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    I'm finally am part of the 1911 club!

    Well, I went gun shopping today. Specifically, two stores in Fayetteville. My choices were either the new Taurus 1911 or the Springfield Mil-Spec. I ended up getting the Springfield 1911-A1 Full Size, Parkerized. Also, picked up two Wilson Combat Magazines to dress it up a little. I will post some pics as soon as I shoot it tomorrow and get it back home and clean it. The other store had my same gun for 120 dollars more than what I payed! I won't name the store out of respect...

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    Congratulations on the Springer.
    You do know that owning and shooting 1911s is an addiction don't you?
    Prepare yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    I ended up getting the Springfield 1911-A1 Full Size, Parkerized. Also, picked up two Wilson Combat Magazines to dress it up a little. I will post some pics as soon as I shoot it tomorrow and get it back home and clean it.
    Congrats on your new 1911! Springfield makes a great 1911 and Wilson mags are the best I've ever used.
    Before you shoot it at least pull the slide off and run a patch through the barrel and oil the rails on the frame and slide.

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    Congrats. I took the plunge with a Mil Spec and also bought a couple Wilson 47D's. It's my house gun now. Have fun!!

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    Is there any way to get the barrel bushing off without the bushing wrench? It tight as I don't know what!

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    U da man!

    It depends - after a while, it will loosen up. While the 1911 purists will come after me with a bat - I personally like the full length guide rod. But, I like the 2 piece 1. WIth the two piece, it can be easier to take the bushing out depending on the order that you disassemble the slide.

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    Should of had a wrench with it. They cost about $4.00 for them plastic ones. Congrats on your new SA Milspec. Sometimes thoes mags they come with just don't work right. That was a wise move buying them Wilsons to take with you. Don't forget some pictures and a range report on your new pistol.

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    After tomorrow... you will be a different person...

    Suggestion... make sure your feed ramp is REALLY clean.

    If it isn't polished - "smoothed up" - you may want to do / have it done soon, in my experience, this simple upgrade will eliminate / prevent a lot of problems you could have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    Is there any way to get the barrel bushing off without the bushing wrench? It tight as I don't know what!
    You should be able to push the plunger in with your thumb.

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    Yeah, after I posted about having problems with the barrel bushing, I made one last effort to wiggle it loose and it worked. Disassembled the whole gun, dragged a patch through the barrel and put some CLP on the rails. I think I may make a trip to Raleigh later this week and put some Wilson combat goodies on it. I haven't even shot the damn thing yet and I'm already wanting to play with the internals....gotta love the 1911. Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it. Damn, it looks so good "locked and loaded"....hehe

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    It it works, don't fix it.

    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    Yeah, after I posted about having problems with the barrel bushing, I made one last effort to wiggle it loose and it worked. Disassembled the whole gun, dragged a patch through the barrel and put some CLP on the rails. I think I may make a trip to Raleigh later this week and put some Wilson combat goodies on it. I haven't even shot the damn thing yet and I'm already wanting to play with the internals....gotta love the 1911. Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it. Damn, it looks so good "locked and loaded"....hehe
    The most common cause of malfunctions in 1911's is fiddling with them. You've got a very nice gun there. Very nice. Just about perfect, in fact. Please resist the natural temptation to start hanging Christmas ornaments on it. If a part doesn't work, then by all means, replace it. If you get feeding malfunctions, and you can see roughness on the feed ramp, then polish the ramp. But please don't put stainless steel ambidextrous extended mudflaps on it. Please don't polish something that is working 100%. 1911's work just fine if you leave them alone.

    I've spent hundreds of dollars fiddling with my 1911's. I've also spent hundreds of dollars having gunsmiths undo my "improvements" and getting my guns back to where they were before I "improved" them. If you feel the urge to spend money, buy ammo!

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    Well, I can see changing out the sights and grips. And, back when I had a Milspec, I had the trigger changed out to a skeletonixed one, because I liked the look. But, I had a smith do it. U may or may not want a trigger job, depending on how your trigger is. That can vary for each particular gun from Springfield.

    But, you have a nice 45

    As for the bushing - glad ya got it to work. I have had ones in the past where ya really needed the wrench. But the Mil Spec ones can usually be turned by hand.

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    My Springfield 1911A-1 "Loaded"..........NOT mil-spec...lol


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    Nice gun!
    Have you had a chance to shoot it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    Nice gun!
    Have you had a chance to shoot it yet?
    Yeah, just returned from putting 100 rounds through it...BIG, BIG difference in the factory magazine and the Wilson Combat...Gun is more accurate than I am. No FTF's or anything. Hands down, the BEST handgun I have ever owned....I hope to get to the indoor range this weekend and put some more through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    My Springfield 1911A-1 "Loaded"..........NOT mil-spec...lol

    Sweet looking gun. ENjoy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    My Springfield 1911A-1 "Loaded"..........NOT mil-spec...lol

    WOW that's a great looker. What I don't like about mil-spec is the tiny sights, so I'm sure your happy with the ones that came with it. I think springfield has the best looking 1911. Congrats.

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    Thanks for the compliments. It takes a act of congress to get the guide rod spring put back in place. There has to be a trick to getting it back to together quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    Thanks for the compliments. It takes a act of congress to get the guide rod spring put back in place. There has to be a trick to getting it back to together quicker.
    You'll get better at it. But you are right - even with practice - it will never be as fast to do as the newer models of semi autos where ya just pull something down or press a button

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8models View Post
    It tight as I don't know what!
    As a virgin? Had that problem once and use K-Y but I don't suggest using it on your gun like I did but I did shoot a wad.

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