Springfield armory 45 mil-spec


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fordfan
June 16, 2012, 12:36 AM
Hello all was wondering what your thoughts are on this particuler 1911? Is it a good reliable gun for the money?

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hAkron
June 16, 2012, 12:51 AM
I bought one in 2010. No problems. Well built.

fordfan
June 16, 2012, 12:53 AM
Thank You

ScottieG59
June 16, 2012, 01:10 AM
Quite a few years ago, I bought a Springfield Armory 1911A1 built like the 45s we used in the Army. It has always been a reliable firearm and I did carry it for a while. I take it to the range once in a while, but no longer carry it.

As much as I love a mil-spec 1911, they were not drop safe. The odds of one going off when dropped may be low, but it is possible. When I bought it originally, I considered a firing pin block a do nothing part that could fail. I had one fail on one of my Colt pistols and did not trust firing pin blocks for a few years. Now, I consider them essential for a carry gun.

Some people change the firing pin with one that is much lighter and made of titanium. I do not know how much safer these are when dropped, but I expect they are not more dangerous.

Mil-spec 1911A1s feed 230 grain hardball very well; other ammo will need to be tested before trusting.

YankeeFlyr
June 16, 2012, 03:23 AM
I got a Mil-Spec 6 months ago before I moved up north; love it! It's as reliable as my beloved Beretta 92FS...

critter
June 16, 2012, 07:15 AM
I had one. Should NOT have sold it-GOOD shooter and very reliable! It 'values' way above its price.

1911austin
June 16, 2012, 04:11 PM
I purchased one (NM serial #) with with the intent of doing some upgrades. It is such a good shooter, I can't see spending anymore money to change anything.

Sergei Mosin
June 16, 2012, 05:43 PM
I think the Mil-Spec hits the sweet spot between price and features, a fine value for the money. It won't ever be confused for a high-end custom, but it's a lot nicer than the Armscor guns. I carry mine and am quite happy with it.

Scottie, the current Springfield 1911s use titanium firing pins and a heavy firing pin spring. They are certified drop-safe in California, and if they can pass the test there... Yours being older, though, it may not have those parts.

kcshooter
June 16, 2012, 06:49 PM
the current Springfield 1911s use titanium firing pins and a heavy firing pin spring.Yep. Rendering them drop-safe.

The MilSpec is a great pistol for the money. The GI, however, is not. Please note that there is a difference in these two guns, and many online sellers and gunshops market the GI as the GI MilSpec. It's one or the other, not both.

The MilSpec has usable sights, a lowered ejection port, and an beveled magazine well. The MilSpec makes an excelent platform to build on.

ApacheCoTodd
June 17, 2012, 12:06 AM
On the advice of the then MEU-SOC 1st Marine Division armorer, I bought two of them many years ago and had him MEU-SOC-it-to-me one of them to give as a gift. It has now made its way back 'round to me and both have been outstanding pistols even before considering the price.

HKGuns
June 17, 2012, 12:20 AM
Mine has been 100%.

http://hkguns.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v4/p563220214-5.jpg

fordfan
June 17, 2012, 01:36 AM
I really appreciate all the feed back and feel even better about my purchase. I bought mine about three months ago and fell in love. I had a place called otto comp in St Louis Mo put adjustable sights on it and that has made alot of difference for me in my shooting.

I'm thinking about getting a springfield long slide. has anybody ever shoot one of them?

YankeeFlyr
June 17, 2012, 03:00 AM
Like kcshooter said; the GI and the Mil-Spec are a great difference apart; my buddy in GA bought a GI, and after shooting it I knew I HAD to have usable sights.

Oh, the frame, barrel and slide are all top-notch quality and the piece was reliable, but the minor differences made, well, all the difference.

AirForceShooter
June 17, 2012, 08:35 AM
Great gun.
Good price.
Backed by the forever warranty.

AFS

J2FLAN
June 17, 2012, 01:17 PM
Can`t say enough good about the Mil-Spec I have had, for about 8+ yrs and close to 20,000 rounds.Zero issues, everything is still tight, and the finish (park) looks better than ever.

MrDig
June 17, 2012, 02:11 PM
Mine runs flawlessly. Buy one and enjoy shooting it.

JDGray
June 17, 2012, 03:06 PM
I purchased one (NM serial #) with with the intent of doing some upgrades. It is such a good shooter, I can't see spending anymore money to change anything

^^^This^^^

I've had kimbers, S&Ws, SA Loadeds, but non of them was fit tighter than my NM Milspec!

Tight as in no frame to slide slop, needs a bushing wrench, accurate as hell, no failures of any sort:)

JR47
June 17, 2012, 03:12 PM
We bought a Mil-Spec in stainless years ago, for my wife. It hasn't given us a problem in over 10 years of steady use.:)

coalman
June 17, 2012, 03:12 PM
It's set up how a prefer a 1911. Mine was reliable though accuracy left a bit to be desired. I'd buy an "NM" one but I'm done with "N" serial # SAs.

NM Serial Number Prefix = Assembled/Finished in US (they are better fit and finished in almost every example I've seen compared to an "N")
N = Not

psyopspec
June 17, 2012, 08:56 PM
What's the difference between "N" and "NM" SNs? MIM?

marsofold
June 17, 2012, 09:22 PM
My MilSpec's grip safety was sharp enough at the back end to cut both my hand and my nephews' during recoil. I ended up having to dremel it to round it off enough to not cut my hand. And I don't like the concept of the Integral Locking System built into the gun. But since the ILS can be ignored and the gun shoots both reliably and accurately...

Baba Louie
June 17, 2012, 10:33 PM
[QUOTE]...gunshops market the GI as the GI MilSpec. It's one or the other, not both.[/QUOTEThe label on my green box WW series GI says GI MilSpec. YMMV. A rose by any other name still needs good sights for older eyes...;)

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