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I was just wondering what you thoughts would be on using either the Mil spec or GI models for a "classic" custom gun. It seems that the Milspec models are more reliable, but the GIs are more time period correct. this is all just thinking on my part - I have no $$ - but when I do I was seriously thinking of getting a stainless GI or Milspec and using it as a base gun, I would probobly keep everyting stock except for the sear, barrel and extractor and I would also change out the trigger pull to about 3.5 pounds. then I would put some Wicked Grips on it - White pearl or Ivory.

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Mil-spec has several things that will remove any possibility of the "classic" design. It has slanted cocking serrations, a lowered and flared ejection port, and beveled magwell. The magwell won't be noticeable enought to matter, and maybe even not the flared and lowered magwell. But the purist will spot the slanted serrations right off the bat.

The GI will have all the correct stuff, at least at first glance. You can get it to being classic with little trouble. Can't do a thing about those dern slanted serrations.
 

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I agree with Brian. Stick with the GI!
 

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gi all the way
 

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For classic.....it`s the GI all the way. As for reliability, Id be hard pressed for anyone to dissprove the reliability of this GI gun. I have only run about 250 rounds thru mine and it handles hardball perfectly....not one hiccup at all. I`ve just finally run 2 mags of JHP thru it, and except for feeding the first round, it cycles perfectly. If a few hundred rounds more of roundball doesn`t finish polishing the ramp and throat, I may have to do some hand polishing. But I think it will shine up well enough with just a little more hardball.
 

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Thanks for the replys. I have to get it out of my head that for a gun to be "reliable" it has to cost 4 digits - guys have been using those types of 1911s for years, through everything you can think of.... I geuss I need to chill out with getting the best of everything.
 

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Thanks for the replys. I have to get it out of my head that for a gun to be "reliable" it has to cost 4 digits - guys have been using those types of 1911s for years, through everything you can think of.... I geuss I need to chill out with getting the best of everything.
nothing wrong with top end i love my baers
 

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A little mental therapy

Yeah, there is noting wrong with it, but I have a bad habbit of not being happy unless I have the best - I really need to stop. :hairpull:

I geuss its just an ego thing :shades:
 

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For classic.....it`s the GI all the way. As for reliability, Id be hard pressed for anyone to dissprove the reliability of this GI gun. I have only run about 250 rounds thru mine and it handles hardball perfectly....not one hiccup at all. I`ve just finally run 2 mags of JHP thru it, and except for feeding the first round, it cycles perfectly. If a few hundred rounds more of roundball doesn`t finish polishing the ramp and throat, I may have to do some hand polishing. But I think it will shine up well enough with just a little more hardball.
I bought mine in '86 and have put a couple thousand rounds thru it including hardball, JHP, and SWC. I had to polish the ramp and port the slide to get it to handle the JHP and SWC properly.
 

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I really don't care about being "original" and the Mil-Spec seemed like a better gun to me. Thats why I bought one. Frame to slide fit is as close to perfect as can be. Mine is stainless and I love it. I have 8 other 1911A1s and I'm anxious to compare my Springer to my other pistols.

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I have both a GI and a Mil-Spec and have put a thousand or so rounds thru the GI with no problems at all, I have not fires the Mil-Spec yet but the larger sights, the beaver tail, the slanted serations and the speed bump on the safey all are non classic features that may be nicer to shoot with but do not look very classic. I got the Mil=Spec for all of those extras but still love my GI.
 

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I just took my nib SA 1911 "loaded" to the range. The gun was far more accurate than me, I was really impressed, and it is a beautiful gun that I acquired in a trade for an old Garand that I've had in the closet forever. I noticed in your post that you said you had trouble feeding the first round. I had the same problem. I had 2 different mags, and 3 different types of ammo, but if I loaded the mags to capacity (I think 7 rounds), the first round would not chamber the majority of the time. Is the gun defective, or just not broken in, or what? Any thoughts?
 
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