Pic of WWII Springfield with their new grips


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rblack
February 6, 2004, 03:15 PM
Picked up a milspec a couple of weeks ago and today I picked up the WWII model with Springfields new ( US grips ) . Cleaned it and shot it when I got home, and this gun is not only very handsome, it shoots very nicely also.

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ID_shooting
February 6, 2004, 03:26 PM
SWEET:D

JeffC
February 6, 2004, 03:31 PM
That's a nice looking grip but it makes it look less like a WWII sidearm in my opinion. I have a set of rosewood double diamonds for my WWII but they just look wrong..... now, if they were fully checkered that would be different.

Then again, mine has the blocky frame...... how much wronger could it get :D .

rblack, Nice Blaster!!

andrew17
February 6, 2004, 03:59 PM
Did you notice while you were shooting it if it dinged your brass?
I'd like to have one but I'm wondering if this is an issue with the traditional ejection port.

Nice gun by the way:)

Andrew Wyatt
February 6, 2004, 05:01 PM
gah! they need to put on the pretty brown bakelite grips and not them ugly wood ones.

The Real Hawkeye
February 6, 2004, 06:30 PM
Nice looking gun. I think it compares favorably to my Colt WWII Repro. I like the grips, but for more authenticity, get some WWII type synthetic grips.

The Real Hawkeye
February 6, 2004, 06:31 PM
By the way, how much was it?

rblack
February 6, 2004, 06:41 PM
I've put about 100 rnds thru it so far and no it hasn't dinged up any brass at all, which suprised me. I know the grips are not true to the period, but I still really like them. This gun ran me $ 400 even out the door.

The Real Hawkeye
February 6, 2004, 07:49 PM
That sounds like a great deal.

Martini13
February 7, 2004, 01:12 PM
I notice you are using a Wilson type mag. How does it feed with the origonal mag? The gun looks great, good shooting.:)

rblack
February 7, 2004, 01:16 PM
Martini, The original mag works fine. I was alternating between it and the Wilson when I was shooting.

Sean Smith
February 7, 2004, 01:24 PM
Those are some seriously ugly (and inauthentic, by the way) grips that Springfield has come up with. :barf:

Of course, the SA WWII Milspec is a total joke as a reproduction anyway, though it is a good value for the dollar as a shooter.

George Hill
February 7, 2004, 02:22 PM
I like them.

busdriver72
February 7, 2004, 04:34 PM
I have one of those, except I haven't replaced the grips.
I really like it. The only problem I have had is when I tried shooting HotShot ammo through it. Crappy ammo. I switched to American eagle ammo, shot perfectly. I was impressed with the nice trigger pull straight out of the box. How was yours?

RatFink
February 7, 2004, 04:36 PM
http://www.goobage.com/pics/smilies/agree.gif (W/ George Hill) They may not be original spec grip panels, but I think they look cool.

rblack
February 7, 2004, 04:49 PM
Hey busdriver, the trigger pull was actually pretty good straight from the box.

Shmackey
February 7, 2004, 05:31 PM
I don't get it. They went out of their way to put on more expensive grips that look less authentic?

Combat-wombat
February 7, 2004, 05:40 PM
I was just looking at that the other day as an option for my first 1911/buget model. Looks like a pretty neat piece.

I checked Springfield's site and the MSRP is $482, which IMO is a good deal.

busdriver72
February 7, 2004, 06:03 PM
I asked some WWII vets if the 1911's they saw in the war had plastic grips, they said yes, many of them did. So THAT aspect of it is accurate to some degree.
Also, if anyone is looking to buy one of these, they are not fancy, but a good buy...and having said that, I only paid $369 for mine (well, plus sales tax you know) at a gunshow, and it was new in the box. Look around some and you can snag one for under $400.
It feeds good ammo very well, but I'm still thinking about getting the feed ramp smoothed up....but then again...maybe not.

