Springfield Loaded Champion: Stainless or OD Green/Black?

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    22 57.89%
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    Springfield Loaded Champion: Stainless or OD Green/Black?

    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger (HAHAHAHAHA!!! I crack me up! ) on a Loaded Champion. The OD Green/Black typically runs about $30.00 less than the Stainless. But.....I give the stainless a slight (very slight) edge in looks. Neither finish would be a deal breaker.

    So, since this is strictly subjective, what do you all say? I'm looking for any and all input. If your choice is for more than just cosmetic reasons, please say so, no matter how big or small the reason might be.

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    I have a SA Loaded Champion 45 in stainless and like it A LOT! Very easy to maintain, shoots right to point of aim, runs 100%---it is my only 1911 type pistol---nothing much else to say!

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    Stainless is sexy.....
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    The OD/Black will wear off eventually. And when it does, the exposed carbon steel will be more prone to rusting. Not an issue with the SS, So there's that.

    Aesthetically, what material/color holster do you prefer? The SS would look dead sexy in burgundy and/or exotics, while the OD/Black would look better in black, if that matters at all to you. SS would hold up much better in kydex.

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    This one is finished in Armory Cote....very durable so far (3 years). Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator. What a shooter. I looked at the other two posted above, and went with this one. Of the two listed, I would
    go with the Lightweight Champion that is also finished with Armory Cote. The lighter weight makes it a joy to carry.



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    Quote Originally Posted by zonker1986 View Post
    This one is finished in Armory Cote....very durable so far (3 years). Springfield Armory Lightweight Champion Operator. What a shooter. I looked at the other two posted above, and went with this one. Of the two listed, I would
    go with the Lightweight Champion that is also finished with Armory Cote. The lighter weight makes it a joy to carry.



    Hmmm.... thank you very much. Somehow I overlooked this one completely. I like the accessory rail and especially the lighter weight, so away we go.....

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    I've got two reasons for choosing the stainless. It's better for a carry pistol (ease of maintenance, corrosion resistance, etc.), and I prefer the look of the wood grip panels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringerXD View Post
    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger (HAHAHAHAHA!!! I crack me up! ) on a Loaded Champion. The OD Green/Black typically runs about $30.00 less than the Stainless. But.....I give the stainless a slight (very slight) edge in looks. Neither finish would be a deal breaker.

    So, since this is strictly subjective, what do you all say? I'm looking for any and all input. If your choice is for more than just cosmetic reasons, please say so, no matter how big or small the reason might be.

    Images:





    Thanks!
    I pined for this 1911 for several years finally picked one up two years ago i went with the stainless.My line of thinking was that i already have black tactical type pistols i really don't want my 1911 to be that.
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    stainless, it's clean rust resistant, and ohh so sexy
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    After years of carry and use my SA Champion LW shows much wear on the OD green finish . It is gone at points of the dust cover and trigger guard. Stainless should be a bit tougher, but I still really like the OD/Black finish .
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    I give my vote on the SS. Now if it were a black I might have to change my vote.

    I had one in SS that I sold when I got my DW CBOB. Was a nice shooting gun, after SA fixed the HP issues.
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    For the reasons mentioned above, I would go with stainless. Oh, I did! :)
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    I don't care for stainless handguns. They often look nice but it's just not my style. I'd be bummed of those were my only two choices. But it'll be your gun, not mine. Go with your first impression.

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    Congrats on having a choice!

    Locally, Springfield Champions are very hard to come by; if one, new or used, shows up at a LGS it is gone in no time.......

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    I'd go with the Stainless, myself, that is if I could afford one. Enjoy!
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