Springfield GI. 45

Springfield GI. 45

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    Springfield GI. 45

    I've never owned a 1911, but have shot them and enjoy the SA on them. I'm thinking of adding one to my collection. I don't think it will be my carry gun since I love my Kahr PM9 and P380... along with a Glock 19.

    I've been doing a ton of reading and research the last week or so. The models I've been closely looking at are the Colt New Agent and some of the Springfield Armory 1911's.

    I just read a review on the Springfield GI and I am very intrigued because of it's price point. My question is on customization. Is the GI a good starting 1911 that I could easily customize and add/change parts on to later on? I'm really interested in customizing in order to learn more about the inner workings of the 1911 and to have a nice range gun. Any comments on reliability and feeding of various ammunition types would be wonderful.


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    The Springer GI is a wonderful platform for customization. However, for about $100 more, the Mil-Spec model offers much better sights and a few features you'll ultimately end up paying for (e.g., lowered and flared ejection port). If the budget will stretch that far, it's a good value.

    Both my 5-inch Springers handle hardball and JHPs just fine; lead semi-wadcutters hang up a little bit, but I don't have many of those left so it doesn't trouble me. I've run maybe 6 different JHP loads thru both guns, from 165 to 230 grains, and all chambered and ejected just fine.
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    +1 to gasmitty's advice
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    I just bought a Springer G.I. .45 and love it. I don't plan on doing any mods to it. I wanted the old school military style 1911. I agree with gasmitty and resqr9142, go for the Mil-Spec and you start out ahead in the 1911 game.
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    gasmitty hit the nail on the head. With the lowered ejection port and beveled mag well, the Mil Spec is the better platform for upgrading.

    Good luck.
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    I have a stainless Springfield GI that I've "customized" over the course of about 5 years. Maybe "accessorized" is more accurate, since all the parts are off-the-shelf, rather than truly custom. But I digress.

    Originally, I had no intention of changing anything... but over time, I began to desire some of the features that were missing from the plain-jane GI configuration.

    I have added a Wilson Combat drop-in beavertail safety, Wilson Combat hammer, Wilson Combat recoil spring, Wilson Combat slide stop, Ed Brown chain link flat mainspring housing, Ed Brown extended thumb safety, Ed Brown hex-head grip screws, Cocobolo grips, and Novak Lo-Mount 3-dot sights.

    Most of the stuff was done by either myself or my local gunsmith, except the Novak sights. For those, I mailed the slide directly to Novak. They cut the dovetails and installed the sights within a week.

    I'm very pleased with everything... however, it turned out to be alot more expensive than just buying a pistol that was factory-built with similar features, such as the Springfield "Loaded" model. Hindsight is 20/20, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    The Springer GI is a wonderful platform for customization. However, for about $100 more, the Mil-Spec model offers much better sights and a few features you'll ultimately end up paying for (e.g., lowered and flared ejection port). If the budget will stretch that far, it's a good value.

    Both my 5-inch Springers handle hardball and JHPs just fine; lead semi-wadcutters hang up a little bit, but I don't have many of those left so it doesn't trouble me. I've run maybe 6 different JHP loads thru both guns, from 165 to 230 grains, and all chambered and ejected just fine.
    Great advice sir. Go for the Mil-Spec. I have a 1990 Standard which is pretty much the same 1911 and it eats everything I feed it, including LSWC's. I added a Wilson hammer, trigger, Ed brown ambi safety and a Wilson drop in safety. A Gunners Mate bud who's a 1911 guru did the work for beer. It's a shooting machine. Best semi I've ever owned! Saved my butt 3 times in 19 years of packing. All three incidents were when I was stationed in the h*** hole of a city called Miami.

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    If I were to buy a 1911, it would be a GI version. I'm not into all the customized stuff. I want my .45 auto to be as-issued GI.
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    Me too. I'd get the Mil Spec and leave it as is.

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    I have a mil-spec, it is my favorite weapon. I prefer it to my Kimber Ultra Carry.

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    Thanks for all of the comments. I originally was looking at the GI because they have 3" and 4" builds. I'm not sure I really want a 5" full size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsterguy View Post
    Great advice sir. Go for the Mil-Spec. I have a 1990 Standard which is pretty much the same 1911 and it eats everything I feed it, including LSWC's.
    Well now that's a cosmic coincidence... my first 1911 is a Springfield Standard (1911A1) purchased in 1990. Trigger job, drop-in beavertail, polished feed ramp from a local 'smith. Last year I sent it back to address the 3" low POI issue, and they threw in a new barrel, bushing, link, and sights. Now it shoots to POA but the chamber is a little snug and it's not reliable with the SWCs I have lying around.

    Simply a great gun... over 10K rounds through it, and as tight as the day I brought it home.
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    Get the 5 inch. You'll will never have a feeding problem with a G.I. or Mil Spec 5 Springfield. They're micro's look great, but they ain't. You will end up sending it back or having it worked on. My dream gun is a 3" 1911, but it scares me to think of investing in a gun that will more than likely not work.

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