Gear: Springfield 1911-A1 GI .45

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Springfield 1911-A1 GI .45

Springfield Armory
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: 489.00
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Description:

Full-sized US model 1911-A1 with parkerized finish and walnut US grips. .45 ACP

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    Domer, Wed, 02 May 2007 23:22:54 UTC.
    1st review

    Excellent shooting, reasonably priced 1911A1 reproduction that served the US Military for almost 80 years.

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    WILLISCRAIGPI, Thu, 10 May 2007 20:44:15 UTC.

    ANY and I REPAT ANY Model 1911 beats all the other pistol HAND DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This weapon has served with honor and distinction for almost 100 years with only few modifications. When your little light weight plastic pistol melt down the 1911 will still be going STRONG.

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    usnrma, Sat, 12 May 2007 17:15:47 UTC.

    Excellent weapon, reliable and sure. Used for nearly 100 years and still going strong with very little modifications. A nail-driver.

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    Drake, Thu, 07 Jun 2007 22:04:35 UTC.

    Currently my primary weapon...1911 4.25" Bull Barrel USMC issue. It kicks like a drunk mule, but you can shoot groups of 1/2 mil seperation at 45 yards... My version has the wooden grips but is the blue/steel version not the OD green. Still a faithful and well worn in weapon. A shot ANYwhere in the main body mass will have stopping power and give Bad Guy Bob that sudden "taps" feeling!

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    gb2950, Tue, 19 Jun 2007 01:27:48 UTC.

    Best shooting gun I ever shot.

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    Cetansapa, Sun, 12 Aug 2007 05:32:31 UTC.

    I alternate my duty weapons, the Springfield 1911-A1 GI I use as primary backup on and off, I also have the 1911-A1 in 9mm and use it well too besides the Beretta 92. Only problem I have with it/them is deciding which weapon is going to be my primary for the day at work.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:52:26 UTC.

    THIS IS A AWESOME WEAPON HANDS DOWN. OR UP!!

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    DetSgtDarryl, Fri, 24 Aug 2007 02:48:48 UTC.

    This is perfect for home defense. Plus it sounds so good when firing. The sound would scare someone away alone. I love it

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    Robocop33, Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:07:52 UTC.

    Only going to give it a 2 star rating. It is not DA which is one strike, It holds only 8 rds, 2 strikes, and it is heavy as hell, 3 strikes. We have much better .45's available now that are both single and DA. I like having a hammer. Also like the safety to be one that blocks the hammer from hitting the firing pin! Many lighter weapons with more features and safer plus capable of holding more rounds. I do like the .45 hitting power as long as you can control them.

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    Ivanotter, Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:47:43 UTC.

    Have one that i bought from a former Army sniper. 4 Stars due to sight profile (the standard blades sights are vastly inferior to modern pistols that come with build in dot sights). Other than that it has been consistently smooth, reliable, easy to fire.

    The previous person who posted about 8 shot limits and heft, I do not sincerely think has ever OWNED one of these. It is easy to pick up a Wilson Combat mag that holds 10 rounds, if you do not mind a little extension. The weight of the gun actually helps reduce kickback a little, and it is not an extremely heavy gun. I think, from what i can recall, my dads S&W model 19 revolver felt heavier.

    And it's funny, i SEE a Hammer on this gun, did you miss that, Robocop33? Also the active grip safety and the slide safety were specifically designed on the 1911 to allow you to carry it loaded without blowing a hole in yourself. DA would be nice, but not required in the slightest.

    Overll, if you are hankering for a 1911, a Springfield 1911a1 is a good pistol

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    kyle313, Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:38:10 UTC.

    I love this weapon. I actually the A2 model but the 1911 can't be beat.

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    endurfredm, Wed, 26 Sep 2007 20:10:07 UTC.

    this is by far my favorite handgun just because i have 2

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    bigjonhwt, Tue, 09 Oct 2007 15:36:30 UTC.

    shoots well and consistently has tight groups.

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    livin4life80, Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:13:56 UTC.

    Love this weapon! Great accuracy, good price, easy take down. The wood grips are great for the classoc look but if you shoot for long periods of time or for accuracy, I would recommend a set of Hogue wrap around grips.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 11:55:08 UTC.

    excellent handgun

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    vbpdaco, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 19:15:46 UTC.

