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Springfield armory 45 mil-spec

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fordfan, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. fordfan

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    Hello all was wondering what your thoughts are on this particuler 1911? Is it a good reliable gun for the money?
     
  2. hAkron

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    I bought one in 2010. No problems. Well built.
     
  3. fordfan

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    Thank You
     
  4. ScottieG59

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    Quite a few years ago, I bought a Springfield Armory 1911A1 built like the 45s we used in the Army. It has always been a reliable firearm and I did carry it for a while. I take it to the range once in a while, but no longer carry it.

    As much as I love a mil-spec 1911, they were not drop safe. The odds of one going off when dropped may be low, but it is possible. When I bought it originally, I considered a firing pin block a do nothing part that could fail. I had one fail on one of my Colt pistols and did not trust firing pin blocks for a few years. Now, I consider them essential for a carry gun.

    Some people change the firing pin with one that is much lighter and made of titanium. I do not know how much safer these are when dropped, but I expect they are not more dangerous.

    Mil-spec 1911A1s feed 230 grain hardball very well; other ammo will need to be tested before trusting.
     
  5. YankeeFlyr

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    I got a Mil-Spec 6 months ago before I moved up north; love it! It's as reliable as my beloved Beretta 92FS...
     
  6. critter

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    I had one. Should NOT have sold it-GOOD shooter and very reliable! It 'values' way above its price.
     
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    I purchased one (NM serial #) with with the intent of doing some upgrades. It is such a good shooter, I can't see spending anymore money to change anything.
     
  8. Sergei Mosin

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    I think the Mil-Spec hits the sweet spot between price and features, a fine value for the money. It won't ever be confused for a high-end custom, but it's a lot nicer than the Armscor guns. I carry mine and am quite happy with it.

    Scottie, the current Springfield 1911s use titanium firing pins and a heavy firing pin spring. They are certified drop-safe in California, and if they can pass the test there... Yours being older, though, it may not have those parts.
     
  9. kcshooter

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    Yep. Rendering them drop-safe.

    The MilSpec is a great pistol for the money. The GI, however, is not. Please note that there is a difference in these two guns, and many online sellers and gunshops market the GI as the GI MilSpec. It's one or the other, not both.

    The MilSpec has usable sights, a lowered ejection port, and an beveled magazine well. The MilSpec makes an excelent platform to build on.
     
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    On the advice of the then MEU-SOC 1st Marine Division armorer, I bought two of them many years ago and had him MEU-SOC-it-to-me one of them to give as a gift. It has now made its way back 'round to me and both have been outstanding pistols even before considering the price.
     

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    Mine has been 100%.

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  12. fordfan

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    I really appreciate all the feed back and feel even better about my purchase. I bought mine about three months ago and fell in love. I had a place called otto comp in St Louis Mo put adjustable sights on it and that has made alot of difference for me in my shooting.

    I'm thinking about getting a springfield long slide. has anybody ever shoot one of them?
     
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    Like kcshooter said; the GI and the Mil-Spec are a great difference apart; my buddy in GA bought a GI, and after shooting it I knew I HAD to have usable sights.

    Oh, the frame, barrel and slide are all top-notch quality and the piece was reliable, but the minor differences made, well, all the difference.
     
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    Great gun.
    Good price.
    Backed by the forever warranty.

    AFS
     
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    Can`t say enough good about the Mil-Spec I have had, for about 8+ yrs and close to 20,000 rounds.Zero issues, everything is still tight, and the finish (park) looks better than ever.
     
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    Mine runs flawlessly. Buy one and enjoy shooting it.
     
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    ^^^This^^^

    I've had kimbers, S&Ws, SA Loadeds, but non of them was fit tighter than my NM Milspec!

    Tight as in no frame to slide slop, needs a bushing wrench, accurate as hell, no failures of any sort:)
     
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    We bought a Mil-Spec in stainless years ago, for my wife. It hasn't given us a problem in over 10 years of steady use.:)
     
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    It's set up how a prefer a 1911. Mine was reliable though accuracy left a bit to be desired. I'd buy an "NM" one but I'm done with "N" serial # SAs.

    NM Serial Number Prefix = Assembled/Finished in US (they are better fit and finished in almost every example I've seen compared to an "N")
    N = Not
     
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    What's the difference between "N" and "NM" SNs? MIM?
     
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    My MilSpec's grip safety was sharp enough at the back end to cut both my hand and my nephews' during recoil. I ended up having to dremel it to round it off enough to not cut my hand. And I don't like the concept of the Integral Locking System built into the gun. But since the ILS can be ignored and the gun shoots both reliably and accurately...
     
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