The Roberts Defense Dark Ops is accurate, reliable and well made. It’s classy without being flashy. The bottom line is that this gun is more than accurate enough for any defensive or tactical use.
Accuracy was downright impressive. Particularly intrigued by the 9mm Desert Ops. I shot my single best off-hand group, landing three rounds in just a hair over one inch at 20 yards.
The 1911 3.5″ Supergrade 9mm has a great feel, no felt recoil, back on target very easy. Good grouping, thoroughly enjoyed shooting this firearm, good metal feeling to this gun not plastic feeling.
The Roberts Defense team got it right when it produced the Dark Ops. The slide-to-frame fit is excellent-but not so tight you have to put the gun in a vise to work the slide. All the parts work together smoothly and precisely. The thumb safeties click securely into the “safe” position and disengage smoothly, but without the worry that they’ll slide off accidentally.
I tried a Supergrade and an Operator at the Roberts Defense Demo Day held at Wisconsin Firearms Training Center. I have fired many different .45 ACP 1911’s over the years and wasn’t sure what to expect. There are many 1911’s manufactured, but only a handful of names have perfected the art of Browning’s masterpiece. I now believe Roberts Defense falls into this handful. The smooth, burr-less lines fitted with a slide and barrel to match provides groups that some at twice the price might have a tough time competing. With all the options RD offers during a build, I won’t be able to pass an opportunity to own one. The only problem now is deciding how pure the piece. Do I get an Operator with a universal rail, or option out an Edge? Christmas come but once a year, so maybe I will buy two.
The fit and finish on both the 5″ Supergrade Stainless and 4.25″ Desert Ops was superb, easily competing with 1911’s at twice the price.
The gun is perfect!!! Couldn’t ask for anything better, smoothest shooting .45 ACP I’ve ever shot.
Looks great, you exceeded my expectations.
Very excited and happy to own such a fine pistol. Many requests to handle and shoot my pistol at my local IDPA and 3 gun matches. I try to spread the word of your excellent product every chance I get. BTW, thousands of .45 down range with Zero malfunctions.
I hesitantly write reviews, but sometimes, there are some things that need to be said.
I called Robert’s Defense a few months ago and spoke with Ryan. Ryan was extremely easy to work with and before long, we had a Dark Ops with a few changes ordered. This was to become a duty firearm so among other things, a heavier trigger pull was requested. Before long, the pistol was at my department and testing commenced. During the break in period, it was discovered that there was an issue with loading rounds where the rear of the case would not slide up on the breech face. I called back and set up a time to meet with Corey. Corey not only assured me that the problem would be corrected, he drove down from Robert’s Defense with the pistol and shot the pistol to make sure the pistol was working properly. It was discovered that there was a burr on the firing pin hole too small to notice with the naked eye. Needless to say, the problem was corrected and they even swapped grips to more suit my needs. This above and beyond what I expected.
As an update, I have been shooting this pistol for three months and just returned from a 24hr Tactical Carbine/Pistol course where I shot over 1000 rounds over the 4 days with the pistol. The pistol was clean and oiled prior to starting shooting on Tuesday afternoon. I took the slide off and put two drops of oil on the frame rails on Thursday morning and other than that, no maintenance of any kind was done during the training. There were no malfunctions what so ever with the pistol. It was absolutely filthy and still running. I was waiting for when the problems would start, but it never happened.
I cannot speak highly enough about both the pistol itself and the customer service provided by Robert’s Defense.
John And Ryan,
I just got back from yet another range session with my Roberts Defense 38 Super Bobtail Commander Lightweight. Just had to drop you a note to say thank you for building such a wonderful pistol. That thing is smooth as silk and way more accurate than these old hands and eyes can make it. It’s just a damned fine pistol!
Thanks again, and keep up the great work!!