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Old 02-13-2015, 10:27   #1
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Springfield loaded or RO?

Think it's time I knock out the 1911 purchase. I've never had one, have thought about buying one for years and just never do it. Always find something else I seem to want more.

I know the ruger gets major love and I've been considering it. With that being said I'm taking a hard look at the loaded and RO. If I'm not mistaken forged frames over the ruger? Not sure how much that really matters, this will just be a range toy.

Is there really drastic differences between the loaded and RO say accuracy wise, lockup ect?

Just looking for opinions, thanks fellas.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:45   #2
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Think it's time I knock out the 1911 purchase. I've never had one, have thought about buying one for years and just never do it. Always find something else I seem to want more.

I know the ruger gets major love and I've been considering it. With that being said I'm taking a hard look at the loaded and RO. If I'm not mistaken forged frames over the ruger? Not sure how much that really matters, this will just be a range toy.

Is there really drastic differences between the loaded and RO say accuracy wise, lockup ect?

Just looking for opinions, thanks fellas.
I love Springfield 1911s! I have 2 and on the list for one from custom shop. So both choices are great. I would suggest RO simply because of the quality of the frame that it comes with. You cannot beat forged national match frame and slide as the Trophy Match and TRP. BUDs have a nice one for a great price too. Listed at $731 shipped (cash discount of course) with an option to make an offer. Generally, they'll come down couple of more bucks, which should take you down to $725. Bud's Item Number: 70940 check it out. Other then that, Springfield has some great 1911s.
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Old 02-13-2015, 11:13   #3
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I have a RO. It's a fine piece of hardware. It's machined to tight tolerances and there isn't a lick of slop in the slide. Comes stock with nice features. A really nice 1911 for the price. Good luck with your decision!
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Glad there's some happy customers, damn nice looking guns.
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Old 02-13-2015, 13:19   #5
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Glad there's some happy customers, damn nice looking guns.
Damn nice indeed. If you haven't already, check out Hickok45's review on YouTube.

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Old 02-13-2015, 13:21   #6
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I like the features of the RO better than the loaded.
I've had my RO for a few years now and shoot it a lot.
It's been a great pistol and my fav to shoot.

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Old 02-13-2015, 13:45   #7
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I really like my SS loaded, it always go bang when I pull the trigger
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Damn nice indeed. If you haven't already, check out Hickok45's review on YouTube.
Need to do that.
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I like the features of the RO better than the loaded.
I've had my RO for a few years now and shoot it a lot.
It's been a great pistol and my fav to shoot.

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Old 02-13-2015, 15:05   #10
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There is really not enough specific details to really set the 2 apart, other than different names.

You are really splitting hairs in difference.
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Epithet would be acceptable, they are close in features. It really comes down to the rear sights and the front serrations. Personally, I don't care for target sights. I would pick the Loaded.

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Old 02-13-2015, 15:46   #12
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SA claims the RO has a TRP build quality, but I'm not sure how much of that is marketing. I do know it's a well built and tight gun. Great barrel fit and super tight bushing. With the target sights it has all the makings of a great target gun.

The Loaded is a slightly different beast, but not by much. They don't claim a TRP level build quality, but again mine is as tight and well put together as my RO's. What you get differently between the two is an ambi safety, front cocking serrations, full length guide rod, and Novak night sights.

Now some would think those attributes offer more over the slightly more spartan RO, but to me they don't offer anything. I don't much care for all the added bits the Loaded has. If I had a choice the RO wouldn't have a beavertail, but other than that I would take an RO over the Loaded any day. You just have to weigh what is important to you in a 1911. Do you want target sights, or carry sights? Single sided safety, or ambi? FLGR or GI?

If you can live without the bits the RO is a great gun.

I really think most all SA's are about equal now, or at least until you go TRP or Custom shop.
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The RO's I seen seem a bit better fit than the Loaded models. I never cared much for the Loaded, to be honest.
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I stopped at a shop on the way home to see if they had either or, Lucked out and they had the RO. I'm really not a fan of those sights, ambi safety or not, doesn't really matter to me. I do kinda dig the slide serrations on the loaded.

Kinda leaning towards the latter.
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Go for it then.

If you can, just try to get one with the NM serial. The new guns are being made here as SA no longer does business with Imbel. The N serial guns are not bad guns, but those would be 100% Imbel.
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Go for it then.

If you can, just try to get one with the NM serial. The new guns are being made here as SA no longer does business with Imbel. The N serial guns are not bad guns, but those would be 100% Imbel.
Well I was gonna order online since the local gun shop prices are so high on these things.
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Well I was gonna order online since the local gun shop prices are so high on these things.
With MI tax. It would have put my .45 RO over 900.00.
The good news is that SA cut ties with Imbel sometime mid 2013. So it's highly likely that a high turn over business like KYgunco or Buds would all have the NM guns.

I bought my .45 RO from KYgunco. With free shipping, no tax, and yet an extortionate 50.00 FFL fee. I came in at just under 800. So yeah, I am all for internet sales.
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With MI tax. It would have put my .45 RO over 900.00.
The good news is that SA cut ties with Imbel sometime mid 2013. So it's highly likely that a high turn over business like KYgunco or Buds would all have the NM guns.

I bought my .45 RO from KYgunco. With free shipping, no tax, and yet an extortionate 50.00 FFL fee. I came in at just under 800. So yeah, I am all for internet sales.
I've used buds, CDNN and grab a gun the last month or more. CDNN and grab a gun have been the best from my findings. Grab a gun looks like my best option for this one at about 752$ currently, 6 bucks shipping and 15$ ffl.

That RO I looked at I mentioned was 950 ish before tax.
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Get the RO,pick up a FO front sight also from Dawson or similar
I have the RO as well as the TRP and shooting both is not much of a difference
I really like the looks of the RO,no frills A1 classic
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I've used buds, CDNN and grab a gun the last month or more. CDNN and grab a gun have been the best from my findings. Grab a gun looks like my best option for this one at about 752$ currently, 6 bucks shipping and 15$ ffl.

That RO I looked at I mentioned was 950 ish before tax.
That dealer must be trying to feed his crack habit.
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