Springfield Armory Champion

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A GI 45 model.

The Loaded Stainless model.

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Summary: The manufacturer’s description and specs, the average user rating, and pricing info for the Springfield Armory Champion pistols.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Springfield Armory Champion pistols are 1911-A1 style semiautos built on a full-size frame with a 4″ shortened barrel and slide for concealability. Chambered in .45 ACP, they are availble in two of Springfield’s Loaded models, an Operator model, and two GI 45 models.

The Loaded Stainless Steel model features:

  • a forged stainless steel frame matte rounds and polished flats;
  • a forged stainless steel slide with matte rounds and polished flats;
  • a 4″ stainless steel, fully supported bull barrel;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;
  • low-profile three-dot tritium sights;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • an extended ambidextrous thumb safety;
  • a long aluminum match grade trigger;
  • cocobolo grips; and
  • two seven-round stainless steel magazines.

    The Loaded Lightweight model.

The Loaded Lightweight OD Green model features:

  • a forged aluminum alloy frame with a hardcoat anodized olive drab finish;
  • a forged steel matte-black slide;
  • a 4″ stainless steel, fully supported bull barrel;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;
  • low-profile three-dot tritium sights;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • an extended ambidextrous thumb safety;
  • a long aluminum match grade trigger;
  • checked rubber grips; and
  • two seven-round blued steel magazines.

    The Lightweight Operator model.

The Lightweight Operator model features:

  • a forged aluminum alloy frame with an integral accessory rail and a black hardcoat anodized finish;
  • a forged steel  slide with a black Armory Kote finish;
  • a 4″ stainless steel, fully supported ramp, bull barrel;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;
  • low-profile three-dot tritium sights;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • an extended ambidextrous thumb safety;
  • a long aluminum match grade trigger;
  • cocobolo hardwood grips; and
  • two seven-round blued steel magazines.

The GI 45 model features:

  • a forged steel parkerized frame;
  • a forged steel parkerized slide;
  • a 4″ parkerized steel, fully supported ramp, bull barrel;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;
  • low-profile military sights;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • a short GI-style trigger;
  • U.S. engraved hardwood grips; and
  • one seven-round blued steel magazine.

The GI 45 Lightweight model features:

  • a forged aluminum alloy, hardcoat anodized frame;
  • a forged steel parkerized slide;
  • a 4″ parkerized steel, fully supported ramp, bull barrel;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;
  • low-profile military sights;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • a short GI-style trigger;
  • U.S. engraved hardwood grips; and
  • one seven-round blued steel magazine.

The Specs

Model Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Height Weight
Loaded Stainless .45 ACP 7+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 37 oz.
Loaded Lightweight .45 ACP 7+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 30 oz.
Lightweight Operator .45 ACP 7+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 31 oz.
GI 45 Lightweight .45 ACP 7+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 30 oz.
GI 45 .45 ACP 7+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 37 oz.

One thought on “Springfield Armory Champion

  1. Lee

    LW Champion Operator.

    It works, every time, and hits where you point it.

    Balances well and has low felt recoil.

    Comfortable to carry in Graben IWB holster.

    Exactly what you want in a defense/carry tool.

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