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springfield mil-spec, can it come from them loaded?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MJRW, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. MJRW

    MJRW Well-Known Member

    I don't quite understand how springfield's "loaded" works. Ideally what I want is the look of that SA stainless milspec but with features like beaver tail and so forth and that SA warranty. Can that mil-spec be gotten loaded or super-tuned or what?
  2. MJRW

    MJRW Well-Known Member

    Oh, didn't explain why I want the mil-spec: aesthetics. I prefer no front serrations.
  3. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    As I understand it, the "Loaded" versions come w/ features over & above the Mil Spec. I guess you could get a Mil Spec & take it to a smith to add on exctly what you want.
    Good luck ;)
  4. 45auto

    45auto Well-Known Member

    SA will also do any upgrades on a mil-spec, so I assume you could order that way from them through their custom shop.
    Be prepared to spend quite a bit more to get the "loaded features" on a mil-spec, compared to buying a "loaded" model from stock.

    I also don't like front serrations, but most manufacturers are not flexable in their ordering options, unless you go "custom".

    I would also check out private gunsmiths(reputable).

    Good luck
  5. Country Boy

    Country Boy Well-Known Member

    I agree that front serrations are ugly. But my 1911 is a "fighting" handgun, so asthestics is way down on the list. Those front serrations are the one option I wish SA had left out of their "Loaded" models.
  6. OF

    OF Well-Known Member

    I'm getting real close to my first 1911 purchase and have discovered I have a major allergy to front slide serrations. I actually called Springfield just this morning and was told that it was not possible to get a 'loaded' model made without the forward serrations. Having the custom shop work up a mil-spec would be the only option. I got the same answer from Kimber, also.


    - Gabe
  7. MJRW

    MJRW Well-Known Member

    Woah, I called them too and got the same answer. I bet they are wondering "what the heck is going on here?"
  8. sanchezero

    sanchezero Well-Known Member

    Maybe if everyone calls...

    It's not too hard to do alot of the work yourself. New beavertails, thumbsafeties, etc are all pretty simple. All you need are a few handtools and the parts.

    Hit the gunsmithing forum at www.1911forums.com and find nearly all you need to know. I'm currently tweaking my milspec into a trailerpark racegun :) .
  9. OF

    OF Well-Known Member

    More info: the Springfield Custom Shop has a 'Loaded' Package they can do on a milspec, but it's $495. Ouch. That means a Springfield Loaded without forward serrations will set you back an even grand as opposed to ~$600 to $650 for the PX9109L parkerized 5" loaded off the rack.

    Maybe I don't mind the serrations that much after all.

    - Gabe
  10. Matthew_Q

    Matthew_Q Well-Known Member

    that's goofy as hell...

    I despise the front slide serrations myself. Although they can be handy for checking for loaded chamber. (grab front slide serrations with off hand and open slide 1/4" or so to eyeball it)

    Other than that, they bother me. It breaks up the lines of the gun.

    I recently got the parked milspec, and I like it lots. I haven't shot it yet, so I don't know if the grip safety will bite, but I don't think it will. My hands are long and somewhat slender, so there's not much meat for the hammer to bite.

    The trigger could stand work, as there is a bit of take up before it breaks. That might be one project for it. But I like the external appearance as it is.

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