New Handgun: Springfield 911 .380 ACP In Black Nitride

New Handgun: Springfield 911 .380 ACP In Black Nitride

Boasting a tough-as-nails nitride finish, Springfield's new 911 .380 ACP is ready for the toughest duty.

Back in black:

  • The nitride finish gives the pistol both corrosion and abrasion resistance.
  • Additionally, the process of applying the finish hardens the gun's frame and slide.
  • The new model has just been released to retailers and has an MSRP of $599.

Hold a 1911 in your hand and two words can't help but come to mind “rock-solid.” Not only a scrapper, the style of pistol is battle tough, with a metal frame and slide ready to tackle whatever is thrown at it. In short, it's prepared for action the minute it's out of its holster and your finger is on the trigger — rain, snow, muck be damned.


However, there's a hitch to the single-action semi-automatic's giddyap, part and parcel to its tough-as-nails construction. For all its pros, a full-sized 1911 is a bit much gun for some armed citizens, particularly those who require a more streamlined fit to their garb and carry profile. Luckily, Springfield Armory had exactly these shooters in mind with the release of its 911 .380 Auto this past January.

The made-to-carry pistol scales down the 1911, making it the perfect everyday concealment option or a potent backup insurance plan. And the company has gone a step further, recently releasing the 911 in a black nitride finish. The color of pitch, the micro pistol not only has a striking appearance, but also the ability to endure any potential damage — be it rust, dings or scratches.

Tough as the pistol itself, the nitride finish is corrosion and abrasion resistant, withstanding hard wear and tear, while maintaining the 911's function and accuracy. Additionally, the nitriding process improves the stainless steel frame, hardening it, thus making it more resilient to strenuous use and inclement weather. Furthermore, it tacks on an attractive choice to the line alongside the original two-tone model.

The pistol offers impressive features, chief among them a frame-to-slide-to-trigger guard relationship that creates handling characteristics unique among small pistols. Designed to enhance comfort, the Springfield .380 ACP is among the most controllable and easy-to-shoot small pistols to hit the market in recent years.

To boot, the gun isn't short on extras, including a G10 short-reset pivoting trigger (5-pound pull), an extended ambidextrous safety and a hammer. This last point provides peace of mind with both visual and tactile cues for various modes of carry. The pistol also comes with tritium low-profile tactical sights, G10 Octo-Grip on the mainspring housing, Octo-Grip front strap texturing and two magazines (flush 6-round magazine and 7-round extended). The MSRP on the new black nitride 911 from Springfield Armory is $599. The pistol is also available factory outfitted with a green Viridian laser for $789.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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