Springfield MilSpec Problem Child: 2012 Edition
This is a nice new Stainless Springfield MilSpec 1911-A1. According to internet prattle, these guns are in limited production and are becoming scarce. The owner recently handled my Nickel Rock Island and decided he wanted a shiny 1911… they can do that to you. He eventually traded into this one, which was tagged well over 700 bucks.
The external finish is superb for an un-polished stainless gun. All markings and serrations are perfectly executed and it has Springfield’s very decent 3-dot fixed sights. The trigger wasn’t bad for a new 1911 and the thumb safety operated positively, if a little hard. It looked to be a well turned-out 1911.
There was only one problem- it refused to feed, even with ball. I tore the gun down and immediately noticed jacket chips on Springfield’s new, innovative and top-secret two stage barrel ramp. You can see it at the top of the barrel ramp/bottom of chamber. What the photo don’t tell you is how sharp it was. You could file your fingernails on either edge.
Top of chamber at the hood was also rough, as was the frame ramp. Test firing with Winchester USA 230 FMJ resulted in ‘Boom-Choke-Boom-Choke-Choke’. This fixed it.
A 100 round Test Run proved the fix and the gun ran flawlessly whether ball, wadcutter or JHP were loaded in the mag.
Somebody should have caught this. For crying out loud, they are getting over 700 bucks for these things.