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Springfield 1911 GI .45

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by James Dean, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. James Dean

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    Hi Guys. I don't own any 1911's, at this time. I use to own a Colt Gold Cup back in the 80s, and I sold it in the 90s. What do you guys think of the springfield GI? I really like the fact that it is what the made in WW2. I also really like the U.S. Grips. Does anyone have one. Pros and cons. Thanks Alex
     
  2. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    I traded for one a few months back and it's been pretty reliable so far.

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    Pros: It's frame and slide are forged, it's a pretty close copy of an A1, nicely fitted, it's a series 70, cool lanyard loop on MSH, points nicely.

    Cons: It has a integral keyed lock on the main spring housing that could malfunction, the sights aren't that good, the grips actually suck. The GI deal is sorta silly and the wood they're made out of is really cheap. I switched them out to ebony double diamonds. The mag has worked so far, but I relaced it with a Wilson. The trigger sorta sucks, but will probaby improve over time.

    Note: My barrel was recalled and they replaced it with a nicer stainless barrel and bushing. Also, they smoothed it out a little.

    Anyway, it's a solid 1911 and I think you'd like it.

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  3. LRB2GZ

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    The Springfield GI was my first (and only) 1911. So far I love it and now I'm wanting more 1911s.

    I took the US grips off, I liked them, but I put a set of knock off plastic USGI style grips on it. I like the way it looks now better since its closer to the original look.

    Cons of the gun would be the ejection port and sights. I thought about changing the sights to Mil-spec sights but decided to keep it as stock as possible. I've gotten used to them now and its not that much of a problem. With the ejection port not being lowered and flared it tends to dent the brass and every now and again throw brass at your head. Neither really bother me enough not to like the gun or make me get it modified.

    I like the gun the way it is and if I do anything else to it it'll be replace the ILS mainspring housing with another GI style one without the ILS.
     
  4. bac1023

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    Mine has been great. Its a well built 1911, using a forged frame and slide from Brazil.

    The only cons are that it lacks the features to reliably feed JHP ammo. If you aren't going to carry it, its no big deal.


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  5. LRB2GZ

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    I've actually been carrying mine. FMJ .45 has gotta do more than that .380 LCP I was carrying everyday before. And I've completely neglected and ignored my glocks since getting this gun. It guess this is how it all starts.

    That being said, I realize its not the best 1911 for carry and will probably buy a Kimber Custom II (or TLE II) or Springfield TRP eventually for carry.

    Its funny. I bought the LCP because I thought my glocks were too big for carry in the South Carolina summer and now I'm carrying a full size solid metal .45. Because of this I this I'll probably stick to Government models for now.

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  6. bac1023

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    Looks nice. I don't know why I got the stainless.

    That said, I do own plenty of parkerized USGI replicas and a couple of real USGIs.
     
  7. jrs93accord

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    I have had my GI for a few years now. I have only shot it once. I recently picked up one of its little brothers, a Micro Compact.

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    The GI is a good pistol and reasonably priced.
     
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  8. n2extrm

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    I have the Mil-Spec and have enjoyed it for the last year, year and a half I guess. The trigger sucked out of the box. I sent it to SA and had the trigger done, the MS housing replaced with one with out the ILS and asked them if I could buy the grips from the GI. They charged me $11 for the grips IIRC. I never put them on because they are not as nice of a wood in person.

    I would buy one again.
     
  9. ctfireman

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    I've been attracted to the SA gi & milspec for a while. Definitley a big fan of both.
     
  10. a_tack

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    Had a stainless one a few years ago.. Loved it, wish I had never sold it. It is worth the extra money to send it back to springfield for the defense package (i think thats what its called) if you plan on carrying it. This includes lowered and flared ejection port, throated barrel, polished feed ramp, and beveled mag well..
     
  11. bac1023

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    If you're going to carry, its much more cost effective to just go with the Mil-Spec.
     
  12. The_Drizzle

    The_Drizzle I make it rain!

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    It does lack the "finer things" but mine has cycled everthing I put through it without one malfunction. The WWB is of course no problem, but I have never had an issue with my fathers cast lead reloads, or his JHP reloads. The barrel is throated and the feed only took about 3 seconds to polish up nicely.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Yeah, the barrel is throated, which is something a standard USGI barrel doesn't have.
     
  14. Todesengel

    Todesengel No Compromise.

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    I was going to get a SA GI but when I fondled one and everything was very loose I passed. Rather pay a little more and get a Colt 1991...the last few I've seen were nicely made. The Para GI Expert I handled also seemed pretty nice.
     
  15. bac1023

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    Hmm.

    I like Colts, but I never heard of somebody getting one because it was tighter than the competition. :tongueout:

    Colts are a lot of things, but "tight" isn't one of them.

    The older Colt were better in that regard, from my experience.
     
  16. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    When I traded for mine, the barrel was already replaced from the recall. The guy only shot around 50 rounds through it. Maybe, it's because SA replaced the barrel with the nicer stainless one and polished the feed ramp, but mine seems to feed HP pretty well. Given, I only shot around 25 rounds of self-defence rounds through it.

    I carry this in my man purse withy FMJ, though. :)

    deadite
     
  17. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Curious, where did you get the grips?

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  18. Todesengel

    Todesengel No Compromise.

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    The 1991's I've looked at recently aren't that tight but sure tighter then the GI's and Mil-Specs I've handled...their barrel moved up and down while in battery with very little pressure...slide to frame fit wasn't any better. So far the nicest 1911 for around $500 must be the GI Expert. Don't know how they shoot personally but hear a lot of praise. I haven't had a chance to look at the Remington R1 but it seems nice also.
     
  19. bac1023

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    Actually, slide to frame fitting tightness is not really how I judge an entry level 1911. The barrel lockup is a much better indicator of accuracy anyway.

    I feel a 1911 under $700 should really be judged on terms of reliability (which a more loose fit can actually help), small parts quality and fitting, and finish, so it can at least hold up for daily carry.
     
  20. bac1023

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    I really can't see Para being the best at anything, frankly.

    I do like the GI Expert better than the more expensice junk they sell, but their cast slides have been problematic. I like the GI Expert since it doesn't have that ridiculously gimmicky "Power Extractor".

    Still, I actually like the Filipino 1911s better than anything from Para.


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