Tight Springfield


March 30, 2005, 07:48 PM
Was out riding my 2-wheeler today and stopped at a gun store which had a new Springer GI in the case. I looked it over and racked the slide a few times and that critter was tight! When closed, there was absolutely no lateral play either at the front or rear of the slide. Am tempted to go back and get it. :confused: Priced about $410 I believe, which is not bad, but it did have the black grips which I don't like. That wouldn't bother me much anyway, but with two Colts and one Nork I don't really need another 1911 style. Prob should sell the NRM Colt, add some cash to it, and get an upgraded 1911, maybe a S&W. :banghead:

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Ala Dan
March 30, 2005, 08:23 PM
Greeting's Sir! :)

The WW-II G.I. replica Springer's are hard too beat! Just ask those
of us who have two of 'em :D. Very good guns for the money. I
just happened to be very fortunate, and received a parkerized G.I.
Springer has a gift from a very dear friend and loyal THR member.
The 5" stainless steel WW-II G.I. I bought NIB. I luv both of
'em, and wouldn't trade 'em for the world. BTW, I plan on leaving
both of them stock. :uhoh: :cool:

March 31, 2005, 03:59 PM
The "tightness" of the GI Springfields is due in large part to the parkerizing that is applied after the close slide to frame fit that Springfield is becoming
known for. In several...mine included...it impeded slide movement to the point of causing a few failure to go to battery stoppages. The cure was simple, and made the gun as slick as a fat baby's backside, and takes only a
few minutes. A mixture of J&B Bore cleaner...original formula...and CLP Breakfree in a soupy paste, applied liberally in the frame rails and ways.
Cycle the slide about 50 times and reapply the glop...repeat another 50 times.
Rinse it all out thoroughly with carburetor cleaner...drip dry for 20 minutes or so. Oil it and hand-cycle it a few times to distribute the oil. Wipe off the excess and go shoot it.


March 31, 2005, 04:25 PM
Toothpaste works real well too for that job, and it's a lot less expensive.


March 31, 2005, 04:32 PM
Howdy Sam! Yep...but the slurry has one advantage over toothpaste. The teflon base in the CLP gets worked into the pores of the steel and really slicks things up. Another one that works is Du Pont Polishing Compound...
just don't use a lot of it.

Pearl Drops works best...Don't know if it's even still on the market. I haven't used anything except the JB/CLP slurry in years.

March 31, 2005, 05:02 PM
Ala Dan, I'm with you on leaving them stock. If they ain't broke..........

March 31, 2005, 05:28 PM
Sand works better to loosen up the slide rails. Just dump a bunch of it in there and cycle the slide.

If it fouls the gun up or breaks anything, go buy a CZ. They are better anyway. ;)

I was going to suggest a polishing compound or jewlers rouge to slick things up. After that, brush on a little copper-grade anti-sieze compound and work the slide. You don't need much either. This stuff is a great lubricant that doesn't really attract dirt and doesn't come off easily. It transfers to EVERYTHING though, so be cautious about getting it on your hands. It will go from hands to grips to frame to eyes...don't ask me how I know, I just know.

oh yeah, DO NOT get it in your eyes.

March 31, 2005, 05:42 PM
Is this the one?
I stumbled onto to this gun at Springfields web site not too long ago.
I have 2 1911s, both Kimbers: a 3"CDP & a 5" Stainless. I need another one like I need.....well.......another one! But I've been thinking of heading over to the local pistol shop & handling one. Problem is once I handle it, it will probably follow me home & when my wife finds out she might just shoot me with it! :uhoh:

deputy tom
April 2, 2005, 01:41 AM
I had an extremely tight Loaded in blue awhile back.Bought some automotive valve grinding/lapping compound(fine) and applied it to the rails.After 100 cycles,SMOOOOOOTH as glass.tom. :cool:

Ala Dan
April 2, 2005, 07:05 AM
FWIW, our shop got three of the parkerized WW-II Springer G.I. models
in on Thursday (31 March 05), and they lasted a total of 15 minutes! ;)

These things are sailing OTD at a record rate; just too bad distributors
won't let dealers have lot's of 'em! :( :mad:

April 2, 2005, 07:24 AM
Ala Dan,

They don't lay around for long in this area either. Most of the time, when a dealer gets 3 or 4 in the door, they pick up the phone and they're out before close the next day. Must be somethin' about bein' south of the Mason-Dixon.
Even the well-moneyed buyers pass up the tricked-out pistols and go straight for the no-frills. It was the same with the '91A1 Colts and Norincos a few years ago. (Gawd! Has it been that long?) The standard Mil-Specs don't gather much dust either, though they don't disappear as fast as the GIs.
One dealer in the area won't even take a Loaded Model but will order one for a customer, but he'll take all the Mil-Specs and GIs that the distributor will send.

The good part is, that because there are so many of'em in the loop around here, that if any problem trends crop up, I'll probably hear about it in short order.

April 2, 2005, 10:24 PM
I have two WWII models, one is full size and the other one is the Champion both are great and function great :D (just wish they would of used a bushing on the Champion :cuss: :banghead: )

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