Need Help in Handgun Decision

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Sharpshooter76, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Hello fellow shooters. I'm new to this forum but looks like a great place to get some decisions out of the way.
    I just recently purchased a used Springfield 1911 GI model for $500. It came with add ons like the Wilson Combat extended beavertail and Wilson Combat skeletonized hammer. I guess the original owner spent a total of $900 all together?
    Since it was used I am worried if the thing would have any issues since it has been used. Now I am looking to exchange it for a brand new Springfield XD-45 instead for $600.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    12,369
    57
    48
    Keep the Springer. If you want an XD, then save the cash to get it later.
     

  3. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Thanks...that was what I was kind of thinking on doing. Any other suggestions will be much appreciated.
     
  4. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    4,910
    2
    38
    You will regret it.
    If your worried about it, have a gunsmith check it out. Unless you have a specific need for the XD, I think it's a step in the wrong direction. If it wasn't abused, there should be little to worry about.
     
  5. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Hmmm...what are your thoughts on the XD-45. I have heard lots of good things about the gun but I would also like to hear some of the negatives.
     
  6. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    10,888
    1
    0
    The general negative would be that it is not a 1911. If your GI has a good trigger and operates smoothly then there is not much to do with it other than shoot it a ton. The GI is a basic model, but if already worked on then it sounds like you got a good deal. Keep the 1911 and get other stuff when you have the $. JMHO
     
  7. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    4,910
    2
    38
    I have a XD40 SC, and I like it. I would like to eventually look into a XDm 45. So I don't have a problem with the platform. But you won't catch me selling my SA Trophy Match to get one. Like I said previously, unless you have a need specifically addressed by the XD that the 1911 won't work for, then I don't see the need. The 1911 is a classic design that shoots very well. It sounds like you got a nice one for a good price. XDs are great weapons, but they are more "appliance-like."
    Trust me, if you do it, you will eventually wish you hadn't.

    It's sort of like:
    I like the new Corvettes, but I don't think you should trade your 67 big block for an 08.
     
  8. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    I did originally want the XDm 45 but it isn't legal here in California.
    Thanks again for your reply looks like I will keep the 1911.
     
  9. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger Member

    730
    0
    16
    You've got to remember,and I learned this the hard way,no matter how much work,or money was put into the gun,its still a $500.00 gun. Now,that's at a gun shop with a Blue Book on the counter. If you can sell it to joe blow,you might get more.
     
  10. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

    2,096
    1
    0
    The Springer GI is a milspec gun. Milspec extractor, and ejection port. It will chew up the case rim, and it will flatten the case mouth.

    If you are planning on reloading for this, the brass will be beat up, often worthless.
     
  11. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    Take it to a smith and have it checked out if you're concerned. Then clean it and lube it and shoot the heck out of it. You can always but an XD down the road, but a Springfield 1911 for $500. is a keeper.
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    20,110
    19
    38
    if its got the wrong springs that might occur. my ithaca manufacture 1944 doesnt get any more milspec than that spits out empties in perfect reloadable condition. depends on how spec the springfield version is to milspec i suppose. mileage may vary.

    i would stick with the 1911. much better gun. 1911>xd(m)>sw mp>rock&slingshot>glock
     
  13. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    10,888
    1
    0
    The OP did say that it has been worked on to the tune of around 9 bills. Did you even read the post or just jump in when you saw GI?
     
  14. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

    2,096
    1
    0
    Yes, I saw the title and posted a reply without even reading the whole story.:eek:

    DID YOU READ IT?

    OP mentions, $900, Wilson hammer and beavertail. Ive seen that gun for $550-700. about $100 worth of parts mentioned. Potentially close to that $900 mark. He never mentioned replaced sights, guiderod, spring, mainspring housing, or ither custom work such as the lower and flare or fitment.

    So Im assuming that since it is the afformentioned GI, and he doesnt mention lower and flare, that it has not been done.


    The Stainless GI i USED to have, was a brass killing machine. They are an entry level gun. A good range blaster. Honestly not one Id spend money customizing.

    May I explain anything else Ive done?
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010
  15. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Thanks for all the suggestions and tips. I went back to store to do some more inspection on the used SA 1911 GI and to pay off my gun to start my 10 day cool off period. Stupid California Law.
    The guy told me that they can't start the DROS filing until after the 30 day period since it was used. They have to make sure it wasn't stolen or used in a crime. They said to come back on Dec 12 to do the DROS and then they can start the 10 day hold. That means that I won't be able to get my 1911 till almost Christmas!!! :mad:
    Luckily they had a brand new SA 1911 GI at there other store for only $600 and having it shipped over! Now I can sleep better now that my worries are no more. I'll be getting it December 7th!:D
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2010
  16. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    I will post a pic of the gun when I get it. Can't wait to shoot it. I shot my buddies SA 1911 Loaded version and that thing is sooo accurate out of the box. Awesome side arm.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2010
  17. WDB

    WDB New Member

    3,977
    3
    0
    I may have read too fast, thought you already owned the pistol and were thinking of trading it in on another pistol. As did most members that responded as they suggested how to have "your pistol" checked out. A honest question will get a honest answer.
     
  18. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Huh??? I bought the used 1911 but there was no way for my to have it checked out by a gunsmith since it has to be held for 30 days plus another 10 days for the cool off period. Instead of worrying if the gun would even fire I wanted to put my deposit towards another pistol instead and since they didn't have another 1911 in my price range I thought I would settle for the xd. What do you mean by "A honest question will get a honest answer"?
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010
  19. Sharpshooter76

    Sharpshooter76 New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Well the guy at the counter said the parts would cost about $200 plus another $100 to get it installed by a gunsmith so he said the original owner probably spent a total of $600 for the gun and another $300 for parts and install so $900. Didn't mean for this thread to take a wrong turn.
     
  20. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    8,411
    3
    0
    Never sell or trade a gun, you will always regret it one way or another.