Here are five Springfield Armory semi-automatic handguns you may want to add to your collection.
Today's Springfield Armory isn't the same one that George Washington formed during the American Revolution. But gun enthusiasts who know a few things about the present day company have come to view their guns as some of the best models of firearms being produced.
The company is probably best known for their handguns including their terrific Springfield Armory XD and XD-M series. These guns are available in a slew of calibers including 9mm Luger, .45 ACP, and .40 S&W just to name a few.
Springfield Armory is also considered one of the top manufacturers of 1911-style handguns, and have upheld and honored John Browning's classic design in a way that has never looked (or performed) so good.
Not only that, but the Springfield Armory 911 series is a great collection of micro carry guns available in 9mm or .380 ACP. Even though they might be small, they come at a great price point; the 911 Alpha starts at just $429.
Enough of the small talk; let's look at five options for the gun enthusiast who wants to add Springfield's quality to their collection.
Springfield Armory Hellcat
The Springfield Hellcat is an ultra-compact concealed carry gun with a meager 3-inch barrel that only weighs around 18 ounces. Don't let the small size fool you. Springfield Armory found a way to give these popular 9mm handguns the capacity of either 11+1 or 13+1 rounds. That's pretty darn good for such a small firearm!
As the video says, "Every single feature of this pistol is designed to maximize its use as a concealed carry handgun." It's possible that larger men with big hands might find it small in the hand, but they're likely to still be able to get it out quickly and get it into firing position.
As we used to say in the trades: "I'd rather be looking at it than looking for it." With the Hellcat, you likely just found it.
Springfield Armory 911
For those new to Springfield handguns, that's not a typo: the Springfield Armory 911 series "plays on the charm of the 1911 by offering the duality of a traditional design in a smaller, contemporary package." This makes the micro-compact 911 series look as good as it feels.
The 911 is available in both .380 ACP and 9mm with a capacity of 6+1 (or 7+1 with the extended magazine). The Tritium night sights feature the Ameriglo Pro-Glo green front sight inside a yellow luminescent circle for ease of use in low light conditions.
The thumb safety is mirrored on both sides of the gun and effectively locks the hammer. This provides a safe method of concealed carry for those that prefer a mechanical safety in their firearm.
Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin Operator
Make no mistake, we all have room in our collection for another 1911 and Springfield Armory's Ronin version is not only handsome, but incredibly well made. Springfield likes to say it's their frame manufacturing process that sets them apart, and we'd tend to agree. Forging both the frame and the slide is superior to competitor's cast models in both strength and durability.
Sure, this process makes some pistols (including this one) pretty pricey, but you get what you pay for. This Springfield 1911 features the aforementioned hot salt blued slide and stainless steel frame, plus a Gen 2 Speed Trigger, a Beavertail grip safety, a tactical rack rear sight, and a fiber optic bead on the front.
Springfield Armory XD-S MOD.2 OSP
There's always room for another concealed carry firearm in your gun cabinet, and with the magazine versatility of the XD-S MOD.2 OSP it's almost like buying multiple firearms for the price of one. As Springfield is proud to say, "Equipped with a slide milled for an optic from the factory, the XD-S Mod.2 OSP accepts the smallest, most popular micro red dots on the market."
This firearm features a standard accessory rail, loaded chamber indicator, and an ambidextrous magazine release making this pistol great for both righties and lefties. Maybe the best part is that the base model XD-S MOD.2 OSP 3.3" Single Stack 9mm is priced right at $425.
Springfield Armory XD-M Series
The XD Series as a whole took on a new standard for polymer frame pistols. This choice includes the Springfield XD-M Threaded, the XD-M Competition Series, and the vaunted XD-M Elite, all of which will keep any gun enthusiast busy at the shooting range for some time. These are all great choices for firearm owners that want more caliber and the corresponding firepower that they come with.
Chambered in .45 ACP and 10mm, these XD Series handguns have great ergonomics and will satisfy your need for power and accuracy, and with the Elite's potential increased capacity of 22+1, your wrist might be a little sore since you won't want to put it down.
The Best in Springfield Armory Handguns
We love the shooting sports, and we especially love to write about them in the effort to spread just a little bit of information about each manufacturer. That way, gun owners everywhere can have a starting point when considering one over the other. Honestly, we view ranking firearms like we view the Big Three U.S. truck makers or the most popular fishing rod builders: you almost can't go wrong with any of them, the choice is yours!
There's always a little room in your gun safe for more firearms, whether you are looking for a subcompact or a full size semi-auto pistol. We should all think in terms of style, handling, and quality over a long period of time when considering a ,45 or 9mm pistol and the ammo that we fire through it.
See if your FFL has any Springfield guns on hand and try them out for yourself. You'll likely find something to add to your collection.