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Old 12-26-2009, 04:00 AM   #1
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What is the consensus on the 5-inch Springfield GI model? I have an XD but in a perfect world I would have a GI style 1911.I just love the looks of a box stock classic 1911.

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:30 AM   #2
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Great gun, I've owned a couple of them. If you truly want a GI with the tiny sights - you can't go wrong. The difference in price between the GI and the Milspec isn't much and the better sights on the Milspec are worth it...

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I have the GI and I love it. I also have a thing for stock 1911's with arched mainspring housing, lanyard loop, etc. Having said that, i will say that I do wish it had better sights.
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Great pistol. You won't go wrong. I opted for the MilSpec as it had a few items I preferred.
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Three of us bought Springfield GIs. Two were the Lightweight Champion model, one was the full-size government. One of us was happy and still has his Champion.

Mine frequently failed to feed and failed to extract, even after 600 rounds. I sent it back to Springfield. And let me say here that their customer service is nothing short of stellar — they were friendly, professional and prompt. They polished the feed ramp, replaced the extractor, and either polished or smoothed out the chamber. It worked better, but I still didn't enjoy it at the range, much less would I have trusted my life to it.

I have heard good things about the Mil-Specs. If they're true, they would be worth the extra money.

And yes, the sights on the GI are tiny.

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