Springfield Armory M1911A1 GI Model

Timeless classic, great value, and plenty of man-stopping power.

Performance

I have put thousands of rounds through this pistol. And it is an ammo whore. It doesn't balk at anything, never jams, and consistently feeds and fires anything I put through. To be clear, I've used Rem UMC, Winchester bulk range ammo, Wolf, Sellier & Bellot, and my Brother-in-laws reloads. And this girl can't get enough. As far as accuracy, it is good given the platform. This is a no-frills, GI spec 1911A1. No match grade barrel. No hi-viz sights. But if you are a shooter, this pistol will deliver. I always go to 7 yards myself, because I don't think I'll ever fire on anyone beyond that, but there has been many a range session that the 'X' disappeared on the first shot. And, with the exception of shooter error, I am never outside the 9.

Features

As stated above, there are no special features on this pistol. This could be a good thing for some (like myself). There's no beaver tail safety. The sights are low profile fixed GI sights. The recoil spring has no guide rod and the bushing is loose fit.The thumb safety is not extended or ambidextrous. This is like a GI issue 1911A1 in WWII. But, this is what I like about it. It's not a Cadillac. It's a Ford Model 18 with a Flathead V8 and it's going to blow your ass away without any pomp and pretension.

Appeal

What can I say that hasn't been said a billion times by any firearms enthusiast? You either love it, or you're an asshole. j/k Seriously, you have 1911 guys and you have Glock guys. I never did like the Glock. It never felt right in my hand. This feels like it belongs in my hand as much as one of my most treasured appendages. Not to bash Glock, but I am astounded at how many times I hear from a Glock guy how their barrel blew up because of a certain ammo, or how the frame cracked, et al ad nauseum but will still profess how great the Glock is. But, to each his own. And make mine John Moses Browning's masterpiece, the Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911.

Summary

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Timeless classic, great value, and plenty of man-stopping power.

Performance Rating: 
9
Performance: 

I have put thousands of rounds through this pistol. And it is an ammo whore. It doesn't balk at anything, never jams, and consistently feeds and fires anything I put through. To be clear, I've used Rem UMC, Winchester bulk range ammo, Wolf, Sellier & Bellot, and my Brother-in-laws reloads. And this girl can't get enough. As far as accuracy, it is good given the platform. This is a no-frills, GI spec 1911A1. No match grade barrel. No hi-viz sights. But if you are a shooter, this pistol will deliver. I always go to 7 yards myself, because I don't think I'll ever fire on anyone beyond that, but there has been many a range session that the 'X' disappeared on the first shot. And, with the exception of shooter error, I am never outside the 9.

Features Rating: 
5
Features: 

As stated above, there are no special features on this pistol. This could be a good thing for some (like myself). There's no beaver tail safety. The sights are low profile fixed GI sights. The recoil spring has no guide rod and the bushing is loose fit.The thumb safety is not extended or ambidextrous. This is like a GI issue 1911A1 in WWII. But, this is what I like about it. It's not a Cadillac. It's a Ford Model 18 with a Flathead V8 and it's going to blow your ass away without any pomp and pretension.

Appeal Rating: 
8
Appeal: 

What can I say that hasn't been said a billion times by any firearms enthusiast? You either love it, or you're an asshole. j/k Seriously, you have 1911 guys and you have Glock guys. I never did like the Glock. It never felt right in my hand. This feels like it belongs in my hand as much as one of my most treasured appendages. Not to bash Glock, but I am astounded at how many times I hear from a Glock guy how their barrel blew up because of a certain ammo, or how the frame cracked, et al ad nauseum but will still profess how great the Glock is. But, to each his own. And make mine John Moses Browning's masterpiece, the Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911.

Overall Rating: 
7.00

From Springfield Armory:

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This is the bread-and-butter version of John Browning’s design that
made the 1911 famous. All GI models are built with a forged frame,
slide and barrel and include low-profile military sights, standard magazine
well and spur hammer, standard ejection port, arched mainspring
housing with lanyard loop, vertical slide serrations, hardwood U.S. grips
and titanium firing pin.

All in all, this is a pistol that, for the money, is one of the great ones. You get all the performance you would expect from a design delivered to mankind by its patron saint of firearms and used by the military for 70 years (as it's main pistol, 100 years and counting overall). If you want to punch holes through paper, it will oblige. If you need to stop a threat, it was designed for it and begs to do so. If you want to admire a good looking pistol and piece of history, it's your lucky day.

Please note that my rating is an attempt at an impartial overview as compared to other modern firearms in a generalized content toward a general audience. For myself personally, this girl's a 10.

My Springfield 1911A1
I love this pistol!

6 Comments

3 years 46 weeks ago, 10:56 PM

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never mind. Either you already got it, or I got it figured out.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 12:25 AM

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Yep!!

I think you just about covered it all...This was my first 1911 and still my favorite one to shoot.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 12:25 AM

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Mr. Browning,

In your review you state under the "features" section that there is no beaver tail safety. I'm not an expert on the 1911, but I was under the impression that the grip safety is also what is referred to as a beaver tail safety. The picture posted above depicts just that. I could be wrong and if I am please correct my ignorance. BTW, that is a sharp piece, and I enjoyed reading your review. Can you give me an idea of how many rounds you have put through it? I'm guessing it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 or more. I do like a 1911 and hopefully will one day add one to my personal aresonal which, at this time is woefully lacking.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 7:28 AM

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how you doing? A beaver tail safety is extended and upturned to prevent "hammer bite", when the web of skin between your thumb and index finger gets caught between the hammer and grip safety on recoil. It's happened a couple of times to me. It's not too bad. Just a real good pinch. But I like to think of it as a reminder to hold the pistol correctly. :)
I think I've put about 5 thousand rounds through it. It may be more though. I know I've bought the Remington UMC Mega-Pack (250rounds) at least a dozen times. And I've been through several of the Winchester Range ammo value pack (100 rounds).
Here is a link to some popular 1911 modifications. It's a pretty good read.

http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/tech/custom_mods.htm

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2 years 48 weeks ago, 12:18 PM

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Very nice review. A quality 1911, need more be said....

2 years 48 weeks ago, 2:54 PM

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I had seen, but not read this, as i thought it was authored by someone else.. Great revue, and spot on.. I actually would like to have the sights on your piece.. your comment "The sights are low profile fixed GI sight"... I'm looking at them and they do appear to be the same as my rem/rand, but the Springfield GI models i've seen seem to have the higher series 70 sights.. Is that a picture angle thing, or perhaps an early model.. I know their not the hi vis, combat sights, but did think the GI model had a bit more modern sights on it than the old WWII A1's.. Go check and measure NOW DAMN IT.. ha ha.. whats the scoop..

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