    Have been shooting this weapon since I was 12. It was the first gun I ever learned to shoot. Now I own six diferent 1911 style springfields. I'll never give them up.

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    Scurge, Mon, 26 Nov 2007 23:31:18 UTC.

    I have never tried this model a friend has and works so far. NEVER NEVER buy the 'loaded' series pistol from Springfield. The rear sight dovetail was not properly cut which caused the rear sight to shift from side to side. The dot on the front night sight was not cenetered which caused rounds to go astray at night. The trigger was heavy and gritty. The front strap made it feel like a block (maybe I got spoiled on the rounded front strap on my Colt Combat Commander). I sold sold the Springfield "loaded" an bought a Kimber, it was a wise choice.

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    tsgtmac64, Mon, 24 Dec 2007 19:34:56 UTC.

    THESE PISTOLS ARE YOUR BASELINE MODELS AND ARE FOR THE MOST PART RECREATIONS OF THE OLD SERVICE MODEL, 1911A-1 GI, OK WELL DUH! ANYWAY, THEY ARE FUN TO SHOOT BUT I WOULDNT CARRY ONE ON DUTY WITH OUT FIRST INVESTING IN AN EXTENDED GRIP SAFETY AND THE EXTENDED SAFETY AND SLIDE RELEASE. I HAVE THE 4"BBL MODEL AND REALLY ENJOY SHOOTING IT. THE CONTROLS ARENT AS EASY TO OPERATE AS A MODEL EQUIPED WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES AND THE GI SIGHTS LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED COMPARED TO WHATS AVAILABLE TODAY. STILL ITS A GREAT 2ND GUN OR PRACTICE WEAPON.

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    judgewag, Thu, 03 Jan 2008 03:26:44 UTC.

    Has the look, the heft, and feel of the one I had in WW II.

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    DevilDog_JW, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 02:55:03 UTC.

    My Dad carried this weapon as far back as I can remember, and he always said "I carry this because I know for a FACT it works" . Thats all i needed to hear and now i have inherited it and carry it daily.

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    okc_marine, Wed, 23 Jan 2008 07:52:02 UTC.

    i have seen this exact gun, color and all, at my local gun shop, i thought about getting a berretta 92f cause im knowledgeable with it, but when i saw this one... it was love at first shot. i had the biggest shit-eating grin on my face when i felt that recoil. i love it and im about to buy it.

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    Zeke130, Thu, 24 Jan 2008 02:18:30 UTC.

    Excellent pistol. I own and carry this exact model when I work uniformed security . The grips are standard (no U.S. on them). I have had or carried a 1911/1911-A 1 for over 28 years. I have carried/owned, Colt, Singer-Essex & Springfields. They have never let me down. There are only two draw backs I see. The standard sights, and getting duty gear. Eyes do not focus like they use to. Am having a three dot system put on. I had/have to hunt and special order some items for 1911's as most companies do not stock/make them on a regularly basics. I currently carry five mags, four in a quad pouch and of course one mag in the pistol. Most people, if not all, even if not knowable of firearms know of the old U.S. Army 45. Many a time, someone who was about to start a problem with me or a fellow Officer saw the 45 on my duty belt and got real peaceful real quick. The presents of the 1911 makes a statement to all who see it.

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    DAWGS, Thu, 24 Jan 2008 02:21:02 UTC.

    Havent shot it yet. I like the price though. Will have to check this one out.

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    Desertfox1A, Sun, 03 Feb 2008 01:28:58 UTC.

    First issue weapon, good knock down power, acurate if maintianed.

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    D_J_E, Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:55:02 UTC.

    There is nothing I love more then my 45. The only problem is my city won't let us carry them. Something that **********JUST MAKES ME GO INSANE********** is when I hear someone say the downfall to this weapon is it only holds 8 rounds. I got news for ya pal or chic, if you can't hit something at least ONCE with 8 rounds...GET YOUR ASS BEHIND ME AND LET ME SHOOT!

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    kevensagi1970, Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:23:45 UTC.

    I can't wait until the Army goes back to these wonderful weapons

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    MALIGATOR, Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:59:58 UTC.

