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Springfield Operator 45 ACP purchase

usukz28

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I just purchased a new Operator. Put 7 rounds through it late this afternoon in 20 degree temperatures, 20 mph wind, standing unsupported at ten yards. The group was one large hole. Tolerances in this pistol are much tighter than my CZ-75 and Colt Delta elite. I'm impressed. This one is a keeper(y):love:.
 

skeeterbay

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I bought an operator a number of years ago. It's the most accurate pistol I own. You will be ringing steel at 75 and 100 yards. :)
 

Impala_Guy

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Springfields always made a great 1911. Whats funny is that 30 years ago a basic one of their 1911s was around $500, not much less than they are now. Found this one at a gunshow about 20 years ago. Its an old Custom Shop "NM hardballer" pistol circa 1988 when Les Baer was running the shop there. I've put a lot of rounds on it, and since lightly changed it to suit my tastes. It actually came with that early skeletonized hammer and stainless accent parts. It had a low profile adjustable rear sight that I got rid of for a simple fixed sight that I radiused and chamfered with files. Front sight height was lowered accordingly with a draw file. I bought a frame filing jig and did the beavertail grip safety mod myself. Finish is airbrushed Duracoat but I chamfered all the edges of the slide and frame well with a file and glass beaded the metal for prep and its held up well for me. The grips are cream colored buffalo bone that some guy in Thailand sells on Fleabay. I always liked the look of Jim Wilsons pistols.

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