Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-31-2018, 08:07 PM
Redcoat3340's Avatar
Redcoat3340 Redcoat3340 is offline
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Washington State
Posts: 667
Likes: 134
Liked 544 Times in 214 Posts
Default 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???

I'm pretty green when it comes to 1911s, and know nothing about Springfields. (I'm not so green about 9mm and .38 sp. revolvers and know a modest amount about S&W, Browning, and Sig.)

Now I've done a modicum of reading about "value" 1911s and Springfield wins most of the accolades for build, reliability, and, of course, value.

My guy at my LGS agrees.

So I'm thinking about buying the one in the pictures.

And I have no earthly idea which model it is. Says "1911-A1" but it seems to have a couple of upgrades from a basic GI model: skeletonized hammer, lightening holes in the trigger; and much better sights....some sort of tritium, I should have looked closer for a maker's mark. Also has Pachmyer wood/rubber stocks, I think they're called the "American" model.

So, if those familiar with these guns could please help: what am I looking at here? They're asking $549. Is that a fair price? I'm a pretty good customer so I'll expect some wiggle room. Plus I'm probably going to trade one or two safe queens and that gives us both flexibility.

Bore looks good, gun is clean, and if there's a problem I'll have no problem with the LGS.

Much appreciate any advice, comments, opinions....especially if I should be looking at something else. I will not be carrying this, it's strictly for the range.
Attached Thumbnails
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???-0331181345a-jpg   1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???-0331181345-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-31-2018, 08:39 PM
Rpg Rpg is offline
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Denver area
Posts: 3,652
Likes: 8,681
Liked 6,282 Times in 2,152 Posts
Default

Most functional 1911ís are worth $400-500.

To me, the funky grips and trintium sights are detractors, but lots of folks love trintium sights and surely some one likes the funky grips.

Springfields are reputable guns.

Iíd be most interested in good, reliable functioning in THAT gun, not so much the manufacturerís reputation for producing reliable guns. Most 1911 manufacturers have good reputations for producing reliable guns.

If you like trintium sights and donít mind (or like) the grips, itís not a bad price assuming the gun works well.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-31-2018, 09:16 PM
Eddie Southgate's Avatar
Eddie Southgate Eddie Southgate is offline
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Southern Middle Tennessee
Posts: 642
Likes: 1,630
Liked 749 Times in 319 Posts
Default

Rest of the pistol looks alright but those grips would have to go before I walked out of the shop with it .

Eddie
__________________
Grumpy Old Man With a Gun
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #4  
Old 03-31-2018, 09:21 PM
arjay's Avatar
arjay arjay is online now
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Colorado
Posts: 11,383
Likes: 54,092
Liked 15,615 Times in 5,397 Posts
Default

I think it's a GI that's had the trigger,grip safety,sights,hammer and MSH swapped out.Any chance of shooting it before buying it?
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 03-31-2018, 09:32 PM
Joni_Lynn's Avatar
Joni_Lynn Joni_Lynn is offline
US Veteran
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Some place else.
Posts: 2,862
Likes: 72
Liked 414 Times in 153 Posts
Default

As stated above, this is a Mil Spec or GI model that has had some things changed out. Before adopting it, check to see if the feed ramp is butchered.
Best wishes.
__________________
Lynnie, Professional Pest
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 03-31-2018, 10:26 PM
ContinentalOp's Avatar
ContinentalOp ContinentalOp is offline
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,485
Likes: 3,979
Liked 3,150 Times in 1,194 Posts
Default

Yup, I agree with arjay. Looks like a GI model that's been modified by a previous owner.

IIRC, the Mil-Spec has a lowered ejection port. This pistol does not.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-31-2018, 10:33 PM
LVSteve's Avatar
LVSteve LVSteve is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lost Wages, NV
Posts: 9,194
Likes: 7,866
Liked 9,352 Times in 3,813 Posts
Default

Somebody's idea of a custom gun. The grips are hideous, and I won't touch a 1911 in 45 with a standard ejection port. The improved sights are a good idea. Standard GI sights are not much fun, IMHO.
__________________
Release the Kraken
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 04-15-2018, 01:44 AM
Alk8944's Avatar
Alk8944 Alk8944 is online now
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sandy Utah
Posts: 6,372
Likes: 690
Liked 3,995 Times in 1,865 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LVSteve View Post
I won't touch a 1911 in 45 with a standard ejection port.
Odd remark!!!! Explain yourself. The government has (still is) used this basic pistol for 106 years, not to mention hundreds of thousands of civilian shooters. Relatively few civilians have seen the necessity of lowering the ejection port, and the government never! What is your problem with this gun in stock condition? Is it the little dents in the fired cases that bother you?
__________________
Gunsmithing S&W since 1961
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-15-2018, 02:17 AM
Mexican Kerry Mexican Kerry is offline
Member
1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This??? 1911 Newbie: What Model Springfield is This???  
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Flatlands of Canada
Posts: 413
Likes: 75
Liked 1,164 Times in 280 Posts
Default

In case the OP is still wondering,

it is a GI model, look at the serial prefix WW. Basic model marketed as a repro of a WW2 era pistol. They were labelled as a GI Mil Spec (at least early on) but there are differences between the GI Mil Spec and the Mil Spec. Others have already pointed out some of those differences.

A GI was my very first pistol purchase and I still have it. At the time it was the most accurate repro I could find. It has an 8 lb trigger and the plunger tube came slightly unstaked. It was an easy fix and it still keeps plugging along.

A Springfield falls into the "value" category but don't let that fool you. They are more aptly called a "bargain."

Even if its been slightly customized, I would never be afraid to buy a used one without a trial. Grips are an easy swap, and any modded internals are fixable/replaceable if they aren't to your liking.

I am a Springfield fanboy though, so this is just my opinion.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTS: Springfield Armory Custom Shop PRO 1911-A1 (PC9111), Henry .22, Rem 1911 R1C JJEH GUNS - For Sale or Trade 1 04-20-2017 07:32 PM
Springfield 1911 V-16 S&W357 Firearms & Knives - Other Brands 1 02-15-2014 03:43 PM
WTS/WTT S&W Model 10-5 6" & Springfield 1911 A1 Mil Spec (SPF) ahoss79 GUNS - For Sale or Trade 10 12-19-2013 10:26 PM
WTS Springfield 1911...SPF kihnspiracy GUNS - For Sale or Trade 0 01-18-2013 09:31 PM
Sold,please delete .45 acp Springfield Loaded Model 1911 Markcuda GUNS - For Sale or Trade 10 08-16-2011 08:50 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:21 AM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2018
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)