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Shipwreck
August 3, 2009, 10:03 AM
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viking499
August 3, 2009, 10:20 AM
Very nice.

13Bravo
August 3, 2009, 10:25 AM
You've got the nicest full rail I've seen, by far. That thing is HOT! You're not the guy who also just acquired an EB, recently? If so, you are having a VERY good month.

TurboFC3S
August 3, 2009, 10:59 AM
Nice pistol, the tactical cheese grater is pointless but I bet that gun shoots great!

Shipwreck
August 3, 2009, 11:13 AM
You've got the nicest full rail I've seen, by far. That thing is HOT! You're not the guy who also just acquired an EB, recently? If so, you are having a VERY good month.

Yea, I got the EB recently too. I think I'm done for now. :)

Nice pistol, the tactical cheese grater is pointless but I bet that gun shoots great!

Well, I like the look of the full rail operators. You don't see them much anymore. It also helps on the recoil. This one in 9mm is like firing a laser gun. I was amazed at my group sizes, and I don't have very steady hands.

Jason_G
August 3, 2009, 11:16 AM
Nice pistol, the tactical cheese grater is pointless but I bet that gun shoots great!

I'm also not much on the look of full length dusts covers/rails on 1911s, but I wouldn't say they are pointless. If he wants to mount a light for HD or whatnot, then he can. Seems fairly purposeful to me. That is a very nice pistol to be sure. Where did you snag the Nighthawk stocks?

Jason

chakup
August 3, 2009, 02:09 PM
I am absolutely in love. I htink I've seen this on almost every forum I'm on, and it does not get old!!! I'd love a full rail, and the 9mm imho makes it perfect (yeah I know wrong in every way, but I like 9's)

Shipwreck
August 3, 2009, 02:15 PM
Where did you snag the Nighthawk stocks?

You can buy them from Nighthawk directly.

They don't show the flat bottomed alumagrips on their site - but you can call via telephone and order them.

possum
August 3, 2009, 03:09 PM
very nice congrats and thanks for sharing.

NJGunOwner81
August 3, 2009, 04:14 PM
Very nice piece ShipWreck! God, I am SOOO glad I decided to go with a 1911 when I bought my first ... I just think they are such a classy looking gun! Not putting anyone else down ... I just LOVE the 1911 look!

Hope you enjoy it! Be Safe & Take Care!

NJGunOwner81

LancerMW
August 3, 2009, 04:19 PM
wow! super looking 1911! i always wanted one of those!

skeeter_08
August 3, 2009, 05:33 PM
Nice Piece! I love my own Springer Loaded 9mm and I really love the tac rail on yours; when did they come out with that? Do you have a holster for it and if so which one? - skeeter_08

robctwo
August 3, 2009, 05:37 PM
Nice! If you are like me you will shoot the 9mm 1911 a lot more than the .45s for cost and for less recoil. I love the .45s, but for fast shooting at steel plates the 9mm is much better. Bowling pins are another matter.....

Shipwreck
August 3, 2009, 06:50 PM
Nice Piece! I love my own Springer Loaded 9mm and I really love the tac rail on yours; when did they come out with that? Do you have a holster for it and if so which one? - skeeter_08

It's not a production gun - it's from the Springfield Custom Shop - had about an 11 month wait.

As for a holster - I just bought it for a range toy. I don't plan to carry it in a holster - but there are some holsters out there for the standard production 45 version

earlthegoat2
August 3, 2009, 07:56 PM
I have never been one for rails or full length dust covers but that things looks straight TOUGH.

briansp82593
August 3, 2009, 08:18 PM
Gorgeous. If you dont mind be asking, how much?

Ive been absolutely dying to find one of those, and to find out you can special order one.

Also, is that hard chrome or stainless?

Shipwreck
August 3, 2009, 09:10 PM
Gorgeous. If you dont mind be asking, how much?

Ive been absolutely dying to find one of those, and to find out you can special order one.

Also, is that hard chrome or stainless?

Thanks... Special order is the only way to get them now. If you go to the Custom Shop page and download their PDF for available models - its listed there...

The base model is $2600 - with Black T, a bushing barrel, and in 45.

Mine is hard chrome, with rear slide serrations, 25LPI instead of 20 LPI, white ringed Novaks instead of the silver ringed ones Springfield typically uses, a bull barrel and in 9mm. It was around $3k. I almost went with a Nighthawk, but went this way instead. Every Springer I've ever owned seemed "beefier" than the Nighthawks I've actually held.

I almost bought a full rail TRP Operator in 2003, and always regretted passing it up. When I saw this as an option, I knew I had to get it. But, I didn't want the adj sights either (that the TRP version had - and I didn't want that cheese grater checkering - so I went with 25 LPI instead of 20)

briansp82593
August 3, 2009, 09:28 PM
Pretty pricey I see.
And yeah, The Adj sights and the nail covered front strap turned me down from the production model.

