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    mil-spec or G.I?

    Playing around with the thought of getting another 1911...Mil-Spec or GI? And why?

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    Milspec - U actually have usable sights. U get a beveled magwell and lowered ejection port.

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    +1 With Ship. For just a few bucks more you are getting a lot better gun to work with. Mil-Spec is a fine gun and good luck with it.

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    Hello. I voted for the Mil-Spec, the primary reason being the better sights.


    When I first bought this one, I fired it about 1000 shots with assorted ammunition and it worked flawlessly despite a rather heavy and gritty trigger pull. The sights were perfectly regulated for me such that POA matched POI with 230-gr. standard pressure/velocity loads. I've since had the guts replaced and upgraded by Teddy Jacobson. The pistol has roughly 3500 rounds through it and has never malfunctioned.


    My Mil-Spec has not been accurized and while not "Camp Perry Accurate", it is plenty accurate for my needs, real or perceived, these days.

    Having said this and voted for the Mil-Spec, a good friend of mine who is an excellent shot and true fan of the 1911 pattern pistol purchased a couple of the GI version and has had excellent luck as well, but for me the Mil-Spec seems the better choice.

    Best.

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    Thanks for the insight all. I was in a few shops today and it seems like the Mil-Spec has gone way up...couldn't find one for less then 600 bucks. That's a turnoff...last time i checked they cost n.i.b. $400 +tax. well, I guess thats it for that.

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    Wait and go to a Gun Show that has more than one big dealer there. Work the price back and forth. I still don't think you will get it for much less than around $500 bucks. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mw1311 View Post
    Thanks for the insight all. I was in a few shops today and it seems like the Mil-Spec has gone way up...couldn't find one for less then 600 bucks. That's a turnoff...last time i checked they cost n.i.b. $400 +tax. well, I guess thats it for that.
    I've seen them at Houston gun shows for less than $500 for parkerized models, and not much more than $500 for the stainless mil spec.

    Check some gun shows soon

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    going to the saxet in austin tomorrow...got my tax refund today and if i don't hurry and spend the gun-portion on guns quickly it will be gone otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mw1311 View Post
    going to the saxet in austin tomorrow...got my tax refund today and if i don't hurry and spend the gun-portion on guns quickly it will be gone otherwise.
    Let us know how it goes!

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    I have done some Web Surfing for a Mil Spec and have found them for $525 & $537.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Let us know how it goes!
    found one for $530...didn't buy it tho, just didn't feel it....for 100 bucks more i could get a colt 1991 NRM. I did get a P2000 & a S&W M60 tho.

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    Congrats on the HK!

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    Thanks! That poor thing is starting to show quite a bit of wear from the Kydex holster.

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    I have a Galco Matrix for my USP, and it kinda wore the edges a tiny bit after 1 draw. I got it for just $20, though.

    But, I am anal retentive about the condition of my guns. I typically don't holster any gun but my carry gun. So, I haven't done it since.

    If Tripp hadn't have screwed up a 1911, I probably would send the slide off to be hard chromed to him.

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    I too have been looking and the price runs a wide range. Up until last weekend the cheapest I could find shopping thru the internet was $528 but then you have the other cost associated ( shipping and FFL shipping address). I did find a place that will sell me the Mil-Spec for $500.38, all included. Have a gun show coming at the end of the month, I will check it out but I feel that its going to be hard to beat that price.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasha51pan View Post
    I did find a place that will sell me the Mil-Spec for $500.38, all included.
    Wow, where was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Milspec - U actually have usable sights. U get a beveled magwell and lowered ejection port.
    Thats what I was gonna say! I own both and the GI is a great gun but the sights suck!

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    I'd say get the GI for $200 less and have new sights installed. "Shipwreck" is 100% correct that the GI sights are nearly unusable. I haven't fired a Milspec but the sights are obviously better out of the box, however, I'm having new, 3 dot night sights installed on my GI Champion. The sights were $85 and the work will cost $70, and the gun cost me $410, so for $560 (less than a new Milspec) I have a nice 1911 with sights that are similar to my other semi autos.

    Don't know if there are any other differences in these guns but if not, this option is most cost effective.

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    My dad has a Colt Gold Cup 1911 that his father-in-law left him when he died 3 years ago. do any of you know much about the Gold Cup, why it's called that, and is it a good 1911 model?

    +1 on the mil-spec

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    give me a mil spec with a beaver tail and hammer and i would be happy

    that is the 1911 that I use to own before kids and sorry I sold it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino View Post
    My dad has a Colt Gold Cup 1911 that his father-in-law left him when he died 3 years ago. do any of you know much about the Gold Cup, why it's called that, and is it a good 1911 model?...
    The Colt Gold Cup is a 25- and 50-yard, bulls-eye-target, .45 ACP, semi-auto competition pistol. It should have a good adjustable rear sight and an undercut Patridge front sight. It should be pretty tightly fitted, and its trigger should be light and crisp.
    The name "Gold Cup" comes from one of the National Match competitions in which it was designed to be used.
    It is not practical for self-defense or for holster carry. It is too tightly set-up, its rear sight is a little fragile, and its front sight will rip the Hell out of a holster and obscure itself in a clump of leather scrapings.
    It's probably pretty valuable. In as-new condition, it's listed at from $800.00 to more than $1,000.00, depending upon when it was made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    give me a mil spec with a beaver tail and hammer and i would be happy
    That seems to be my take on it at the moment... From all the 1911's I've handled, I dig the beavertail. From the spec's though, appears they don't come with beavertails, correct? ... I'm guessing a mil spec with a beavertail would pretty much be a pt1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babs View Post
    That seems to be my take on it at the moment... From all the 1911's I've handled, I dig the beavertail. From the spec's though, appears they don't come with beavertails, correct? ... I'm guessing a mil spec with a beavertail would pretty much be a pt1911.
    you're right about them not usually having the beavertail. That's pretty easily remedy though. It's not too much to change it. Though if it was me I'd change out the spur hammer too. and maybe a better trigger while I had it apart. My old Springer I changed the hammer and added a beavertail grip safety. The trigger I left alone and in the long run I'm glad I did. It does have a little creep I wish wasn't there but it is a very light pull (about 3.5 lb).
    It's one of my fav 1911's to get out and get dirty.

    I have a PT1911 too. While I do like it they are not really like a mil spec being they have the ambi safety. and a little better frame to slide fit. also having the better trigger and hammer than the average mil spec comes with. I would still tell most people to get a mil spec before a PT1911 but that has more to do with the Taurus lack of customer service. Those like me that are more inclined to just take it apart and fix it myself rather than deal with their CA dept. I can say though I've had 0 issue with my PT1911.

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    i chose gi.

    i like the simplicity and retro look of the gi. plus is has a short trigger and i have small hands

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