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Old 05-28-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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I am interested in buying my first 1911 and have come across the Springfield 1911 Mil Spec for just over $600. Was wanting some thoughts on this model. From what I've seen, this is their cheap/entry level model. Should I spend my $600 elsewhere or is this a good deal on a good pistol?

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Old 05-28-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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I've had one for 4 months now. Love it. Eats anything you feed it. Would recommend to anyone. The price is reasonable and you won't be disappointed

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I've had mine for a couple years. I replaced the phony wood grips that came with it. Don't think any issued 1911 ever had a US carved on it. Ordered actual WWII walnut grips. Bought a replica flap leather holster and web belt. It looks for real at a fraction of real. Shoots very well. Has never malfunctioned. Fired approx 2500 rounds. Made in Brazil - stamped on bottom of trigger guard very discretely. A great value. Can't go wrong with one of these.

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Had mine for a little over a year. Ivandog, I think you may have the "GI" model. Old school hump and bump sights, or three dot?

The milspec has three dot sights, lowered and flared ejection port, and the rosewood grips come with the springfield armory logo. They're also the entry level US made gun. The Brazilian made GI is no longer in production.

There's some debate as to whether or not some milspecs without the "NM" serial number are US or Brazilian made, but no one yet, that I've seen, has been able to confirm this with anymore than hearsay. I know mine, and every other milspec model I've seen have had numerous tags hanging from them saying, "100% made in USA". That's kinda illegal if it's not true...doesn't necessarily mean it is, but I think we would've heard something if it isn't.

OP, it's a great gun to spend 600 bucks on. Snatch it up.

I've been modifying mine.

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I'm telling ya trip, you should have rust blued it :-P

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I'm telling ya trip, you should have rust blued it :-P
Hey, I like it. It's definitely different than other blued guns. And the minor streaks and uneven spots are blending nicely over time, being lightly polished with an oily rag.
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I've had mine for several years. It's the wide body 14+1 frame.
It has been a great pistol,and I had a local 1911 guru-Glen Riddle,owner of G2 Custom guns do a bunch of work to it.
He changed the Sights/Hammer/Beavertail/Refined the slide-frame fit/and a 3 lb Trigger job. He also worked the feed ramp over. It is a totally different shooting pistol now.

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I've had mine about a year. It is my 1st 1911. 500 rounds fired (damn ammo shortage) without any problems. Changed the trigger and made my own grips. The only issue is now I want a SA Loaded to keep it company.


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I've had mine about a year. It is my 1st 1911. 500 rounds fired (damn ammo shortage) without any problems. Changed the trigger and made my own grips. The only issue is now I want a SA Loaded to keep it company.
I was wondering if I should spend the extra $250 and just get the Loaded model? Thoughts?
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I was wondering if I should spend the extra $250 and just get the Loaded model? Thoughts?
I got the Mil-spec because I was doing a trade. I have priced some of the upgrades. The price for a Wilson Combat "drop in" beaver tale is about $37, WC value line hammer is $20, ambi- safety about $40 and my Ed Brown trigger was about $30. A Novak GI cut rear site is around $35. Total on these upgrades would be $160 -$170. I hear the WC beaver tale fits good, but does leave some gaps around the frame unlike a factory one. I don't know what it would cost to cut a dovetail for a front site. Given the cost of the upgrades if I buying instead of trading I would have bought the Loaded. With that said I still love my Mil-spec. Reliable and accurate like a 1911 should be.
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