Springfield Operator 1911 Warren Tactical Video

Hickok45 here being tactical—being an operator because I have a Warren Tactical version of the Springfield Armory Operator. Do you want to come up and take a look at it? It’s a pretty cool pistol, I’ll have to say. I appreciate the Tennessee Gun Country lending it to us in Clarksville. They’ve got some nice guns. This is one of them. I know it’s not the 1911. The world likes 1911s. A lot of people do anyway.

This is a pretty gun. I wouldn’t have thought so necessarily, but that OD green frame, I like that. I like that deep green and black slide. It comes out of the custom shop of Springfield Armory, totally hand fitted according to specifications by Scott Warren. If you don’t know him—I didn’t know him, actually—he’s a long-time competitor and world champion IDPA. He was with the FBI for 24 years on the hostage rescue team. Then he trained the hostage rescue team. He’s a dude. I don’t know him. I’ve never met him, but I know of him.

I think I talked to him on the phone a while back. I didn’t know because I had some Warren Tactical sites on a Glock. I took them off. I didn’t like them on my Glock because they’re a little bit higher, and I was just seeing if he had something with a lower profile than what was on there. It was the one I bought from Tnoutdoors9. Now, I feel kind of bad that I was criticizing his sites. Apparently, he’s the real deal. I don’t know him.

He gave the specs to Springfield Armory’s custom shop. That’s where they’re made. It’s a combination. It’s a joint effort. I was not aware of the pistol, but it’s pretty cool. It’s a 9 millimeter and hand fitted. It’s got the Warren Tactical sites on it, which are really good sites. When I had them on that Glock I got from Tnoutdoors9, I loved the site picture. It was just gorgeous and just beautiful. It’s just not minimal enough for me. They stick up a little bit. They just protrude. One thing about a plain old Glock is you don’t want any edges on it. You get a little bit of edge here with these. Although, they’re low profile. Some of the specs as you can see, you’ve got serrations down the slide.

His sights on this gun leaven the color combination and you see Warren Tactical on the front there. I don’t know about the rail, but the checkering and the beaver tale, I believe, is not quite as good as an Ed Brown but about the same. It’s got a Smith & Alexander, I think, mag well on it. All this has been fitted. It’s not just slapped on there because we used to slap those on when I was doing a little bit of IPSC back in the late 80s and early 90s. It’s a $2,000 gun. As I understand it, it’s his specifications to make kind of what you might consider the ultimate working 1911—nothing that is unnecessary but some really nice stuff. You’ve got ambi safeties, thumb safeties and all that.

Let’s shoot the thing a little bit more. It is nine millimeter. If you have never fired a nine millimeter 1911, you are missing out. They’re fun. Why did I take my ears off? I think I had a suppressor for it or something. I guess I don’t. I’ve got several mags here. I’ve got a couple in my pouch there. I’ll put those in my pocket. What we’re running through it, of course, are the 124 Grain Federal, which we appreciate. Those are from Federal. I appreciate Bud’s Gun Shop support in making all of this possible, our friends at Tennessee Gun Country and especially our viewers. Let me see if the sights are on. I’ll see if I can hold it steady, even if they are on. That’s the most important thing, right?

They’re on. They’re nice. You can really see. I’m about empty. I better not do that. Let’s take out the little targets right there.

That’s empty right there.

I got that pot before he rolled away on me. You’re not getting away, buddy. I can see you.

This is a nine. You have nine or ten rounds. Where did I put those mags? There we go. I put them in this pocket. That pocket was for the empties. I’m so tactical, aren’t I? I’ll get another loaded round. It’s a pretty gun. It feels great. I see a couple of pots down there. Let’s see if we can pop one of them. They’re kind of small.

There you go.

Take a sight, picture and pop it.

You get very, very little recoil with a nine millimeter 1911. From folks I’ve talked to, reading on the internet and everything else, there is a resurgence of nine millimeter and the 1911. It used to be that you almost couldn’t find one, but more companies are making them now. They’re fairly popular. I can see why. Nine millimeter is a very, very popular round. The 1911 is never going away. People just enjoy shooting them. It’s a nice combination. I know it’s sacrilegious to some people. They think these things should only be 45. Let’s go there to those red plates.

