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First Springer.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ddj8052, Jun 23, 2004.

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  1. ddj8052

    ddj8052 Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    Nipomo, CA
    Well I just picked up my first Springfield armory 1911-A1. Here is the story behind this gun. A few weeks ago I met a local gunsmith named Frank Gallison. After asking around I found out that he is very highly thought of. The range master at my local range often told me a story of a gun that Frank had built. He said it was extremely accurate. In fact the first time the owner shot it (off hand at 25yrds) he shot out the x out of the bulls eye target. Not the ring just the x. Anyways, I happend to be at my local gun shop asking the owner to keep an eye out for a nice used 1911 and as I am walking out the door a gentleman walks in the door stating he has some new suff to get rid of. He pulls out a really nice Springer and come to find out that this is the gun that Frank had built. I asked the owner how much, he said $550, I said sold. On to the gun.

    This gun is by far the tightest 1911 I have ever handled. None of my limited experience with these guns so far prepared me for the amount of work that went into this gun. When all the way in battery nothing moved. The trigger is about 3 1/2#'s with a little creep, but no over travel or grit at all. I breaks like a "glass rod". The only thing that I have changed is to remove the original grips which were worn almost smooth and installed a pair of Rosewood grips with allen screws instead. Also since the gun had been used with very light reloads, I installed a Wolff variable power 18.5# spring. The gun has the following parts installed, Wilson Barrel bushing, trigger, beavertail saftey. It has Bo-mar rear sights. Bar Sto barrel.

    So, today I took the gun to the range to see how it works. First off the gun ran absoultley perfectley. I had no problems whatsoever. As for the accuracy, I will just say that this thing shoots far better than I can. I thought that my Kimber 25th Anniversary CUstom was accurate. This gun puts it to shame. All of my pairs were touching. And as long as I really concentrated all of my groups were about 1". I did all my shooting at 10 yrds.

    Over all I think this gun was a steal. I really love it already. I plan on having Frank build me a Stainless gun to match this one soon.

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2004
  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    May 22, 2003
    Lexington,North Carolina...or thereabouts
    First Springer

    Good show ddj! Not often that we can run up on a deal like that.
    A hand-fitted 1911 is a treat to own and fire, especially when
    they're built right.

    You should play the lottery next.:cool:

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