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Old January 25th, 2017, 01:19 PM   #76
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These days it's just the style. Most things need fitting.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #77
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In the new market today the difference in mil spec and not is the hammer, grip safety, sights,arched mainspring housing, and trigger. The mil specs look like an original, the loaded models from SA are nice the have skelotonized triggers and hammer. Also the have novac style sights, flat main spring housing, bigger beaver tail etc. These things where considered upgrades in the 70-80's. These days you are better off in my opinion to buy one the way you want it to begin with. This way all you have to do is lube it and shoot it.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 01:43 PM   #78
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If you don't want a rail gun, the PX9109L is kind of the best of both worlds. It has old school look with all the modern upgrades one would want. Including quality novac type tritium night sights. If you don't like the feel of those wood grips there are thousands of other to choose from. Hope this helps.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 02:07 PM   #79
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If you don't want a rail gun, the PX9109L is kind of the best of both worlds. It has old school look with all the modern upgrades one would want. Including quality novac type tritium night sights. If you don't like the feel of those wood grips there are thousands of other to choose from. Hope this helps.
Thanks, that's one of the models I'm looking at as well as the same in SS.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 02:25 PM   #80
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On the web sight the SS model is listed without night sights. Some don't like them or say they are useless. I like them, if you order one it would be worth it to get them installed IMO. After that a butt load of 45 acp and a bottle of oil and you'll be ready to wear the range out!

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Old January 25th, 2017, 02:27 PM   #81
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I bought a SA 1911 A1 .45 Auto. $750.00 + taxes.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 03:57 PM   #82
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Capona, you are like me we over think S way too much. Just buy one. You will likely have another problem, which one do I want next. This is a good problem to have BTW. The 1911 is an iconic firearm, IMO there should be at least 1 in every gun owners home.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 04:27 PM   #83
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Capona, you are like me we over think S way too much. Just buy one. You will likely have another problem, which one do I want next. This is a good problem to have BTW. The 1911 is an iconic firearm, IMO there should be at least 1 in every gun owners home.
Over thinking it is most of the fun of buying the next piece.

What the heck is a CA compliant 1911 loaded? What it that or what does it restrict?

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Old January 25th, 2017, 04:47 PM   #84
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Have know clue about that one brother, my country aas has never been west of ole miss. Maybe something stupid like it want shoot without the mag in it.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 05:00 PM   #85
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Ok so I'm learning as I go here. A few more questions if I may:

Is mil-spec a real spec standard they adhere to so that parts are interchangeable?
Or is it adhering to a traditional 1911 look in which case a "railed gun " wouldn't be mil spec?
Would an Sa loaded be a mil spec, with upgraded sights, and possibly an ambi safety on a few of those loaded models?
Today...'mil-spec' is just a word!
Really Nothing More Than That...Mostly Just A Sales Gimmick.
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The Larger The Purchase Price...The More Research Is Warranted!

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Old January 25th, 2017, 05:14 PM   #86
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An original 1911 pistol is reliable but not that accurate or fun to shoot. I Rekon ole Alvin York would have a different take on this. Ain't never shot no fancy rifle like thisin. Give a country boy a chance, if he believes in it step aside!

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Old January 25th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #87
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Over thinking it is most of the fun of buying the next piece.

What the heck is a CA compliant 1911 loaded? What it that or what does it restrict?
It must pass a drop test.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 05:50 PM   #88
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Any 1911 after the 80 series should work, don't worry about all that stuff.

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Old January 25th, 2017, 05:59 PM   #89
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Any 1911 after the 80 series should work, don't worry about all that stuff.
It's not as simple as you think.
Manufacturers must provide 1 pistol from each model for drop testing.
Wilson Combat and Les Baer have specific California compliant models.
http://www.wilsoncombat.com/california-models/
http://http://www.lesbaer.com/website/calif.html

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Old January 25th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #90
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I think mil-spec is a term that is meaningless today because it's been used incorrectly and dishonestly so much. There are real mil-specs for what the military buys.

When I referred to specs earlier for a 1911 I meant the specs the government told Colt to build the 1911 to. If all manufacturers honored these specs a lot of parts would be almost interchangeable.

To my knowledge a lot of the aftermarket parts for a 1911 are slightly over sized so they can be fitted to an individual pistol. You can attain the utmost accuracy in this manner but you may not end up with a "combat" handgun. Old military government models rattle on purpose.

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