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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by halfded, Apr 27, 2016.

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  1. halfded

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    After almost ten years of wishing and wanting, I finally got my "unicorn".

    A stainless steel Springfield Armory range officer in 9mm. I've had a couple 1911s in the past but they've always been .45. 9mm versions are pretty rare around here and the local shops always wanted an arm and a leg to order them.

    I moved to a different area and talked to the manager of a shop that I frequent; two days later this came in. Lower than internet pricing to boot!

    Put 100 rounds through it the day after I got it and it's a nice shooter, very accurate and smooth. I did have a couple FTRB issues with it but chalk it up to it being a new gun that is pretty tight.

    Nonetheless I've started shopping for upgrades and have a Wilson Combat FLGR and flat wire 13lb spring as well as a set of Loc grips with stainless screws on the way.

    Thoroughly looking forward to putting more rounds through this beautiful piece of machinery!


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  2. ApacheCoTodd

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    Nice. I love seeing the renewed appreciation of old school where old school makes sense. Single stack of any caliber in particular.

    I look forward to seeing you some day move into 9x23 or .38 Super with it too.

    One question though, what's a FLGR?


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  3. Teachu2

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    full length guide rod?
     
  4. bannockburn

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    halfded

    Very nice! Should make for one sweet shooting 9mm.
     
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    If the slide is stopping right before it closes that last little bit, that's usually an extractor tension issue (too much tension). I've encountered that a few times. You can make a "field grade" adjustment to it by taking it out, putting the fat end back in the tunnel, and bending it a bit. There are actual tools for that, but if it's your only 1911 I don't know if it's worth it to get them.
     
  6. halfded

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    Yup, full length guide rod. The flat spring seems to be a good upgrade from my reading.

    I don't think it's an extractor issue.. The slide seems to need a little help pulling the next round from the magazine and sometimes shoving it home. The flat spring I got is a 13lb as recommended by Wilson.

    Guess we'll find out soon!
     
  7. 460Shooter

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    Very cool man! Congrats! I don't need a 9mm 1911, but I sure would like to have one like that!
     
  8. horsemen61

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    I like the looks of that add another one to the list
     
  9. RetiredUSNChief

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    Sweet!

    Everybody should buy their dream gun at some point. Glad you got yours!
     
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