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Springfield Armory’s 1911 DS Prodigy

A look at the Specs and Field-Test Results for this newer, more Affordable 9mm Handgun

Story and Photos by Nick Perna

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Last month I wrote about the Staccato series of 9mm handguns. These “2011s” (a modernized version of the venerable M1911A1 series) are the “it” guns on the market today for serious shooters wanting a reliable, accurate platform.
It was inevitable that the other firearm manufacturers would realize that there is a market for similar guns. Enter Springfield Armory. The company has been in business for almost 50 years making quality firearms and is most famous for its M1A series, the civilianized version of the M14 rifle.
The company’s other signature firearm is the Springfield XD handgun. In a market flooded with polymer handguns, the XD has carved out a niche with sport shooters and law enforcement folks alike. Springfield Armory also entered the AR market a few years back with the Saint, an excellent carbine that,
like the XD, has distinguished itself as a platform that has to compete with the multitude of AR manufacturers.

THE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY gun that resembles the Staccato is the 1911 DS Prodigy. Introduced in 2022, the Prodigy is a sturdy gun based off the M1911A1 platform. Like the Staccato, it is 9mm, with a double-stack magazine that gives the shooter 17+1 rounds with one in the chamber. The company also makes a 20+1 magazine. These guns are optics-ready and have a solid Picatinny rail for mounting lights or lasers.

DS Prodigy. Introduced in 2022, the Prodigy is a sturdy gun based off the M1911A1 platform. Like the Staccato, it is 9mm, with a double-stack magazine that gives the shooter 17+1 rounds with one in the chamber. The company also makes a 20+1 magazine. These guns are optics-ready and have a solid Picatinny rail for mounting lights or lasers.

Other features include an extended ambidextrous thumb safety. This is a must-have on a M1911A1 platform, as the handgun is carried “cocked and locked.” As a left-handed shooter, I appreciate the ambidextrous aspect. It has a skeletonized trigger, which is a nice, aesthetic touch. The gun is sealed in black cerakote, a tough finish that protects guns, and the grips are made of black polymer. The slide has forward slide serrations for press checking the gun. The Prodigy comes out of the box with an excellent sighting system. The front sight is a green, fiber optic dot. The rear is a U-notch sight. Some manufacturers don’t equip their guns from the factory with good sighting systems (hint: there’s a gun company that rhymes with “Rock” that does this), so it’s nice to see this. If you mount an optic on it, you may want to consider changing to suppressor sights since they are easier to co-witness with an RMR.

The barrel is offered in two lengths, 4.25 and 5 inches. Both are match-grade bull barrels made from forged stainless steel and feature an 11-degree crown at the business end. This is important. One of the main factors that can affect gun performance is a properly maintained crown. If the crown gets scratched or dented in some way, it will adversely affect how the bullet exits the barrel. A recessed crown helps protect the end of the barrel from damage. It’s a good feature to have, especially with a gun that is going to be carried routinely and could take some abuse.
Springfield’s base model Prodigy has an MSRP of $1,499, a price that includes one 17-round magazine and a 20-round magazine. Their top-end model, the AOS, comes with a Hex Dragonfly RMR and goes for $1,699. Considering that there is only a $200 difference for a gun that includes an optic is a pretty good deal. For comparison, the Staccato base model goes for over $2,500.

The one negative I’ll point out is the cost of magazines. Prodigy magazines go for $60 each. That’s pretty close to the price of a Staccato mag, which costs $69. This may be an area that Springfield Armory wants to address. That being said, you get what you pay for. Good magazines are an integral part of a well-functioning firearm, so you don’t want to skimp on that. With time, I expect that there will be after market magazines available.

I RECENTLY HAD the opportunity to put the Prodigy through its paces. The handgun I used had a Holosun optic mounted on it. This allowed for quick, accurate shots. I also turned the optic off and used the issued sights. The iron sight also worked well.
Trigger pull is around 4.5 pounds. I’m a firm believer in the fact that smoothness and consistency are the most important factors in trigger dynamics. Trigger weight is obviously an issue, but 4.5 pounds is a good weight, especially for a M1911A1 platform being carried cocked and locked. Trigger reset was quick, an important feature for a situation requiring follow up shots.

