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What do you guys think about the Springfield GI

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by James Dean, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. James Dean

    James Dean

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    I thinking abount my next Gun and I saw the Springfield GI in OD and it looks good. I don't own a 1911, it would just be used for the range once in a while.
     
  2. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    I picked one up a couple years ago during a weak moment at the gun shop.
    I'm not crazy about the lock, nor the "made in Brazil" deal, but haven't had any problems with it. Just wanted a basic old fashioned 1911 to go along with the Kimbers. Of course it's comparing apples to oranges, but don't think you'd go wrong with one as long as you realize what you're getting.
    It's been 100% with ball FMJ and RNL bullets, but I haven't put more that maybe 500 rounds through it so far.
     

  3. zdragon23c

    zdragon23c s&w&me

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    love it.....got mine about a year ago.
    did some upgrades myself i.e. Kimber match barrel, Baer bushing, Kimber disconnector, Nowlin sear, Colt arched serrated MSH, Colt extractor, Fusion ejector, lowered ejection port, Wilson grip safety and commander hammer.
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  4. bac1023

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    I've got a stainless model and feel its one of the best USGI replicas on the market. I like the parkerized and stainless versions.


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    I can't imagine picking one up in OD. :puking:
     
  5. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    Ask to try the trigger in the store. Other than that I love mine. My LW GI Champion is my go to gun, it lives in a Don Hume IWB clip on full time.
     
  6. seamaster

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    I like them better than just about any other basic level 1911. Quality is good and in the off chance you have an issue Springfield has excellent CS.
     
  7. ambluemax

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    Awesome choice if you are looking for a USGI replica. If you don't care about the retro look, the "milspec" is a better value than the "GI" b/c of a few key upgrades.

    I have a park GI. It was my first pistol and for what it is (a working replica), its an awesome 1911.
     
  8. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

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    By the time you add decent sights and find out you really do need a beavertail and different hammer, etc, you'd be better off saving up a little longer and getting the Loaded model if you want a Springfield.
     
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    I would still prefer the GI
    The mil-spec has all the bill-board roll marks and angled slide serrations
    The Loaded adds to all the above with forward serrations! :faint:

    Old school GI Springer,......love it!
     
  10. ambluemax

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    Ahh, the NIB GI's have all the same markings as the other SA 1911's...
     
  11. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

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    Owned a stainless one a while back. For what they are, they're quite good.

    If you're just looking for a very basic 1911 to plink with or use as a truck gun, go for it.

    That said, the Mil Spec model which has some slight upgrades is probably the better buy. I however wouldn't hesitate to take a G.I. if the price was right. Good luck.
     
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    Magus Deo Vindice

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    Not quite. The rollmark on the left side of the G.I's just says "Model 1911-A1."

    The Mil Spec models and up have the "Model 1911-A1" rollmark and "CAL .45" right under that.

    The G.I.'s lack the "CAL .45" portion of the rollmark the others models have. Not a big deal, just sayin'.
     
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  13. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Both are true. If you want just a basic GI model, then why not go with the SAGI though. It'll always be fun to upgrade it later on if you want too.