After the 9mm and .45 ACP models, Springfield Armory Ronin family welcomes a new model chambered for the powerful 10mm cartridge. The latter, developed by legendary “gun guru” Jeff Cooper and introduced in 1983, is still fairly popular notwithstanding the appearance of a shorter version in 1990 better known as the .40 Smith & Wesson, which also had alternate fortunes over the years. The Big Ten still has lots of fans who appreciate its impressive power, however. That's why Springfield Armory introduced the new Ronin in that caliber. “The Ronin series of pistols — offered in 9mm and .45 ACP, and now 10mm — have proven to be extremely popular with 1911 enthusiasts due to their impressive quality, forged strength and durability, and exceptional features,” explains Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “With the addition of the 10mm chambering, the Ronin family now has even more to offer.”
Springfield Armory Ronin, classic and modern features together
Configured as a full-size 5” gun, the Ronin in 10mm features a forged steel slide and frame and a a hammer-forged barrel. The new pistol sports the beautiful two-tone finish of all the Ronin family, but unlike the 9mm and .45 versions – that are available in a choice of stainless steel or satin aluminum frame coupled with a blued carbon steel slide – the Ronin in 10mm is only offered in a stainless/blued version.
Nothing to be lamented about, since the slide sports a beautiful hot salt bluing treatment that is a tribute to the fabulous luster finish of early 1911s – the flats of both the slide and frame are thoroughly polished, with an attractive matte finish applied to the rest of the pistol.
The 10mm Ronin has modern features, anyway. These include forward slide serrations, a beavertail grip safety with “memory bump”, a fiber optic front/tactical rack white dot rear sight system and an extended safety lever. The 5" forged stainless steel, match grade barrel with 1:16 twist rate is hammer forged, and the basepad-equipped magazine has a 8+1 round capacity.
Add to this a stainless steel checkered flat mainspring housing and Springfield Armory 2nd Generation Speed Trigger. A nice touch, the Crossed Cannon premium laminate wood grips enrich the overall look. All this can be yours for $849 – the same as for the other Ronin versions. A more than reasonable price tag for a full-steel 1911 pistol in 10mm caliber.
Springfield Armory Ronin in 10mm – Specs and price
|Slide: ||Forged carbon steel, blued|
|Frame: ||Forged stainless steel|
|Sights:||Fiber optic front, tactical rack white dot rear|
|Magazine Capacity: ||8 rounds|
|Barrel Length: ||5"/127 mm|
|Overall Length: ||8.6"/218 mm|
|Weight:||40 oz/1143 g|
|Price (MSRP): ||849 USD |