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Does the Springfield Range Officer 9mm use the same magazine as the Colt?I’d go Springfield Range Officer. I have spent a good bit of trigger time behind it and the Colt Competition which in this price range are the guns I’d look at. The Colt isn’t bad but I think the Springfield is built better.
I have shot over 3000 rounds through mine with zero issues. I love it. Sucks you had issues.I'd pass on S&W even if it was within your budget. The 1911 Pro Series 9mm I bought 3+ years ago went back to them twice for the same problem. Out of the box, the pistol would experience multiple failures to extract in every magazine (I have 4 Wilsons, think it came with 2). After the second trip to S&W the pistol functioned better, but still not 100% and I was not sending it back again. I have yet to try other manufacturers magazines as I rarely take it to the range, I would get the Springfield if I had it to do over again. YMMV.