LOOK­ING FOR A MI­CRO-COM­PACT CARRY GUN?

10 THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE SPRINGFIELD AR­MORY 911

Gun World - - Contents - By Richard Schutz

Just when you thought ev­ery­one had both feet in the EDC mar­ket, Springfield Ar­mory brings a .380 ACP mi­cro-com­pact 1911 to the ta­ble. Here are 10 things to like about the Springfield Ar­mory 911.

“WHEN the po­lice are minutes away and the threat is sec­onds away … 9-1-1,” says Springfield Ar­mory. And that’s not a phone call. The new­for-2018 Springfield Ar­mory 911 pistol is an EDC gun you will have with you at all times.

OVERVIEW

Just when you thought ev­ery­one had both feet in the EDC mar­ket, Springfield Ar­mory brings a mi­cro-com­pact 911 to the ta­ble. Its lineup of 1911-style pis­tols, from full sized to mi­cro, is now com­plete with the ad­di­tion of the mi­cro-com­pact 911 cham­bered in .380 ACP. If you have a full-sized Springfield Ar­mory 1911, such as the Range Of­fi­cer or TRP and an EMP, all you need to com­plete the fam­ily is a 911.

The 911 looks and feels much like a tra­di­tional 1911 that has been minia­tur­ized. Ma­jor dif­fer­ences in­clude the lack of a grip safety, bar­rel bush­ing and a piv­ot­ing G10 trig­ger.

WHAT’S TO LIKE?

There are many things to like about the Springfield Ar­mory 911, es­pe­cially for those who are fond of the 1911. Some might even buy the 911 as a backup to their full-sized 1911.

1911 Style and Feel.

The 911 looks and feels much like its full­sized “fa­ther,” the 5-inch 1911. Any­one who is fa­mil­iar with a ful­lor Com­man­der-sized 1911 will feel right at home with the 911.

Light Weight and Small Size.

An alu­minum frame helps keep the weight of the 911 low, at just 14.1 ounces, which in­cludes an empty flush-fit mag­a­zine. The phys­i­cal di­men­sions of the 911 put it slightly smaller than a G42 and a bit larger than a Ruger LCPII, S&W Body­guard or Taurus Spec­trum.

Ac­cu­racy and Con­trol­la­bil­ity.

The 911 is quite ac­cu­rate for a mi­cro-com­pact pistol, with sev­eral of the eval­u­ated loads av­er­ag­ing around 2 inches for three five-shot groups at 15 yards. The phys­i­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion and ex­cel­lent grip sur­faces al­low for con­trolled follow-up shots, even from the snappy .380 ACP car­tridge.

Con­trols.

Con­trols on the 911 are lo­cated in po­si­tions sim­i­lar to those of the par­ent gun and have a fa­mil­iar feel to them. The slide lock/re­lease/take­down lever is lo­cated right above the trig­ger guard on the left side; the mag­a­zine re­lease is lo­cated on the left side be­hind the trig­ger guard; and the thumb safety is bi­lat­eral and is lo­cated at the rear of the frame above the grip. When in the “safe” po­si­tion, the thumb safety also locks the slide, un­less the ham­mer is fully cocked.

Sin­gle-Stage Trig­ger.

Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 0.03 inch of takeup, the Hogue G10 trig­ger breaks crisply at 5.7 pounds. The piv­ot­ing trig­ger cer­tainly has a dif­fer­ent feel than the straight pull of a true 1911 trig­ger, but it is not detri­men­tal to the crisp­ness of the trig­ger. The re­set is a very short 0.05 inch.

Sights.

The Ameriglo Pro-Glo front and rear sights are an ex­cel­lent choice for a de­fen­sive pistol that might well be de­ployed at night. On the front sight, the green tri­tium vial is sur­rounded by a yel­low lu­mi­nes­cent cir­cle; and on the ledge-style rear sight, the dual green tri­tium vials are

sur­rounded by white lu­mi­nes­cent cir­cles. Both the front and rear sights are drift ad­justable for windage. There is no ad­just­ment for el­e­va­tion.

Loaded Cham­ber In­di­ca­tor.

A vis­ual and tac­tile load­ed­cham­ber in­di­ca­tor is lo­cated on the top of the slide at the rear of the ejec­tion port.

Ex­ter­nal Ex­trac­tor.

A ro­bust ex­ter­nal ex­trac­tor is used on the 911 in­stead of the smaller and more frag­ile in­ter­nal ex­trac­tor found on many 1911s.

Grip Pan­els.

Hogue Thin-line G10 grips pro­vide a very se­cure grip sur­face with­out be­ing overly abra­sive.

Frame Tex­tur­ing.

Both the front strap and main­spring hous­ing fea­ture “Octo-Grip” tex­tur­ing to en­sure a se­cure grip.

