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Old 03-21-2012, 03:46 AM   #1
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Have a Springfield 1911 A1 with a 5" barrel & I don't have any idea what kind it is. I am trying to buy a high beaver tail safety for it & I need to know which category it is under...

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:53 AM   #2
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GI. is what you have

Commander is the 4.4" whiles the 5" is the GI

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Have a Springfield 1911 A1 with a 5" barrel & I don't have any idea what kind it is. I am trying to buy a high beaver tail safety for it & I need to know which category it is under...
A government and a GI are the same. i.e. GI = Government Issue. Commander is the name for the smaller framed, shorter barreled model. Of course GI also refers to a bare bones model 1911. Pictured top to bottom, Government, Commander, Officers sized 1911s

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There is no high ride beaver tail grip safety for the GI, would the commander tail grip safety still work for it?

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Nevermind u answered my question. Thank y'all!

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Have a Springfield 1911 A1 with a 5" barrel & I don't have any idea what kind it is. I am trying to buy a high beaver tail safety for it & I need to know which category it is under...
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A government and a GI are the same. i.e. GI = Government Issue. Commander is the name for the smaller framed, shorter barreled model. Of course GI also refers to a bare bones model 1911. Pictured top to bottom, Government, Commander, Officers sized 1911s
You kids are mixing style with size.

Here are the size designations for common 1911s:
  • "Long Slide" - Full size receiver (frame) and 6" barrel.
  • "Government" - Full size receiver and 5" barrel.
  • "Commander" - Full size receiver and 4" or a 4.25" barrel.
  • "Officers" - Compact receiver and a 3" or a 3.5" barrel.

The two basic styles are,
  • GI - Duck Bill grip safety, "Hump and Bump" sights, solid trigger, small thumb safety/slide lock back and a sweet spur hammer.
  • The enhanced - Beavertail grip safety, modern three dot sights, skeleton trigger, small thumb safety/slide lock back and a Commander hammer.
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A government and a GI are the same. i.e. GI = Government Issue.
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Commander is the name for the smaller framed, shorter barreled model.
Of course GI also refers to a bare bones model 1911. Pictured top to bottom, Government, Commander, Officers sized 1911s

Nice shooters BUT the Commander has the same size frame as the GI except the dust cover is shorter
Thats most likely what you ment anyway
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Nice shooters BUT the Commander has the same size frame as the GI except the dust cover is shorter
Thats most likely what you ment anyway
+1 Hoss

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I seldom have anything to add to Cane's posts, especially on the subject of 1911s, but here is one tidbit. Since yours is a Springfield, their name for the Commander size is Champion.

That's all I got.

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I seldom have anything to add to Cane's posts, especially on the subject of 1911s, but here is one tidbit. Since yours is a Springfield, their name for the Commander size is Champion.

That's all I got.
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That's no Springer, it's my new Colt Talo Commander.
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