    I have a 1911-A1 MIL-SPEC which is basically the same as the GI with upgraded sights and it came with a dual mag pouch and holster. I'm very pleased with it. Right out of thr box it was driving tacks and the gun is TIGHT no ratttle at all! The trigger is a little heavier than I like but it's smooth. The look and feel is outstanding and it likes alltypes of ammo. Bottom line is buy it, yes I agree it's not a Kimber, but it's not $1000 bucks either.

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    Taffy, Wed, 09 Apr 2008 08:15:05 UTC.

    I carried this on active duty and other than the limited number of rounds there is no down side. You can shoot someone in the arm and they might die from the shock wave, even with the ball round. This is a meat and potatos firearm that will stop what you hit.

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    tpatrickr, Thu, 01 May 2008 16:59:21 UTC.

    The only thing I see as a problem is that since it is a reproduction, and correct me if I'm wrong, it does not have a drop safety. This weapon, even carried 'cocked and locked', had a excellent safety record in the days before drop safeties were used. It does have both a switchable and grip safety.

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    cjones71, Fri, 23 May 2008 18:17:38 UTC.

    I had this weapon for a while, got it from a NHP officer friend of mine. I prefer the slim profile of the 1911. At first I thought the wood checkered grips would be an issue, they were not. It fired true and straight and my hands did not hurt. The rear sights took a bit to get use to being low profile and non painted. However, I did not care much do to the need to learn point shooting anyhow and needed a practice gun apart from my regular carry. (yes I still practice with regular carry) I am not concerned with the need of extended grip safety and was not ever taken back from the fact it has 8+1shots. After all my snub nose revolver only has five and I trust it 100% as my primary backup and as a quick home defence. True practice makes perfect shot and with less rounds. If in heavy fire fight and one is not able to hit targets moving with a light 17+1 round 9mm then spending off 9 makes no difference. Using the excuse of needing more rounds in a fire fight at less then 15 yards is not a good one. i carried a glock 17 with 5 factory 17 round magazines for years. I traded up and now carry my S&W 1911 5" with five 8 round wilson magazines and feel more confident then I did with the G17. Bottom line is this or any 1911 is a great choice for a carry, home defence, practice gun. This one is no exception works well and is a good looking piece.

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    SARGE7402, Sat, 24 May 2008 23:15:10 UTC.

    Picked mine up in a trade about two years ago. With CorBon PowRball ammunition I don't feel handicaped at all.

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    aaa111, Sun, 25 May 2008 01:24:41 UTC.

    bought my dad one of these and he loves it

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    cgingo, Thu, 29 May 2008 02:21:12 UTC.

    One of the many arms I own in my arms cache.

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    Bushmaster13, Thu, 29 May 2008 02:27:14 UTC.

    Got one two years ago. I've put over 1,000 rounds through it and not one proublem. It's no KImber but it's good.

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    marinefit, Tue, 03 Jun 2008 07:02:47 UTC.

    Wasn't too impressed with the accuracy of this thing. There are better options in this caliber for the price, and I'm certain that many people who buy this pistol buy it for the 1911 name.

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    tgs1964, Tue, 10 Jun 2008 20:01:18 UTC.

    Really good weapon in my opinion. I did modify mine slightly though. I changed the grips to Uncle Mikes combat grips, Installed a beavertail safety and a full length guied rod. It has never yet stovepiped a round on me. I shoot 94% day and 96% night with it

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    sniper635, Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:23:06 UTC.

    I currently carry this weapon as my primary duty pistol. I have been carrying this pistol for about 4 years now and couldn't be happier with it. I qualify with perfect scores on almost every qualification time. (Maybe one time I pulled one shot out. Had to make the Chief feel better with his grouping. hehehe)

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    mcgowin, Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:00:02 UTC.

    My great grandma use to carry this gun in her purse(not this exact model) and my aunt has a stainless steal version and its one of the most effective and useful pistols ever and 50 plus years of service have proved that

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    Posse44, Fri, 27 Jun 2008 22:09:38 UTC.

    My fisrt 1911 style gun was a Springfeild. Good gun, but needed to do some little work on it to make it even better. But the operation of the gun was perfect out of the box.

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    ESPD_193, Fri, 27 Jun 2008 23:45:35 UTC.

    I have the Springfield Mil-Spec and it shoots great. I also have a Glock 17. The last time I qualified, I shoot a 98 with the Glock, which is my primary duty weapon. I ended up shootin a 100 with the .45. Great gun.

