•Competition grade precision-fitted compact 1911
•Dual Spring recoil system w/full-length guide rod
•Forged parkerized steel slide w/rear serrations
•Forged. lightweight aluminum alloy frame w/Thinline Cross Cannon™ Double Diamond Cocobolo wood grips
•Fully-supported ramp Match-grade stainless steel bull barrel
•Fiber optic front sight & low profile combat rear sight
•Beavertail grip safety
•Extended lightweight trigger
•Flat mainspring housing
•Single-sided thumb safety
•Includes multi-use carrying case (2) mags. right-hand paddle holster double mag. pouch & bore brush
•Wt.: apx. 31 oz.
|Safety||Beavertail and Thumb|
|Sights||Fiber Optic Front, Low Profile Combat Rear|
|Magazines||2 / 9 rd.|
|Frame Finish||Black Hard Coat Anodized|
|Frame Material||Aluminum Alloy|
|Barrel Type||Stainless Steel Match Grade|
|Slide Description||Forged Carbon Steel|
|Left Hand Model||No|
- Excellent value for a 9mm 1911! (review by Joe A on 6/16/2015)
When IDPA added the new CCP division, I saw a great opportunity to shoot a close approximation of my carry gun - a Commander size 9mm from a well known semi-custom manufacturer.
The CCP division only allows for a 4.1" barrel so, if you want a production 9mm 1911, it's pretty much down to a gun from one of 3 brands. Springfield's RO Champion is, by far, the most affordable option. I'd had some experience with the full sized RO in 9mm, as well as owning a 9mm Loaded, so I had no reservations in jumping on the Champion in 9mm.
I had a class coming up that called for 1000 rounds just as the RO Champ became available, so I jumped on it - figuring the class would either "break it in" or "break it down".
When I picked the Champion up, I was very impressed by the packaging, even though I won't have a use for the holster and mag pouch - to the new shooter, it's a great way to get up and running right away. The box itself is very high quality, and they also included 2 mags, all the necessary tools and several replacement fibers for the front sight.
Out of the box, the fit and finish was very impressive, with a minimum of internal tool marks. The rear sight was mounted slightly offset to the left, but otherwise, it appeared to be good to go. I was somewhat surprised, but pleased, to see that it's a "Series 70" - geezer speak for "no firing pin safety".
From the factory the trigger pull had a fair amount of creep, and a noticeable drag to the reset. A bit of dry firing seemed to improve this to some degree, but with a class scheduled for the next day, I didn't even take it to the range to test fire - "break it in, or break it down"!
I did, however, find the time to replace the grips with slim G10s, and add a magwell...
On the range, due to the rear sight placement, it did end up pulling left just a bit - hardly noticeable until I got back to 15+ yards.
I ended up using another gun for the final qualifier, but the Champ got a good 600+ rounds through it in two days - without cleaning - and it ran without a hiccup. I've since run it though a couple of IDPA matches for another ~200 rounds or so - again without any more cleaning than swiping off the feed ramp with my pinkie finger - and so far not so much as a stutter.
I'm happy to report that the trigger has smoothed out considerably - a much crisper break followed by a smooth, albeit longer than I'd like, reset.
After my initial range sessions, I drifted the rear sight to the right and it immediately started printing right where it was supposed to.
A couple of downsides: I'm not crazy about the slim fiber in the front sight, I'd like a bigger dot to focus on. I suspect I could get a bigger dot by replacing the fiber and melting the "driver" side of the sight a little more.
It also doesn't reliably lock open on an empty mag - MecGar, Metalform, Tripp or Checkmate. This has been my experience with all 9mm 1911s, so I'm in the habit of slingshotting my reloads, so it's not a factor to me.
I also don't care for the necessity of using a special plastic clip for take down, due to the bull barrel design with a proprietary dual spring recoil assembly. But, after you've done it a few times, it's dead simple - and Springfield customer service was kind enough to send me several extra takedown clips after I sent them a whiny email about only the gun only shipping with one takedown clip.
I'm pushing 800 rounds now without cleaning and, since it's a range gun for me, I'm going to run it as far as I can until it craps out, only adding lube as necessary.
Based on my experience, I would have no qualms recommending this as a range gun, or even a primary carry gun. Especially if you're going to take a class from one of the well known instructors that offers free tuition to anyone whose 1911 makes it through without crapping out (make sure where they stand on slide lock on an empty mag first though). Since it's common knowledge that 1911s can't reliably go more than a few hundred rounds without a complete overhaul, I'm interested to see just what kind of abuse I can heap on this little fellow.
And, unless you've got really deep pockets, it's also the ideal choice for IDPA's new CCP division.