Let me just say I have a new favorite 1911!
When you first pick this gun up it just feels very well put together. Slide to frame fit is great, the grips and checkering are aggressive, the Armory Kote is attractive and all business. We all know that TRPs have been hard to come by and I had been on a wait list for about 6 months before this gun came in.
Whenever I receive a new gun I always field strip it and give it a good cleaning and lubricate the gun per the manual recommendations. That brings me to the only negative comment you will read during this review---the freaking guide rod requires a 'tool' which Springfield supplies. The tool they supplied was too long and I ended up having to cut a paper clip to use instead. I knew this before ordering the gun, but it's still annoying. To me, a 'combat' gun should not need tools to disassemble and clean.
Moving on... The interior of the gun showed no machine marks and you could tell the people at Springfield took their time when putting the gun together. The bull barrel and slide are matched together at the factory and are fitted to each other. They mark them to ensure they don't get mixed up at the factory:
After cleaning and lubricating the gun (using shooters choice grease on rails, FP10 everywhere else) it was time for the range. I brought 100 rounds of Lawmens 230gr FMJ, 200 rounds of Aguila 230gr FMJ, 50 rounds of Federal 230gr FMJ, 50 rounds of Federal HST 230gr +p JHPs, and 50 rounds of Federal HST 230gr JHPs. I brought the 2 factory mags, 4 Chip McCormick Power Plus 10 rounders, 4 8 round Chip McCormick Power mags, 3 Wilson ETMs, and a Wilson 47D.
: absolutely 0 failures of any kind with any ammo/mag combination. Simply awesome. The gun didn't even get sluggish as some 1911s have a tendency to do after 150 rounds or so.
: Superb. My first 100 rounds were fired at 10 meters at a 6'' sticky target. Well, it could have been a 4'' target because all but 1 or 2 rounds were within about 4'' but that was completely my fault. I moved it out to 25 meters which is what the gun is factory zeroed at and great accuracy continued as expected.
: The trigger is great. Very crisp break and almost 0 overtravel. The one issue I had was after about 100 rounds or so I had a hard time picking up when the trigger reset. I'm guessing this is due to the fact that it was about 35 degrees outside and my hands were kind of numb from the cold and recoil.
: This gun is over 40oz so recoil was minimal. That said, I found that (for me at least) I preferred the standard load of HSTs to the +p variety. The +p rounds just caused too much muzzle flip for my taste. The gun soaked it up but for me, I'd rather get fast follow up shots than go for the one shot knock down. Most SD situations aren't ended with one shot so I pay close attention to how fast I can get off accurate follow up shots...
: As you can probably guess, I love this gun. I plan on putting a few hundred more rounds through it, adding some Crimson Trace Master Series grips, a Streamlight TLR1s, and adding this gun into my HD rotation. I own well over 50 guns and only use 3 as HD guns so that's saying something... If you can find one of these guns and you can afford it, I highly recommend this gun.
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