OP­ER­A­TION

Disas­sem­bly of the 911 is very sim­i­lar to that of a stan­dard 1911 pistol. Af­ter re­mov­ing the mag­a­zine and mak­ing sure the cham­ber is empty, pull the slide to the rear un­til the slide disas­sem­bly notch is aligned with the tab on the slide stop. Then, push the slide stop out from the right side. It might be

nec­es­sary to use a small-di­am­e­ter, non-mar­ring punch to push the slide stop pin out far enough to grasp it on the left side of the frame.

The slide as­sem­bly can now be slid for­ward off the frame. Do not over-ro­tate the thumb safety when the slide is re­moved; this will cause the loss of the safety de­tent plunger and spring.

The slide can now be disas­sem­bled by push­ing the re­coil rod for­ward slightly and lift­ing it up and away from the bar­rel link. Use cau­tion when re­mov­ing the re­coil rod, be­cause it is un­der spring pres­sure. The bar­rel can now be re­moved. This is all the disas­sem­bly that is rec­om­mended.

Un­like a tra­di­tional 1911, the bar­rel “link” is an in­te­gral part of the bar­rel. Also note that there is a fir­ing pin block at the rear of the slide on the left side (when viewed from the top). When re­assem­bling the 911, as the slide is moved to the rear of the frame to align the disas­sem­bly notch and the slide stop, press the ejec­tor at the rear of the frame down so it passes un­der the back wall of the slide. Do not press the ejec­tor too far down. Once the slide stop tab and win­dow are aligned, rein­sert the slide stop lever (make sure to cap­ture the bar­rel link) and seat it against the frame. Al­low the slide to move for­ward into bat­tery, and re­assem­bly is com­plete.

THE 911 LOOKS AND FEELS MUCH LIKE A TRA­DI­TIONAL 1911 THAT HAS BEEN MINIA­TUR­IZED. MA­JOR DIF­FER­ENCES IN­CLUDE THE LACK OF A GRIP SAFETY, BAR­REL BUSH­ING AND A PIV­OT­ING G10 TRIG­GER.

VER­SIONS AND AC­CES­SORIES

The Springfield Ar­mory 911 is only avail­able in .380 ACP. There are four ver­sions: PG9109 has a black-an­odized frame, black ni­tride slide and green/black Hogue G10 grips. PG9109S has a black-an­odized frame, brushed stain­less steel slide and gray/black Hogue G10 grips. PG9109VG has a black-an­odized frame, black ni­tride slide and Virid­ian Green Grip Laser grips. PG9109SVG has a black-an­odized frame, brushed stain­less steel slide and Virid­ian Green Grip Laser grips.

There might be ver­sions in the fu­ture with cos­metic or ac­ces­sory changes, but I would be sur­prised to see the 911 cham­bered for other car­tridges, such as the 9mm Luger.

AM­MU­NI­TION

For the pur­poses of this eval­u­a­tion, I used six dif­fer­ent fac­tory loads from five dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers. Two of the loads were FMJ prac­tice loads, and four were de­fen­sive loads. Dur­ing ap­prox­i­mately 350 rounds fired, I only ex­pe­ri­enced one mal­func­tion: The last round in the seven-round ex­tended mag­a­zine failed to cham­ber. I had no prob­lems prior to that and none fol­low­ing it.

In Springfield Ar­mory’s op­er­a­tion and safety man­ual for the 911, I found no caveats re­gard­ing am­mu­ni­tion, ex­cept, “Use only clean, dry, orig­i­nal, high-qual­ity com­mer­cially man­u­fac­tured am­mu­ni­tion. Us­ing reloaded am­mu­ni­tion may void war­ranty.”

RANGE TIME

Shoot­ing off-hand from var­i­ous po­si­tions was an­other story al­to­gether. First shots weren’t at all dif­fi­cult to con­trol; nei­ther were follow-up shots. As long as I used a proper two-hand grip, I had no trou­ble con­trol­ling the 911. While shoot­ing off-hand, I never dropped the mag­a­zine un­in­ten­tion­ally.

The ag­gres­sive grip tex­ture and “Octo-Grip” tex­tur­ing on the front strap and main­spring hous­ing helped ac­quire and main­tain a proper grip on the 911. When draw­ing the 911 from con­ceal­ment, it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to ob­tain a solid grip on the pistol so that ac­cu­rate and rapid follow-up shots can be made. Due to the 911’s small size and light weight, there is lit­tle room for er­ror here. There isn’t a lot to hold onto, so you’d bet­ter get it right the first time.

When draw­ing the 911 in con­di­tion 1 (“cocked and locked”), I found it ex­tremely easy and nat­u­ral to re­move the thumb safety and bring the pistol into ac­tion. Un­like some strik­er­fired pis­tols and the DAO Taurus Spec­trum, with the 911, there is no time for de­cid­ing whether or not you re­ally want to fire the pistol. Once you take up the 0.03 inch of slack in the trig­ger and put 5½ pounds of pres­sure on the trig­ger shoe, it breaks, and the pistol fires.

