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Old 12-26-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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I got a Springfield range officer for Christmas today. This is my first 1911 and only my second pistol; my first being a ruger 22/45. I wanted a mil spec or gi model (I prefer the plain Jane look) but due to poor salesmanship I got a range officer. I have always hated the giant rear sight. Anyways now that I got that out of my system... I do LOVE this gun. I have been fondling her all day only dreaming of the moment I finally get the chance to run some 230 grain 45 ACP through this fine piece of machinery. The weight and the cold hard steel with the wooden grips just feels so damn good in my hand. I am not an expert but the trigger is my favorite out of all my guns. This is just a beautiful tool that I am confident will bring me years of pleasure; being my first 1911 it has a special place in my heart and I will treat her with the respect and care she deserves. Bad cell phone pic- hopefully soon I will get my moms camera and get some good photos. Would yall reccomend I fieldstrip it and clean her up before I go shooting? I mean its clean but I think I remember reading something where this guy wad talkin about how he likes to remove the old oil and relube before he shoots a brandnew 1911. Any tips or reccomendations are welcome. Merry Christmas

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Old 12-26-2011, 12:54 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new piece, its really up to you on what you do before you shoot her. You can field strip her,give her a basic visual inspection and make sure that the rails are lubed, then reassemble...or just lock the slide back and run a dry patch through the barrel. Either way is fine

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I field striped my RO the day I bought mine and found that the rails needed some extra live from what the factory applied! Enjoy! Shoots like a dream!

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just to add, once you field strip/clean. reassemble take to the nearest range, load a Magazine, insert said magazine, activate the "bang" switch , clean, Repeat. enjoy!

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That's a great Xmas gift!... Enjoy it!

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I got a Springfield range officer for Christmas today. This is my first 1911 and only my second pistol; my first being a ruger 22/45. I wanted a mil spec or gi model (I prefer the plain Jane look) but due to poor salesmanship I got a range officer. I have always hated the giant rear sight. Anyways now that I got that out of my system... I do LOVE this gun. I have been fondling her all day only dreaming of the moment I finally get the chance to run some 230 grain 45 ACP through this fine piece of machinery. The weight and the cold hard steel with the wooden grips just feels so damn good in my hand. I am not an expert but the trigger is my favorite out of all my guns. This is just a beautiful tool that I am confident will bring me years of pleasure; being my first 1911 it has a special place in my heart and I will treat her with the respect and care she deserves. Bad cell phone pic- hopefully soon I will get my moms camera and get some good photos. Would yall reccomend I fieldstrip it and clean her up before I go shooting? I mean its clean but I think I remember reading something where this guy wad talkin about how he likes to remove the old oil and relube before he shoots a brandnew 1911. Any tips or reccomendations are welcome. Merry Christmas
Nice lookin' machine ya' got there! YES, go through it before you cap any rounds in it.
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Everything I have read advertises this as the basic competition ready gun. Im sure you could win with plain gi models but ill take every advantage I can get haha. I have never competed but it has always been a dream of mine. Now that I got my 1911, once I run some rounds through her and gain some practice I will definitely get competitive- competition just seems like a lot of fun to me. I know a guy who shoots IDPA I will have to talk to him about that and get involved. I've just never had a gun to bring.

MrWray- Thanks, and I will

Kalepas- Great to hear!

rigjumpr- That's the plan... hopefully tomorrow I will be able to shoot. I've just been so busy with Christmas stuff that I haven't been able to get down to a safe shooting location. I fear that once I start, my wallet will slim down significantly.

Jkl- yes it is! and yes I will!

MarkF- I have decided I will- It seems to be well lubed but the lube seems kind of "gritty". Plus it will just be nice to get to know my gun before I even shoot it.

EDIT: Shes cleaned- relubed, and ready for action

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I must have been a good boy last year, cause Sandy Claws dropped my new (to me) Springer under the tree! Can't wait to get her out to the range and get a few rounds down the pipe! Here are a couple happy snaps...

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Nice pistol Kid. I know what you mean about that rear sight & prefer the Novak ramp sight like the Loaded has. But take it to the range & try it out before changing it. Might actually end up liking it. If this was a display pistol, the preservative they usually come with may have been cleaned off, but it is fun to field strip, inspect, clean & relube a new pistol, even if it isn't needed.

But, if th preservative has not been cleaned off, then I'd suggest you do that. That stuff is not a good lubricant & heat from shooting can cause it to turn real sticky. Could cause some unnecessary mis-feeds, etc. which dosn't make for a fun first range trip.

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Mad jealous your realllllllllll lucky

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