Gun Report

Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator PX9115LP 45 ACP

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Just about the perfect 1911 45. But the long dustcover makes takedown more complicated.

Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator PX9115LP 45 ACP

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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Operator was reliable with both 7-round and 8-round magazines.
The Operator shot softer than many full-size models. We credit the plunger-style recoil system, but takedown required a specific tool that wasn't necessarily easy to put on or take off. Part of the problem was getting past the longer dust cover necessitated by the rail. This was the only minus we could find. We think the standard Lightweight Champion Operator with standard-length dustcover would be easier to field-strip.
Few 1911s offer an accessory rail regardless of frame size. The compact Lightweight Champion Operator offered true Picatinny specifications and three slots.
An overhead view shows that the right-side thumb safety was slimmer by about one machine line. The rear sight unit offered two tritium modules recessed and shielded from glare. Note the large beavertail grip safety.

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