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Springfield Armory Mil-Spec Stainless 1911A1 45 ACP, $785

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Gun Tests grade: A-/B. Two grades? yes. We give it an "A-"; as a retro gun, but grade it a "B" for lack of modern conveniences, such as higher-visibility sights and a memory groove beavertail.

Springfield Armory Mil-Spec Stainless 1911A1 45 ACP, $785

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Barrel Length
Sight Radius
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Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The flat surface of the grip safety did not match up well with the arched mainspring housing. We think most shooters will have difficulty keeping it compressed. But you can order your Mil-Spec with the flat mainspring housing.
We could turn the bushing by hand, so no tools were necessary to remove the top end. Note the low front sight. Today's low-mount front sights are more visible.
The old-fashioned rear sight was adequate. But you can't beat today's variety of available combat sights. Note the full-tang hammer.

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