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My first 1911 - Springfield Operator

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by catalyst686, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. catalyst686

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    Well guys, I've been wanting a 1911 for a while now, an operator specifically, in the year I've been looking to at least get the chance to handle one, no such luck. I had pretty much told myself no more guns until summer comes around and of course I walk into my range/ gun store yesterday to shoot and guess whats sitting in the Springfield case. I said screw it and decided to get it. I've never even shot a 45 in my life so I'm not sure what to expect. What I've noticed so far is that the trigger is amazing, nice clean break, the gun points naturally, and it's super comfortable in my hand. I'm used to shooting my Glock 19 and my ruger 22/45 so hopefully I'll be able to cope with the recoil quickly. I haven't shot it yet, going to figure out how to field strip her and then clean and oil it up! I got a bore snake, some ammo and snap caps, I'll get some more mags soon, nighthawk was suggested? Any other recommendations fellas?
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  2. bac1023

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    Congrats! :cool:

    Looking forward to the pics. :)
     

  3. catalyst686

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    Thanks BAC!
     
  4. catalyst686

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    So I just figured out how to detail strip it, HOLY CRAP THERE IS A TON OF OIL IN THIS!!! Had a quick question, there are 3 numbers etched into the inside of the slide on the part below the firing pin channel, looks like it was done with an engraving tool, by a child, lol, any info on what this is for? I'm guessing I should go heavy on the oil?
     
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  5. Glockdude1

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    Congrats!!

    There several of us here that own Springfield Operators.
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    My Operator has the same engraving as yours. The three numbers on mine, are the last 3 numbers of the serial number.

    Mags. I use Wilson 47D's.

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  6. catalyst686

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    Nice! Thanks for the info! I'll be getting some more mags soon here.
     
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    Congrats on your first 1911, a great choice with the Springer Operator. The recoil will probably be alot less than you are expecting since 1911's have more weight to them. Wilson Combat mags also get the vote from me. Shoot the hell out of it and watch out because you have just taken the first step towards a serious addiction.
     
  8. catalyst686

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    Great, I thought I had it bad after building my first AR, there is no cure for the addiction! I was thinking about the felt recoil considering the operator is on the heavy side, I know it's not going to be an issue, just gotta learn about it. I'll be shooting the absolute living hell out of her next weekend!
     
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    MC Operators were always a pleasure to shoot. at 20yards off hand groupings were always in the 4-5inch spread for me and my girl back 5-6 years ago.. Haven't shot one since then..
     
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    Quick question, I field stripped the gun, cleaned it, applied oil, put it back together, everything seems to be functioning fine, I do notice when I rack the slide and let it RTB slowly, it seems like it has a little friction, it feels normal if i rack it and let it rtb without me guiding it there. Is this normal?
     
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    After 300rd's, your Operator will feel as smooth as glass.

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  12. catalyst686

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    That's what I suspected, thanks for the info!
     
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    Very nice,........congrats!

    Grease the rails, oil everywhere else!
    I prefer SlideGlide & Slip 2000 EWL
     
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    I've got hoppe's and CLP, does everyone seriously lube these like there's no tmrw or what? Are 1911's meant to run wet? I'm so used to putting light layers of lube on my glock, I'd feel weird spreading it heavy haha.
     
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    Some may, but I do not. I just use CLP on mine and have never had any issues with any of my 1911's that were not related to my reloads. They are not AR's lol
     
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    Congrats! on your operator.




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    Congrats. Good choice.:highfive:
     
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    Congrats. That's a really nice shooting pistol.
     
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    Badass first 1911. You even had sense to throw a light on for pics. Good job