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Old 05-24-2020, 08:02 PM
HardballHammer HardballHammer is offline
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Nowlin Pros vs. Current Production

I’ve been reading about the professional model for a few years now and would like to acquire one at some point in the near future.

It seems as through the pro remained more or less the same over the past couple of decades until recently when they started regularly producing them (no waiting period for a new one) and dropped the nowlin barrels.

Is there a big difference with a current production pro and one of the older ones with the nowlin barrel? Has anyone had both that has some points on the comparison? Is the Springfield barrel as good as the nowlin? Anyone have any side by side pictures? Is the black T finish the same? Would you pay a premium for a used older one over a newer one?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:19 AM
mlin mlin is online now
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I have both Pro's with Nowlin and SA barrel (but both are from the period of FBI contract production). Don't think I can tell any difference in performance. SA barrels were also used for FBI contract. So you shouldn't worry about that.

Pro with Nowlin barrel will be more desirable to some because it was original specs and used in earlier production. I would pay Nowlin Pro close to new production street price (not MSRP) if in excellent condition, but I wouldn't pay a premium over current production. YMMV.

I cannot comment on the change to Black-T finish. Since both of mine are relatively early guns (CRG1xx & CRG 3XXX), the Black-T finish was the same. I heard that Black-T formula was changed at some point. The finish changed from semi-gloss to matte and now back to glossy.

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Old 05-25-2020, 07:24 AM
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Agreed with all above from . MLIN . I have a middle year's one . My buddy bought
one because he loved mine so much . Its an after the contract one . They shoot and
act the same both bought brand new. I would have no problem buying a used Pro
or any Pro if I was in the market .
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:02 AM
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Not a Pro response but a SACS 9mm Nowlin barrel PPC 5" and a 9mm SACS barrel Custom Carry 5".

I found no real difference from an accuracy standpoint. Comparing apples to oranges but the iron sighted CC was stupid accurate next to a Tri Aristocrat adjustable sighted PPC. One was designed for defense and the other is target. To me, the pistols were equal but the iron sights did not hamper any accuracy when comparing it to the target sighted PPC.

if concerned about accuracy.... either barrel is A+.

I had a Pro .45 SACS barrel for a short time. Accuracy was A+. here are a few targets.

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Old 05-25-2020, 12:27 PM
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I have a Pro-Model that originally had a Nowlin barrel. I used it as my duty pistol. About 10 years ago, I was shooting at the range. The barrel split. I contacted Springfield and sent it back. I had my pistol back in about 4 days. It had a new Springfield barrel. I was attending the next Shot-Show. I stopped by the Springfield booth to thank them for the quick service. The only question I was asked was if i had fired any frangible ammo through the pistol. I told them no. I had heard that the F.B.I. had some problem with the Nowlin barrel. I did not see any difference in accuracy between the two barrels.
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