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    Gunsmoke16, Thu, 03 Jul 2008 22:11:27 UTC.

    Had one of these. 1" groups & less out of the box. Accurate, dependable, no jams (unless bad ammo). This is the tightest, smoothest .45 I have ever shot. I have also owned an officer's model of this called the Springfield Champion which was a good gun. Love the longer hammer that can be thumbed back, quick draw style like an old six-shooter. Only complaint, prespiration will cause it to rust if you dont keep it oiled to death, so get the stainless or parkarized.

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    dhusmc, Mon, 07 Jul 2008 14:54:10 UTC.

    Honestly there is nothing really bad to say about this weapon. It is one of the best handguns that I have ever fired. Hands down!!!

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    NMDan, Wed, 09 Jul 2008 21:44:32 UTC.

    I've owned mine for 3 years and only changed the trigger, grips, guide rod and spring. This was only done to get a little personal touch and I have had no problems to date.

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    Cool_Arrow, Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:35:17 UTC.

    I have the loaded champion version of this gun, and it works wonderfully. I've shot around 1200 rounds through it with no problem. Sprinfields are the best!

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    mrgray, Tue, 12 Aug 2008 16:42:44 UTC.

    this is the third SA 1911 that i have added to my collection. I am a big fan of 1911"s and will have to reccommend to anyone they get one. the color of ths gi version is without a doubt their best on yet, unless you count my stainless....

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    rolbsned65, Sat, 04 Oct 2008 14:51:07 UTC.

    I love my 1911A1!!! It is a proven man stopper!!! I wish my department would convert to it for Special Operations!!!!!

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    Rigfennidhfianna, Sun, 26 Oct 2008 19:31:30 UTC.

    Not a big fan of the low profile sights that mine came with, but it's an easy gun to shoot and operate. Definitely pleased with the overall purchase.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 06 Nov 2008 23:31:38 UTC.

    Base models are cheap and function roughly. If you absolutely have to have a Springfield, get one of the higher end models such as the Loaded Operator or something similar. My Springfield GI 1911 constantly jammed (failure to feed, failure to extract, stovepiped) using Hornady Tap 200 gr. ammunition and others similar in quality. It shot better with a round nose full metal jacket but still had some issues. If you want a 1911, I would say spend the little extra and get a Kimber.

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    Supermantkd1981, Sun, 09 Nov 2008 06:52:22 UTC.

    I have owned this firearm for 2 years and have fired at least 2000 rounds and have never had an issue. I actually carry the mil. spec version which is all black with tactical sights, extended slide lock and shaved mag insert. This gun is heavy enough to take the recoil off the .45 but light enough to conseal off duty.

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    SSgtChick, Sat, 29 Nov 2008 04:46:41 UTC.

    Without a doubt, the 1911A1 is the best combat sidearm ever devised. Thank you John Browning. Those who take off points for the low profile combat sights and the fact that it isn't a DA are certainly welcome to their opinion, but I doubt they have much experience with this firearm in general, or the modern Springfield Armory 1911-A1 GI model specifically. It is, without a doubt, the best bang for the buck, right out of the box.

    I've fed mine every type of ammunition I can get my hands on, and it just plain works. That said, the 1911 is not for everyone. It suits me just fine.

    If you're looking for an exceptional 1911A1, you can't go wrong with this firearm. I've had friends who dumped as much as two grand into a "race" gun fire my Springfield and marvel at how good it shoots for a $500.00 no-frills .45.

    I got mine.

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    R_Lann, Wed, 03 Dec 2008 02:38:28 UTC.

    I carried one while in the military and still carry one today. My only complaint is I can't conceal it very well, even my special designed purse is pushed to the limit due to the size. I still trust my .45 over any 9mm out there.

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    bcallagan, Thu, 04 Dec 2008 02:59:52 UTC.

    Good Shooting, but after many rounds, most annoying things are the sights. I carried one almost identical to this in the service and wanted a replica. When I got into more serious concealed carry (yes, it's kinda big) I finally am changing the almost invisible sights for 3 dots. Although it is extremely accurate natural pointer, I needed sights like my XD(M) 40. Since it is not a dovetail on the front, needed a good gunsmith to with the right tool to stake the new front sight. Otherwise I love the danged thing.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 04 Dec 2008 22:41:09 UTC.

