Need some help with buying my 1st 1911

Discussion in 'Springfield Armory M1911' started by kanej09, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. kanej09

    kanej09 In God We Trust

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    So I finally got the go ahead for purchasing a 1911. I love Springfield Armory so it was easy to decide which manufacturer to go with.

    I am thinking of going with the SPRINGFIELD 45ACP .45 MIL-SPEC STAINLESS.

    I believe my local Sportsmans Warehouse has them for $699.

    Is there anything I should be looking for when handling the gun? I have heard that sometimes the trigger is a little rough. Should I try and buy it online to save some money or is that a bad idea?

    Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Birddogyz

    Birddogyz Moderator

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    Look at the serial number. Make sure it starts with "NM" and you can't go wrong. I have the Range Officer and it is one of my favorite 1911's that I own.
     

  3. eluterio

    eluterio New Member

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    I have the Mil Spec with the serial number starting with "NM." She eats whatever I feed her and have used 7, 8, and 10 round mags. I have no issues with the trigger.
     
  4. kanej09

    kanej09 In God We Trust

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    So I thought I was for sure going to be getting a MIL Spec....until I went to the gun show this last weekend.

    Now I am trying to decide between the MIL Spec and the Loaded. Is it worth the extra money to go with the loaded version?

    They both have NM, which I was told is National Match and to always look for that.

    Any thoughts between the 2?
     
  5. Vin63

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    Most of it comes down to personal taste…for some folks who are very attached to the traditional GI style pistols, the more modern features such as front cocking serrations, upswept grip safety, skeletonized trigger, and ambi thumb safety, etc. are a deal breaker. IMHO, I would go for the Loaded for a shooter. But, if you prefer the GI style pistols, then the Mil Spec is for you.
     
  6. kanej09

    kanej09 In God We Trust

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    Thanks for the tip. Yea the part that drew me most to the Loaded was the sights.
     
  7. Vin63

    Vin63 CH3NO2

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    Is the Loaded version you were looking at have adjustable or fixed sights?
     
  8. kanej09

    kanej09 In God We Trust

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    I believe adjustable.
     
  9. ChrisTJ

    ChrisTJ New Member

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    I have a few 1911s and I can say this I love them all but my Springfield LW OP has to be my go gun for all practical applications, not just due to the weight but mainly because of Springfield's top notch quality. Either route you got the GI or the loaded I believe you will be happy. But keep this in mind the loaded already has most of the bells and whistles you could ever want out of the box.


    Carrying is not comfortable, it's comforting.
     
  10. 45_acp_nut

    45_acp_nut Junior Member: Senior in years

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    The loaded I just acquired has a fixed rear sight.
     
  11. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    The SA Mil-Spec stainless is an excellent choice, and a terrific bargain. If it is available in your state, the SA Range Officer is the best deal in a 1911 that exists.

    A brand new Mil-Spec is likely to be very good out-of-the-box. Lemons are always possible with anything. Buying online from a reliable dealer is no problem. Check for online scam reports and auction feedback for the dealer. Avoid sellers that tend to make nasty replies to bad feedback - An honest dealer will admit to an honest mistake.

    The Loaded is available in two configurations, one fixed-sight, one adjustable. Adjustable sights are ALWAYS better if your goal is accuracy. In my opinion, the reason for getting the Loaded is to get the adjustable sight in a state that doesn't permit the Range Officer. If you want fixed sights on a gun, you might buy the fixed-sight loaded because you could change the sights to fixed sights regulated for you and your load - Otherwise the fanciest fixed sights in the world are no better than the enhanced GI sights on the MilSpec (not to imply they are not good, they are in fact very good).

    Sorry if I ruffled some feathers, I have been in a bad mood since yesterday because we are hiring someone for an important position who is totally unqualified...

    I did a just-out-of-the-box range report of an SA MilSpec stainless yesterday: https://www.springfieldforum.com/f14/range-report-out-box-shootout-744/#post12888
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015
  12. unclebob

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    I have never owned a 1911 and I am thinking about a 1911 Springfield loaded or a Ruger sr1911.
    But after some searching I also like an xdm, I am looking mostly for a range gun, I have a j-frame for pocket carry.
    Any thoughts from the professionals??
     
  13. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    Easy choice... The Loaded! Vastly more gun than the Ruger or the XD. For range work get the Loaded Target with the adjustable sight. If you live in a state where the SA Range Officer is approved for sale, It is a real bargain for a competition ready 1911.

    Oops... You said professionals. Oh well, too late to take it back now that I wrote it ;)
     
  14. gumpy

    gumpy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Definition of an expert/ professional; Someone who is 50 miles from home with a briefcase!
     
  15. jflytle

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    If you are looking for a range gun, definitely the Loaded. If you want to step up a bit, take a look at the Trophy Match. Both are great range/target configurations.

    John
     
  16. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    You saying that 200 miles from home, in my jockeys, with no memory of the night before doesn't qualify?
     
  17. gumpy

    gumpy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I said briefcase, not briefs!!