New from Springfield Armory: Range Officer 9mm

John Moses Browning was not a luddite. The designer would have embraced any and all changes to his design that made it better. For a lot of people, a 9mm 1911 is better. Cheaper to run. Less recoil. More accurate. And . . . that’s all I got. guns.com reckons Springfield’s new nine-plus-one nine “will without a doubt be a popular range, self-defense and competition 1911. As 9mm becomes more common even with the 1911 crowd for its shootability and affordability combined, this is one handgun that Springfield will have no problems moving.” But guns.com and Guns & Ammo live in a world of unicorns and rainbows. With a $977 msrp I’m not so sure. “What if you could buy a competition-ready 1911,” Springfield’s product page asks, “without taking out a second mortgage to afford it?” Then I’d be rich! Just sayin’ . . .