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SPRINGFIELD ARMORY 9MM STAINLESS 1911 PISTOL

Springfield Armory 9mm stainless 1911 combat pistol, with low-profile combat sights

Looking for a durable, attractive 1911 pistol in 9mm? Look no further. This model of Springfield Armory's Loaded 1911 pistols will fit the bill. It's made from forged stainless steel, with the flat surfaces polished and the rounded surfaces glass-beaded, giving it a handsome appearance. The hardwood Cocobolo grips are a tasteful finishing touch.

This is no safe queen, though. It has low-profile combat sights with rounded edges that won't snag on your clothing. The ambidextrous safety allows southpaws and weak hand shooters alike to operate the safety without fumbling. The match grade, skeletonized aluminum trigger has a pull weight of 5-6 pounds, which is perfect for a combat pistol.

The slide has front and rear slide serrations, giving you a positive grip for cycling the slide with either hand.

9mm, attractive, and durable. Does that fit the bill?

Specifications

Stainless Steel PX9130LP
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 9+1
Barrel: 5", 1:16 RH
Sights: low profile combat sights
Sight Radius: 6.75"
Size: 40 ozs., 8.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 2

Every Springfield Armory 1911 pistol is equipped with a trigger locking device. A key inserted into a hole in the rear grip strap positively locks the trigger, making it impossible for a child to accidentally discharge the gun. This system gives you a choice as to whether or not you need to lock your gun. Unlike trigger locks on other brands of guns, the keyhole is small, so that it doesn't ruin the looks of the gun.

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Our Impressions of the 9mm Stainless 1911:

Many 1911 purists will never accept having John Moses Browning's crowning creation chambered in 9 millimeter.

For the rest of us, though, it's a good choice for affordable shooting.

As with all of Springfield's stainless Loaded models, this one is really good-looking, with the polished flats and matte rounded areas on the pistol. The quality of the polishing was good, with no swirl marks or machine marks visible. The matte surface was uniform. So, in the looks department, this one is first rate.

One model we sampled had a trigger pull that was far heavier than 5 to 6 pounds, which is a problem that crops up every so often with 1911's, and not just Springfields. The second model we examined had a pull of 5.4 pounds, right in the advertised range. The break was crisp, and there was only a slight grittiness to the trigger from metal particles left from machining, and that will go away with a good cleaning.

Springfield was smart to keep the grip dimensions as standard 1911 size with the pistol being a 9mm. Other manufacturers reduce the width of the grip frame on 9mm 1911 models, which makes it difficult to get aftermarket accessories for those non-standard grip frames, such as Crimson Trace laser grips. With Springfield Armory's 9mm 1911 models, all accessories for .45 1911 pistols will fit the 9mm.

The price tag on this model gets close to $900, which is $150 to $200 less than comparable pistols from manufacturers like Kimber, making this a particularly good deal.

Springfield Armory Stainless 9mm 1911 Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By 6foot7 Oklahoma City, OK
December 3, 2012

Primary use: target shooting

"This is by far the most accurate 9mm automatic that I've owned. I took it to the range and right out of the box I hit target 1/4" off center at approx 35' first shot. It is probably the best looking,tightest action, that I have shot in an automatic pistol. It came with 2, 9 round magazines, holster, and double magazine pouches. Very good pistol."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Jim, Towanda, KS
March 18, 2012

Primary use: target shooting

"This seems to be a well built pistol. I like the way it fit my hand, just like a 1911 in 45 cal. The action is smoth and a tight fit with very little slack, the trigger is 4lbs and crisp. On the slide i use bolt grease that i use on my bolt action rifles and it works great, The only thing i will change is the sights. The sights are good but for target shooting black on black is hard to see. The 1911 loaded A-1 9mm 5 inch is a very good buy."

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