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Old 11-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Hello fellow shooters. I'm new to this forum but looks like a great place to get some decisions out of the way.
I just recently purchased a used Springfield 1911 GI model for $500. It came with add ons like the Wilson Combat extended beavertail and Wilson Combat skeletonized hammer. I guess the original owner spent a total of $900 all together?
Since it was used I am worried if the thing would have any issues since it has been used. Now I am looking to exchange it for a brand new Springfield XD-45 instead for $600.
Any suggestions?
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Keep the Springer. If you want an XD, then save the cash to get it later.

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Thanks...that was what I was kind of thinking on doing. Any other suggestions will be much appreciated.

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You will regret it.
If your worried about it, have a gunsmith check it out. Unless you have a specific need for the XD, I think it's a step in the wrong direction. If it wasn't abused, there should be little to worry about.
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You will regret it.
If your worried about it, have a gunsmith check it out. Unless you have a specific need for the XD, I think it's a step in the wrong direction. If it wasn't abused, there should be little to worry about.
Hmmm...what are your thoughts on the XD-45. I have heard lots of good things about the gun but I would also like to hear some of the negatives.
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The general negative would be that it is not a 1911. If your GI has a good trigger and operates smoothly then there is not much to do with it other than shoot it a ton. The GI is a basic model, but if already worked on then it sounds like you got a good deal. Keep the 1911 and get other stuff when you have the $. JMHO

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Hmmm...what are your thoughts on the XD-45. I have heard lots of good things about the gun but I would also like to hear some of the negatives.
I have a XD40 SC, and I like it. I would like to eventually look into a XDm 45. So I don't have a problem with the platform. But you won't catch me selling my SA Trophy Match to get one. Like I said previously, unless you have a need specifically addressed by the XD that the 1911 won't work for, then I don't see the need. The 1911 is a classic design that shoots very well. It sounds like you got a nice one for a good price. XDs are great weapons, but they are more "appliance-like."
Trust me, if you do it, you will eventually wish you hadn't.

It's sort of like:
I like the new Corvettes, but I don't think you should trade your 67 big block for an 08.
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I did originally want the XDm 45 but it isn't legal here in California.
Thanks again for your reply looks like I will keep the 1911.

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You've got to remember,and I learned this the hard way,no matter how much work,or money was put into the gun,its still a $500.00 gun. Now,that's at a gun shop with a Blue Book on the counter. If you can sell it to joe blow,you might get more.

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The Springer GI is a milspec gun. Milspec extractor, and ejection port. It will chew up the case rim, and it will flatten the case mouth.

If you are planning on reloading for this, the brass will be beat up, often worthless.

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