Let’s go for the little one.

Let’s wake up Mr. Gong.

You really feel like you just can’t miss with it. I don’t think I have another mag in actually. This thing is precision. You really get the feel that it is a $2,000 pistol.

It feels good. It has not missed a beat. I was shooting it before the video, and, of course, I’m shooting now in the video if you haven’t noticed. This right on. Let me see if I have any more ammo here magazine. One thing I was going to do that I often forget is to try some hollow points—six mags—in it. We’ll leave you with some hydro shocks—just something that’s hollow point—open up enough to test the feeding. If you were carrying this for defense, you’d probably have hollow points in it.

These mags are either nine- or ten-round mags. I know that you can cram ten into them, but it gets pretty weird on that tenth round. Nine millimeter 1911 mags tend to be a little strange anyway. These are Wilson Combat, who make some of the best 1911 mags out there. There’s some other good ones. I’m just going to put one more in there. Let’s test the hollow points. Since we have carry ammo in it, let’s put it in this fine holster. I don’t have a holster that will fit a 1911 with these big rails, so I have to go back to my do-all holster there. If I were being attacked or threatened by coffin, I just come—

and put some hollow points on the coffin. They all fit through the dirty ramp, which is another thing up I’m not going to take it apart. I notice it is tight. It’s not as tight as that professional model I had, if you’ve seen that video, but double check. We’re clear. The bushing here, I can’t get it all the way turned around. I need to put a bushing wrench on it. I’m not used to that. All the 1911s I have are not that tight. So, I never use a bushing wrench.

I’ve got a brass one, but I don’t want to scratch his gun here. This is like a new gun, so I’m not going to scratch it. It’s has the GI bushing, so it’s a standard operation in regards to that. It does not have the full-length guide rod, which is something I like. You can’t see it too well maybe, but inside there, you notice the ramp. It’s a ramped barrel. Most of you know what that means—maybe not most of you. The feed ramp is part of the barrel. Sometime when we have a gun out of the barrel, I will show you that. A Glock is like that. The ramp is on the barrel. It’s part of the barrel.

In 1911s, most of them, the round comes up. It hits the frame, comes up, bounces up and feeds up into the chamber. If you’ve got a ramp barrel, it’s considered usually, I think, to be more reliable. I had a .38 Super I used to shoot a lot that had a ramp barrel. One of the things with 1911s and especially historically in the old days, you always had to have that ramp polished and maybe re-contoured, especially the early 1911s, to enhance the reliability in the feeding of them. In an effort to make them more reliable, most people would have that done if they didn’t have anything done to it. A ramp barrel really takes care of that.

Plus, the newer 1911s, they’re just made better. You don’t have as many feeding problems with them. Usually, I think, with us, it’s been, most often, an extractor issue if we have a feeding problem or something like that. Anyway, that ramp barrel is very desirable, especially if you have a 1911 with an alloy frame. I will never have another 1911 with an alloy frame. This is not alloy. I’ll never have one with alloy frame unless it has a ramped barrel. Why—because the round is not bouncing off the alloy going in. It’s on steel—the barrel. That’s a little tidbit there I wanted to let you know. Let me load a couple more rounds.

What else about this? Let’s see. Let me look at it here. I’m getting sun coming and going, like it tends to do every day, right? There’s nice checkering—the trigger jaw. The trigger is special. It’s hard for me to estimate. I don’t have a trigger scale. Actually, I think I do somewhere in the barn. It’s perfect. It’s probably around three or four pounds. It’s a nice crisp break. There’s nothing about this that you would not like probably. It’s just one of those 1911s where somebody—in this case Springfield Armory and Scott Warren, Warren Tactical—has said, “What can we do to this 1911 to make it the perfect gun more or less?”

I would like it better if it did not have the rails because I tend not to hang anything on there, and it takes away from that classic contour of a 1911, but it’s got everything—the checkering. This fits like a glove. Let’s put a few more in. Honestly, it doesn’t really help much to use the Maglula loader on these—on really any 1911. They’re so simple to load, especially the 45s. The nine millimeter, they want to dive on nose forward or something. So, I probably don’t load as many rounds in there as I can. I’ll take my ears out so I’ll quick hollering at myself.

