Author Topic: New Springfield Lightweight Champion Operator and Silent Thunder Fusion holster  (Read 7105 times)

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Sold my AR recently after realizing I'm pretty much never going to use it (3-gun wasn't terribly interesting to me). Turned it into some USPSA gear (DAA belt combo, holster, 5 safariland pouches), a new 1911, holster and some various accessories.

I was at the Conroe gun show a couple weeks ago and was deciding between a lightweight aluminum framed Colt and a Springfield LW Champion Operator. Both have aluminum alloy frames, both were .45, but the Springer was a bit cheaper ($5) plus it already had an ambidextrous thumb safety (required for my lefty-ness) so I wouldn't have to spend $30 and fit one. Plus it had Trijicon sights and that's important to me for a carry gun. Price was good, and I was in and out of the vendor in ten minutes.

It's 30ish ounces unloaded, 4 inch bull barrel, railed, and I added a cheapo magazine well that slides over the grip screw bushings:


I took it to the range last weekend and shot Federal 230gr, WWB 185gr, Hornady ZMax, and Federal HST. The Federal (both) were very heavy for the light gun. They hurt my hand a bit after shooting numerous magazines of them and I noticed a bit of a flinch after shooting 50 rounds. Did some dry fire and shot the rest of the Federal without any flinch.

Shot the WWB and ZMax next and those were a lot better feeling. The WWB shot much softer and the ZMax were also rather pleasant to shoot. Had decent fast (1 shot per second) shot groups at 10 yards (IDPA acceptable groups; all shots would have been within the head box).

Not a lot of companies make holsters for railed 1911s and after gathering my requirements (no exposed hardware, hybrid holster, adjustable cant with clip movement not hardware movement) I settled on a Garrett Industries Silent Thunder Fusion.



This thing is incredibly comfortable, the inside of the kydex is lined, the leather feels great and I can barely tell the lightweight Springer is on my hip. The only thing I did was put on some Comp-Tac clips I had lying around on it. I ordered the Silent Thunder with snaps instead of a clip and my carpal tunnel hands couldn't get the damned snaps closed when it was on my belt.

All that said, fantastic gun and fantastic holster. Today is my first day carrying it and I'm amazed at how easily a single stack 1911 disappears underneath a T-shirt.

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Very cool man. Looks sweet.

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Damn, when I saw the thread title I was hoping it was for sale, because I always wanted one of these.

Good review, and thanks for introducing me to that brand of holster. I'm checking them out now. BTW, did you get the holster locally?

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I saw a Garret holster recommendation somewhere a while ago so I just bought it on faith. Ordered it online on the 28th and got it today.

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Also sorry to get your hopes up that it was for sale :):):)

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Very nice Adam!
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Heh, did the Chili's walk just now (similar to the Walmart walk, but this was for a new gun not a new CHL). No issues; I'm liking carrying a 1911.

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Congrats on the new gun!

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Very nice.  Congrats :)
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Great Springer!

Can I have it?

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Heh, definitely not!

Ordered some black VZ Operator II grips yesterday. Can't wait to put them on, the gun will be full ninja.

I'll post pics when I get them.

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Grips are in. Very aggressive pattern.


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Looks awesome man.

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