Springfield Armory 1911A1 "Loaded"
· Springfield Loaded 1911-A1 .45 ACP
· Product Code PX9608 ( this product code is no longer listed in the current Springfield Armory catalog )
· comes with original factory hard case
· 2 magazines (marked "SA 45 NM" on the floor plate)
· Novak rear sight, plain black (from the factory)
· Novak 14-kt gold bead front sight installed by Novak's in October 2010
$120, plus additional $50 for labor and shipping
· blue finish
the finish on the frame is factory original
Novak's re-blue the slide after cutting the dovetail and installing the front sight
· skateboard tape on front grip
I am the original owner, and purchased this new in October 1999.
It has between 500 - 1,000 rounds through it, but I haven't shot this much (if at all) since around 2002 or 2003. All of the ammo was full-metal-jacket (FMJ), some of Wolf (old style, with the laquer coating). No problems were encountered (at least none that I can recall). UPDATE: I shot one magazine through this on June 30 2012 to post a video on this page, but my friend who was shooting the video messed it up.
There is holster wear on the edges, the "idiot mark" below the slide release lever, and a scratch on the right-side of the slide below the rear-sight. While never my every-day carry (EDC) gun, I did carry this for protection on camping trips.
warning - foul-language :
note: this is not my video, nor the actual gun for sale here
I never did this to my 1911
The only modification I would suggest would be to replace the full-length guid rod (FLGR) with a standard guide rod and plug. FLGRs were popular in the 1990s, but don't really add any functional value to a 1911, and make it a bit more difficult to take apart.
If I have time, I'll take some better pictures.
I know I always keep saying that one of these days I'll get a proper setup with studio lighting,
rather than depending on either the crappy lighting inside my house or certain times of day when natural sunlight is favorable.
Or maybe I should just learn to use Photo Shop.
Dust sticking to the oil on the pistol shows up really well in most of these pictures below.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
M1911A1 vs. "1911"...
Something that's come up in comments here and here is this persistent internet myth that the M1911 pistol is some elegant weapon from a more civilized age, that the design required "careful tuning" or "hand-fitting" to manufacture. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Marketing (evil) Genius.
As recently as the early 1990s, a "1911" pistol meant a GI-looking gun from Colt or Springfield or one of a tiny handful of other manufacturers.
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The company that bought the old Kimber rifle company realized that, if the upgrade parts were bought in bulk and installed when the gun was made, a "custom" 1911 could be brought to market for not too much more than a standard "Government Model"-looking piece from one of the more established makers, and thus was the "Kimber Custom" born.
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Other manufacturers responded with their own "factory customs", such as Springfield Armory's "Loaded" models, and Kimber's formerly private pidgin was threatened.
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Friday, January 27, 2006
Boomsticks: The Once and Future Pistol.
In the annals of the sidearm, there are many famous handguns. Maybe four have reached the status of Icon; immediately grasped and understood by anyone with even a modicum of exposure to Pop Culture, whether they grok which end the bullet comes out of or not: The Colt Model 1873 (aka "The Peacemaker"); the German P-08, known popularly as the "Luger"; the Glock, of rap lyric and Tommy Lee Jones one-liner fame; and the M1911 pistol, generically termed "The .45".
For a nonagenarian, this is a gun that sure gets around alot. It's the preferred sidearm of quite a few of the more well-known teams of trigger-pullers and door-kickers. Most action pistol disciplines have special classes for non-1911-pattern guns, to allow for an interesting fight for second place.
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What really needs to be remembered is that here is a pistol that served American soldiers for seventy years in every hellhole on earth, from the mud of the Meuse-Argonne to the snows of Bastogne; from the dry cold of Chosin to the dank swamps of the Mekong Delta. The [Springfield] Pro is simply a current iteration of those guns; a weapon made of tool steel and now coated with teflon, to boot. This may be why the USMC just placed an emergency order for a bunch of them: What worked then works now
Springfield Armory's "Loaded 1911-A1" product page: www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?model=8
Springfield Armoy at 1911 Forum: forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29
Springfield Armory at M1911 Forum: forum.m1911.org/forumdisplay.php?f=30
Google search for "Springfield PX9608": www.google.com/search?q=springfield+PX9608
10-8 Performance articles about the 1911: www.10-8performance.com/pages/Articles.html
Novak sights: www.novaksights.com/products/sights/index.html
1911 Motivational Posters: www.ar15.com/forums/t_5_49/50421_1911_MOTIVATIONAL_POSTER_THREAD.html&page=1 (21 pages long)
101 years now
"God so delighted in the world"
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Robert DeNiro in Ronin
Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
101 years now
Monday, November 12, 2007
Those Mil-Spec Springfield 1911s
My first 1911
was a Springfield Armory pistol. Back then, I had not yet experienced the allure of the Colt product, but I wrote about the Springfield Mil-Spec as a review online somewhere. Fortunately, I still have that review in my files, as well as a subsequent review on the pistol that would become the Springfield GI45.
I still heartily recommend the Springfield 1911 to people who want to explore the 1911 and all it's potential. the Springfield has a forged frame and slide. Less expensive 1911s lack this quality. I believe forgings to be important on an old design that fires a substantial cartridge if the firearm is to remain durable in the long term.
I still own these Springfield pistols, and they still shoot beautifully. I would not hesitate to purchase another one at the right price. I paid $499 for my NIB Mil-Spec years ago, and $400 for my GI version. Not surprisingly, the prices have since gone up. Last week I saw a new Mil-Spec in a gun store priced at $663. They had a GI45 for $499.