GENESEO, ILL. (2/1/23) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the 1911 DS Prodigy™ 9mm has won the top slot in the “Best 1911” category of Ballistic magazine’s annual Ballistic’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022.

“As the name indicates, the Ballistic’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by our readers, and they came out strongly in favor of the 1911 DS Prodigy in the ‘Best 1911’ category,” said Chad Adams, Digital Editor for Athlon Outdoors. “The Springfield Armory 1911 DS Prodigy’s combination of impressive performance and broad capability really resonated with our readers, netting the company this award for 2022.”

The 1911 DS Prodigy from Springfield Armory takes the proven 1911 platform and enhances it with double-stack capacity and a performance-driven feature set. Reconfigured around a double-stack magazine, the Prodigy’s polymer grip module mounts to its forged steel frame offering capacities of 17+1 and 20+1. Optics-ready with an ambidextrous safety and Picatinny rail, the Prodigy combines the most beloved characteristics of the 1911 with modern capacity for unrivaled performance.

“We are extremely proud the 1911 DS Prodigy won this esteemed award from Ballistic magazine,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “Being selected for the top honor in this category by its readers shows that Springfield Armory is developing the products shooters want and demand.”

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About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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