Springfield Armory introduces the 1911 DS Prodigy line of handguns: the Company's first double-stack 1911 pistols series, chambered in 9mm Luger, comes with a polymer frame, high-capacity magazines and optics-ready slide, all at an affordable price!
The Springfield Armory 1911 DS Prodigy 9mm Luger line of handguns represents the Geneseo, Illinois-based company's first foray in the field of 2011-type pistols – a moniker used to indicate those 1911 type pistols built on a modular frame and in large part feeding through double-stack magazines, for additional versatility and firepower in practical shooting competitions, defensive, and tactical applications.
First pioneered by Virgil Tripp and Sandy Strayer at STI International – currently known as Staccato – the 2011 pistol design has grown to be widely appreciated and has been adopted and tinkered with by numerous manufacturers, both in the US and abroad, as the years went by.
Springfield Armory – which has been marketing 1911 pistol variants for decades – is just the latest in a long series of companies to venture in the field of 2011-type handguns; a combination of solid manufacturing and relatively low retail price – che pure ha a catalogo pistole 1911 praticamente da sempre – è l'ultima arrivata in questa fetta di mercato, ma grazie ad una combinazione di buona qualità e prezzo di partenza abbordabile (1.499 dollari negli USA) mira a conquistare soprattutto il mercato Entry Level.
Currently the Springfield Armory 1911 DS Prodigy line of pistols is comprised of two versions – respectively with a 5" and a 4.¼" forged stainless steel, Match-grade Bull barrel, and a six right-handed grooves pattern in a 1:16" twist rate. Both are built around a forged carbon-steel frame and slide with a matte black Cerakote finish.
Both models feature a polymer checkered grip, a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail for accessories machined right on to the dust cover, and a squared, undercut trigger guard which – along with the grip safety beavertail design – encourages and facilitates a higher grip for better control.
The Springfield Armory Prodigy pistols feed through double-stack, single-feed metal magazines holding 17, 20, or 26 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition. All variants feature the same ambidextrous frame-mounted manual safety, skeletonized hammer, lightened single-action trigger, and externally-adjustable trigger stop screw.
The slide of the Springfield Armory Prodigy pistols comes with front and rear slide serrations and an Agency Arms AOS modular mounting platform that can adapt to fit a wide array of popular micro red dot sights thanks to a set of dedicated mounting plates. The serrated rear sight and green fiber-optic front sight are raised to co-witness with the red dot.
The Springfield Armory 1911 Prodigy pistol in its 4.¼" variant is 19,81 cm / 7.8" long overall and weighs in at approximately 921 grams / 32.5 oz when empty. The 5" barrel variant stands at 21,5 cm / 8.5" in overall length and weighs in at just over 935 grams (33 oz) when empty.
The Springfield Armory 1911 DS Prodigy semi-automatic pistols are currently sold on the US market at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,499 for both variants. Alternatively, both versions are available in a combo with a HEX Dragonfly micro red dot sight issued from factory for $1,699 – once again, for both variants.
For information concerning international availability and pricing, reach out to your closest authorized Springfield Armory distributor.