This is my Springfield Armory GI 1911. I’ve had this gun for some years now, kept it and enjoyed it as stock, refusing to modify it or change it in any way. Well, two things happened to while I was in Jacksonville, NC. The GI style wood grips cracked on me, and before I really “Discovered” Fireclean, it suffered form a corrosion attack on the slide. So I had to scrub the corrosion off it, and change the grips.
Well, once I had gone and done all that keeping it “stock” just isn’t the same anymore.
The gun shoots remarkable well for an old warhorse. I love the fact that even with the old nubbin sights, it’s still an accurate shooter. I fired 100 rounds of standard Winchester White Box 230 grains, and 50 rounds of Hornady JHP’s without a single failure. The gun got hot. So hot that it was really difficult to rack the slide… but it kept shooting as long as the mag had ammo in it. It showed no signs of slowing down either. That was probably due to the Slipstream lubrication, and a good old GI style 1911 working together in harmony.
Here’s the one problem I had though. Hammer Bite. Not bad enough to be painful, but it was irritating and distracting. So to solve that problem, I went ahead and ordered some parts from Brownells. A new Commander style Hammer, sear to match that, and a Commander style drop in beavertail safety. Wilson Combat parts of course. They should be here in 4 to 5 days. Can’t wait. Once those parts are in, my GI will no longer be a GI. This saddens me a bit.
The #1 best thing I saw at the Ellott Brother’s show, was the Wilson Combat Beretta 92G Brigadier.
Wait, why would I say that? The 92 is old school! It’s out dated, it’s too big, it’s too heavy, blah blah blah… Son, you don’t understand quality and refinement. If this was a car, it would be a full sized luxury car from Mercedes, worked over by AMG and on the back of it would have the word “Kompressor”. That’s what the 92G from Wilson is like. The Trigger is as smooth as you can get, and much lighter than expected. It breaks in both modes of fire very crisp and clean. I have to say, it’s the best DA/SA pull I’ve felt on any handgun. The Wilson sights are beautifully clear and visible – even with my poor eyesight.
These are pistols are – and I don’t say this lightly – the most astute choice for a DA/SA Semi Automatic 9mm that you could make if you appreciate the finer things in life. A real working class gun, that cleaned up nice and is ready to go out to eat. I must have one.
This studd is Anothony, from Wilson Combat. Surprise, Anthony! Long time MadOgre.com reader. (Sorry about that) He’s also the guy that helped me get one of these fine pistols ordered. One for a customer of mine – and one will be ordered for myself. Because these handguns are exquisite.
He also had to show me another weakness of mine… 1911’s fit for EDC.
He had to put this little guy in my hand.
I’ve listed a Kidney on Craigslist. Yeah, so that’s two from Wilson Combat.
Now, if you already own a Beretta, I recommend this.
That’s a replacement spring that will improve your trigger pull. I took a large enough photo of it so you can see the part number and order the right one. It makes a huge difference. I felt it. By the time you’ve read this, I’ve already ordered one for my own use. I need a set of their grips too. Because they felt amazing.
I’ve always been a big fan of Wilson Combat. I don’t see that changing. They are still doing it right.