The Springfield Mil-Spec
On the used gun rack was a Springfield 1911, the GI45. This was a consignment pistol, with a McCormick trigger, and a Wilson magazine. It was the parkerized Government Model. It had a $400 price tag on it, and included the original magazine and a nylon holster. I almost bit........until I remembered the gun show this weekend. I might find a Colt for that money.........
Today, I am a die hard Colt fanatic, but my first 1911 was a Springfield Mil-Spec. I do have a soft spot for the Springers. I still own my first Springfield 1911, although it has gone through some changes, and is essentially retired. I just can't bring myself to let it go. My Mil-Spec recieved new grips, a Colt trigger, along with a trigger job, a King's bushing and hammer, an Ed Brown ambi safety, and a McCormick rear sight. I have over 10,000 rounds down the pipe with this pistol, and I have only experienced one malfunction. One.
I recommend the Springfield Mil-Spec right alongside the NRM Colt as the perfect choice for the 1911 novice. It is affordable, reliable, durable, and incredibly addictive. Even if you never loosen a grip screw, you will find this pistol to be an incredible value. People have taken it straight from the counter to IDPA matches, with little more than a squirt of CLP on the rails, and found it to be 100% reliable. In the past, Springfields have taken a hit compared to Colts and Kimbers at the trade-in counter. One must remember, however, you buy the pistol for less to start with. Also, to take the hit, an owner must trade in the pistol. I don't ever expect to trade mine in, so it's a non-issue for me. For the person who wants to venture into the world of John Moses Browning's 1911 brainchild and see if they will enjoy a gun of infinite possibilities, undisputed effectiveness, and incredible value, the Springfield Mil-Spec is a $500 ticket to never seeing any handgun in the same way again. The 1911 raises the bar for all handguns. The Springfield Mil-Spec raises the bar for affordable 1911s. Get one. You will not regret it.