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My LGS had a Springfield Milspec Defender in stock when I stopped by today. I wasn’t really ready to buy anything so I had to put it on layaway. But I’ve been wanting a more basic 1911 to use as a chore gun. Was looking at some RIAs but for only $100 or so more the Springer seemed like the better choice. Even though I prefer the old roll make over the “MILSPEC” one. Great fit and finish for the price.
What do y’all think? Do y’all like the basic Defender guns?
 

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A few months ago my range was sponsoring "Springfield Days" with a factory rep on site with samples of most of their pistols to try out. I posted about it, all I can say is that I shot the Mil Spec Defender better than either of the Garrisons (blue and stainless). I almost bought one but the timing wasn't, and still isn't, right lol.

Enjoy, I agree and feel they are worth every penny of that $100 difference.
 

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A few months ago my range was sponsoring "Springfield Days" with a factory rep on site with samples of most of their pistols to try out. I posted about it, all I can say is that I shot the Mil Spec Defender better than either of the Garrisons (blue and stainless). I almost bought one but the timing wasn't, and still isn't, right lol.

Enjoy, I agree and feel they are worth every penny of that $100 difference.
I held a RIA and the Springer both today, and it was obvious to me which I liked/wanted more just based on the feel. I have no issue with RIA, and they offer a lot of different options which is nice. And if I ever found one under $400 I’d probably pick it up just cause.
 

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Great guns and absolute bargains. I bought one when they could still be had for under $500, I was very impressed with how well it was put together, the trigger, and the accuracy. I did a bit of parts drawer bubbasmithing on it and it was a hell of a shooter. I made the mistake of letting a friend shoot it and he badgered me until I sold it to him, I never should have done it.
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Do y’all have any recommendations for immediate upgrades when I get it? I know I want a Wilson extended mag release, but are there any weak parts that should be replaced on these?
 

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You don't really "have" to replace anything. I replaced the thumb safety on mine as I prefer a longer one and I also swapped out the disconnector, hammer, and sear with a retro set from Harrison Custom. That really gave the gun a nice clean trigger pull. Here is a more detailed list of everything I did or had done. My second Springfield is exactly the same except it still has the stock barrel and bushing. They both wear VZ grips now instead of Wood Caliber.
 

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Do y’all have any recommendations for immediate upgrades when I get it? I know I want a Wilson extended mag release, but are there any weak parts that should be replaced on these?
Personally I’d just swap in a beaver tail if you’re able to. My milspec used to give me a little slide/ hammer bite. It wasn’t bad I’d just have a little blood dot after shooting a bunch. I had a staccato that was actually painful to shoot. The milspec didn’t actually hurt I would just notice it after. I know some people prefer wider or longer thumbsafteys but I think the milspecs is very easy to use and quick to action.
 

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Personally I’d just swap in a beaver tail if you’re able to. My milspec used to give me a little slide/ hammer bite. It wasn’t bad I’d just have a little blood dot after shooting a bunch. I had a staccato that was actually painful to shoot. The milspec didn’t actually hurt I would just notice it after. I know some people prefer wider or longer thumbsafteys but I think the milspecs is very easy to use and quick to action.
Was it the thumb safety that got you on the Staccato?
 

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Do y’all have any recommendations for immediate upgrades when I get it? I know I want a Wilson extended mag release, but are there any weak parts that should be replaced on these?
There are no parts that "need" to be replaced. For some the spur hammer / A1 grip safety cause issues and certainly , in stock form, not my choice for an extended range session. Its filled with mim parts, however Springfield does a good job with the process.
As I stated, I did change out ignition pieces. I like a smooth trigger press and I had some ed perfection ignition pieces in on hand. So why not? Also, changed out the extractor or a bulletproof from Wilson. All else will remain as issued, unless breakage occurs. And I doubt that
 

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It was just the stock one. I know they can be rough for certain hands / grips. I don’t have the gun anymore though. I traded it to another addict for a great rifle.
The issue I have seen with them is that the rear of the thumb safety wasn't beveled. Apparently, they are beveled now and Staccato will do the bevel if someone has an older gun. Both of mine are non-beveled. I haven't had an issue so far, though.
 
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