New Springfield Black Stainless 2Tone
Well, lookee what I got.
Mine has black rubber grips instead of the wood grips listed, but the pic looks just like mine. Shiny silvery stainless polished sides and blackened stainless upper surfaces.
I took it out this weekend with some Remington hardball and Wilson Combat mags. Reliability was 100% and I love what feels like an almost two-stage trigger. That little lug on the grip safety became annoying after a few mags, but at least I can put in a "normal" grip safety at some point.
Last night, while retracting the slide to pull out the slide stop, the barrel and slide started to get stuck and I had to tap the slide forward again with a plastic hammer to "unstick" it. I think the barrel locking lugs were butting up against the slide locking lugs. The gun is so tight you have to keep things lined up just-so to get everything to go back together.
The full-length guide rod is a two-piece affair with what looks like a standard rod with a male piece threaded into it and inserted through a hollowed-out front plug.
I already replaced the FLGR with a standard GI plug and Ed Brown recoil guide. The gun worked flawlessly with the new parts through the next three magazines (I stopped shooting at that point).
The gun is a keeper.