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Found an interesting used 1911 today...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 3rdgen40, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    My dealer got in a used S/A Compact.It resembles a Mil-Spec but with a 4" barrel and 6+1 capacity.It has the same slide serrations as the Mil-Spec.The ejection port is flared and lowered.The hammer is rounded with a small hole in the center.It says "1911 A1 Compact" on the slide.
    It looks to be in very near mint condition.No signs of being fired or carried at all.Slide to frame fit feels tighter than my new Mil-Spec.Tried to turn the barrel bushing by hand and was too tight to turn w/o a wrench.He was asking $575.00, but I talked him down to $525.00 OTD.
    Think it's worth it ? Anyone have any info on this gun ? I haven't bought it yet,but I am thinking about getting it for a carry gun...:dunno:
     
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  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Sounds like a Springfield Armory Compact, model # PX9503L
    I believe they are lightweight frames, basically a Officer's model but a 4" barrel.


     


  3. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Yup,that's it.I just Googled it and the description fits.It has night sights,but the front vial is missing and the rear is dead.
     
  4. bdh_1

    bdh_1 Millennium Member

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  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    A NON lightweight Compact would be SWEET!
     
  6. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW

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    This is my Springfield Compact,alloy frame LW with a 4 inch bull barrel,bushingless,officer size frame.It shoots great and it is what I carry daily.Has GI style sights but just a little better.I called S/A and was told it was made in 1998.These models are hard to find,and are no longer made.They are now the Champion models.

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  7. 3rdgen40

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    I assume you have had some upgrades done to it ? The trigger,hammer,beavertail safety and RMH are different than the one I looked at.It also had a standard barrel with bushing.
     
  8. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    Springfield configured them in several different ways.
     
  9. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW

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    the only thing I replaced was the MSH,its a Kimber stainless flat,only cause the flat feels better to me.I was told by the gentleman I got it from that some fella by the name of Vickers had done some work to it.The bull barrel is factory although from what I understand.I had a very hard time finding much info on these Springfields.We could always use more if anyone knows.
     
  10. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    If that story is true that the seller told you ( I'm betting it was bull), then you need to get a hold of Larry Vickers and see if he can document the work done to it. If it is true then that gun is worth considerably more after LAV worked on it than if it was box stock.
     
  11. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW

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    It was a funny type deal,I got the Springfield by trading a Mini 14 for it,the fella had traded a Glock for the Springfield.I contacted the first owner of the Springer to try to find more info on it,thats when he told me it had been worked on by this Larry Vickers.I dont know if it has been or not,but the darn thing sure shoots nice.
     
  12. bdh_1

    bdh_1 Millennium Member

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    They're not bad. Earlier ones came with the ring hammer, non-beavertail grip safety, and used a barrel bushing. The reverse plug for the recoil spring on the ones with the barrel bushing can be a little problematic as in shearing the tab off and getting launched. I think I got the non-LW one I have circa '94. The lightweights will have the LW serial number prefix.
     
  13. ranburr1

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    Best gun Springfield ever sold. Still available through the custom shop.
     
  14. 3rdgen40

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    Bump for more opinions on rather or not I should buy this gun ? Still thinking about it.It's $500 OTD.Mint condition except for the sights.
     
  15. for 500 id jump on it. i love my springfield guns
     
  16. 3rdgen40

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    Called my dealer this morning.He already sold it...:crying: