Last updated September 10th 2023.
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Springfield Armory is one of the biggest names in the firearms industry and sells some of the best pistols on sale in 2023.
It doesn’t actually make all of them, though, just the 1911s really.
This is not the same company that was the US military supplier from 1777 until the factory closed in 1968. There is no official relationship and it was a pretty ballsy marketing move that seems to have paid off.
Look closely at Springfield Armory handguns for sale and you’ll see a lot of them aren’t made in the United States at all.
A lot of the polymer carry pistols are made in Croatia by HS Produkt and imported Stateside under the Springfield banner.
You have to decide if all American firearms matter when they’re made to such a high standard.
Heritage aside, Springfield Armory do seem to find and refine amazing pistols and the 1911s and custom guns are still works of wonder produced by hand in Geneseo, Illinois.
So what are the best Springfield Armory pistols on sale in 2023?
1. Springfield Armory Hellcat
- Price: $529.99-$599.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 3″
- Total Length: 6″
- Weight: 1.14lb
- Capacity: 10+1
The Springfield Armory Hellcat is one of the finest high capacity micro compact 9mm pistols in the world and a real rival to the Sig P365 and Glock 43x.
It is one of the best selling concealed carry handgun of recent years and you can buy an optics ready Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP micro compact 9mm pistol. These are prolific and popular pistols.
This 9mm micro compact ships with 10 round magazines, but you can buy the highest capacity micro compact magazines with 15 rounds, depending on your local gun laws. In a concealed carry handgun the size of the Springfield Armory Hellcat micro compact 9mm, that’s kind of amazing.
Read more about the Springfield Armory Hellcat micro compact pistol here. And maybe get the highest capacity micro compact on the market when you see what you can do with small arms for personal defense.
Ready to Go Pro?
There’s a larger Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro OSP version for fatter hands, which gives you a bigger frame, more bullets and more of a subcompact pistol.
We like the Hellcat Pro OSP as a compact pistol, a lot, although the competition is fierce in that sector. The class leading Hellcat RDP Micro Compact, Rapid Defense Package if you’re curious, with its compensator and optic, is kinda fun as well. We love the Hellcat RDP, and you will too.
But there is serious competition waiting in the form of Sig, Glock and HK for the large series Hellcat Pro OSP.
2. Springfield Loaded
- Price: $991.99
- Caliber: 45 ACP/9mm
- Barrel: 5 inch
- Total: 8.6 inch
- Weight: 2.5lb
- Capacity: 7+1
After a recent cull of big name 1911s, Springfield Armory handguns has put its full weight behind the Loaded line as its volume selling 1911.
Value for money lies at its core, with an epoxy Armory Kote finished forged steel frame and a match grade barrel, this is a very good 1911 under $1000.
You can opt for the matte black parkerized finish or the SS, which looks better and costs more.
That aside this is everything you’d expect from a 45 ACP 1911 with low drag Novak sights, upswept beavertail safety, extended thumb safety, flared and enlarged ejector port and a full length guide rod.
More importantly, it’s a sweet shooting 1911 at the right price, not too cheap and a world away from the high end guns for sale online that cost way more.
This is the consumer grade 1911, then, but it’s a really good one.
3. Springfield Armory XDM Elite
- Price: $500.99
- Caliber: 9mm/10mm Auto
- Barrel: 4.5 inch
- Total: 8.6 inch
- Weight: 1.7lb
- Capacity: 20+1 (9mm)
The Springfield Armory XDM Elite is a match grade pistol and arguably a much more complete service pistol than the Glock 19.
An XD-M Elite Compact with a 3.8 inch barrel is also an option for concealed carry handguns and that comes chambered in 45 ACP, as well as 9mm. They are sensational carry pistols.
But this full size service pistol really is an intriguing option, especially with the Sig P320 Compact shooting itself in the foot with Law Enforcement Agencies right now.
A big USP with all the accidental discharges happening right now is that 1911-style safety in the grip module. That works with the Glock-style trigger safety to make this handgun one of the safest here.
Some folks say you don’t need a safety on your home defense pistol. Springfield Armory handguns division and plenty of police officers disagree.
Safeties aside, these are class leading high capacity modern striker fired service pistols with match-level accuracy and the increasingly impressive Springfield META trigger set-up.
That Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly is linked to the flat faced trigger and comes with an integral overtravel stop. A fiber optic front sight and molded stippling in all the right places join forces with a flared magwell, super aggressive slide serrations and optics cuts for red dot sights.
