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Craig Hopkins 08-26-2010 09:05 PM

Springfield Armory GI .45-From where?
I am looking at a Stainless Springfield Armory GI .45 at a local dealer here. However, it is stamped BRAZIL beneath the Genesco, Ill. on the right side. Does this indicate that the parts were made in Brazil and assembled in the US, or the other way around? I have assumed that the SA's were 100% American made and assembled. This is the only SA that I have seen like this so far.

danf_fl 08-26-2010 09:14 PM

Earlier frames came from Brazil, and the guns were assembled here. But don't let that bother you. Mine was used competition all over Europe every weekend and practice during the week for over 7 years. I have too many rounds through it to count. And the last time I shot it, it still put 5 rounds together at 15 yards. Replace the springs and check for abuse.

It is still a 1911 and a Springer.

NGIB 08-26-2010 09:37 PM

All Springer frames & slides are made by IMBEL in Brazil - always have been. Even the guns that don't have Brazil stamped on them still have IMBEL frames & slides. If more than 50% of assembly was done in the USA they won't carry the Brazil stamp. Nothing to worry about anyway as all service & warranty work is done here and Springfield has great customer service.

If the "Buy American" is bothering you, ever wonder how many foreign made parts and assemblies are in your Ford, Chevy. or Dodge?

Also, be aware that if you're looking at a true GI model - make sure you can live with the sights as they are a PITA to swap out unless you pay a smith to machine a dovetail in the slide for the front sight...

Craig Hopkins 08-27-2010 12:52 AM

Springfield 1911 GI .45
Thanks for the reply y'all.
I was mostly curious about the difference in the two that I saw. I will be going back to pick up one of them. I just like the gun and have heard good results about the SA, in any of its configurations.

danf_fl 08-27-2010 01:36 AM

Checkout CHLChris thread on what to look for:

utf59 08-27-2010 02:33 PM

If I were you, I'd move up a step from the GI. I had a GI model, and it was crap. Of three of us who bought GI models at about the same time (different dealers, though), two of us were very disappointed.

Springfield, as a company, was great to deal with. I sent mine back, and they replaced the extractor, polished the feed ramp, and worked on the chamber. It was better, but not something I wanted to rely on. I got rid of that thing ASAP. My friend ditched his too.

I want to get another 1911 sometime, but I won't go the cheap route this time.

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