11 year old Springfield GI questions

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  1. Jack19

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    500 rounds fired. Anything I should be aware of before buying?

    Any known issues of that era pistol?
     
  2. Schofield3

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    Check for normal wear around the barrel and bushing but honestly 500 rounds isn't that high of a round count, I wouldn't hesitate getting a used Springfield 1911
     
  3. FL-NC

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    Those guns are basically a clone of something out of a pre-1986 military arms room. To me, what you are describing is a $300 gun. For more $ I would look at the nicer rock islands or better yet Remington.
     
  4. springer99

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    An 11yr old Springfield GI version 1911 issues? Not many that I know of. If you shoot target wadcutters, you might have to open the ejection port to aid feeding of those loads, but the gun should be bullet-proof with that round count. I've been using a Springfield GI 1911 for Bullseye for a number of years that was built in the early "90's. I did replace the barrel bushing and have the trigger tuned, but it's been rock-solid otherwise. Obviously, a lot depends on pricing but this should still be a $500-550 gun as stock.
     
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    :barf::barf::barf:

    but seriously I would take a Springfield 1911 over a Remington 1911 any day of the week
     
  6. Drail

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    Yup. The Springfield GI is a fine pistol for the price. Rocks and Remingtons don't even come close.
     
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    And keep n mind Springer has a lifetime warranty on the gun.
    Doesn't matter how many owners it's had.

    Breaks? They fix it

    AFS
     
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    Jack19

    This is my Springfield Armory M1911A1 which I think was made a year or so after they were first introduced in the U.S. (sometime around 1988 or 1989). A very solid, well built gun with no issues whatsoever, I would say that as long as everything checks out okay with the pistol you're looking at, it should be good to go for many years to come.

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    I used a slightly modified Springfield Armory 1911 for 10 years and thousands of rounds in IPSC competition. It is still tight, accurate, and completely reliable with either hardball or SWC reloads. $300 is about 50% or less of what the gun would be worth to me. I think it's a much better choice than a RIA or Remington. I do have a RIA that has been a decent gun, but not in the same league as my SA.

    Quick check, looks like new basic SA mil specs are running about $600, although better deals may be found.
     
  10. Jack19

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    And this is why this is the best board on the internet. Thank you all; meeting the seller later this week.
     
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    I have a Springfield Armory "GI 45" model 1911A1.

    It is a Series 70 type of pistol. Being a military service model 1911 A1 replica it has the very small sights and very short GI style trigger. It also has a small, non-flared and non-fluted ejection port.

    The sights and trigger did not work for me so I had a longer, three-hole trigger installed and reasonable three dot sights. I also had a national match barrel bushing fit.

    I agree that the pistol overall appears to be well-made and it shoots accurately. My pistol has been plagued by ejection issues, however.

    My pistol was given to me by a friend I had helped out. His son picked two identical pistols up at a PX coming back from a Middle East deployment and he gave one to me. His identical model pistol shoots flawlessly.

    In addition to denting the ejected cases at the mouth, I had numerous stove pipe jams with the pistol and the occasional failure to feed. The pistol has been in the hands of two different gunsmiths for these problems and they persist. The extractor and ejector have both been changed and adjusted.

    The small ejection port remains and I suspect the next step is to have the slide milled to lower and flare the port. I have largely eliminated the feed failures and most of the stovepipes, but the ejection is still erratic. I suspect the ejected cases are hitting the lip of the small ejection port and ricocheting off in various directions.

    I have researched this model on the internet during my efforts to make this pistol reliable. I know that some owners, such as my friend's son, have had flawless function, there are reports on the internet from SA Model 1911A1 GI 45 owners who have had issues similar to mine.
     
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