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Springfield mil spec 1911 value?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ctfireman, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. ctfireman

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    What is a fair price for a used but mint condition mil spec 1911, full fize, parkerized finish? A local shop has one for $550 & for some reason springfield 1911's have been hard to find around here. I want it bad but just wanna be sure it's a good deal. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Lifttech

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    Depends on what part of the country they are being sold but they sell new around Central Ohio for $550-$575. So I would guess $500-$525. If it has a NM serial # prefix it may go for a little more on the used market as tend to have better fit and finish.
     

  3. ctfireman

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    I didn't know that, i'll check out the sn.
     
  4. Jim S.

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    I recently picked one up for $450.00.
    I live in Indiana.
    They wanted more for it but I "bargained" with them until they got tired of me.
    I told them I could get a brand new one on line for $600.00 so if they wanted to sell it I would give them 450.
    I was actually surprised they agreed.
     
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    Oh, and if you get it I hope you like it as much as I like mine.
    Good shooter and feeds all kinds of rounds without a problem.
     
  6. Eyescream

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    A dealer at the last show I went to apparently had been hitting the sauce and talked himself into believing that a parked Mil-Spec was worth $899+tax.

    So there's your outlier you can throw out for averaging.
     
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    I picked up a LNIB (200rds) Parkerized MilSpec from the EE section of ar15.com for $525 shipped. Nice pistol, accurate, but crappy (heavy) trigger pull. Dropped in a C&S 4.5lb matched trigger pull set (hammer/sear/disconnector/sear spring/mainspring) which made an unbelievable difference.
     
  8. ctfireman

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    Glad i called around before jumping on that one.....hoffmans has a new one for $530! Gettin up nice & early tomorrow.
     
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    WTF???? $900 ???? That is a great deal....:rofl:
     
  10. Quack

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    Make sure its the mil-spec (slanted serrations) and not the "GI mil-spec" (vertical)
     
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    Just curious, but what is the difference?
     
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    G.I. Mil-spec (less than $600)
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    MIL-SPEC (less than $700)
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    Thanks for the info! Mine is the "G.I." mil-spec, which may explain why I picked it up (used) for a song. It seems the other one is more of a shooter's gun (ie., it has sights).
     
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    Thanks alot for this, i didn't know there were so many differences between them.
     
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    I still haven't made a move but tomorrow is the day. Would you guys go for the mil spec for $550 or the metro arms (upgraded model) for $499? The mil spec is mint but used & the metro arms is brand new. The action & trigger seem way more slick on the metro, i know it sounds dumb but i'm kinda hung up on a springfield vs "no name" issue.
     
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    I don't know about the one you are looking at, but my Springfield GI mil spec is made in Brazil and does not warrant any extra regard because of its brand name. I have replaced most of the internals and everything I ordered (all of it low-end priced) is clearly of a higher quality than the rather crude original parts. I would get the gun with the better trigger and smoother action.
     
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    Buy the better gun and do the trigger job yourself, not the other way around.
     
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    I don't consider a Springfield made in Brazil to be a better gun. It seems to me to be a cheap, crudely made gun from Brazil that was neither reliable nor accurate when I bought it. But now it is being reborn as an excellent .22lr target pistol.
     
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    Sounds like you guys are voting for the metro.
     
  20. 11bdad

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    Really depends upon whether you will need to make mods to the Mil Spec or leave it stock. If you plan on upgrading the sights, adding a beavertail, etc., you will have more in the Mil Spec than you can ever sell it for, should you decide to. Everything I have read about the Metro indicates that, for the money, it's well made. It appears as though the folks at Metro are paying close attention to fitting, etc. Time will tell whether they continue doing that as the pistols become more popular and they are required to ramp up production. My Mil Spec is stock except for C&S ignition parts. I don't need a beavertail and shoot fine with the stock sights. It's not as accurate as my Kimber, but it's pretty close. Good luck.