Springfield Armory sa operator/champion slide swap

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by bobbytucson, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. bobbytucson

    bobbytucson New Member

    Sep 5, 2018
    hey guys, im really wanting a commander size 9mm with a rail, so i have an sa range officer elite operator 9mm full size, if i buy a range officer champion 9mm, will i be able to swap frames? as in take the frame with rail off of my operator and run the champions shorter slide on it? will it work reliably?
  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

  3. grayghostforge

    grayghostforge Hit it while its hot

    May 17, 2017
    Frame rails, dust cover, recoil spring guide are all "set back" compared to a gov model. I bought a gov frame from Caspian. When I got around to building I had a cmdr slide. They were more than happy to make the mods. $60 plus the ride if I remember correctly. Maybe they will do an SA frame?
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  4. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    In 2011 Springfield came to Camp Perry with some handmade Champion Operators with steel frames. They were used to be models for the LW Champion Operators at the Shot Show and others, and now they were selling them. $1600. I bought a Garand instead due to stupidity.

    That sounds like what you're trying to come up with.
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