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Which 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by District18, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. I own two 1911s, both purchased used. The first is a Loaded Springfield Armory Stainless. The second is a Colt Trophy Match. I'm a novice as far as 1911s go. Can anyone offer insight as to which is better? Which is more accurate? Which is more reliable? Are there any inherent problems with either?
    If the time comes that I can only keep one, which one?
  2. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    Which is better or more accurate? You tell us. You will get differing opinions. Keep whichever one you shoot better. :thumbsup:

  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I agree.
  4. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX

    Judging from you sig line, you'll have a bunch of Glocks to liquidize before you put have to put a 1911 on the choppin' block!
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Is that a Colt Gold Cup Trophy?
  6. Yes. Sorry that's what I meant. Gold Cup Trophy.
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I'd take that over a Loaded any day.
  8. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I agree. Never handled a Loaded that impressed me in the least.
  9. I like my Springfield Loaded models, but if the Colt shoots even close to the SA, keep it, as it will likely have higher-quality internals than the SA.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
  10. The Springfield shoots very nicely. Haven't had an opportunity to shoot the Colt yet. The Springfield seems front heavy, the Colt seems to have better balance.
    Should I put in a heavier spring in either gun when shooting hotter defensive loads like Cor-Bon or Doubletap?
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  11. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Yes, defensive loads require heavy spring. Gold Cups have VERY light mainspring and recoil spring.
  12. Since you bought them both used it's hard to say. Some Gold Cups came with two recoil springs, one for wadcutter (ight) loads, and one for standard ammo.

    If you can compare the SA and Colt springs and the Colt feels softer, use the SA recoil spring for ammo testing, or buy a new 16 - 18 lb spring.
  13. limbkiller


    Mar 25, 2011
    +10 Colts may or not be some of the best but hold there value very well.
  14. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Me too.


  15. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  16. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Yes they do :)
  17. ptmccain


    Nov 7, 2010
    Colts are definitely the best 1911 when it comes to from your bank account.

  18. Jeager106


    Sep 23, 2005
    Ditch the Springer Loaded, keep the Gold Cup.
    If your Gold Cup won't shoot at least twice as good as the Springer I'd be shocked.
    I have a Loaded and it sucks.
    I have had many telephone conversations with techs at Sprinfiled.
    The Loaded is only gaurunteed to shoot 3.5 inch groups benched at 25 yards.
    My Gold Cup Trophy shoots 1.25" with any good load.
    Better if I'm having a good range session.
    Nothing helps the Loaded.
    I got suckered into dropping large bucks on the Springfiled TRP.
    BIG mistake.
    It shot 5 inches and worse with any load I tried and shoot an average of 10 inches high.
    That's a nearly $1500.00 handgun.
    Back to the factory it went.
    4 weeks later it came back shooted dead on and decent groups of under 2 inches.
    After about 25 rounds the pistol literally ground to a halt.
    It stopped working completely. I took it apart and found stainless steel shavings had gotten into the rails and really gouged them up big time.
    Back to the shop with a nasty letter.
    It came back in a week, no gouges, how they got them out is a mystery to me.
    With Win231 and 200 grain XTP's it shoots 1.25 " c to c regularly.
    That's the way it should have been in the first place.
    To me he very BEST 1911 factory bult 1911 is the Kimber, bar none.
    I have 3 Kimbers.
    All shoot like a Gold Cup.
    My 10 year old Eclipse with adj. night sights will outshoot the Gold Cup with select loads.
    I'm ditching the Loaded a.s.a.p. and putting the money aside to build up some bucks for another full size Kimber.
    If the TRP behaves, does not break down, continues shooting so well I'll reluctantly keep it.
    Any Glock will outshoot any Loaded any day of the week.
  19. :faint:

    While that may be true of the single example you own, I know it's not true for them all.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  20. ptmccain


    Nov 7, 2010

    I'd like to see some targets showing a 1.25" or better group at 25 yards from your good range session.