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Springfield Armory "GI"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by USBP1969, Oct 12, 2010.

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  1. USBP1969

    USBP1969 Member

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    Howdy.

    Anyone had any experience with the reliability of an out of the box Springfield Armory "GI" model?

    Thanks
    USBP1969
     
  2. Yo Mama

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    You can search a few threads on this one, but here is what you will get:

    Go with the milspec. For 100 bucks extra you have better sights, polished feed ramp, better grips, beveled mag well, lowered/flared ejection port.

    For you to do this on your own from GI to Milspec runs more than the 100 dollar difference. Most of the mods result in better and more reliable shooting.

    Really, listen to me, go with the milspec and you won't look back.
     
  3. Greg528iT

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    I think you'll be happy with the Mil SPec. Love mine
     
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  4. BlayGlock

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    Im sorry but this statement is just plain silly.

    Forged is almost always better than cast. In addition, Springfield's GI and MilSpec are one of the top choices for base guns for a full house custom builds by the biggest names in the industry. There is nothing wrong with the quality of their forgings.

    OP you would be happier with a mil-spec for the sights alone if you intent this to be a range gun.
     
  5. md7

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    Mil Spec is the way to go imho. More bells and whistles for a little extra.
     
  6. wow6599

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    Springfield (Imbel) makes top notch frames and slides; buy with confidence.
     
  7. DustyVermonter

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    Bought one, not particularly impressed thus far, trigger is not that great and neither is accuracy, feels very coarse and clunky compared to many of the other 1911's I've shot.

    Don't get me wrong the gun has a lot of potential as a custom job, but as far as out of the box nothing outstanding.

    One of the problems I have had so far is failure to feed mid slide rack.

    After getting a round chambered in the damn thing with some finesse it shoots fine, but not especially accurate.

    I predict that I will probably have to put about $175 into this gun before I feel good enough about it to carry it for self defense.
     
  8. Full Metal Jacket

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    spend the extra money and get a mil spec. the extra features are worth it.
     
  9. unreal45

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    The SA Mil Spec is a good value.
     
  10. Marshall

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    Put my vote in the Springfield Mil Spec crowd, definitely!
     
  11. Tecolote

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    Springfield MilSpec is the way to go. I was trying to decide between a GI and a MilSpec and decided on the MilSpec. I prefer the look so of the GI as it more closely resembles the original 1911A1, but it would cost me a lot more than the initial price difference to get the GI on par with the MilSpec.

    For people casting doubt on the quality of Springfields, if they're so bad why are they used by the US military?

    If you're having trouble with your Springfield give Springfield a call. Their customer service is top notch.
     

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  12. gc70

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    Because Springfield was the low bidder?
     
  13. JTQ

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    The Springfield GI has a solid reputation. As mentioned the sights are small and if you really want to shoot it much the sights on the Mil-Spec are well worth the extra cost.
     
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  14. oasis618

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    This.
     
  15. marlas1too

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    i have 2 rock island 45 1911 and 1 Springfield GI 45 1911 all are excellent guns
     
  16. foghornl

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    My Springfield GI-45 has been flawless out of the box.

    My only knock is that those sights are tiny, compared to the Novak Night Sights on my Springer Champion model.

    That being said, the GI-45 just seems to REALLY "fit" my hands.
     
  17. Wishoot

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    Why do I feel like this thread may be locked very, very soon?

    For those that offered their opinion on a Mil-Spec over a GI, I thank you. I don't mean to hijack the thread either, but I'm in the same position as the OP with which gun to buy.
     
  18. hey_poolboy

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    Not to get back on topic, but I like my Springer GI. The sights are tiny, but you know that going in. I cleaned up the trigger shoe edges and the track, smoothed out a few other spots, and adjusted the spring to get a nice, relatively smooth trigger pull of 4#.

    It runs like a champ even when shooting my 185 LSWC's after a little polishing of the ramp.
     
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    DonRon is taking a little time off

    I'm going to delete posts that were just responses to his post, if you'd like them opened back up after a clean up, please PM me
     
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    The Colt 1991 is a good pistol to also take a look at if your into the classic looking 1911's.
     
  21. Tecolote

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    gc70,

    From what I know low bidder wasn't the only thing that USMC was looking for when purchasing new 1911s for MEU SOC pistol. I think that it speaks highly of Springfield quality and the IMBEL made pistols that they're in use with the US military.
     
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    Several members at my gun club own them and have nothing but good things to say about them.
     
  23. Madcap_Magician

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    I wish Springfield made a mil-spec Champion.
     
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