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    New Springfield LW Champion

    Didn't want to hijack Ricks thread so I thought I'd start a new one. I received the new Springfield today and first impressions are that the fit and finish are excellent. Initially I thought that the trigger pull was a little heavier than advertised (4.5 - 5.5), however it measures just slightly below 4.5 so I'm going to not even touch it.
    Boresighting it shows it to be a little off but need to shoot it to be sure. That being said I didn't buy it as a target gun so it may not be an issue.
    The only extremely small issue I had was the the take down tool had a rough edge and wouldn't fit into the hole in the guide rod, easy fix so no big deal. Of course I wish I didn't need the tool but I knew about that before I bought it so that's the way it is.
    One really good thing is that there was no ILS installed, I wasn't sure if there would be or not, glad there wasn't so that's one thing I don't need to spend money to remove.

    I'll hold off on posting a pic until I get the new grips which I hope will be later this week. Planing on a range trip tomorrow so I'll post more then, good or bad.
    So far I think I made a good choice.
    Last edited by flphotog; 01-07-2020 at 04:58 PM.
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    Got the grips a couple of days ago so as promised here are the pics.



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    Nice pistol!
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick McC. View Post
    Nice pistol!
    Thanks Rick, I'm quite happy with it right out of the box, may touch it up a bit after I finish up with my cataract issues. It's called a LW but turns out it's the heaviest 1911 that I consider a carry 1911, it's about 1 oz heavier than my colt xse LW government. Not a lot but still surprised me, I am however very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flphotog View Post
    Thanks Rick, I'm quite happy with it right out of the box, may touch it up a bit after I finish up with my cataract issues. It's called a LW but turns out it's the heaviest 1911 that I consider a carry 1911, it's about 1 oz heavier than my Colt XSE LW Government. Not a lot but still surprised me, I am however very happy with it.
    I’m amazed that you own one! You’re the first person (besides me) that I know who actually has one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick McC. View Post
    I’m amazed that you own one! You’re the first person (besides me) that I know who actually has one.
    I love mine, was really disappointed when they dropped the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flphotog View Post
    I love mine, was really disappointed when they dropped the line.
    I actually bought mine twice!

    I was very happy with it, but didn’t carry it that often, so it became one of two pistols that I sold to buy a Triumph Bonnieville motorcycle.

    A few months later, I called the guy I sold it to about buying it back. He’d sold it to “his gunsmith” three days before, and gave me the guy’s number. I called the “smith,” who advised that he’d done “a lot of upgrades” for the previous owner, so it’d cost me quite a bit more than I’d sold it for.

    I worked out a deal for a trade, plus some cash, and met the guy at his house that evening to pick it up, where he met me in the carport, with no lights turned on. I opened the Colt box, saw that it was my pistol, and left. The next morning, I got to checking things out, and saw that it was the wrong box, it was the wrong mags, most of the W/C parts were drop-ins which replaced the fitted Colt parts (but they were stainless, so they looked “more cool” on the black pistol [really?]), and that the W/C thumb safety that comes with a .002 oversized diameter pin for use in pistols that have experienced some wear (I knew because I’ve fitted those myself before), obviously hadn’t been properly fit, as the thumb safety was hard to move, and I had a bit of a time removing it (it must have been driven into place with a rubber mallet).

    So, after the screaming cussfight with myself had subsided, and I could see again, I called up the guy that I’d sold it to, to see if he (maybe) had the correct box, magazines, and any of the original parts. Lo and behold; he had! I was able to get the box, both mags, and all of the original parts except the hammer, which he’d sold. A call to Brent Turchi, the Colt Custom Shop and Warranty Manager at the time, had the correct hammer on the way to me in short order.

    So after a few months, and some mutilation by a couple of young guys who didn’t know any better; the Colt LW Government Model XSE came home, never to leave again!

    I know that I’ve told you the story before, but thought I’d post it here for the newer members.
    Last edited by Rick McC.; 03-03-2020 at 10:20 PM.
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    Glad it all worked out in the end.
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