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Old 04-28-2012, 07:11   #21
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nice purchase for sure...
if you go with a full length guide rod youll end up using a bushing wrench for take down...
which is no big deal...
it looks like there is two wilson mags in there as well...hell thats like $80 right there...
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:30   #22
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Nice score.

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Old 04-28-2012, 08:03   #23
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Nice looking GI.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:25   #24
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Thanks all. A few years ago I traded my springfield mil spec that was nicely upgraded. I so wanted to recreate that pistol but couldn't find one locally. So I'm going the next best thing route... here's a pic of that beauty...

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Old 04-28-2012, 08:37   #25
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Congrats ! Sweet gun.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:26   #26
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I do dig the lanyard loop. I don't know why, probably nostalgia.
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Old 04-28-2012, 16:04   #27
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Ahh thanks gecko... Do you know if it would accept novak style sights?
No it will not at this point, the cut in the slide is different (too small). If you send your slide to Novak they'll cut the bigger dovetail and install them for ya. I'm thinking Springfield custom shop would be able to do this as well becuase many of their model come with Novak installed.

*Note: Ask them how they address the removal of the parkerized finish in the new dovetail cut area. I don't know if they cold blue, re-parkerize or leave it bare.
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Old 04-28-2012, 16:17   #28
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I am thinking about a full length gide rod and extended grip safety. However I've seen pics of some and there is a gap. Anyone know if there is a specific model for this gun?
http://www.smithandalexander.com/ Smith & Alexander make the the proper radius (.220) for Springfield's but they are not drop in parts and need to be fitted. They have a jig available (about $20.00) to help with fitting. If you call them they are very helpful/friendly and may give you some idea of what to expect.

The gap ya see on some Springfields are from mod's using the wrong radius cut beavertail or just improper fitting.

NOTE: You'll have to bob your exisiting hammer or replace it as the spur will hit the upsweep of the beavertail.

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Old 04-28-2012, 16:23   #29
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Ok thanks again gecko!
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Old 04-28-2012, 16:58   #30
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Well shoot I just ordered the guide rod /bushing, hammer and grip safety... Hopefully everything fits nicely.
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Old 04-28-2012, 17:08   #31
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Ahh thanks gecko... Do you know if it would accept novak style sights?
The rear sight cut is a GI as in for USGI sights. Any sight made to fit a GI dovetail should fit. The problem is the front sight.

It is a staked on sight that is neither the small or large tenon sight. It is pretty much a proprietary sight. The good news is that you do have options still.

You can...

A. Send it back to SA and have them install their high profile three dot sights on the slide.

B. Find a large tenon front sight that matches a USGI dovetailed rear sight, and file it (the tenon) to fit. Then stake it on.

C. This also involves a trip to SA. Have them re-cut the rear dovetail and cut a dovetail for the front sight. Then you can have any sights you want.

The cheapest option is shoot the gun with the sights as they are now, followed by option A. Option C while making a more versatile weapon is the most costliest.

You really only need to send the slide back for all sight work, though you may want to consider sending the gun and having a match bushing fitted. The gun will be combat accurate now, but a well fit bushing will wring out some more accuracy.
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Old 04-28-2012, 17:24   #32
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Sounds like a hassle... I think I will be leaving the sights alone. Maybe I'll pick up some crimson trace grips.
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Old 04-28-2012, 17:54   #33
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It all depends on if you like the sights on it or not.
Mine has the same sights and I don't mind them. I may someday with 70 year old eyes though.
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Old 04-28-2012, 18:27   #34
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The sights are not too bad if you have good eyes. The GI style guide rod is no less accurate than the full length. The SA GI as you have, has been discontinued though maybe only temporary. I would hold on to it as is if I were you. If you get hammer bite then a beaver tail safety would be worth it. 600 was a little steep but the market for them will catch up to what you paid soon. SA will honor the lifetime warranty even though you're not the original owner.
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Old 04-29-2012, 16:19   #35
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One thing that we should take note of.

The GI or the Milspec both being good guns for the money are both forged. Forged frames and slides. The same price competitors all come with a cast lower. Not that that's a bad thing. Gunsmiths will be more than happy to work on a lower end Springfield. They make a great base guns for a custom job.


Personally I'll be leaving mine the way it is.
I have better guns but I dig the plain jane gun with none of the junk I don't want.
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Old 04-29-2012, 16:29   #36
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I've owned a couple 1911's with G.I. sights and I've always found it made it a bit easier to find the front sight if I opened up the rear sight notch just a bit with a needle file. Just be careful because if it's hitting straight you'll want to make sure to remove a little bit from each side of the sight notch to keep the front sight lined up right.
That being said, as a rule I always like something better then the G.I. sights if I have the option. IIRC I think I've seen sight upgrade options for the small tenon front sights before. Do a google on it and you might find a better set that'll fit into the dovetail and tenon you have now so you'll just need to get the front sight staked on and drift in the rear sight and you'll be good to go.

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Here's a couple options that I looked up on the Midway site for ya'. They do have an adjustable rear sight but the front tenon is the proper narrow style.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/182...ht-steel-3-dot
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/713...-white-outline
I also found these at Brownell's if you want a fixed rear sight, they look pretty good and the price isn't too bad either.
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=4...D-SIGHT-COMBOS
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Old 04-29-2012, 16:55   #37
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10-8 has a really nice GI rear replacement.

http://www.10-8performance.com/produ...ear-Sight.html

Let me just say that this sight is very fast with a Trijicon or Gold front.
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Old 04-29-2012, 17:24   #38
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All right! Thanks guys.
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Old 05-11-2012, 16:10   #39
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Well I sold the GI. I put it up for trade but a guy offered 750.00 for it so I couldn't refuse. I found a Mil Spec model for 700.00 and picked it up. It has some wear and a cracked grip, but almost all the upgrades I wanted. Now I just gotta pick out which VZ grips I want!!!

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Old 05-12-2012, 16:55   #40
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Congrats!

Not to be a dick or anything, but are you sure the buyer wasn't Nigerian?
Sending you a check for 5K and asking you to wire the extra somewhere.
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