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Well, first off welcome to the Forum - You came to the right place, we have a ton of 1911 fans here...

Okay, the Springfield Loaded has about 8 different models under that designation, so you will have to elaborate a little further.

I am going to assume you want the silver, wood grips model in .45 with the fixed sights and the ambi safety, since that one seems to be in your price range.

You have to be careful with the Springfield stuff, because not all of them come with Match Grade Chambers and Barrels. A Match Grade Chamber and Barrel is polished and is a tighter fit, meaning better accuracy.

I don't personally like adjustable sights, or ambi safety's, on my 1911's. If you are left handed, or you are cross eye dominant, where you have to shoot with one hand on the gun and your opposite eye open, then the adjustables might be for you, but for more applications, neither are needed.

Springfield had some production problems a few years ago, but their current models are very good and will treat you right.

That being said, I don't know a single person in real life that owns a Springfield and I know a lot of shooters.

A company to check out would be Kimber - great company and their pistols have about the best bang for the hard earned dollar out there right now.

For your first pistol, a 1911 is a serious undertaking. Keep in mind that maintenance is tied to performance, so you had better plan on being meticulous with your upkeep as your new pistol will require some love to make it run like the champion it is underneath.

Or you could buy a polymer gun, drop it in the mud, emerge it in saltwater, leave it out in the rain and it will go bang when you want it too. It just won't be as accurate and it won't have the legacy behind it. :D

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Godfather - That would depend on what your criteria is for the pistol.

Do you want S/S?

Do you want Fixed or Adjustable Sights?

Do you want Hi Cap, or standard mags?

Do you want a Carry Gun ( 4" or 4.25" ), or do you want a Full Size ( 5" )

Do you want aluminum? Do you want all steel? Or do you want a combination?

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That's a great gun! A buddy of mine bought that gun based on that very picture and it's a runner. Nothing wrong with it and he has, probably, 2500 rounds through it that I know of. Wonderful gun, feeds anything in the .45 caliber and it's an accurate shooting mo-fo.

If you can get it in Kali would be a concern, but if you are interested in that specific gun, I can personally vouge for it being a very, very good gun.

JD
 
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