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Old 01-25-2012, 11:48   #1
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Springfield Loaded Parkerized or Springfield MC Operator?

Looking at two 1911s. A Springfield Loaded Parkerized and an MC Operator.

The Loaded is $738 and the Operator is $1040. I like the OD Green of the Operator but am wondering what it is that justifies the extra $300 for the Operator, besides the obvious rail and OD Green finish on the frame. The Operator is the MAX I wanna spend on a 1911, FWIW. Another thing- the serial # prefix on the 3 Loaded starts with NM and doesn't say made in Brazil. Did Springfield start making the Loaded here in the U.S.? He got them in yesterday, and they are 2012 production FWIW....which one would be the best value? I'm not that big into 1911s....I just want one for the arsenal.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:34   #2
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I've never been real big on Springers. But I did get a chance to shoot an Operator about three months ago. Seemed like a fine pistol. Very accurate and didn't malfunction once. Loved the OD green too.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:49   #3
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NM is finished in the States. So it's a good Loaded that you have there. Seems like more of the Stainless Loaded are more N prefix. While parked are more NM.

Get what you like. If you see a use for the rail, then get the MC Op.

If not, you can get just the frame Cerakoted for around $150 with shipping. If you go that route, give Lou a call at BEC. He does great work.

http://www.businessendcustoms.com/Cerakote.html
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Old 01-25-2012, 14:13   #4
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The MC operator is finished more along the lines of a TRP but without the Frame enhancements.. hence the price, think of it as a budget TRP..
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Old 01-25-2012, 15:39   #5
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The ONLY difference between the two is the rail & finishes.
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Old 01-25-2012, 16:18   #6
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The ONLY difference between the two is the rail & finishes.
Hmm....it seems I'd be better served by just getting the Parkerized Loaded...I'd save myself $300 going that route.
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Old 01-25-2012, 16:34   #7
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I would say the quality of build favors the mc operator but not by much. For the money i would look into Sigs or Sti. Not to discredit springers.
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I would say the quality of build favors the mc operator but not by much. For the money i would look into Sigs or Sti. Not to discredit springers.
Not a fan of Sig's external extractor, and I want something I can touch locally, so I can inspect it prior to buying.

I think I'll just save my $$ and get the Loaded Parkerized. It would match my Mossberg 590A1 pretty nicely.
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I've never been real big on Springers
Too bad. You're really missing out.



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The ONLY difference between the two is the rail & finishes.
Exactly


If you don't like either, the Operator will sell faster. All things being equal.
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Old 01-25-2012, 16:45   #10
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Hmm....it seems I'd be better served by just getting the Parkerized Loaded...I'd save myself $300 going that route.
What are you going to use it for? I like having a light rail on my guns. While I do have ones without and you certainly can get the surefire mount, I just think in most situations a light rail makes sense. The exceptions being strictly a range gun only or if you're going to CC the gun, the rail does make it a bit more bulky. If it's a duty gun or a home defense gun, I think you're best served with having a rail. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-25-2012, 16:51   #11
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I would say the quality of build favors the mc operator but not by much. For the money i would look into Sigs or Sti. Not to discredit springers.

A NM serial number prefix Loaded I recently picked up is MUCH tighter
than the MC Operators I've tried. However, I do not remember ever seeing
a MC Operator with a NM serial prefix.

No experience with STI.

Sigs customer service, while good, can not compete with Springfield.
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Old 01-25-2012, 17:10   #12
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The ONLY difference between the two is the rail & finishes.
Not according to employees at Springfield .. MC operators are fitted to the level as the TRP.

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Old 01-25-2012, 17:39   #13
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Not according to employees at Springfield .. MC operators are fitted to the level as the TRP.

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Ok,.....Bob Serva say's something likse that as well. Fusion still can not
fit a grip safety for ****!

Put you hands on a MC Operator and a NM prefix Loaded and get back with me.
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Old 01-25-2012, 17:43   #14
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I like a park finished pistol....but there is jus something aboout that MC Operator that speaks to me.
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Old 01-25-2012, 17:57   #15
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MC Operators are sweet Springers,...........
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Old 01-25-2012, 18:07   #16
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Not according to employees at Springfield .. MC operators are fitted to the level as the TRP.

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Just looked at an old e-mail from Deb at Springer,......the TRP models are
NM prefix serial number guns.
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Old 01-25-2012, 20:49   #17
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I picked up a NM serial Loaded parkerized last month and its amazing. I also have an N serial Milspec and the fit finish and over all feel of my new 1911 is much better. No malfunctions to report, feeds ball and HP ammo perfectly. I still love my SS Milspec but the Loaded is my new favorite!

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Old 01-26-2012, 01:50   #18
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The fit/finish/and trigger on my MC is much nicer than any loaded I've ever handled or fired. The MC exceeded my expectations. The word on the street is that MC's and range officers get more attention in the assembly/fitting department. Also MC's have a one piece barrel (Storm Lake according to various sources) loadeds have two piece barrels. They tend to be regarded as a solid built and performing production line 1911, I think there is a reason for that. I'm sure they can vary in quality, but then that's true of most, and to a higher degree with NM loadeds. I say put your hands on both. If they seem the same, get the cheaper. If your impressed with the MC, your getting one for one he'll of a good price.
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Old 01-27-2012, 13:58   #19
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Hate 1911s with rail.
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Old 01-27-2012, 15:05   #20
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The MC OPERATOR is a sweet pistol. I was glad I got one myself.

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