Scratching the 1911 Itch, Again…

Somebody said once that 1911s were like “gun crack,” and they weren’t kiddin’, you buy one, then you gotta have another, then another and before you know it your safe’s full of ’em. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course!
I’ve been lusting after one of the Springfield Loaded 1911s for a while, I guess ever since I decided that I wanted a 1911 about a year ago. Couldn’t find one through my dealer, so I took his GI and it’s been a great gun, one I’ll never part with, but I’d look at this one from time to time on the Springfield website, the parkerized Custom Loaded, and think, aahhh, but I’d love to have one of those. So a couple of weeks ago I went to my dealer and told him, “See if you can find me one of the Springer Loaded models with the parked finish.” A few days later he told me he’d found one, and then a week ago yesterday, I went and picked her up. A few days ago, I went out and picked up a set of Hogue rubber wraparounds to put on her, and, well, here she is…

And another view…

Skeletonized hammer & adjustable trigger, fixed night sights, ambi safety, which is good, because I am a lefty. I was surprised it came with an unramped barrel, but then the 1911 has survived this long without it, so it’s no big deal. We’ll see how she runs with hollow points later on. She runs with ball pretty good, though. Went to the range last Wednesday with 100 rounds of 230-grainers, very accurate and nary a malfunction, although I had just the standard grips on her at the time and with no front checkering, the grip can get a little slick. But I’m not a fan of any kind of checkering anyway, as it can get pretty abrasive after a while, and I had planned to get the Hogues anyway. We’ll be making another trip this weekend, and I am looking forward to it.

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