Springfield Armory’s Loaded 1911 Model Video

Rob, one of the things about the 1911 is there’s no such thing as a standard 1911 anymore, is there?

It doesn’t exist. You know, when I started shooting, they were all the same. It was the 1911 A1 with nothing on it.

You started with something similar to this, although you can even dial this one up a little bit!

Yeah. Yeah. This is our mil spec, and it’s got a couple things on it.


Even that, you know, is not really standard for us anymore.

It’s kind of the starting point.


Now, how far to people need to go when they start decking out their 1911?

Well, part of it should be chosen by how much money you want to spend.


If you have a lot of money to spend, you don’t necessarily need to spend that, because you can get to a point where you get the features that you want and the features that you need. Where do you go? Well, that’s a mil spec.

The next version up, we call our loaded package. Well, this version’s stainless steel, and the loaded package denotes a certain, let’s call it, a spec level. Like, you know, different truck, you have an SL, an SLT, or an XLP.

Right, you get the leather seats. You get the whatever. Online gun store.


You got different features on here that are not on here.

That’s correct, and they’re consistent throughout our loaded package. What that gets you basically, Tom, is you’re getting a dovetail front sight, either an adjustable rear sight or a Novak-style fixed rear sight, all of which are big upgrades.


The big things are going to be the ambidextrous safety…


Okay? It’s going to have the big beaver tail with the memory groove on it.

Explain why that’s important and what it gets for you.

Well, one of the very first things we did when we started developing 1911s for competitions was get tired of the thing biting us all the time.

Right. Right.

Two elements. One, when you’re drawing the gun, your hand comes down onto it. The old style one, you would catch on this thing.

It was actually smaller than this.

Right. The original one was even worse than that.

Yeah, it hits you.

You’d catch it, so it would impede your draw. It would impede your grip. The worst part of it’s got to be when this gun fires and it cocks, if you get up high on this, like the way we want to get on the gun, your hand gets pinched. The web between your thumb and your trigger finger gets pinched beneath the hammer.

Yeah, it comes back there.

That gets old really, really quick.

Really fast.

All the loaded packages have that.

Okay. That’s the big beaver tail on here. It protects your hand.

Okay? Right. Big beaver tail, just like the ones we would put on a competition…

That helps you get a good grip.

Right. It really speeds up the draw, because your hand is coming onto it. You can miss the draw by a lot more, and it guides your hand onto it. That’s its biggest advantage. It spreads the recoil out a little bit and is a little more comfortable when you’re shooting.

Of course, the ambi-safety is for the people that are left handed.

Right, or when you’re shooting a match when you have to go to the weak hand side.

Right. We have a lot of stages where you have to pick the gun up weak hand. You either are going to have to go this way, if you’re going to do it, or you can come over and just do it left handed. That’s a big feature that finally a hundred and some odd years later, we accept that there are people who are left handed out there.

One of the things that you can’t see until you rack the slide, you’ve got the guide rod.

Right. Correct. Also part of that package is the extended guide rod. Now mechanically it keeps the spring in line. Whether that really does anything is still a point of argument, but I can tell you what it does for sure. It makes more weight out front in the gun, changes the balance point. I can actually feel the difference in one with or without it.

Okay. Here you can see the difference.

Right. Not just the balance point, but the two ounces that adds is noticeable for me.

Keep the butt rod-wise.

On muzzle rise. I don’t really care if it’s there for the function, because I can’t really see it does a whole hell of a lot there.


I can tell you every time when there’s one on there or not on there for that.

Interesting. Okay.

If you shoot really light loads with lighter springs in the guns, then there is some advantage to keeping the spring from coil binding against portions of the inside of the frame and the back of the slides. There’s some advantage there.

All right. There’s some benefit there.

It has also a long match trigger that’s a lightweight aluminum match trigger with an over travel screw.

Real benefit of the trigger is you get a trigger where it actually falls in the right place. It’s a little bit longer, and also you don’t get the over-travel, so you can get quicker.

Right, you can adjust it out. It comes already set for you like that when you get it.

Okay. How does it shoot?

It shoots pretty darn good.

How do you shoot?

I don’t know. Let’s find out.

Okay. Ah, winds coming from the right. You’d better all for that.

Yeah, I’m going to hold for that a little bit.

Yeah, I would.

All right. You ready? Here we go.

Woo hoo!

I load this sucker.

You are a ballistic balloon monster.

Balloon buster. Ballistic balloon buster.

Balloon buster. That’s what you are! Great pistols. You can start with this. You can go to here. That’s the beauty of the 1911. You can do whatever you need to do with it, and of course Springfield, you don’t have to actually go tweak it.

You can buy it with.

We’ve done it for you. Just pick the one you want.

Pretty sweet.