    Great shooting. Easy maintainence.

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    Ari, Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:11:30 UTC.

    First of all. This product is manufactured assembled and shipped from IMBEL (in brazil). Not one single part or even ANY quality control is done in the USA. So much for "the first name in American firearms". SA is nothing more than brand named used to sell foreign firearms here in the USA. It is a shameful practice and has done nothing but destroy the symbol of quality that was once "the American made 1911".

    This is one of the poorest firearms I have ever owned, nothing but problems and shoddy craftsmanship. Fails to go into battery on almost every round and fail to extract properly. Also MANY maufacturing imperfections. Stay far away from SA 1911's. They are IMBEL made grabage.

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    deputydave_103, Sat, 07 Feb 2009 01:15:16 UTC.

    I was asked once why I traded from a high mag capacity to just 7 rounds in a .45 I replied that when you shoot good you don't have to shoot often. I find that with the knock down of a .45 the bad guys don't get up again.

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    cdbarth, Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:35:02 UTC.

    Just bought mine today and I have already fallen in love with it.

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    Justin2421, Thu, 12 Feb 2009 22:05:19 UTC.

    i do not own one but i have shot my uncles quite a bit and it is an awesome firearm. It does not have much more recoil than my 92fs. Fun gun to shoot.

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    Ben_W87, Thu, 19 Feb 2009 02:32:59 UTC.

    havent shot too many rounds out of the firearm. i have been impressed however. once i shot my glock i didnt think i would favor any other firearm. my 1911 proved me wrong.

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    signal88stalker, Sun, 22 Feb 2009 03:44:47 UTC.

    Had this weapon for a few years....absolutely loved it

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    357magnum, Mon, 23 Mar 2009 03:45:30 UTC.

    While I don't have the walnut grips, the Springfield is a weapon to be reckoned with. Doesn't kick hard, the port needs hardly no modification while others have sharp edges, good weight and shoots well.

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    SA_Downing, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 19:28:55 UTC.

    I love my Springfield 1911!!! Although mine is not mil-spec...I replaced the beaver-tail, put on Novak sites, and put on a better trigger...I prefer the non-milspec models for their more open ports. Never had any problems with this or any other 1911 i've owned/shot...The hell with Glock...gimme a 1911 any day...

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    Deltaboy1984, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 19:57:40 UTC.

    The Classic warhorse will still be around when Glocks are lost in the sands of time.

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    Bulldog136, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:27:57 UTC.

    Set the standard 100 years ago and still one of the best pistols on the market. Can any other gun say that right now? Seriously?

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    jbeams, Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:03:30 UTC.

    I used the Springfield .45acp 7shot clip, us govt issue in the military, slight kick, able to recompensate on target easily. Permanent not moveable sight. Able to hit target at 50 yards.
    But the price here is $589.00 brand new in the box. still soaked in camsoline.

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    mc212, Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:23:41 UTC.

    Shoots well when it was operational. I had to send it back to Springfield because it was not loading/extracting properly. I have not shot it since i got it back.

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    dogsoldier0513, Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:48:56 UTC.

    MY choice of a duty weapon. I carried an SA 'Mil-Spec' on duty with full confidence....until my chief noticed it. Have you ever tried to sell a former THP officer that loves wheelguns on a cocked and locked' 1911????

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    lynx, Tue, 21 Apr 2009 02:40:15 UTC.

    You can't go wrong with a 1911. Its my favorite, right now I have a Kimber custom 1911 and thats my baby lol. awesome guns.

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    arrowhead1_23, Thu, 23 Apr 2009 21:02:03 UTC.

    very good weapon, shoots good and best of all it's a 1911 model, real men carry 1911's

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    sgip1965, Thu, 14 May 2009 16:40:01 UTC.

    My 1911 was carried by my Uncle June 6th 1944 when he landed on the shores of France, since then it has been completely accurized and today is my favorite, the 1911 is by far the greatest hand gun ever produced

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    UConnMRB, Tue, 19 May 2009 13:53:35 UTC.

    I purchased this firearm over two years ago for $599. I have added an Ed Brown trigger with a 3 lbs trigger pull and a guide rod. Two weeks ago I had a police officer at my local (Smith and Wesson in Springfield Mass.) firing range run through a mag with my gun. He flat out admitted that it fired as well as his $2200 Wilson 1911. He used to shoot for the Army Reserves team and the groupings were around 2 1/4". I have done no other alterations. The stock sights and barrel are still on my Springfield 1911. I would advise anyone to obtain this gun.

