I've been strongly considering an SA Mil-spec as my next purchase (to use as a primary carry weapon). Well, it seems the GI model is a fair bit less expensive so I'm wondering about differences between the two. I know the front sights are different, the GI uses a lanyard loop MS housing and I "think" only the Mil-spec has a lowered & flared ejection port. Discounting the number of mags each comes with (got plenty of those already) and the obvious grip panels, are there any other significant differences?
For those of you with the GI, do you find the smaller front sight affects accuracy & target acquisition enough to be a concern (for defensive use only, not competition shooting)? Is the QC on these typical Springfield or do they slack off a bit to meet the price point?
I'm starting to think I could get just as much gun in the GI as I could the Mil-spec for less expense. This will be my 5th 1911 (all others were sold off ) and I've started to really appreciate the unmodified design more and more through the years (no beavertail, evil front slide serrations, etc.).
So whaddya guys think, get the GI or save a few more dollars and buy the Mil-spec? BTW, I don't usually do many after market mods to my guns, usually just a grip change. Changing sights could always be done later if needed.