It’s like a factory custom Glock 19 with a better grip angle, and it’s ready to go to war with the Walther PDP, Smith & Wesson M&P Series and the Sig Sauer P320 line.
Not just go to war, the Springfield Armory XDM Elite modern striker fired duty pistols are good enough to win.
4. Springfield Prodigy
- Price: $1,290.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel: 4.25 inch
- Total: 8 inch
- Weight: 1.7lb
- Capacity: 20+1
The Springfield Prodigy handguns line launched this year and they made an instant impact.
There’s a full size gun and this smaller 4.25 inch barrel version. Both have the double stack 9mm magazine with 20+1 rounds, and you can buy an extended mag to give it 26+1 rounds.
Now that is a serious amount of ammunition in an optics ready home defense equalizer.
This is a full 2011 pistol for mid-range 1911 money if you find the right gun deals. You get race gun features like the RMR ready slide, extended thumb safety, wraparound stippling and cut down grip safety.
It’s a polymer grip module mated to a forged steel frame and 1911 style handling and reliability with modern capacity.
Now the only real issue is that the new Springfield is still an expensive pistol. It gets dangerously close to Staccato money if you don’t find a discount, and that’s a tough pill to swallow.
Have a look at our thoughts on the best double stack 1911s here.
5 Springfield Mil Spec Defender
- Price: $634.99
- Caliber: 45 ACP
- Barrel: 5 inch
- Total Length: 8.6 inch
- Weight: 2.4lb
This entry level 1911 was our favorite cheap 1911 for a long time, but the price has crept up from its original $500 starting point. Still, this is a lot of gun for the money.
It is the single action M1911 standard issue service pistol, more or less, with modern mass manufacturing and material science making it infinitely more reliable.
You get a spur hammer, a simple beavertail safety, rear slide serrations and a plain, undrilled trigger. it is an understated look, which means you can get one at an understated price.
This is arguably still the best cheap 1911 you can buy, arguably, and remains one of the few in that price bracket you would be wise to trust for your home defense. And these prolific and popular pistols are some of the best bang for buck handguns Springfield Armory makes.
6. Springfield Armory TRP
- Price: $1,749.99+
- Caliber: 45ACP/9mm/10mm Auto
- Barrel: 5 inch
- Total: 8.5 inch
- Weight: 2.5lb
- Capacity: 8+1 (45 ACP)
The Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol is back! After some time out of production, the company brought these legendary duty pistols for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team back at this year’s SHOT Show.
Because no joke, if you can handle the sticker shock then this is probably the best full size Springfield Armory handguns ever made in terms of pure quality.
This is the only one that made it through the FBI’s legendary torture tests when it looked for a new sidearm. Built to demanding government specs for durability, accuracy and performance, this gun goes toe to toe with the likes of the Colt Rail Gun, Kimber Gold Combat and Dan Wesson Specialist.
It’s that highly regarded in the industry. The Founding Fathers would approve of this single action handgun etc…
There’s a Pro FBI HRT Special Edition and the Marine Operator is kind of awesome, with its green Armory Kote finish.
But this semi-auto handgun right here, with the target sights and Picatinny rail underneath for a light, is about as well engineered as you will find.
7. Springfield XD Mod 2 OSP
- Price: $400-$650
- Barrel: 3.3-5 inches
The XD-M Elite is the next chapter and is basically the replacement for the XD Mod 2 OSP, but there is one very compelling reason to seek out the older model.
There’s a single stack 9mm, ready for red dot sights, which works better than the new gun for deep concealment. Some people want really small arms for personal defense.
That’s the only advantage, but the slim line handle on the single stack 9mm sub-compact might be just right for you. As a back-up gun in a sock holster for law enforcement officers, or just tucked away in your belt, a single stack 9mm can be the one you need.
And you might be able to find cut price gun deals with the older model with these live search listings to buy Springfield Armory cheap.
8. Springfield Armory Saint Edge Pistol
- Price: $1,278.99
- Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
- Barrel: 7.5 inch
- Weight: 6lb
- Capacity: 30+1
A 7.5 inch barrel is actually pretty long in that company, but that allows for long range accuracy. Put a decent optic up top and you have a real weapon on your hands with the semi-auto Springfield Saint Pistol.
You’ll see the Saint Edge Pistol, the Saint Victor and more. But really focus on getting the right price, and enjoying your new AR pistol.
Rifles, Long Guns Etc
Springfield Armory firearms include some excellent long guns, handguns, rifles etc. Springfield Armory rifles include the Saint AR-15, Waypoint sniper rifle, M1A Loaded, M1A Socom, M1A Scout Squad and other treats.