AC­CU­RATE AND RE­LI­ABLE

Whether you’re look­ing for a mi­cro-com­pact pistol as your sole EDC gun, a fair-weather gun for when you don’t have many con­ceal­ment op­tions or as a backup to your 1911, the Springfield Ar­mory 911 in .380 Auto would be an ex­cel­lent choice. No, a .380 doesn’t have the stop­ping power of a .45 ACP, but once you start car­ry­ing it, you won’t leave it home be­cause it is too big or too heavy to con­ceal.

The 911 could be the one for you if you wor­ship at the 1911 al­tar and are look­ing for some­thing fa­mil­iar but a lot smaller in an EDC or backup gun. It is very ac­cu­rate

when fed the proper am­mu­ni­tion and was re­li­able with ev­ery­thing that I fed it.

It quickly be­comes a part of you, whether you carry the 911 in a pocket, in­side the waist­band, in a purse, on your an­kle or any­where else. Other mi­cro-sub­com­pact pis­tols are light and easy to con­ceal—but what most of them don’t have is the fa­mil­iar­ity of the 1911 that the 911 has.

When trou­ble is star­ing you in the face and the po­lice are minutes away, bring your own 911 to bear to pro­tect your loved ones and your­self. GW

THE NEW­FOR-2018 SPRINGFIELD AR­MORY 911 PISTOL IS AN EDC GUN YOU WILL HAVE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.

The con­trols on the 911 will be fa­mil­iar to any­one who shoots a full-sized 1911. The slide lock/re­lease/ take­down lever, thumb safety and mag­a­zine re­lease are in the same rel­a­tive locations as on a full­sized 1911, and they op­er­ate in the same man­ner.I

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The 911 in a De­San­tis Gun­hide Su­per Fly pocket hol­ster, shown with EDC gear: a spare mag­a­zine, Pow­erTac Sabre 239 lu­men flash­light and Ker­shaw Leek (car­bon-fiber) fold­ing knife Here, the ham­mer is cocked, the thumb safety is off (as shown by the red dot), and the 911 is ready to fire. When up, in the “on” po­si­tion, the ex­ter­nal thumb safety locks the slide when the ham­mer is fully for­ward or in the half-cocked po­si­tion. The slide is not locked by the thumb safety when the ham­mer is fully cocked.

The G10 Octo-Grip main­spring hous­ing and G10 grip pan­els pro­vide ag­gres­sive sur­faces to help the shooter main­tain a se­cure grip on the 911.

The Springfield Ar­mory 911 looks and feels like a minia­ture 1911.I

Field-strip­ping theslide as­sem­bly re­veals the un­der­sideof the slide, bar­rel, re­coil rod and re­coilspring.

The Ameriglo Pro Glo tri­tium night sights used on the 911 are an ex­cel­lent choice for an EDC pistol. The green tri­tium vial in the front sight is sur­rounded by a lu­mi­nes­cent yel­low cir­cle. The dual tri­tium vials in the rear sight are sur­rounded by lu­mi­nes­cent white cir­cles. The top of the slide shows the drif­tad­justable, dove­tailed night sights and the vis­ual and tac­tile loaded cham­ber in­di­ca­tor.

Along with the 911 pistol, Springfield Ar­mory pro­vides a nice car­ry­ing case with a re­mov­able pocket hol­ster. The case also pro­vides a place to store a spare mag­a­zine and a pocket for your cre­den­tials.

The wear on the bar­relhood can be seen where the un­der­side of the slide rides overthe bar­rel hood un­til the bar­rel tilts up and the hood moves awayfrom the slide.

The ejec­tor seen here on top at the rear of the mag­a­zine well must be de­pressed when in­stalling the slide onto the frame.

With the slide re­moved, the frame re­veals its slim and com­pact de­sign. The dual thumb safety levers are barely wider than the grip pan­els. Yet, they pro­vide more-thanad­e­quate sur­faces with which to op­er­ate the safety quickly and pos­i­tively.

NOTES: Ve­loc­ity was the av­er­age of 10 con­sec­u­tive shots as mea­sured and cal­cu­lated by a LabRadar de­vice. Group sizes were three five-shot groups fired at 15 yards. “Small Group” was the small­est, in inches, of the three groups fired. “Av­er­age Group”was the av­er­age for three fiveshot groups, in inches, for that par­tic­u­lar type and brand of am­mu­ni­tion.

The un­der­side of the as­sem­bled slide re­veals the bar­rel lug, guide rod and spring as­sem­bly, and the fir­ing pin block (in the top chan­nel at the rear of the slide).

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