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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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Manage your Hunting Property

It’s terrifying to some, a destructive force that ravages the countryside. However, fire is the best
tool for managing your hunting property when adequately managed.

Using fire to manage land is a technique dating back to when Native Americans freely roamed
our lands. It’s believed that they noticed how the bison and other wildlife grazed heavily on the
fresh sprouts after a burn had occurred due to lightning strikes or it being intentionally set by the

The Benefits of Fire

For thousands of years, fire was the primary way to promote new growth, return nutrients to the
soil, and ensure only the most desirable plants were growing. However, in the last century,
we’ve become scared of fire and rarely use controlled burns to manage our properties.

So we have turned to things like clearing thickets for food plots, spraying, putting out mineral
blocks, and installing corn feeders in the states that allow it. Costing us thousands of dollars a
year, not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into hours of working the land.

I’m proposing you save a lot of that money to spend on new camo, 30-30 ammo, or a new deer
stand and use prescribed burning to help keep the wildlife on your land fat and happy.

Below, I’ve gathered some pros of using fire to manage your land.

● Burning is FREE (unless you hire someone to do it)
● Deer, turkey, and many other wild animals thrive after a controlled burn
● Fire allows natural food sources to sprout up, even in places they haven’t been for
● Fire helps some native species sprout and survive
● Fire hurts or kills undesirable species
● Fire is great for pastures and forests
● Prescribed burns reduce the risk of wildfires
● Fire helps restore nutrients to the soil
● Fire improves water quality by allowing more water to gather in the creeks for fish and
other animals to drink instead of being absorbed by shrubs and other non-desirable
● Fire helps control the spread of insects such as ticks and some tree diseases

As you can tell, burning has many positives; however, I must also share some of the downsides
of prescribed burning
with you.

The Drawbacks of Fire

While the benefits of using prescribed burns to manage a property far outweigh the drawbacks,
you should still be aware of the cons.

One of the most significant downsides you’ll have to deal with is complaints from your neighbors
about air quality on the day you burn and a few days after. I recommend informing them that
you plan to burn before you begin so some neighbors will understand, but others will complain
no matter what you do.

The most significant danger is that the fire gets out of control because you haven’t burned the
debris before, turning it into a raging inferno. That’s why you should always let your local fire
department know you plan to burn, and you should create fire breaks throughout your property
to burn in smaller chunks and keep things contained.

Though fire can save you a lot of money, planning and executing a burn will take a lot of time.
You’ll likely need some help from friends and family on the day of the burn.

Unlike spraying and planting food plots, seeing the results from burning could take a year or
two. So you’re playing the long game when using prescribed burns to manage your property,
but in the end, it’s well worth it.

● Complaints from neighbors about air quality and danger
● Prescribed burns can get out of control and cause a wildfire when done incorrectly or
● Creating a prescribed burning plan and implementing the plan is time-consuming
● Sometimes, it takes a few years to see the positive impact of fire
● Fire needs to be used year after year on pastures and every few years in forests
● The time of year you burn will affect the quality of the burn

Now that you know the drawbacks and benefits of prescribed burns, let’s move on to how to use
fire to improve your land for wildlife.

How to Manage Your Land With Fire

So you’re convinced that using fire is the best way to manage your hunting property but have no
idea where to begin?

Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! I’ve been burning our property since middle school, and I took
several classes on it in college.

While fire must be respected, it doesn’t have to be a terrifying monster. Let’s break burning your
land down into several simple steps.

