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Old 05-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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Well I decided to go with the Range Officer instead. The Mil spec was 649.99 and the Range Officer is 799.99. For the extra $150, I didnt see any reason not to go with the RO. Thanks for all the input though.

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I have one of the Mil-Spec models and love it! I wanted a good base model that I could work on myself. It was perfect for my needs, with the widened & lowered ejection port and beveled magazine well it was a good start. I have since added a beaver-tail grip safety, lighter mainspring, Wilson matched hammer and sear, full length guide rod, extended magazine release, adjustable trigger and changed the grips. She is a sweet shooter! About the only thing left I want to do to her is add some Novak sights. I will add a picture as soon as I get the chance!

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I'm brainstorming my first 1911 and this seems like the best bang for your buck. How is the fit, is it tight or a bit loose? Lastly, vs a RIA, is there a real $200 difference in quality as well as price? If RIA wasn't so proud of their gun and stamp their name on the slide like a freeway advertisement I might consider one...

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I picked up a used stainless mil spec off Gunbroker a year or so ago, nice pistols.

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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?
even SA Mil-Spec 1911 is a dang good pistol. i had one several years ago. just doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that their other models have, doesn't have as nice a finish, but function wise, not a thing wrong with it. it makes a good platform for a custom build as well, if a person wnats to go that route. $600 isn't the seal of the century, but still a decent price for a good pistol. also i think the Mil-Spec is a good first 1911 for those new to the platform. it's solid and reliable and decently accurate.
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I like mine.

Put Hogue grips on it.

What a difference.

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