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    gunslinger830, Thu, 21 May 2009 02:19:45 UTC.

    this is a gun every kid wants when they grow because it was a main stay in the armed forces for more than 70 years. battle test and street proven no matter why you use it

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    car223A, Thu, 21 May 2009 21:26:46 UTC.

    But THIS particular model is made to be a reproduction of the OLD 1911s.... so plan to spend more than the average ammount to a good 'Smith to turn it into a reliable combat piece

    Of course it's a place to start if you want to pay Cylinder and Slide to make YOUR 1911 but they would prefer that you bought a Rock River. This would have to be basically re-manufactured ... the fit and finish is "original GI". The one I looked at was loose as a goose with rough edges on the feed ramp. A lot of decisions would have to be made about adding or replacing parts

    But it's a "reproduction" version of the original GI .45;; not Springfield's current "performance" piece.
    Look at the price. It takes $1200 to turn out a minimal combat 1911and 1,800 for a real tight, reliable model.
    Browning's .45 is really a complicated design compared to a glock, Smith M&P or Springfield XD. Back then labor was cheap and Real Gunsmiths were plentifull.

    Today a M&P or Glock can be smoothed up by a minimally trained "Armorer" for $75-100 because the actions are easier to work on... they're made to be OK out of the box but still require a little fine tuning; They are a lot easier to work on though.

    I started working on 1911s in the 70's as a hobby and had to pay an old smith to let me copy his Jigs and special tools. His secret techniques were scribbled in an old bound notebook.

    Today you can buy the tools from Brownells but it still takes a lot of practice to use them well, even though they sell manuals and videos on it. There are some things that have to be taught from one person to another; one on one. And mating parts still takes TIME... you can't rush it.

    With a M&P or Glock I've seen "armorers" put polish in a new action and shoot 50-100 rounds of hardball with each smoother grade of polish... and it polished the mags, ramp and barrel just fine........ till they overdid it and ended up having to buy new parts....... things change

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    Twinspoolin94, Tue, 26 May 2009 03:35:56 UTC.

    My wife just got one of these. I must say i am very impressed with the quality of this thing for such a low price. In my opinion this is the best 1911 for the price you will get. The only drawback is the low profile sights. when comparing it to my GSR it is not as slick but every bit as easy to use. My wife didnt like the U.S. grips so i put them on my GSR and love it! Overall a great buy!

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    Anonymous, Sun, 31 May 2009 05:07:32 UTC.

    Carried a colt 1911A1 in the service for a while then they went to those bb gun 9mm beretta's. I would take my old army 7 round .45 over the beretta any day of the week. 7 rounds of .45 will put down a perp faster than 15 rounds of 9 mm any day. It's called proper shot placement and stress control under fire. I currently own one of these and it operates just as well as my old army .45. It aint a pretty gun but looks don't count in a gunfight.

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    Tazman556, Sun, 07 Jun 2009 22:39:27 UTC.

    Again I have this weapon in the colt commander . It is very well balanced for a U.S. made weapon can hardly tell it is a .45 from it recoil.

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    MMBAFAM, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 01:48:58 UTC.

    you can never go wrong with a SA .45

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    jjhasb, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 04:38:50 UTC.

    Well I have a 1911 Colt 45 Gold Cup, so I think it's a better gun, but I also think that any 1911 is an awesome gun to have.

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    Kdeleon667, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 06:12:50 UTC.

    Great gun I have the GI and Mil-Spec. Currently got the GI set up with a .22 conversion for low cost target plinking. For being a full sized gun it fits really well in the hand even for smaller framed guys like myself(5"7").

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    Jester31, Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:40:25 UTC.

    Awesome gun, continues the great tradition of the military 1911 45 ACP. US Army should never have gotten rid of it.

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    mardet65, Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:08:18 UTC.

    The 1911-A1 is a great gun in general and the reproduction Springfield does justice to the original model . I purchased one two weeks ago and found it to be quite accurate, well made and a very reliable weapon. Right out of the box with standard target ammo it held a tight pattern with no difficulty in feeding or ejection. I like it and plan to carry it and keep it as a good quality collectable handgun.

