Just got my springer 1911, what else do i need?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by marshall, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    Hey Folks,
    after doing my homework i decided on a springfield 1911 loaded stainless steel in 9mm. tomorrow morning i'll be making the purchase to make it official and i wanted to post this now so i can get some feedback and wait less by the time my beauty gets to me.

    So, being that this is my first gun, tell me. what else do i need? Anything else i need to know? Accessories, tools and what not.

    Recommend me
    oil rags,
    oils to oil my gun.
    brushes or whatever for the barrel, cleaning.

    Mags. I hear the stock magazines on the springer are not great and best to purchase third party. i hear great about Wilson and Mec Gar but which? can you post links on which to purchase?

    Storing my gun. My house has no children just adults, 2 more and the house is large, so i plan to have my gun stored/hiding in 'plain' sight. are there special cases for this sort of thing? Is a drawer fine for this?

    I read that leather and the gun case foam can remove the oils from the gun, is this true and frowned upon to keep the gun stored there?

    I plan on going to the range at least once a month, but maybe a few times.
    Good carrying case?

    sorry for the questions, but i want to make it right.

    i found out about the idiot scratch and i'm glad i found out so i can try to avoid it. any tips?

    thanks y'all! you've been great with feedback on my other thread.
     
  2. NGIB

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    A basic cleaning kit from Walmart will do you just fine along with some Hoppes #9 and some old cut up t-shirts. As far as mags, I haven't found any factory mags (not just Springer) that are really that good. Wilson & Tripp are the 2 brands recommended the most. While Mec-Gar makes great mags for other gun brands, for 1911s - not so much. Gun lube is an open subject as we all have our favorite. I've been using Mobil One for years (yup, car oil) and I'm going to be trying out some Wilson Ultima II shortly. I store mine either on racks or in pistol rugs and I have a number of range bags - most made for carrying multiple guns and lots of stuff...
     

  3. colmustard

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    First off congrats on the new firearm!! A basic cleaning kit should be fine as stated. Also I really like using a bore snake for helping to clean the barrel. I also use hoppes #9 to clean and mobil 1 to lube. As far as mags I have Chip Mc Cormick mags and have been lucky with those so far. Many out door shops and online shops have nice range bags, cheaperthandirt.com and midwayusa.com are decent sites, but the bag is more prefrence to you, as long as it holds what your taking, i.e. hearing protection, some cleaner, ect. Good luck and remember safty first. And good shooting!:)
     
  4. utf59

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    The first thing you need is to move out of Chicago. :D

    The second thing you need is ammo...lots and lots of ammo.

    After that, I'd say NGIB hit the nail on the head. Start with a basic cleaning kit. Follow the instructions in the manual. That'll help you learn your way around your gun. Then later, you might decide on a different/better bore brush, or a type of oil, or whatever. Those things you can do one at a time.

    And ditto the Wilson and Tripp mags. Canebrake will be along later, and he'll put Tripp first. :D

    And you need to shoot it. A lot. And enjoy it.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It's all been covered. Now, shoot it a lot, then clean it and shoot it some more. Repeat often.

    Nine millimeter ammunition is cheap. Buy a bunch. Buy different types and brands. Shoot a bunch of them and see which type/weight/brand works best.

    Then buy a whole bunch of it. Shoot some and store the rest just on general principle.

    Then, shoot it a lot, then clean it and shoot it some more. Repeat often. ;)
     
  6. sbninja

    sbninja New Member

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    Well, the first thing you need, is to POST A PIC!
     
  7. russ

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    Like sbninja stated, I believe it is a class 2 felony to talk about a new gun without posting pictures. So as soon as you get your grubby mitts on that thing, you need to get pictures in here.

    As for mags, I have had zero trouble with my Chip McCormick Power mags. But after looking on Midway, it appears that they don't make mags in 9mm. I read several reviews and it seems there is no clear winner in the 9mm/1911 mag arena. It looks like Tripp does make 9mm mags, so I'd say spend your money there. Tripp Research Inc. 1911 Magazines
    As to bags/cases, I'm super pleased at the cheap Midway pistol bag I just ordered. Holds 7 extra mags on one side and has two fairly large zippered pockets on the other, each big enough for two boxes of ammo, well two boxes of 9mm anyway. For $7.99 I couldn't be happier.
     
  8. marshall

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    i won the auction yesterday, i'll be making the payment tomorrow am. and then go to my local FFL to fax in the info, hopefully by beginning of next week i'll post pics.
    russ, what's a better base? is it just for style? or is the allow worth another 8.50?
     
  9. FCross7

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    First off, congrats on the Springfield. I just picked up a full size loaded in .45 this morning. It's my first 1911, I haven't shot it yet, and it's already my favorite pistol. I'm sure you'll love yours as well.

    For all you picture Nazi's out there, I'm gonna put up some pictures as soon as I can find my camera.

    I just recently got 4 Tripp's for my Springer, and I just went with the polymer and they are great. Other than looks, I don't see where the alloys would have that much of an added benefit. Before you try to disassemble and clean the pistol, I would recommend watching these 3 videos:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGJKv4NaHaU&feature=relmfu]The Loaded 1911 Takedown[/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWb7OoR82Y&feature=relmfu]Cleaning the Springfield Loaded 1911[/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMTGGYlowWY&feature=relmfu]Cleaning Part 2 and Reassembly[/ame]

    I watched these 3 before I did anything with my pistol, and then again as I took it apart and they helped tremendously.

    Like others have said, the other stuff is really just personal preference. Ask 10 people about what they use to clean their guns and how they do it, and you'll more than likely get 10 different answers. Same with range bags.

    -Fred
     
  10. russ

    russ New Member

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    Not worth the extra $8.50 to me. I'd just go with the polymer base.
     
  11. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    thanks! i'll go the tripp route for mags.

    thanks!

    haha, no kidding. hopefully this year is the year that we change a lot of ordinances for handguns to something a little bit more sane.

    will do!
    i will.
    thanks for the info.

    Russ, the videos were great.

    as far as lubing and cleaning, i'd tread it the same way even its stainless still right y'all?
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yup. Just don't ever use stainless brushes on any firearm. You're fine with Bronze, Brass & Nylon.
     
  13. HKSlinger

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    Didn't know you could own a 1911 in chi town. At least since 1911 :confused:
     
  14. canebrake

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    Get the alloy base!

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  15. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    thanks!
    pretty much man....this year we're hoping all of this changes.
    hahaha, i keep hearing that's your fav. any reason why? or just style?
     
  16. parinoid54

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    Well, IMO, sell it and get either a S&W or a Colt.:D
     
  17. Scratchammo

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    What else do you need? Perhaps a larger caliber, jk :D. For my G.I. I use an old bandana, a boresnake, & Breakfree CLP.
     
  18. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    i will, soon. i love the 1911 and i dont even have one (being delivered) or even shot one yet. i'm sure the bug will hit me hard to continue. this is my first gun and first 1911. i've only shot 9mm and it wasn't too strong on recoil. once i shoot away and get better acquainted, i can see myself getting another in .45acp and i have a few on my list. CZ75, m9/92fs and so forth.
     
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  19. canebrake

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    As far as the Tripp's go, they are the only mag I will use for carry. Still not convinced? Buy one Tripp and any other mag recommended here (or anywhere) and do a side by side comparison of the two. Nuff said!

    As to the base pads:

    At my age all I got left is style! [​IMG]
     
  20. marshall

    marshall New Member

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    just ordered one of each. poly and alloy :)