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WWII 1911 specs

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by matty-vb, May 20, 2011.

  1. matty-vb

    matty-vb New Member

    Mar 18, 2011
    hello. I was wondering if someone could help me out. I was wondering about purchasing a Springfield GI or something along those lines, but was wondering how close the Springer GI came to the 1911's of WWII? I'm not a huge 1911 history buff, and was wondering what changes had been made between 1911 and 1940. I would just like a 1911 similar to what the WWII soldiers were issued. Thanks for any input you may give!
  2. Sniper X

    Sniper X Senior Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    Depends if the SPringer is a series 70 or series 80 platform. I am not sure if Springer ever made a series 80 in the GI model. Anyway, the GI from Springer I have seen is identical to the WWII models. Better fit maybe...every 1911 I ever held or shot in the Army would rattle like a Daimondback Rattle snake when shook....
  3. JTQ

    JTQ Mentor

    Apr 6, 2009
    NW Florida
    Springfield does not make a 1911 with a firing pin safety.

    Springfield does use a proprietary size titanium firing pin and they have an Integral Locking System (ILS) in the mainspring housing.

    The Auto Ordnance has much more authentic looking slide markings, but it has a firing pin safety like the Colt Series 80. Frame is cast rather than forged. It has a rather square front strap, but otherwise externally, I find it the most authentic looking 1911A1.

    Armscor (Rock Island Armory) has a flat mainspring housing, garish slide markings and the frame is also cast rather than forged.

    The Colt Series 70 Repro, has slightly taller than GI sights, a dimple on the bottom of the chamber area (helps feed odd shaped bullets), and also uses a titanium firing pin, but it is standard diameter. It is blued rather than parkerized.

    Colt 1991, has the Series 80 firing pin safety, the same dimpled chamber as the Series 70 Repro, slightly taller than GI 3-dot sights, has a flat mainspring housing, and is blued.
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    A 1911 in 1911 was a Model 1911.

    The ones used in WWII were Model 1911A1's.

    Those changes came about in 1924/25, and included:
    1. Finger clearance cuts in the frame behind the trigger.
    2. A longer grip safety tang.
    3. A shorter trigger.
    4. And an arched mainspring housing.


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