Is my 1911 a government, commander, or GI?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by bbroker777, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. bbroker777

    bbroker777 New Member

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    Have a Springfield 1911 A1 with a 5" barrel & I don't have any idea what kind it is. I am trying to buy a high beaver tail safety for it & I need to know which category it is under...
     
  2. DodgerBlue

    DodgerBlue New Member

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    GI. is what you have

    Commander is the 4.4" whiles the 5" is the GI
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    A government and a GI are the same. i.e. GI = Government Issue. Commander is the name for the smaller framed, shorter barreled model. Of course GI also refers to a bare bones model 1911. Pictured top to bottom, Government, Commander, Officers sized 1911s

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  4. bbroker777

    bbroker777 New Member

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    There is no high ride beaver tail grip safety for the GI, would the commander tail grip safety still work for it?
     
  5. bbroker777

    bbroker777 New Member

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    Nevermind u answered my question. Thank y'all!
     
  6. canebrake

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    You kids are mixing style with size.

    Here are the size designations for common 1911s:
    • "Long Slide" - Full size receiver (frame) and 6" barrel.
    • "Government" - Full size receiver and 5" barrel.
    • "Commander" - Full size receiver and 4" or a 4.25" barrel.
    • "Officers" - Compact receiver and a 3" or a 3.5" barrel.

    The two basic styles are,
    • GI - Duck Bill grip safety, "Hump and Bump" sights, solid trigger, small thumb safety/slide lock back and a sweet spur hammer.
    • The enhanced - Beavertail grip safety, modern three dot sights, skeleton trigger, small thumb safety/slide lock back and a Commander hammer.
     
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  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Nice shooters BUT the Commander has the same size frame as the GI except the dust cover is shorter :)
    Thats most likely what you ment anyway :eek:
     
  8. canebrake

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    +1 Hoss

    Here's a visual.

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    Size does matter!
     
  9. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I seldom have anything to add to Cane's posts, especially on the subject of 1911s, but here is one tidbit. Since yours is a Springfield, their name for the Commander size is Champion.

    That's all I got.
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Phil, you need to come around more often. I have been non-stop ingratiating myself with this latest addition to my arsenal.

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    That's no Springer, it's my new Colt Talo Commander. :p
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    So, would it be possible, wise, or a travesty to get an officer-sized frame & try to mount a 5" or 6" slide/barrel to it? You know, just to say "i never, ever miss".