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    tfikes, Thu, 09 Jul 2009 05:48:14 UTC.

    awesome pistal

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    mrk, Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:57:21 UTC.

    A great and affordable 1911, I consider it the standard.

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    bigron8911, Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:49:26 UTC.

    Great handgun good reliability!!!!

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    jasonrose, Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:20:35 UTC.

    love the looks of this 1911 getting one as soon as I get home.

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    sqwatdog, Mon, 14 Sep 2009 13:06:24 UTC.

    I want to love this gun, but I can't. I've owned one for 5 years now and it has never functioned correctly. The last round in almost every magazine stove pipes. I was told to shoot it llots and lots and it would smooth out the feed ramp. This didnt help. I bought different mags, different ammo, changed my grip, had others shoot it...with no success. I later learned that several other people had the exact same issue and it was a problem with the extractor. If I send it back to the factory they're supposed to fix the issue and send it back. I feel if I buy a NIB gun, it shouldn't have to go right back to the factory. Plus I had it for 3 years before becoming aware of this problem. So paying $$$ to ship it thru ffl and and back, and they may or may not fix it for free doesn't seem right. It's sat on a shelf for 2 years now and will be going towards a trade the next time I make a purchase. I'd sell it to a friend but I'd feel bad about giving them an unreliable gun. I'm not saying that you shouldn't buy this gun, you might luck out and have no issues, but don't put your life in its hands.

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    skampman, Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:26:34 UTC.

    everyone should have a 1911, the trouble is it takes so much work and money to make them reliable.

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    KSOD, Sun, 29 Nov 2009 12:16:02 UTC.

    Maybe its just my particular weapon because I see a lot of 4 and 5 stars given to these reviews by others, but I give mine only 2 stars, is very comfortable to fire using Hogue wrap around rubber grips. Would have given 1 but I like shooting this one, when it feeds. Have only been able to fire 100 rounds so far.

    With properly cleaned and lubed weapon, out of the box, using 4 different magazines (1 factory 7 rd., 2 Colt 7 rd. and 1 Chip McCormick 10 rd.), HP or Ball ammo (mostly HP) cartridges, 5 out of 10 times... .45 Auto/ACP ammo would fail to feed, bullet jams into ramp while seat of round jams into magazine locking the slide and magazine. Takes two people to unjam weapon, if lucky, we can do this in under ten minutes.

    Noticed when I pull back slide fully, the top cartridge cocks downward toward front of magazine well, as slide is released, cartridge is forced forward and down, cocking round into magazine, cannot apply downward pressure on round, nor can force it back into magazine, get s completely jammed and magazine cannot be dropped. Have to use wooden dowl and screwdriver as someone else holds weapon, working slide while depressing magazine release.

    Sent back to Springfield, they ground and polished the ramp, guaged and sent it back to me saying it was repaired. It was obvious they did attempt a repair.

    Went to range, using new Hornady Custom JHP-XJP, Gold Dot GDHP, M1911 Ball, Sellier and Bellot ball and Remington MC, same troubles, but now shells fail to eject a few times when new ball cartridge feeds. These also cock and jam into rear or barrel. Weapon is alsways properly cleaned and lubed using Hoppes Elite products after each use.

    Not impressed with finish either as bluing wears of easilly exposing metal.

    I have 30 years experience in machine work and measurements, and I've gone through the entire original Army Tech manual and cannot figure this out myself.
    http://www.m1911.org/MAINT45A.PDF

    Very disappointing as everyone I know loves this SA GI 1911a1 but this doesn't give me confidence or comfort if I have to rely upon this weapon in a potential defensive scenario. This is my daily conceal/carry weapon, not anymore, time to look at Glock 21SF?

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    6009B, Thu, 03 Dec 2009 04:00:44 UTC.

    For me this weapon is a five but i rated it four because some people have a hard time keeping on target after the first or second shots, do to its recoil, for a person with the ability to keep on target after the third shot; it is a great firearm because of its knock down power with one round.

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    ERIC4536, Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:27:15 UTC.

    Used it in combat, from my tank. Three bad guys, four rounds fired = three dead bad guys.
    Used it on Police department. Three robbers, two rounds fired = one wounded, two gave up.
    On the police department, I carried the M1911 six years. New Chief made rules only .38spl allowed.
    Hint from a retired 30 year officer to member "Cetansapa", only carry a gun that you have trained with so well that it is as natural to you as pointing a finger. Learn to shoot with out the sights.