But none the less a very nice pistol.

Looks like im going to be saving for awhile :evil:

Oh and shipwreck, we miss you over at GT :neener:

Eightball
August 4, 2009, 01:10 AM
Ooooh, shiny.

Well, I like the look of the full rail operators.
Good enough reason for me.

Morgo
August 4, 2009, 03:21 AM
Very nice! :)

DougDubya
August 4, 2009, 12:21 PM
Shipwreck - I really like this. The full length tactical cheese grater just adds to its good looks. Makes it look much more massive, and as a bonus, it's got a me-friendly safety lever.

Is this a new Operator, or was it a polished up first-run Operator?

DougDubya
August 4, 2009, 12:23 PM
Oh, bonus cheetoh on this being 9mm, and hadn't read down far enough to see that this was from the custom shop. Very sexy!

Geno
August 4, 2009, 12:26 PM
Hey! Hey!! What do you mean "...my..." that's a loaner. I expect it back in my vault soon. :D Dang that's nice!

Shipwreck
August 4, 2009, 12:26 PM
Yes, it's from the custom shop. Waited almost 11 months from when I ordered it. But man - it's like a laser gun. Very accurate. I like that it's in the 9mm caliber :)

PX15
August 4, 2009, 12:37 PM
SW:

Hey....

That doesn't look like "no" P99/AS to me...:what:

But, it's a "purty" sucker.....:D


Best Wishes,

Jesse

P.S. Glad to see you got this old lefty a safety on both sides... That way when I inherit it I won't have to spend any money on it.

Shipwreck
August 4, 2009, 02:08 PM
Yes, sorry. I think I like this more than the P99 :)

nwilliams
August 4, 2009, 02:17 PM
Normally I'm not a fan of rails on 1911's but I have to say that is one slick looking gun you got there! Congrats!

PX15
August 4, 2009, 02:18 PM
Shipwreck:

Well, I must confess I like my P2000sk V3 a wee bit better than my old P99c/AS... But the P99c/AS was one fine, and extremely accurate firearm.:)

Best Wishes,

Jesse

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a73/Laserlips/100_1158_01.jpg

Shipwreck
August 4, 2009, 02:42 PM
Well, I must confess I like my P2000sk V3 a wee bit better than my old P99c/AS... But the P99c/AS was one fine, and extremely accurate firearm.

Well, I moved up to an HK USPc 45 as my carry gun. I still have both of my P99s - but I wanted a 45, and I also like the fullsize grip. With an IWB holster, it works great.

skeeter_08
August 4, 2009, 03:28 PM
It's not a production gun - it's from the Springfield Custom Shop - had about an 11 month wait.

I'm a custom 1911 nut from way back, so I'd say it's worth the "$$$$" and the wait! - skeeter_08

SRT1
August 4, 2009, 05:11 PM
Very nice, congratulations! I bet that will provide you with much joy and fun over the coming years. :)
Sarge

Shipwreck
August 4, 2009, 05:26 PM
Thanks!

I really wanted to flatten and serrate the top of the slide - but I topped out on the budget as itw as. I did get the rear slide serrations, though.

DougDubya
August 4, 2009, 07:00 PM
Hate to go off-topic Shipwreck, but which is your preferred P99 look? The original style or the one with the rounded trigger guard?

Bet you're probably like me and can't really chose.

Shipwreck
August 4, 2009, 07:01 PM
I actually prefer the newer style. I think the newer serrations on the slide look better from the change in 2004. Then, there was a slight change again in 2005 when the changed the trigger guard ever so slightly and then also extended the mag release levers

Big Daddy Grim
August 4, 2009, 07:05 PM
wow that must have set you back nice gun though.

skeeter_08
August 6, 2009, 05:43 PM
Shipwreck, from the pictures, it looks like you are using either Tripp Cobra or Wilson Elite Tactical Magazines (ETMs). I've parked the Metalform welded base mags that came with my own Springer Loaded 9mm in my spare parts box, and I myself am using the Wilson ETMs, these are a quantum leap improvement over those Metalforms, since I don't like 1911 mags with welded bases, - skeeter_08

Shipwreck
August 6, 2009, 05:55 PM
I do have 1 Tripp mag in 9mm, and I plan to only buy more of them.

But actually, those are the metal form mags in the pic - they have a basepad attached that says "Springfield Custom." on them. The Tripp 9mm mags don't have as thick of a baseplate. But, I prefer them, and plan to buy 3 more of them (I like at least 6 mags per gun)

Demitrios
August 7, 2009, 11:36 AM
You lucky SOB. I was looking for one of those and couldn't get a full length rail like that. I settled for a Dan Wesson RZ-10, which is a terrific piece but I wanted THAT ONE! If you ever get bored with it and need someone to throw it away for you, you just let me know and I'll make sure to take care of it ab uh ahh, I uh meant uhhhh take care of things. . . yeah. . . things.

benderx4
August 7, 2009, 12:24 PM
WOW! How sweet is that gun - congratulations!!!!