I was able to get off quick, consistent shots. The recoil was less than some lighter polymer guns on the market. A 9mm round in a frame designed for a .45-caliber round is a good combination for recoil mitigation. The Prodigy weighs in at a solid 2 pounds, 4 ounces.
The grips are a little thicker than a standard M1911A1, but not too big to be uncomfortable. The grips also have a light stippling. The trigger guard is beveled, and the rest of the gun is dehorned for a smooth feel. The magazine release is on the left side of the trigger guard and, to my knowledge, not interchangeable. The magazines clear the mag well quickly. I found magazine changes to be quick.
The slide release isn’t ambidextrous either. This is typical of most 1911s.

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Assembly and disassembly is pretty much the same as any M1911A1-type gun. For younger users who have become accustomed to more modern designs that are a breeze to take apart, the M1911A1 might seem a little daunting at first. But, with a little practice, it becomes second nature. It comes with a hex
wrench to aid in takedown. If you’re looking for a solid performer at a comparably more affordable price point, check out the Prodigy. Visit for more.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds California Laws Banning Gun Shows on Public Property


In a 3-0 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California laws that ban gun shows at county fairs and other public properties. This ruling overturned a previous decision by a federal judge in October that had blocked the enforcement of these laws.

The laws in question were introduced by Democratic State Senator Dave Min. The first law, which went into effect in January 2022, specifically prohibited gun shows at the Orange County Fair. The second law, effective last year, extended this ban to county fairgrounds on state-owned land throughout California.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Mark Holcomb ruled that these laws violated the rights of gun sellers and potential buyers. He argued that preventing the purchase of firearms at these events infringed upon commercial speech protected by the First Amendment, as lawful gun sales involve such speech.

However, the appeals court took a different view, stating that the laws do not violate the First Amendment. Judge Richard Clifton wrote that the bans simply prohibit sales agreements on public property and do not limit discussions, advertisements, or other speech related to firearms. Clifton noted that a separate, unchallenged state law mandates that the actual purchase of a firearm at a gun show be completed at a licensed gun store, following a 10-day waiting period and a background check.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta praised the ruling, calling it a victory in the fight against gun violence. Bonta emphasized that firearms should not be sold on state-owned property and lauded the decision as a step towards greater public safety.

Gun-control advocates argue that gun shows can make firearms more attractive to children and facilitate “straw purchases,” where individuals buy guns for those who are legally prohibited from owning them.

The case originated from a lawsuit by B&L Productions, a gun show company, which claimed that the ban on fairgrounds sales infringed upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The appeals court countered this claim, pointing out that there were six licensed firearms dealers in the same ZIP code as the Orange County Fairgrounds, indicating that the law did not restrict access to firearms.

Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association and attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed intent to appeal the ruling. Michel criticized the decision, asserting that it discriminates against gun culture and infringes on fundamental rights.

As this legal battle continues, the tension between gun rights advocates and those pushing for stricter gun control measures remains high. This case highlights the ongoing debate over how best to balance public safety concerns with constitutional rights in the United States.

What do you think of the recent appeals court hearing?

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National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) Unveils 2024

Dallas, TX – The National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) is thrilled to announce the 2024
National Summit, a dynamic four-day event dedicated to fostering growth within the 2A community. The
summit is scheduled to take place from July 25th to July 28th and will be hosted at the Dallas/Addison
Marriott Quorum by Galleria in Dallas, TX.

