Thoughts on SA 1911 Mil Spec

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Squawk, May 27, 2013.

  1. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I am interested in buying my first 1911 and have come across the Springfield 1911 Mil Spec for just over $600. Was wanting some thoughts on this model. From what I've seen, this is their cheap/entry level model. Should I spend my $600 elsewhere or is this a good deal on a good pistol?
     
  2. dakotagtsr

    dakotagtsr New Member

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    I've had one for 4 months now. Love it. Eats anything you feed it. Would recommend to anyone. The price is reasonable and you won't be disappointed
     

  3. ivandog48

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    I've had mine for a couple years. I replaced the phony wood grips that came with it. Don't think any issued 1911 ever had a US carved on it. Ordered actual WWII walnut grips. Bought a replica flap leather holster and web belt. It looks for real at a fraction of real. Shoots very well. Has never malfunctioned. Fired approx 2500 rounds. Made in Brazil - stamped on bottom of trigger guard very discretely. A great value. Can't go wrong with one of these.
     
  4. trip286

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    Had mine for a little over a year. Ivandog, I think you may have the "GI" model. Old school hump and bump sights, or three dot?

    The milspec has three dot sights, lowered and flared ejection port, and the rosewood grips come with the springfield armory logo. They're also the entry level US made gun. The Brazilian made GI is no longer in production.

    There's some debate as to whether or not some milspecs without the "NM" serial number are US or Brazilian made, but no one yet, that I've seen, has been able to confirm this with anymore than hearsay. I know mine, and every other milspec model I've seen have had numerous tags hanging from them saying, "100% made in USA". That's kinda illegal if it's not true...doesn't necessarily mean it is, but I think we would've heard something if it isn't.

    OP, it's a great gun to spend 600 bucks on. Snatch it up.

    I've been modifying mine.

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  5. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    I'm telling ya trip, you should have rust blued it :p
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Hey, I like it. It's definitely different than other blued guns. And the minor streaks and uneven spots are blending nicely over time, being lightly polished with an oily rag.
     
  7. Txhillbilly

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    I've had mine for several years. It's the wide body 14+1 frame.
    It has been a great pistol,and I had a local 1911 guru-Glen Riddle,owner of G2 Custom guns do a bunch of work to it.
    He changed the Sights/Hammer/Beavertail/Refined the slide-frame fit/and a 3 lb Trigger job. He also worked the feed ramp over. It is a totally different shooting pistol now.

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  8. sparky17

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    I've had mine about a year. It is my 1st 1911. 500 rounds fired (damn ammo shortage) without any problems. Changed the trigger and made my own grips. The only issue is now I want a SA Loaded to keep it company.


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  9. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I was wondering if I should spend the extra $250 and just get the Loaded model? Thoughts?
     
  10. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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    I got the Mil-spec because I was doing a trade. I have priced some of the upgrades. The price for a Wilson Combat "drop in" beaver tale is about $37, WC value line hammer is $20, ambi- safety about $40 and my Ed Brown trigger was about $30. A Novak GI cut rear site is around $35. Total on these upgrades would be $160 -$170. I hear the WC beaver tale fits good, but does leave some gaps around the frame unlike a factory one. I don't know what it would cost to cut a dovetail for a front site. Given the cost of the upgrades if I buying instead of trading I would have bought the Loaded. With that said I still love my Mil-spec. Reliable and accurate like a 1911 should be.
     
  11. Squawk

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    Well I decided to go with the Range Officer instead. The Mil spec was 649.99 and the Range Officer is 799.99. For the extra $150, I didnt see any reason not to go with the RO. Thanks for all the input though.:)
     
  12. bigdean65

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    I have one of the Mil-Spec models and love it! I wanted a good base model that I could work on myself. It was perfect for my needs, with the widened & lowered ejection port and beveled magazine well it was a good start. I have since added a beaver-tail grip safety, lighter mainspring, Wilson matched hammer and sear, full length guide rod, extended magazine release, adjustable trigger and changed the grips. She is a sweet shooter! About the only thing left I want to do to her is add some Novak sights. I will add a picture as soon as I get the chance!
     
  13. TankTop

    TankTop Active Member Supporter

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    I'm brainstorming my first 1911 and this seems like the best bang for your buck. How is the fit, is it tight or a bit loose? Lastly, vs a RIA, is there a real $200 difference in quality as well as price? If RIA wasn't so proud of their gun and stamp their name on the slide like a freeway advertisement I might consider one...
     
  14. Gatoragn

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    I picked up a used stainless mil spec off Gunbroker a year or so ago, nice pistols.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    even SA Mil-Spec 1911 is a dang good pistol. i had one several years ago. just doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that their other models have, doesn't have as nice a finish, but function wise, not a thing wrong with it. it makes a good platform for a custom build as well, if a person wnats to go that route. $600 isn't the seal of the century, but still a decent price for a good pistol. also i think the Mil-Spec is a good first 1911 for those new to the platform. it's solid and reliable and decently accurate.
     
  16. therewolf

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    I like mine.

    Put Hogue grips on it.

    What a difference.