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I need some advice, I have a essentially brand new Springfield XDS which is my EDC and I do love this little gun even though I have experienced some FTF/FTE's. Anyway I have been offered to trade for a Springfield Champion 1911, which I have heard great things about but I have no personal experience carrying a 1911 . Any input would be appreciated
 

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What comes with the trade? How many mags, ammo, etc?
 

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I am a fan of the 45ACP because I carried one as a cop and in the Army, so I am a little biased. Around my area a 1911 such as the Champion will command a higher price than the XD's. If you are not familiar with the 1911 platform you will have to devote a lot of time in becoming proficient with it for carry purposes. I have also seen 1911's that will need gunsmithing to get them to be reliable, not saying that the one in question is not reliable. If you are willing to put the time in to learning the manual of arms for the 1911 it would be a pretty good trade in my opinion. It is also easier to get 1911 parts than XD parts, and the 1911 lends itself easily to customization. You can also do a lot of minor gunsmithing and part swaps yourself.
 

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Is the Champion a Loaded Model? In the Springer line the Champion is a Commander sized pistol correct? The 1911 is a more expensive gun. What kind of shape is it in, how many rounds through it vs. your XDs?
 

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I am a fan of the 45ACP because I carried one as a cop and in the Army, so I am a little biased. Around my area a 1911 such as the Champion will command a higher price than the XD's. If you are not familiar with the 1911 platform you will have to devote a lot of time in becoming proficient with it for carry purposes. I have also seen 1911's that will need gunsmithing to get them to be reliable, not saying that the one in question is not reliable. If you are willing to put the time in to learning the manual of arms for the 1911 it would be a pretty good trade in my opinion. It is also easier to get 1911 parts than XD parts, and the 1911 lends itself easily to customization. You can also do a lot of minor gunsmithing and part swaps yourself.
Im familiar with 1911's iv just never carried one, I enjoy not having a manual safety, but i dont think its something i couldnt become comfortable with, it just might take more practice. and man you hit the nail on the head when you talked about easy customization, i love love love upgrading 1911's.
 

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Is the Champion a Loaded Model? In the Springer line the Champion is a Commander sized pistol correct? The 1911 is a more expensive gun. What kind of shape is it in, how many rounds through it vs. your XDs?
no its not a loaded model unfortunately, yea its springfields answer to colts commander 1911's. it appears to be in pretty good shape, said its only got about 200 rds through it, he is willing to drive to me to trade (about 8 hours) so i just want to be sure that its really worth it so i do not waste his time.
 

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Yep, you are coming out good with this trade if you want a 1911 and he hasn't bubba'd it. That is one thing to look for, being that 1911's are so customizable and have so many options for adding parts, often people do things that compromises reliability. Drop in parts sometimes still need fitting, some parts suppliers are more reliable than others with their manufacturing, etc.
 

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Im familiar with 1911's iv just never carried one, I enjoy not having a manual safety, but i dont think its something i couldnt become comfortable with, it just might take more practice. and man you hit the nail on the head when you talked about easy customization, i love love love upgrading 1911's.
From what you have said it is a good trade. Have fun customizing if you end up getting it!!
 

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First off, welcome to the forum.

As to the trade, it sounds like a good trade, provided as stated previously, it hasn't been modified.
 

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I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here but I love 1911"s but I've had nothing but trouble with them when they get shorter than commander length. I have an XDs for a bug and I've had one ftf and I have tortured it with cast bullet reloads. JMHO
 

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I'd also say that the 1911 might be the better of the two (if for nothing else than the resell value), assuming it hasn't been modified too much.
 

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okay I called Springfield and gave them the serial number to the guy provided me that turns out it's a lightweight champion and then its been discontinued it's the green frame and the black slide. it was made in 2011,I'm pretty sure I'm going to go ahead and make the trade.
 

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okay I called Springfield and gave them the serial number to the guy provided me that turns out it's a lightweight champion and then its been discontinued it's the green frame and the black slide. it was made in 2011,I'm pretty sure I'm going to go ahead and make the trade.
Sounds pretty sweet to me. Good luck!
 

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Some will pay a little more for that model.I had one which I traded but there was no problems with it at all.Good shooter,I am not a big fan of alloy frames,but they will outlast most shooters.Personally I would much rather have the 1911.But,I have been shooting 1911 for years.Probably not much help.As far as I know it has a good rep.
 

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Yep, you are coming out good with this trade if you want a 1911 and he hasn't bubba'd it. That is one thing to look for, being that 1911's are so customizable and have so many options for adding parts, often people do things that compromises reliability. Drop in parts sometimes still need fitting, some parts suppliers are more reliable than others with their manufacturing, etc.
From what you have said it is a good trade. Have fun customizing if you end up getting it!!
First off, welcome to the forum.

As to the trade, it sounds like a good trade, provided as stated previously, it hasn't been modified.



^^YEP^^^^^^^^^^^

I'd be on that deal!
 
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