The Real Hawkeye
February 7, 2004, 07:06 PM
I've got a question for you. I notice the the steel near the front strap is rounded out all the way to the grip panel, which is like the originals, and like my Colt WWII Repro, but when you go to the Springfield site, the one they have illustrated has it more like their standard guns, i.e., there is a wide flat surface exposed between the forward part of the grip panel and the front strap. What gives? Have they recently improved the model, but haven't bothered to update their illustration on their web site? Anyway, I am real impressed with it, and I like the new grips that come with it. No need to change them.

rblack
February 7, 2004, 07:07 PM
I put some more rounds downrange today. Golden Sabre HP's, 200gr lead SWC, and 230gr FMJ. Not one malfunction so far. The lead has been the most accurate thus far, but then I'm having a little difficulty adjusting to the tiny sights. I still shoot my SA milspec much more accurately.

JeffC
February 7, 2004, 07:17 PM
Damn Sean, be nice :D

It's a G.I. style gun and a great buy!

If Kimber would have made a "G.I." style 1911A1 I'd buy it, but I'd know that it could never pass as an accurate repro.

I saw one like rblacks' today at the gunstore today, and if I could, I'da bought it.

nero45acp
February 7, 2004, 07:40 PM
Congrats on the new 1911! I really like the grips.






nero45acp

riverdog
February 7, 2004, 07:49 PM
I found a set of Walnut Double Diamonds for my Pre 70 Government Model at a recent gunshow. Full checkered would have been more correct, but since the original plastic grips are still on the pistol so why should I worry about correct...

busdriver72
February 7, 2004, 08:20 PM
Re: Differnce in Springfield WWII pistols.
I think that Springfield has two different models, the one that is pictured here, sold in the green box. There is another one that they call a 1911A1 Mil-Spec government model that is a different gun. I think it has different grips and sights.

ajacobs
February 7, 2004, 08:58 PM
I've got a question for you. I notice the the steel near the front strap is rounded out all the way to the grip panel, which is like the originals, and like my Colt WWII Repro, but when you go to the Springfield site, the one they have illustrated has it more like their standard guns, i.e., there is a wide flat surface exposed between the forward part of the grip panel and the front strap. What gives? Have they recently improved the model, but haven't bothered to update their illustration on their web site? Anyway, I am real impressed with it, and I like the new grips that come with it. No need to change them.

Real hawkeye: Yep, their webpage is just out of date. I think they are compleatly dropping the blocky frontstrap in favor of the original colt style. All current springfields I have seen are now with the traditional frontstrap, rounded to the edge of the grips.

The Real Hawkeye
February 7, 2004, 09:40 PM
ajacobs, that's a good thing. I have one of the first run of "loaded" models in stainless (when the front sight was not dovetailed in), and this is the one feature that I don't like about it, i.e., the blocky front strap. Glad to hear they are moving away from that. Might actually pick one of these GI guns up. Sounds like an unbeatable deal.

The Real Hawkeye
February 11, 2004, 08:04 PM
rblack, how are the edges, sharp or smooth? My Colt Repro has very sharp edges (left as perfect 90 degree angles) which should have been beveled down and rounded out. Does Springfield leave edges and corners sharp or do they smooth them out a little? Thanks.

rblack
February 11, 2004, 10:17 PM
The Real Hawkeye, The edges of my WWII are smoother than any of my Colts. They are in no way what I call beveled, but not near so sharp as the colts.

Roger Williams
February 12, 2004, 01:24 AM
I like the grips! I wouldn't really give a flying fig if they looked authentic or not. I've been thinking about getting one of these to just shoot for a while, and then slowly buy a few custom parts for. Just what I need... another project gun!

dsk
February 12, 2004, 02:35 AM
This should hopefully answer all questions:

Springfield WW2 Mil-Spec review (http://usgi1911.tripod.com/ww2milspec/)

1911Tuner
February 12, 2004, 03:48 AM
I like'em better than the plastic grips...mainly because I never cared for the
plastic grips, even on a real GI pistol. They still don't look "right", though.

Springfield's grips would have been MUCH better-looking if they had
made the US about half the size that it is and framed it in a diamond instead of the square block. I gotta wonder who's callin' the shots on
designs...:rolleyes: Probably the same guys who called for the front cocking grooves/serrations on some otherwise beautiful pistols.

Welp...That there's my nickel's worth. Sic, suum cuique.

Tuner

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