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    fsa0033, Sat, 23 Jan 2010 08:27:25 UTC.

    Just received my second 1911A1 US Army Kahr. I have another 1911 1980 series Colt Combat Commander that I picked up in 1983 when I was flying Tactical Aerovac. I still have it and it still fires very nice groups. I am currently dressing my US Army version for Duracoating with Tactical Flatblack. I'll see how it shoots in a few weeks after curing. I carry four extra mags in a shoulder holster which gives ample reloads. I figure 41 hits from a .45 with PD rounds will do the job.

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    JDH123, Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:22:57 UTC.

    it is one tough gun

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    Alexander_Ott, Tue, 23 Feb 2010 04:43:06 UTC.

    Throw it in the sea, flitter about for three days, pick it up, and still fires like nothing happened.

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    trevor_robbins, Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:44:16 UTC.

    I love my 1911A1. the only mod i have mad to mine is i put houg grips on mine to keep it in my hands better. the only downside i have seen for this weapon is the size of it when it come to concelment.

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    TDKITCH, Mon, 05 Apr 2010 02:04:24 UTC.

    One of the better buys for a 1911. Depending on the amount of experience you have or challenge you want you can buy cheaper and build. However, out of the box this is really hard to beat.

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    HenryLeverAction, Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:13:21 UTC.

    This is a very good gun. Its heavy, but meant to be - its all metal duh. The size of it is just nice. it fits in your hand great and is nice an comfy. It goes BANG when you shoot it. Recoils like a crazy and is very dependable. I am not a big fan of the single stack type of magazine, but that was what the gun was originally designed to have, and that is that. this would be the gun I'd use for in my house defense, or likewise, in my car. For carry I would pick something much lighter. Springfield hasn't let me down, and I don't think they will. Very good gun! My friend picked it up for 500 dollars at a gun show.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:49:01 UTC.

    Bought my 1911-A1 GI at a gun show used in November, have had slight intermittent failure to feeds with a number of different magazines but after playing amateur gunsmith, light polishing of ramp, different mags, etc. I sent the pistol in.

    Lifetime warranty--check.
    Free shipping to plant--check.
    Free return shipping--check.
    Turnaround time two weeks including Labor Day weekend--freakin' awesome.

    I saved over $100 off retail by buying someone else's return (note the slide had never been off when I got it!--I know because the first thing I did was put the mark of shame on the slide--hey it's my first 1911--I would have felt three times as bad scarring a Kimber).

    Fun to shoot, goes BOOM every time, feeds with all my mags (FMJ), Springfield,, CMC, and cheap fake Colt.45Auto knockoffs.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 25 Dec 2010 01:54:00 UTC.

    Excellent basic 1911 45ACP handgun. This handgun has served World War through Vietnam.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:05:37 UTC.

    Owned many 45.'s I love it !

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    justmax, Sun, 02 Jan 2011 22:07:15 UTC.

    What can I say if you are jarhead you have carry one.

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    Joseph66, Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:28:18 UTC.

    As many of us that served in the Marine Corps , this pistol is as much a part of me as my right hand . Very soild weapon

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    DaveP326, Sat, 04 Aug 2012 20:31:14 UTC.

    I carried a GI.45 in Nam and it was100% reliable. The Springfield Armory version is an improvement due to improved sights. Some say that the lack of DAO is a minus. DAO is a department accidental firing liability issue. For civilians it just is not a factor. Heavy? Yeah, a little. Big? Yeah, a little, but what you get in return more than makes up for that. You can throw away the 9mm. The big guy is here. They don't call it the fight stopper for nothing. Nobody needs a 15 or 18 round capacity. It's pretty hard to remember your round count when somebody is shooting at you. I'll be the first one to say a .45 isn't for everybody. It does recoil a bit more than a 9mm or .38, but if you practice-as you should- it won't be much of a factor, either. This is a well-made and accurate .45. You wouldn't be making a mistake to buy this one.

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    ermedic2007, Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:50:22 UTC.

    Outstanding 1911. Has functioned flawlessly for me. I will think long and hard before I ever trade it...I doubt i will.

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    macdady, Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:58:38 UTC.

    where is this gun for sale?

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