October 6, 2010

Springfield Loaded Model PX9109LP 45 ACP, $1035

In our first review of handguns suited for the SASS Wild Bunch category—named in deference to the Sam Peckinpah movie, The Wild Bunch—we covered five traditional GI-type handguns from Springfield Armory, High Standard, and Colt. Prices ranged from $500 to $1000, a fairly large spread.

In the "modern" class of 45s we tested, quite a few SASS members probably already own such a handgun, and interested shooters from other disciplines may jump in to shoot Wild Bunch matches. The handguns legal for use in this category are middle-of-the-road pistols. High-visibility sights without night inserts are allowed and so are forward cocking serrations and full-length guide rods. Checkered grip straps are not allowed. Your Springfield TRP and Kimber Gold Match are not legal.

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The Loaded Model is a credible 1911, chock full of features and designed to give custom pistols a run for their money.

We eliminated a number of capable 1911 handguns in the same price range because of the frame checkering and stippling limit. Getting something for free is an advantage, but in this case the advantages were "illegal" for competition.

We tested the Springfield Loaded Model PX9109LP 45 ACP, $1035, which was more than a GI pistol with good features. The pistol featured Novak sights, an ambidextrous slide lock safety, a full-length guide rod, forward cocking serrations, and checkered wood grips. All controls were clear and crisp in operation.

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The pistol featured Novak sights, an ambidextrous slide lock safety, a full-length guide rod, forward cocking serrations, and checkered wood grips.

The trigger showed a compression of 5 pounds and our testers commented on its smooth feel. There were no malfunctions of any type during firing. The sights were well regulated for elevation with the 230-grain load, but windage was off by several inches. We loosened the set screw in the Novak sights and carefully bumped the sights to the right until the sights were on the bull’s eye. Accuracy was credible, with groups ranging from 2 to 3 inches.

Comments (10)

Was hoping for more accuracy from my Loaded and didn't like the trigger much. I traded for a Sig 1911 and got both without a trigger job or other modifications. Both guns were reliable for me.

Posted by: Deputy Dick | October 15, 2010 7:16 AM    Report this comment

I must be extremely lucky since I started shooting 1911's when I could get free practice ammo from the military. I have owned every manufacturers version of a target pistol and combat pistol. I always wound up selling the "Combat" Gun and just shot everything with the "match" pistols. I have had problems from buying cheap mags and I have lost some matches after making a whale of a deal on some cheap foreign ammo. However when I used good quality American made magazines and shot good quality American made ammo they never hiccuped. Now I live in a world of magic since I buy and practice with foreign made ammo out of inexpensive surplus mags to shoot everything from wad cutter to ball with hollow points for coke cans and water bottles and all I have to remember to do is stick the a label that says corrosive in the bag with the pistol so I know how to clean it when I get home. As far as what type, I changed over to Springfield's years ago when I drank the kool-aide about the colt series eighty. But heck the guns were cheaper than a Colt back then anyway. Stainless all the way these days.

Posted by: Wood Butcher | October 11, 2010 5:35 PM    Report this comment

I must be extremely lucky since I started shooting 1911's when I could get free practice ammo from the military. I have owned every manufacturers version of a target pistol and combat pistol. I always wound up selling the "Combat" Gun and just shot everything with the "match" pistols. I have had problems from buying cheap mags and I have lost some matches after making a whale of a deal on some cheap foreign ammo. However when I used good quality American made magazines and shot good quality American made ammo they never hiccuped. Now I live in a world of magic since I buy and practice with foreign made ammo out of inexpensive surplus mags to shoot everything from wad cutter to ball with hollow points for coke cans and water bottles and all I have to remember to do is stick the a label that says corrosive in the bag with the pistol so I know how to clean it when I get home. As far as what type, I changed over to Springfield's years ago when I drank the kool-aide about the colt series eighty. But heck the guns were cheaper than a Colt back then anyway. Stainless all the way these days.

Posted by: Wood Butcher | October 11, 2010 5:31 PM    Report this comment

My run of the mill standard Springfield 45 - parkerized - nothing fancy, is 100% reliable with all hardball, my personal 200gr lswc handloads, and select HP's. Whats not to like? Oh, BTW, its stock. 75%? You're living in the 80's.

Posted by: spike723 | October 10, 2010 5:22 PM    Report this comment

Have owned many 1911 style pistols, the only problems I've had is trying to shoot hollow points or semi wad cutters when the barrel hasn't been throated and polished. They all shot 230 gr. round nose reliably. Wilson Combat has cd's available for building 1911's, they cover everything. Worth the money.

Posted by: leighj | October 8, 2010 6:25 AM    Report this comment

Have carried and shot various colts and clones for my entire adult life (50 years) and have never had a problem with any issued or privately owned .45. When the wolf's at the door and your back's against the wall (read Indian's instead of wolf and you're out of ammo for your MBR instead of your back's against the wall) I'll take the .45 every time.

Posted by: firstsoldier | October 8, 2010 4:45 AM    Report this comment

Have owned and fired Colt 1911's since 1976. Have never had any issues with reliability, ever. Recently purchased a circa 1916 Government Commercial model, all original. Cleaned it and shot it, 300 rds (Federal FMJ, MagTech FMJ & JHP and Remington JHP Golden Sabers), not a hiccup. Maybe I'm just lucky or maybe anyone with 75% reliability is just unlucky. Glocks and Sigs are fine firearms, for foreigners.

Posted by: zone5 | October 7, 2010 7:39 PM    Report this comment

My issue with 1911 style handguns is how much they cost in order to get a gun that is reliable 75% of the time. Love the design and feel, but not the long term performance without cleaning them. OTOH, GLOCK or SIG handguns for much less price work reliably 98%+ of the time. These are icons, no question about it, but PLEASE, make them more affordable!

Posted by: issyroz | October 7, 2010 6:44 PM    Report this comment

I like my Loaded very much. A few problems at first, but now a reliable accurate handgun at less than a premium price

Posted by: orrwdd | October 7, 2010 11:27 AM    Report this comment

IDPA, ICORE and IHMSA

Posted by: orrwdd | October 7, 2010 11:22 AM    Report this comment

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