Nowadays, when it comes to semi-custom 1911s, Springer Custom always seems to be left out of the discussion as the guns from Baer, Brown, Wilson, and even Nighthawk seem to steal the limelight. I've owned and/or shot 3 out of the 4 latter mentioned guns, and I must say that, although they are awesome guns, I still prefer my Springer Custom over all of them!

Gorgeous weapon you have there - certainly a keeper! Let us know how she shoots.

Shipwreck
August 7, 2009, 02:28 PM
You lucky SOB. I was looking for one of those and couldn't get a full length rail like that. I settled for a Dan Wesson RZ-10, which is a terrific piece but I wanted THAT ONE!

Well, Dan Wesson is a nice gun. Just remember, this isn't the production model of the TRP Operator. Being a custom shop gun, it was almost 3x that price.

With the custom shop version, you can get one in any caliber you want. You should get you a 10mm one :)

Springer Custom always seems to be left out of the discussion as the guns from Baer, Brown, Wilson, and even Nighthawk seem to steal the limelight

Yes. As they sell mostly production guns, many people don't consider their custom shop in the same light.

I also have a new Ed Brown - and the Brown is beautiful with that satin bead-blaster finish. I've had some time to compare the two guns to one another, and hold them together.

Keeping in mind that 1 is railed and 1 isn't. And, one is 9mm and one is 45 ACP.... I actually like the feel of the grip safety on the custom Springfield better. And, I also like the way the thumb safety clicks on and off better on the Springer. And, I think the trigger is just a tiny bit better as well. Both are excellent guns, and neither are standard production models.

But Springfield Custom is nice. The neg thing is that you have to wait so long after you order one. I may order a commander sized Special Forces from Ed Brown next year as a carry gun. I think I'd go with Springfield Custom instead if the wait wasn't 9-11 months. The cost would be about the same.

Gorgeous weapon you have there - certainly a keeper! Let us know how she shoots.

Here is a copy of a range report I posted on another forum this past Sat:

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Ok, I just got back from the range. I put 300 rounds thru the gun.

200 Blazer Brass
50 CCI Blazer Aluminum
50 WWB

Let me start by saying the gun is TIGHT!. George at Gunslingers commented on that - it is tighter than the Nighthawks he sells. It is hard to get the slide to move when pulling it back. And, usually you have to push the slide from the back for it to close - it sticks about 1/8" of an inch.

So, I had George and a local smith who was my FFL transfer tell me that I'd likely have to break it in.

Sure enough - everything fed fine - but the slide wasn't completely closing. I would have to push it closed just a tiny bit.

I kept at it, and was astounded by the accuracy and lack of recoil. It's like a laser gun.

As I kept shooting, I'd have to push the slide closed manually less and less often.

At about the 200 round mark - this stopped completely. From rounds 200-300, not a single issue.

Very tight 1911s routinely have to be broken in - so a 200 round breakin is no big deal.

The weight and lack of recoil on this gun is very noticeable. Usually after 100 rounds of 45 ACP (shot during 1 continuous period), my hands get the shakes. 150 rounds of 45 is all I usually do in 1 session.

And, I usually quit at 200 rounds of 9mm at 1 session.

Not an issue with this gun. I went to 300 rounds, and my hands were steady as ever. I could have kept going, but I only wanted to shoot 300 rounds (actually, I only wanted to shoot 250, and I brought 1 extra box in case I had issues with the aluminum cased rounds - I didn't, but kept going anyway :P )

The recoil on this gun is very low. I even had people come comment on my groups. I didn't save any targets, but I put rounds thru the same hole or touching many, many times.

So, after all the wait time and wondering if I was spending a bit too much money or not... Now that I got to shoot it, I love this gun!

benderx4
August 7, 2009, 03:48 PM
Awesome! I had the opportunity to buy mine from a gentleman who had lost his job and was selling a bunch of his 1911s so I didn't have to wait. As much as I love my Baer and Brown, I would agree that the trigger on the Springer Custom is second to none. Trigger Nirvana!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3400/3339042928_efbce12c79.jpg

357IsHeaven
August 7, 2009, 07:30 PM
Very nice also

kamagong
August 7, 2009, 07:47 PM
Nowadays, when it comes to semi-custom 1911s, Springer Custom always seems to be left out of the discussion as the guns from Baer, Brown, Wilson, and even Nighthawk seem to steal the limelight. I've owned and/or shot 3 out of the 4 latter mentioned guns, and I must say that, although they are awesome guns, I still prefer my Springer Custom over all of them!

Another Springfield Custom fan here. Here's my Custom Carry -

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7766/springfieldcustomcarry0zu7.jpg

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/4277/springfieldcustomcarry0hg9.jpg

sarduy
August 7, 2009, 11:48 PM
very nice weapon you got there.

enjoy it.

and yes put the rail covers ;)

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