LAST YEAR I had the opportunity to compare the Springfield LW (lightweight) Champion with Smith & Wesson’s scandium-framed Commander. I have been a fan of the commander-sized 1911 for many years and it was with regret that both pistols were returned after testing.
A short time later, I received the new Springfield full-size LW Operator. As I’d tested and purchased the all-steel MC Operator in 2005, the LW was a pleasure to carry. My only question to Springfield was, “when are you going to come out with a Champion Operator?” Several months later, I received one of the first LW Champion Operators off the line and I can tell you that it was worth the wait.