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How do you tell difference between the SA GI and Mil-Spec

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by amheck, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. amheck

    amheck

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    Please forgive the very silly question, but how exactly do you tell the differnce between the two models listed in subj line?

    I saw a gun, advertised as Mil-Spec today, but it had the grips with the "US" on them. I just want to make sure I know how to spot the differences when going to look (at this one or any other).

    Thanks in advance,
    Aaron
     
  2. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    Easy and quickest way is to look at the barrel. If it is black, it is a GI, if it is Silver, it is a Mil-Spec. The GI has the lanyard loop and GI sights, the Mil-Spec has three dot sights. The ejection port is also different. The GI is standard, and the Mil-Spec is lowered.
     


  3. amheck

    amheck

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    Nice, thanks for that. Shouldn't be too bad.
     
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    GI serrations are straight, mil-spec are slanted.
     
  5. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    .......Not to mention your wallet will be $50-$70 lighter if you buy the Mil-Spec. Either one is a very good buy. If your looking for a good base gun to build on, the Mil-Spec may be the better deal. You cannot go wrong with either, though.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Here's the 411,.

    WW2 (GI) Model: Pistol closely replicates the basic 1911A1 as used by the US military for seven decades. Features:
    high wall ("narrow") ejection port
    low profile GI sights
    lanyard loop on mainspring housing
    vertical cocking serrations on slide

    Mil-Spec: Pre-dated the G.I. model, adds some popular features/upgrades
    stainless barrel and bushing (some models)
    loaded chamber indicator (some models)
    lowered and flared ejection port
    high profile 3-dot sights
    beveled magazine well
    loss of the lanyard loop on mainspring housing
    forward-raked cocking serrations on slide
     
  7. bac1023

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    The quickest and easiet way to tell is the slanted serrations on the Mil-Spec.