Springfield 1911 gi

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by hoyte, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. hoyte

    hoyte New Member

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    I. Don't know what the difference in gi and mil spec models are. But I'm looking into buying a gi model. Any comments for a new buyer?
     
  2. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Different sights and the mil spec has a lowered ejection port. Other than that I can't see any other differences.
     

  3. ltcfb118

    ltcfb118 New Member

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    The SA GI model is bare bones. It is a nice weapon but the milspec is a definite upgrade. My GI was not finished when I bought it. It was new and I sent it back to SA. I now have a Kimber Tactical. Love it.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    What he said. The milspec has taller, three dot sights, and the ejection port.

    Beyond that, there were different available finishes between the two. The GI is not being made anymore right now, so your options will be limited.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Wat drvsafe 'n trip said-
    Vast majority of "common" folk couldn't spot one from the other--
     
  6. hoyte

    hoyte New Member

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    So if I get the gi am I'm able to upgrade parts such as trigger and sights?
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Yes. But beware, it has a standard dove tailed rear and a staked front, reducing the options available. There are still many GREAT options out there for it though.

    Also, just about any grip safety, besides the old GI style, will need to be fitted. No big deal really, it can be done at home. I intend to start some work on my milspec pretty soon myself.
     
  8. canebrake

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    Any fitting of a new grip safety will require you to refinish the receiver.

    When the Colt grip safety is removed there is a segment of the frame's palm web area that requires removal. The radius of the S&A safety is .250".

    Once the jig is installed, the excess frame material becomes evident.

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    This is Fenrir with the first few file passes made to the frame.

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    Note the black finish on the jig rounds. As you get closer to the finished radius you will start to notice the file starting to remove the black finish, (Your getting close when that happens.)

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    Almost there!

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    After fitting and function testing the parts were taped and put in the sand-blaster.

    The frame;

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    The beavertail;

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    The final product;

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    This is the before photo. See how the grip safety points back and down.

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    This is the after photo. A true high-ride beavertail!