User Rating: 8.4

Bought the Springfield Loaded Micro Compact .45 Cal. after seeing it first at a local gun show, and then following up with the dealer at their shop the next day. I owned a Kimber Pro Carry II in 2009, and loved it, but in gaining my CCW, was looking for a smaller pistol in same 1911 design. Not knowing much about the 1911 Springfield, the salesman explained the exceptional lifetime warranty, price ($1,059 - ouch!), and reliability. He said (and showed me the attached pamphlet from Springfield) that the Micro Compact is the "Official sidearm used by FBI swat teams." I purchased the damn thing, expecting high satisfaction. I took it to the range, and fired around 500 rounds through it. I was pleased that with the first 6-round magazine, I struck the target twice at around 40-45 feet. The weapon did have some FTF (Fail-to-feed), and Stovepipes for those 500 rounds, but after performs flawlessly. However, the recoil on this particular firearm is very crisp - too crisp - when compared to the recoil of the bushing-less bull-barrel of the Kimber Pro Carry II. Also, I found the thin-line cocobolo grips too thin, making it hard to get control and picture while firing. I have fired many 1911's, and the crisp, hard recoil of this model seem to be due to the dual-recoil spring assembly.....why would Springfield do this? After the initial break-in firing of the weapon - breakdown and extreme cleaning process - I found that the tolerances are light. The slide makes noise when the firearm in shaken left or right in my hand. I dislike that. My father purchased the Sig Sauer Ultra Carry around the same time I purchased this Springfield, and his tolerances are tight and amazing! The gun show came back this weekend to town, and I went today. I am contemplating trading my Springfield for the Kimber Super Carry Ultra 3", or Compact Carry 4", or Sig Ultra Carry 3". Sorry Springfield, but I can not stand behind a firearm that is hard to control on target, with loose tolerances - for CCW - ultimately, a missed round striking an innocent bystander could cause grave damage, and, the FBI to reexamine their choice.

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