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My first full-size 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Disregarded9-side, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    A Springfield Loaded, stainless.

    It has everything I want, nothing I don't (except maybe the lefty safety, which may be deleted). I was initially looking at a Mil-Spec this go-round, but then found this one today at a very good price, brand new. Novak style 3-dots are not NS, but are otherwise perfect (the rear looks like polymer).

    Some of you may remember my experience after buying a NIB Kimber Pro Carry II; after that first plunge into 1911s I did even more reading and decided a few things:
    1. I needed a full-size 1911 for reliability and the target-type accuracy I desire
    2. Steel frame was a must. Aluminum has no benefits in my mind, after my experience.
    3. It's best (least expensive) to buy a pistol with all the features you want, as opposed to going through the time, money and stress of adding them yourself...especially with so many favors on the market.

    I ran a box of ****ty Remington 230gr FMJRNs through her on the way home (gotta love friends with land). First impressions: first shot hit the 18"x18" steel from 25 yards with that awesome slow *thunk* of the ACP. It was so smooth, so deliberate, soft; easy. Three more times and I'm in love. Steady on a thin steel target at 45~ yards...BING.
    Hit everything for the rest of the box, except started too fast on the draw the the last mag and outshot my front sight for three in that mag.

    This is the 1911 for me. I knew I loved this platform.

    What's the best way to swap the guide rod out to a normal one (the disassembly is a PITA), and who sells WC mags for the cheapest (if I buy like 5).

    Thanks all, pictures are forthcoming.
  2. simotek


    Jul 29, 2012
    DC Area
    That's a good gun! I considered the Loaded while looking for my first 1911. I ended up getting the Range Officer.

  3. pochis


    Jul 28, 2008
    congrats...... very good AAA+
  4. In2deep


    Apr 2, 2012
    That is one to have!
  5. Ranger45


    Jan 17, 2010
    North Carolina
    Congrats on the new SA!
  6. congrats!

    brownells sells magazines in qty of #3 for a discounted price. they also have a variety of GI guide rod and a recoil spring plugs
  7. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    Many congrats my friend:thumbsup:
  8. As dakrat said - Brownells has everything you need.
    I changed out the full length guide rod to a normal G.I. style and got rid of the ILS main spring housing on my loaded.
    Several other things also that you didn't ask about.
    All easy to do.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  9. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  10. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    Congrats ! You're hooked now. Might as well dedicate a credit card to Brownell's purchases. :)
  11. jg420


    Dec 17, 2007
    SE Texas
    Great choice, and I always tell guys wanting to get into 1911's to check out anything by Springfield especially the Loaded series. As said also you can get you a GI plug and guide rod from Brownell's for around $30 I think. I just changed out the full length rod on my TRP to a GI setup the other day. Much better than having to have that dang wrench to disassemble it
  12. Congrats the Loaded is my favorite, accurate and reliable as well!

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  13. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    So after only four days and two outings the modding bug has bitten, and oh, are its teeth deep.

    Packages should arrive next week from Wilson and Midway. I bought a Wilson plug and GI guide rod to replace the FLGR (using factory spring). Retrospectively, I like the look of the standard checkered plug better than the Wilson button thing, but we shall see what it looks like. Also bought an Ed Brown Maxi-Well, Wolff 19# mainspring, Wilson mainspring retainer pin and cap, and 47D mags and parts. Obviously after I have the magwell installed I'll need some new, appropriately sized grips.......

    This may get ugly.