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Old March 2, 2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Springfield Champion Operator

So, I'm really getting the 1911 itch again. Now that my TRP is running reliably, I love the platform. The Champion Operator has always been next on my list for a couple of years now.

I can't seem to find any in stock. I can order from Bud's on reserve - but who knows how long that will take to come in? I even considered going with the Kimper Raptor Pro II... but I'm just not a Kimber fan. Their warranty isn't great and their customer service reputation is less than stellar and that's important to me.

I've done as much Google-fu as I know how to do, and can't find them anywhere. Well, I take that back... there are 1 or 2 on ARMSLIST from private sellers looking for like $1,200-$1,300 for them.

I have a buddy of mine that has an FFL checking in to see what he can do as far as locating one.

In the mean time, if any of you own one, I'd be VERY happy to see some new pics or read your thoughts on the gun.

Thanks guys! I know some people don't dig rails on the 1911, but I think this one is gorgeous!

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Old March 2, 2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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It is gorgeous and they are great guns...if hard to find.
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Old March 2, 2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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Beautiful. Very. Never shot one before, I'd love to someday. So, why don't you just let me know when you get it. Ok?
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Old March 2, 2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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Constantine, when I do get it, you're definitely welcomed to come shoot it. Just let me know when you're coming out to Phoenix for a visit!

Would be nice to get away from that humidity, I'm sure.
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Old March 2, 2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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Constantine, when I do get it, you're definitely welcomed to come shoot it. Just let me know when you're coming out to Phoenix for a visit!

Would be nice to get away from that humidity, I'm sure.
Yeah, definitely. I'm feeling the blues real bad right now. I'd love to get out of here for a while actually.

I need some range therapy!
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Old March 3, 2013, 12:25 AM   #6
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Mine is one of my favorite 1911's. I prostaff ordered mine from Springfield.... it took me 6 months to get it, and prostaff orders get first priority.

They seem to only build them once a year.. I got mine about two years ago.. I ordered it in October, They didn't build them until February if I remember correctly.

With everything going on right now, unless you find one in stock somewhere or used, they are a tad hard to come by but worth the hunt.

Mine wears a pair of VZ Carbon Fiber 320 grips. For a production 1911, it is fitted extremely tight, and mine has been flawless since round 1. If you can find one I do recommend them.
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Old March 3, 2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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Ugh. Well I just couldn't handle waiting for the unknown any longer. I went ahead and did the reserve order and put it on layaway at Bud's. No sense in paying the full price if it's not even in stock yet... I can pay it off a little at a time and take the sting away... I've got the cash available though in case it happens to show up quickly.
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Old March 3, 2013, 11:33 PM   #8
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there are 1 or 2 on ARMSLIST from private sellers looking for like $1,200-$1,300 for them.
Way over priced.I paid ~$850 for mine.
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Old March 4, 2013, 12:13 AM   #9
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Technically yes they are over priced, but generally people do pay that much even used for them because they are a pain to find. So I can't really fault the posters for trying.
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Old March 4, 2013, 03:35 PM   #10
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I purchased my Micro, Champion and MC Operators all within a year of each other. They're all fun to shoot, but my overall favorite's been the Champion. Good luck with your search.





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