Springfield 1911A1 "Champion" Range Report
THE GUN: A Springfield GI 4" 1911A1 .45ACP Champion
I actually went looking for a mid sized "winter" carry gun. Something I could conceal under a coat, hoodie, or a sweater. I went to look at mid sized Glocks,M&P's,XD's, and Sig 239/229's. My local range has a great selection of new and used firearms and are amazingly friendly, they'd pull out 10 guns at a time if you wanted to compare them it. When we moved down to the 1911's, I picked this one up, I knew it was the one. I got some free range time and carry ammo out of the deal, so I went up there today to break it in. I used 200rounds WWB, 20 HST's, 20 Corbons.
Fit and Finish: 8.5/10
The guns seems really tight, and the GI finish is pretty nice. The only thing seems to be like it might scratch up really easy. Everything seems machined well, and it also comes with a very nice case, and accesories. The wood grips are very nice. It is a very aesthetically pleasing gun. It scores bonus points for its retro-ness.
How it feels: 9.5/10
Well, it's a 1911, the grip angle is perfect for me. I'm not into the huge beavertails, so this one fits me great. It's thin and heavy, just like a 1911 should be...lol.
Shooting it: 8.5/10
I've heard 1911 break-in horror stories, so I was expecting the worst. I had 0 malfs and the accuracy of the gun is great. However the GI sights are garbage (just like my CZ-52 sights). I thought about just putting a little white paint on them, but I will probally just have them replaced. But I had no problem blowing CM out of the target, I really didn't have any stray shots, everything seemed to go where I wanted it. The gun is hefty, so recoil is not an issue. I'd put it somewhere between a 9mm and .40cal polymer gun recoil. I actually found myself making better follow up shots than my Beretta.
7+1 isn't the greatest capacity, however I do know there are larger mags available. It does kind of suck that they only give you one mag, at least they are not $40 a mag like Sigs. Coming from mostly a polymer background, the action/saftey/takedown, is going to take some practice to get down pat, but everything works as it should. As far as punch, .45acp is a formidable SD cartridge.
It is a hefty large weapon, even if it is "Commander" sized. But it is much thinner than most other mid-sized non-1911 .45's. I don't see myself carrying this in the summertime. I am going on a holster search here soon. I'd like to put some more rounds down range before carrying it and do alot more dryfire practicing. As long as you can wear a jacket,coat,cover garnment of some type, this gun is totally CC worthy.
I have often wondered the big deal with 1911's. Now the bug has bitten me. I really didn't want a BBQ gun, so the GI is perfect. It doesn't have alot of the features that alot of 1911's have, but seems to work awesome to me. My only gripe is the sights, and I may put thinner carry grips on. But this is my first new 1911 and I am very pleased. The plastic may hide in the safe until the summer,...:gah:.
Heres a crappy cellphone pic, my brother has my camera :(
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