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Quick value question - Springfield MilSpec 5"

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by stolenphot0, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

    Jan 26, 2012
    Kettering, OH
    Hey guys, first off I am not a 1911 person. I want one, but haven't had time to fully research them.

    I was at a LGS today and they had just got a Springfield Milspec A1 5" in on trade. The asking price was $600.

    I think it was like this one but I don't remember it having the arched mainspring housing (I probably just missed it honestly)"+.45ACP+Package

    Are these still in production? If not was the $600 a decent price? I don't have the money to buy it either way, I was just sort of curious. Thanks


    Feb 21, 2012
    I would say that is a fair price.

    I am currently waiting for these to become available. According to my springfield rep they wont be doing another production run for at least a few months, and even then they are going to be allocated to distributors on waiting lists.

    I'm hoping i can snag a few, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  3. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    Yeah that seems like a good price.

    I was in that position too and couldn't wait for one, I scored aNIB Springfield Loaded for ~$800 out the door; glad I went this route too, as it's a much more 'full-featured' pistol.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012
  4. When you said that you are not a 1911 person it made me think that buying a used 1911 is a risky thing to do.
    Unless you know what to look for on a used 1911 you may just buy a gun that has been tinkered with by someone who is learning to work on 1911's and has learned on "your" gun what not to do next time.
    If I were you I would simply save up my money until I could buy a factory new gun and not take any chances.
    A new Springer Mil-Spec is not all that much more than a used one.
    Other than that I would suggest you learn about 1911's before you buy a used gun.
  5. zhix


    Jan 31, 2010
    Unless you want that particular model IMO $600 is expensive for used, I paid the same for mine brand new including .06% sales tax last year.
  6. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

    Jan 26, 2012
    Kettering, OH
    Condition looked almost new. No noticeable finish wear, no idiot scratch, and just a few rub marks on the barrel hood.

    And you're right, I need to research and learn more on 1911s before I impulse buy. I just got back into shooting this year and started with Glocks because they are easy.

    The one thing I did notice, was the trigger seemed light. It was single action only but I rented a Remington R1 before and it had more weight in Single Action than the Springfield. But it was a different gun also. That was the only thing that stood out from memory. I have read Bac's guide a few times. Just need to study more when I have the money to buy one.

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  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    I would offer them $550 cash out the door.
    Doubt they have more than $300 in it.
  8. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001

    I agree, much better choices.