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So, I've been wanting to pick up a nice WWII 1911A1 clone, and I'm not 100% sure what's out there. I know the Springfield GI is supposed to be pretty decent, and it won't break the bank. I know Colt makes a nice repro, but I think it's a $1000 plus..at that point I might as well go for a real WWII-era 1911. Is there any other decent clone out there, or should I just go for the Springer? How accurate of a clone is it?

Thanks for any input, guys.
 

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mco119 said:
So, I've been wanting to pick up a nice WWII 1911A1 clone, and I'm not 100% sure what's out there. I know the Springfield GI is supposed to be pretty decent, and it won't break the bank. I know Colt makes a nice repro, but I think it's a $1000 plus..at that point I might as well go for a real WWII-era 1911. Is there any other decent clone out there, or should I just go for the Springer? How accurate of a clone is it?

Thanks for any input, guys.
the only thing i did not like about my GI when i had it was the roll marks on the slide.

i really should have kept the gun it was my first .45 and was pretty accurate,. alas i needed some cash for something and i sold it like a tool.

now i have a Rock Island Armory 1911,. with a unmarked Colt slide,. if i ever get around to getting the WWII style grip panels it will look pretty close to a issue .45,. exceot it will not have any roll marks what-so-ever.
 

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I am going to get another, probably a Springfield, however I am sorry about selling my Norinco...it was a fine piece.
 

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Rock Island Armory (Philippines) makes a decent 1911A1 clone for under $400 if the SA Inc is to high of a price.

Hootbro
 

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the only thing i did not like about my GI when i had it was the roll marks on the slide.
I assume you mean because the markings are not "correct?"
 

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cruzie27 said:
the only thing i did not like about my GI when i had it was the roll marks on the slide.
I assume you mean because the markings are not "correct?"
pretty much,.. but i have a thing about having someones bill board on MY pistol,.. once you take a look at one in person you will see it really is not that bad,. but i am just kinda picky about stuff like that.

the Springfield is a good gun,.i would probally get another if i had the cash to spare right now.
 

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It's funny you mentioned it. I always hated the stampings on my SA Inc. .45, too. Huuuuge font. Just ridiculous.

The serrations on the slide were all slanty, too. If I'd kept this, I was going to swap out the slide with a GI replacement.

A shame, since it was a great pistol otherwise. Not as nice as GI, but the next best thing.




 

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I have and carry my Springfield GI model. You can't beat 'em. I have had troubles with pretty much every 1911 with all the whiz-bang stuff such as Kimbers, Colts and some Smith's. However the base model Springfield just runs and runs.
 

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The Springfield GI's look nice, but those GI sights are horribly small.

I have a stainless Springfield 1911 with Novak sights myself.
 

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the SAinc gi spec is a winner. but one will not be enough, and will not fill the void of wanting a 'real' one. been there done that.
but my first one, is still a favorite.
 

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+1 for the Springfield. I love mine. I've seen several comparison articles, too. Most of them rank it as the best value for the money.
 

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cruzie27 said:
mco119 said:
cruzie27 said:
the only thing i did not like about my GI when i had it was the roll marks on the slide.
I assume you mean because the markings are not "correct?"
pretty much,.. but i have a thing about having someones bill board on MY pistol,..
Yeah, me too. It's one thing I don't like about the look of the Springfield GIs. Then again, some "real" USGI 1911s (think Colt) have a book on the slide, though it seems to typically be on the left side and not on the right like the Springers.

What do you guys think of the Auto Ordnance 1911s? Just stumbled onto some WWII clones by them. I'm guessing they aren't as nice as the Springfields.
 
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