Springfield 1911 GI

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by fox22, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. fox22

    fox22 New Member

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    Does anyone know where i can purchase a Springfield 1911 model GI 5" either in OD green or the Parkerized version. Im in Illinois or willing to purchase one online but im having trouble with finding one.

    can anyone help?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Take a road trip and visit the SA custom shop.

    Or look at doing a "Krylon" rebuild on a used one.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Is there a Scheel's near you? The Scheel's in Appleton, WI usually has a couple in stock.

    There is an LGS near me trying to sell a used parkerized GI Springer for $699 on consigment. Me thinks this one will be available for a long time. The same store has a Springer with Novak sights and Pachmar grips for $649.
     
  4. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Currently SA is so far behind on gun orders as is Ruger and others because of the coming election they are not taking any orders from anyone. They hope to start taking orders in late May on certain guns. Unfortunately the GI isn't one of them. Good luck finding one.
     
  5. chucksolo69

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    Yes, very hard to find an SA Gi .45 these days. I bought mine 4 years ago at my LGS for $508.00 OTD. Mine is green parkerized.
     
  6. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I don't know when they stopped making them, but last time I visited the Springfiedl website, they no longer listed the GI series. That'll mean they will be even harder to find & could drive the price up. Their 'Mil Spec' was a better deal for the money.
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    They haven't stop making them. They are just behind as I said earlier. When things smooth out they will be available again.
     
  8. trip286

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    They HAVE quit making them. They MAY begin production on them again if they feel there is enough demand (personally I think there is), but there have been no promises. As of now, they are intending the milspec to be the "replacement".

    I found this out by calling SA customer service when I was shopping for my first 1911. I just went with the milspec instead of the gi which I really wanted. So far, I'm thrilled. The one big difference between the two, other than the obvious, is that (I believe, don't quote this as the gospel) the gi is supposedly the only one made by SA with a cast frame and slide, and in Brazil. The milspec (again, don't take for gospel) is the "lowest" end made by SA with a forged frame and slide, and in the US.
     
  9. gollygee

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    I think only some of the Mil-Specs may be assembled in the U.S. If I remember correctly, those with "NM" prefix in the S/N are U.S. assembled.
     
  10. trip286

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    I don't know if that's entirely right, but I'm sure it's not entirely wrong. Mine is a non "NM" (or heck, maybe I need to take another look, shame on this Marine for not knowing his weapon's serial number...) but mine came with a tag that said "100% made and assembled in the USA"...

    I'd be willing to bet money that some are slapped together in Brazil, or are forged in Brazil...but I simply don't know the full and most accurate story on that...sounds like another call to SA CS may be in order, but I don't feel like it. I've had the phone to my ear all day with lawyers, bankers, insurance people... Any one want to take it upon themselves to find out for us?
     
  11. chucksolo69

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    I don't understand what the big deal is on this. My SA GI .45 is stamped "Made in Brazil" on the underside of the dust cover. I have a couple of thousand rounds through it and it is still sound and tight. There is nothing wrong with my "Made in Brazil" SA GI.
     
  12. gollygee

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    It seems that at one time, Springfield did use some home grown frames, but stopped doing it & all frames, slides, etc. are from Brazil now, even if assembled here. Personally, it's a non-issue for me. I blame the politicians & the unions for the U.S. losing it's manufacturing. It's not the businesses' fault, they're just trying to survive all the taxes, regulations & union rules.
     
  13. trip286

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    And there won't be anything wrong with it. IIRC sistema is considered a very good quality 1911, and its all Brazilian. Its just that some people (me, for one) prefer an American gun built in America. Now, as I've told people, at least buying a gun IN America its still helping to feed American families...
     
  14. gollygee

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    That's kinda the way I feel about it. If my money goes to an American company, I'm doing my part. I do try to avoid anything made in china.

    Had a neighbor once that sold Toyotas. I was interested in a small pickup for for the company I worked for because the chevy S10s we had were junk, but was concerned about the 'made in America' thing. He explained that the Toyota pickups were ordered in as the bare bones chassis, engine, etc. All the accessories, including the tailgate were added here.

    I also hear that the Toyota Sienna has a higher % of American made products in it that the Ford Mustang. My point is, you really don't know what you're getting these days. 'Made In America' doesn't mean what it used to mean.
     
  15. limbkiller

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    The NM guns are assembled in the US. If it doesn't have the NM in the # it is made in Brazil. The NM guns are usually put together better and the slides will be fit better. Some SA guys will not own a SA gun without the NM. I prefer SAs to have the NM as I have found quality usually is better.
     
  16. orangello

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    I love my Croatian SA XD45. I LOVE my Norinco (china) SKS. I love my Czech CZ75b.

    I FREAKIN ADORE my Ruger GP100, but if i found out my Ruger revolver was really made in brazil or croatia or some other place, i wouldn't like it as much. A .357 revolver like the GP100 is an American Icon (USA, not the rest) and wouldn't have that going for it if it said "made in brasil". I feel the same way about a 1911; it is an American icon that is better if it is made in the USA,by a native English speaker.

    I don't give a rat's *** where my sneakers are made really, but when i finally find some decent cowboyish boots, they damn well better say "MADE IN THE USA".
    (yes, i know that Argentina is big on the cowboy thing too)
     
  17. trip286

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    heh, I finally looked...mine IS an "NM" gun. Damn. I need to go back to the old days and memorize this number.