Springfield 1911A1 Milspec REVIEW


March 17, 2003, 02:05 PM
So I picked up a Springfield 1911A1 Milspec at the local gunshow yesterday. I am VERY happy with my purchase.

It's the standard Milspec with the black Parkerized finish. Fit and finish is top notch. I cannot find any flaws in the Parkerizing anywhere on the pistol. Pulling the slide back and easing it forward is buttery smooth. The sights look like they'll be excellent, if a little prone to snag. Three white dots and a wide notch in the rear should provide quick aquisition and follow up. The holes for the dots are deep, so they could be painted in with something brighter or glowing quite easily.

I have not taken her to the range, but I'm sure it will run as great as the other few Springfield 1911s I've owned and shot.

I was able to try the trigger out quite a bit (using snap caps, of course) and it is shorter than what I'm used to in a more modern, more customized 1911. There is a little play before it breaks, but it breaks clean and crisp, at what feels like about 4-5lb tops. Very smooth.

My hands are skinny enough to prevent any hammer bite, so I won't worry about that, but I wish the 'tail' of the grip safety were rounded a little on the edges, as they are a little sharp, but the good thing is, the frame where the safety pivots is not sharp. (had an older 1911 that was a little sharp there).

I put my smooth cocobolo grips on it, and will keep the black plastic grips as backup if I ever need them.

Here she is:



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March 17, 2003, 05:04 PM
Matthew, Very nice looking 1911. I don't think you can beat the simple design of a Milspec.

March 17, 2003, 08:11 PM
Nice .45. Now get that thing to the range!

What kind of mag is that?

March 17, 2003, 08:32 PM
I'd like to know how well this gun feeds hollow points. It's on my list of "possible guns to buy next". I'm leaning more toward a CZ-97B for the 10 round capacity and the fact I like my CZ-75BD 9 mil.

Anybody care to compare / contrast these two .45's?


March 17, 2003, 08:50 PM
Oh hell, rounding the grip safety tail is easy. First, you need to go your favorite online ammo supplier. Order about 4000rd or so. Call your range master and tell him you might be there awhile this weekend....

Well, you get the rest..:D

March 18, 2003, 10:07 AM
The mag is a Chip McCormick shooting star... they come with the screw on bumper. I have about 6 of them, and all have worked great.

Pico, it's ramped and throated like the other SA 1911s I've had, and they all fed great (with a few minor hiccups during break in). I'll try to get a few different boxes, like some Silvertips and Hydrashoks and see how they feed. I want to do a good break in with some ball and handloads before really trying anything else.

If she shoots as good as she feels, she'll be a keeper!

March 18, 2003, 10:51 AM
I've heard that the 97b doesn't like hollow points all that much. Certain brands of ammo may work ok but CZ has said that the 97b was designed specifically for ball ammo. I'm not speaking from experience though, just what I've read on the boards.


March 18, 2003, 11:07 AM
There's just something cool about Milspec 1911's. Nice acquisition ;)

March 18, 2003, 07:03 PM
Is that rust forward of the thumb safety and about 1/3 the way up towards the back of the grip? Hard to tell but none of my Springfields came with anything like that on them.

I feel the MilSpec is a very good value in a brand new 1911. I have one that is constantly out on loaner trying to convert more folks to the way of the 1911. I did have a basic trigger job done on it. Not too light, just got rid of the creep. The newer triggers seem to be better than mine was out of the box.

Good purchase. Glad you like it... Now go shoot it!

another okie
March 18, 2003, 09:27 PM
I thought mine was Mil-spec, but it has the skeletonized hammer and trigger and a different grip safety.

Mine did bobble a few hollow points at first, but it's ok now.

March 19, 2003, 05:11 AM
I thought mine was Mil-spec, but it has the skeletonized hammer and trigger and a different grip safety.

If it looks like this, it's a Springfield Lightly Loaded. Grips were the standard Springfield checkered lightly figured cocobolo.


Kahr carrier
March 19, 2003, 08:01 AM
Springfield 1911 good choice Congrats looks nice.

another okie
March 19, 2003, 08:46 AM
Yes, that second picture is what mine looks like. A very nice shooting gun. Plain black blade sight in front. I thought it would be really heavy to carry, but in fact with a good belt and holster it's just fine.

March 19, 2003, 10:00 AM

it's just a little oil from under the safety. The light makes it look a little reddish, like rust, but it's not.

I'm extremely happy with it so far... hopefully I'll be able to get to the range this weekend or next. Range report will follow!

March 19, 2003, 10:04 AM
Grat looking weapon.

I have the Springfield Champion model, parkerized finish & tritium sights. So far, it has eaten everything I have fed it, without hiccups. Sellier & Bellot ball, PMC ball, Win White box ball & "Personal Protection" loads, Rem Golden Sabre.

March 19, 2003, 11:29 AM
Let us know how it shoots, and particularly how it's zeroed. I have 2 just like that, about 6 months old, and they both shoot way high. They're literally zeroed at 100 yards.

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