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Thread: Future AO 1911 GI reproduction purchase ?

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  1. #11
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    You are right Hoosier, mine says "Model 1911A1....". Also, I was not aware that the wording changed when they went from the Model 1911 to the 1911A1, you learn something everyday!

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    Volumes (literally) have been written regarding all the variations on the basic Model of 1911 and Model 1911A1 designs. Trying to keep track of all of them could drive a fellow to distraction.

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    I've had the AO for a couple of years and it's been a great shooter. I'll admit that it is no longer exactly GI, but it was reliable right out of the box. The internals were solid enough to tune the trigger without replacing anything which unusual in a 1911 in this price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11 Bravo View Post
    The AO may look more GI but it does have a firing pin safety. The RIA does not.
    That was a huge point for me in choosing the SA Mil Spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick M View Post
    That was a huge point for me in choosing the SA Mil Spec.
    But the Mil-Spec (which is NOT "mil-spec") doesn't even look like a GI M1911A1. It has slanted cocking serrations, wrong-looking sights, and a big Springfield billboard rollmark -- on top of a lowered and flared ejection port.



    Plus, it has the internal locking system. If I had to have something other than the original (pre-Series 80) mechanicals, I would far prefer the firing pin safety, which serves a useful purpose, rather than the ILS, which is a lawyer solution to a lazy man's problem.
    Hawkmoon
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    I also wanted a 1911A1 as close as I could get to the original GI configuration and just put a AO on layaway. I believe there are ways of doing away with the firing pin safety, but if it doesn't affect the pistol I'll leave it alone. The sights are tiny, but that's the way they were meant to be. I don't believe the gun was designed for strict target work and as long as it doesn't jam and I can get good center mass hits on targets, I'll be happy with it and leave it as is. I'm not crazy about AO's magazine and will have to look for a good magazine that retains the original look. Meanwhile I have plenty of Wilson combat mags with the base pad to use.

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    On target (as usual), Hawkmoon! I don't know where they get off with calling those "mil spec".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurryin' Hoosier View Post
    On target (as usual), Hawkmoon! I don't know where they get off with calling those "mil spec".
    It's symptomatic of the watering down of the language. Anybody can call their junk "mil-spec" and the government isn't going to prosecute them for it (unless they are selling a product to the government that is subject to a military specification, and they fail to meet the specification).

    I have the same gripe about "match" and "national match." Just about every 1911 maker today claims their barrels are "match grade." I recently saw an ad for a 1911 that mentioned having a "national match trigger." It's all just advertising fluff.

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled discussion of the Auto-Ordnance GI pistol.
    Hawkmoon
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    Last edited by Hawkmoon; 9th February 2015 at 08:50.


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    Just about every 1911 maker today claims their barrels are "match grade."
    Not just 1911.
    Note that they don't claim "match WINNING grade."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    But the Mil-Spec (which is NOT "mil-spec") doesn't even look like a GI M1911A1.
    It doesn't need to look like it. To each his own.

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