  1. Determine Your Goals – The first thing you should do is determine what you wish to accomplish by burning. Do you want to thin out an area to make it easier to hunt, manage some invasive species, or help the native plants produce more food for the animals to eat?
    • Your goals will determine what time of year you should burn, how often you should burn, and how much of your property you should burn. Your entire property doesn’t need to be burned every year. It’s best to have a mix of clearings and thickets.
  2. Create a Prescribed Burning Plan – Once you have set your goals, it’s time to devise a prescribed burning plan. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, “Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.”
  3. Make the Fire Breaks Now that you have a plan, it’s time to create the fire lines around the area you plan to burn. I always make a fire break along the edge of our property, 10-20 wide, depending on how much fuel (dead leaves, grass, and trees) is on the ground. I’ll follow that up by creating smaller breaks throughout the property to slow down the fire or stop it from reaching the parts of the land I don’t want to be burned. Though it’s not my favorite method, you can create a fire break by discing the ground. However, I usually cut the grass very short and blow all the clippings toward the area that’s getting burned.
  4. Check the Weather – As the time to burn nears, watch the weather closely. It’s impossible to burn in wet conditions, but you also don’t want to burn during the dry season; otherwise, you risk a greater chance of the fire getting out of control. Wind direction and speed are also essential to pay attention to the days before, during, and after the burn.
  5. Burn – Now, the fun part, at least for me. Let the fire department know you’ll be burning that day, and start by lighting the downwind side of your property first. I prefer using a drip torch to light the fire, but I’ve drug old rags soaked in diesel in a pinch. Always have help, water, or a way to put out the fire on hand.
  6. Watch the New Life Flourish – A few days after you burn, you will see new sprouts of grass, trees, and other plants that deer, turkeys, and countless other animals will consume. Many of these plants are very nutritious for animals, and you’ll notice that they’ll quickly find and graze on these new plants.
  7. Hunt – It’s now time to reap the benefits of your labors. By burning your property, you’ll not only see more deer and turkeys, which means you’ll get to be more picky with the ones you harvest, but you’ll also create a habitat in which they can thrive because they’re getting the nutrients, shelter, and water they need.

Parting Shots

Growing up, I was always mesmerized by fire. I loved helping with the burning season on our
small farm and the surrounding farms. However, it wasn’t until college, while obtaining my
wildlife management degree, that I learned how beneficial fire was to wildlife.

Now that you know the incredible benefits of using fire to manage your property, it’s time to
draw up a prescribed burning plan and get to burning!

About the Author
Chris Dwulet is an avid competitive shooter and handloader. He’s also a principle writer for and runs their Ammunition Guides Podcast on YouTube

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Challenging Judicial Overreach: Conservatives Sound Alarm Over Ruling Granting Gun Rights to Illegal Immigrants


A recent federal court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois, granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, has sparked outrage among conservatives and raised serious concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores has far-reaching implications that could undermine federal firearms regulations and jeopardize public safety.

Unpacking the Ruling: Conservative Critique

The ruling, which found that a federal prohibition on illegal immigrants owning firearms is unconstitutional as applied to defendant Heriberto Carbajal-Flores, has drawn sharp criticism from conservatives. Scott Sweetow, a former senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), described the decision as “hugely problematic” for law enforcement and highlighted its potential to create chaos in the enforcement of federal firearms laws.

Dividing Opinions: Controversy Surrounding Second Amendment Rights

The case has divided gun rights activists and ignited debate over the boundaries of firearms regulations in light of the landmark 2022 Supreme Court decision in Bruen. While Judge Coleman acknowledged the federal ban on illegal immigrants as “facially constitutional,” she argued that there is no historical tradition of firearm regulation justifying the government’s deprivation of Second Amendment rights from noncitizens with no history of violent crime.

Conservative Concerns: Upholding the Rule of Law

Conservatives view Coleman’s ruling as deeply flawed and illogical, particularly in its potential to prioritize the rights of illegal immigrants over law-abiding citizens. Sweetow highlighted the absurdity of a legal immigrant being denied the right to carry a firearm while an illegal immigrant involved in reckless gun use is granted that privilege. This decision undermines the rule of law and poses a significant challenge to law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing firearms regulations.

Undermining Federal Regulations: Practical Implications

The practical implications of Coleman’s decision are dire, according to Sweetow. By granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, the ruling effectively undermines decades of federal firearms regulations, including the 1968 Gun Control Act and subsequent amendments. Law enforcement agencies now face uncertainty in enforcing laws that may be deemed invalid, leading to potential chaos and compromising public safety.

Call for Action: Appealing the Decision

Conservatives argue that Coleman’s ruling must be appealed to prevent further erosion of federal firearms regulations and ensure the safety of communities. Without a successful appeal, prosecuting criminals for firearm possession will become increasingly challenging, casting doubt on the validity of existing laws and creating confusion among law enforcement officials.

Conservatives stand firm in their commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the safety of American citizens and law enforcement officers. The decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores represents a dangerous overreach by the judiciary and threatens to undermine the integrity of federal firearms regulations. It is imperative that this ruling be challenged and overturned to prevent further chaos and uphold the principles of justice and public safety.

What do you think of the federal court’s ruling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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