shooting

"This gun is amazingly accurate. If you're not hitting what you're aiming at...it's not the gun's fault. Nice styling, flawless operation, and accurate. What more could you ask for?"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Bobby, Vernal, UT
April 3, 2012

Purpose: Defense/Law Enforcement

"This is hands down one of the best 1911s I have ever owned or shot. I consistently place 8 of 8 shots in a 3 in circle at 50 yards in 250 rounds. It has never failed to feed, fire, and has had 0 thats 0 jams. I carry mine as personal Protection for my wife and daughter and have no doubts it will do what i need when I need you CANT GO WRONG with this one."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By hotwired, Ozark, AR
August 22, 2011

"I love it. A friend had it and traded it to me for a motorcycle. I was scared of the shorter barrel and light weight of this handgun because in my mind recoil was going to be a total....well...insert your favorite metaphor here.

To my surprise, its recoil was very manageable, and darned if I didn't get better groups with the 4" Champion Operator Lightweight than with my XD Tactical .45.

I'm very impressed. The only thing that would make me happier would be to have a pair of them."

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