I know a lot of people, as soon as they here $2,000 for a 1911 and they don’t even like 1911s that much anyway maybe, they think, “Let’s go away. Stop the video. Let’s go have lunch.” I understand that. That’s a lot of money for old design and all that kind of thing, but if you like 1911s at all, you may be in a position someday where you will want a premium 1911 and can’t afford it. So, don’t judge too quickly on these more expensive 1911s or any gun, I guess, for that matter.

If you are relatively new to shooting, as you shoot through the years, you’ll develop preferences. Maybe a polymer pistol or an M & P might be the only gun you care about. The Rugers or the Glocks or whatever—Springfield Armory polymer guns—that’s all you ever want. Then again, you might take a liking to 1911s. You get a $500-$600 one, and you kind of enjoy it. As time moves on, you learn to like them even more, kind of like what happened with me with AKs. I got a WASR and shot it. I had three, actually, cheap AKs over the years. I just gradually developed more affinity and more love for them.

At one point, I thought, “You know what? These are just great. I want a really good example or sample of an AK.” I started looking around and researching, who makes a really nice AK? I think I’m just going to sell the WASR. I may just have one. Of course, I have two now, don’t I? I wanted a really nice one as time rolled on. That may happen to you. Right now, you might be perfectly happy with a pea saucer or a four fire Rock Island Armory, and it’s serving you just fine, but you get a little extra cash in 10 years, 12 years or 5 years, and you decide, “You know what? I’m going to look around and get me a really nice 1911. I just decided I need one of those some time in my life.” That could be you. You never know.

We’ve got a few more mags. Let’s shoot this thing some more. This is a fun gun to shoot. It’s the same size as a 45. There’s no difference. It’s got some heft to it. In fact, it’d weigh a little bit more probably because the hole in the barrel is not as big. Do I need to explain why? Generally, you have a little more weight in the barrel. So, they’re actually a little heavier, if anything, than a 45. I’ll take a few shots here. I like being an operator. This gun definitely makes me an operator. It makes me tactical. I’m going to go over there again and see if I can pop a pig—see if I can operate on a pig tactically.

Let’s operate on that turkey over there.

Okay, smart alec. I’m going to hit the easier target.

There we go. You’ve got to take your time. Let’s go for the chicken.

Like I said, you’ve got to take your time. I’m going to hit him. I hope you guys aren’t in a hurry. I’m going to take the chicken out. This thing is right on. Mr. Chicken, we’re going to have you for supper.

You just have to slow down, as I always advise. I’m going to go for some head shots on a couple of the rams. I don’t know if they’ll fall, but we’ll at least make them mad and ruin their day.

I hit the other one in the head.

He doesn’t want to fall. That’s all right. I’ve got a couple of mags. Let’s reload it. Let’s just pump out some. Do you want to? This thing is supposed to be tactical. It’s something an operator might want to carry. Let’s put it back in this high-tech holster. Let’s lay into something here. Do you know what’s bothering me? Those two propane tanks down there, they’re kind of smart alecs. They look threatening to me.

I’m going to attack them.

The nine wouldn’t knock them over. Lots of times, things don’t knock them over. They have so many holes in them that I think you go through the holes. Who knows—whatever excuse I have. Anyway, this is the Operator—the Warren Tactical version of the Operator. It is a nice gun. I don’t know if you’ve seen it or if you were even aware of it. You viewers out there who are interested in whatever it is—a firearm—I thought that since I had the option or the opportunity to shoot it, I would seize that opportunity and show it. I was not aware of this particular model, I have to admit. It’s a really, really, really nice firearm.

Again, it’s not cheap, but it might be something that appeals to you because it is a semi-custom maybe. I put it in the category maybe of the Dan Wesson 1911s we had. Those things are at the same price and hand fitted and everything. A couple thousand is a lot of money, but you can get a really nice 1911. You just absolutely can. It’s top notch. Of course, you can go on up to $3,000 or $3,500 too with the custom guns. If you’ve got this kind of money to put in a 1911, you’re not really sacrificing anything. That’s for sure. It’s an amazing gun. It’s a fun-to-shoot nine millimeter. Who’d have thunk it? Life is good.