This annual gathering marks NAAGA’s celebration of its 9th anniversary, continuing the organization’s
commitment to the rich tradition of arms in the African American community. NAAGA aims to expose,
educate, and motivate African American men, women, and youth to exercise their 2nd Amendment
rights responsibly.
Exciting Features of the 2024 National Summit:

  • Luxurious Venue: The summit will unfold at the recently renovated Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum
    by Galleria, providing attendees with a sophisticated and comfortable setting.
  • Diverse Programming: With over 50 breakout sessions, attendees can delve into topics such as the
    history of arms in the African American community, youth and gun safety, women in the firearms
    community, political action, situational awareness, personal defense methods, and a dedicated session
    for African American firearms instructors.
  • Entertaining Events: The summit will feature a range of events, including the Sneaker Ball – a night of
    fashion, awards, and dancing; the Queen of Defense Breakfast – an interactive event for women only;
    Family Night at the Black Invitational Rodeo and Bullets and BBQ – a day at the range filled with training,
    fun, food and friendly competition; a social mixer, open range time, hourly gun giveaways, and
    opportunities to explore products from top manufacturers at the Vendors and Exhibits area.
  • Community Engagement: Attendees can connect with thousands of African American gun owners and
    supporters from across the country, fostering education, training, and fellowship.

NAAGA invites all individuals passionate about 2nd Amendment rights, safety, and responsible

firearms ownership to participate in this enriching event. For ticket information and registration, please visit For media inquiries, please email

About the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA)
Founded in 2015, NAAGA stands as a unique brotherhood and sisterhood in the firearms industry. The
organization is dedicated to educating and training the African American community on the rich legacy
of gun ownership, offering support, safety standards, and cultural inspiration.

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New Hampshire House Passes Pro-Gun Bill Protecting Firearm Purchasers’ Privacy


On Thursday, May 30th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives made a significant move in favor of gun rights by passing House Bill 1186, an act designed to protect the privacy of firearm purchasers. The bill now awaits Governor Chris Sununu’s signature, and supporters of the Second Amendment are encouraged to contact the Governor to advocate for this crucial legislation.

Key Provisions of House Bill 1186

House Bill 1186 specifically prohibits the use of a unique merchant category code for transactions involving firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories. This measure is designed to protect the privacy of gun owners by preventing the tracking of gun-related purchases through credit and debit card transactions. The bill also includes a provision for civil penalties for any violations, ensuring that individuals and businesses comply with the new law.

Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy

If signed into law, HB 1186 will be a vital safeguard for gun owners in New Hampshire. By preventing the creation of a specific merchant category code for firearm-related purchases, the bill ensures that transactions cannot be easily tracked or used to compile a gun registry. This protection is essential in preventing bad actors from using financial data to interfere with lawful gun ownership.

The Importance of HB 1186

The passage of HB 1186 represents a significant victory for gun rights advocates and a reaffirmation of the Second Amendment. The bill addresses a growing concern among gun owners that their purchases could be monitored or restricted through financial institutions. By safeguarding the privacy of these transactions, New Hampshire is taking a strong stance in protecting the rights of its citizens.

The NRA and its members are urging Governor Chris Sununu to sign HB 1186 into law. Supporters of the Second Amendment and gun rights advocates should contact the Governor’s office to express their support for this critical legislation. Prime sponsor Rep. Jason Janvrin (R-Rockingham) and other lawmakers who backed the bill deserve recognition for their efforts to uphold the privacy and rights of Granite Staters.

House Bill 1186 is a crucial piece of legislation that protects the privacy of firearm purchasers and upholds the rights of gun owners in New Hampshire. By preventing the use of specific merchant category codes for gun-related transactions, the bill ensures that financial data cannot be used to create a gun registry or restrict lawful purchases. Governor Chris Sununu’s signature on this bill will be a significant step forward in defending the Second Amendment and protecting the privacy of gun owners.

Contact Governor Chris Sununu today and urge him to sign House Bill 1186 into law. Your voice is essential in ensuring that this critical legislation becomes law and continues to protect the privacy and rights of all gun owners in New Hampshire.

Contact Information for Governor Chris Sununu:

Phone: (603) 271-2121


Make sure to express your support for HB 1186 and emphasize the importance of protecting the privacy and rights of gun owners.

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