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Old 11-29-2011, 05:37 PM
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Talk about your Champion!

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Old 11-29-2011, 06:21 PM
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I'll play.. I have Lightweight GI Champ, I upgraded to Mil spec sights and SA refitted the slide/frame. Changes the trigger/hammer MSH. It is a shooter although not as accurate as my Full size GI , it is pretty close and now pretty reliable . Love it..


here it is with New VZ grips.





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Old 11-30-2011, 03:30 AM
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Loaded Champion, all stock with the exception of the grips ( my dad helped me make them ) and a naked slide treatment. Future plans call for a bobtail and bead blast finish.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:49 AM
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Here is my Champion fresh out of the box.
http://emob1090.photobucket.com/albu...1321381177.jpg
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:10 PM
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No pics yet, but just picked up a NIB Champion Operator. Went to look at the Loaded Champion in stainless, but they did not have one, he did have a couple of the lightweights, but I'm just not into the two tone look. Saw the Champ Operator and though I can take or leave the light rail, this thing feels great in my hand. Looks to be very well put together and the trigger feels great. The lightweight frame is nice too. Think this is going to make a very good CCW.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:24 PM
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Here is my Champion fresh out of the box.
http://emob1090.photobucket.com/albu...1321381177.jpg

I have the exact same gun, and it's the best 1911 I have owned. That's including a Colt GCNM and a Kimber Compact series 1. I can fire 200 rounds at a time without tiring, it's such a pussycat, and it's never jammed once. I've shot cheapo ball ammo and numerous brands of JHP and SJHP. I can do 1.5" groups at 15 yards without a rest - more than good enough for my purposes.

When I first got it I thought the trigger was gritty - I did a full detail strip and carefully cleaned every part with CLP, reassembled, and love the feel since. It has a titanium firing pin and a heavy duty spring, so no drop worries either!

I have three holsters for it, 2 andrews hybrid saddle OWB and one el paso saddlery (a vintage 1911 holster). The andrews have thumbreaks that do not allow the thumbsafety to come off - the only holster I've seen that does this correctly. I need a thumbreak because I carry the gun when I ride; you get moved around quite a bit in a saddle, and every other holster I have tried would allow the thumbsafety to move from safe position and/or the gun to come flying out.

Mine has brazil stamped under the dust cover, and I have no regrets. I sold my all USA made Springfield 1911-A1 loaded (no brazil marks, 5" target model), as I prefer this one across the board.

Springfield got this one right.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:33 PM
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:35 PM
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Here's my Champion, after a refinish job by SA.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:23 PM
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For many years, Iíve wanted a stainless Champion. Now, after the 21st day of my state-mandated 10-day wait, I finally have one.



Even used, itís the most expensive handgun Iíve purchased to date. Itís also the roughest, despite its pretty exterior. (Seriously, I have Armscor pistols that are smoother and less sloppy.) However, with the experience and spare parts on hand, Iím pretty sure I can polish this diamond in the rough.

A rough photo too Ö
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:41 PM
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Here's my hunk of junk Champion.

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Old 12-12-2011, 09:49 AM
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I've got a little bit of basic custom work on mine; I'd like to do just a few more customizations eventually. I was debating between Kimber and Springfield and am glad that I went with Springfield. It's a good shooting little gun.



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Old 12-13-2011, 07:01 AM
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My 1997 Springfield "Super Tuned" Champion

Before:

Wilson Magazine, King Extended Thumb Safety, Storm Lake National Match Barrel Bushing, Wilson MSH, Parkerized

After:

Added Ed Brown Sear, Ed Brown Disconnector, Nighthawk Trigger, Caspian Commander Hammer, Refinished in Black-T.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:11 PM
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My loaded Champion.

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Old 12-26-2011, 06:32 PM
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Hello I am new to the forum, here is a photo of my SA 1911 Champion. I am not sure what year it is but it is one of the older ones with the barrel bushing.

In 2006 I got the opportunity to purchase a great little combo from my brother. He offered me a great price on his NIB Springfield Armory 1911 Champion with 4" barrel and his NIB 16" barrel Marlin Camp rifle in 45ACP.

Not only are these two guns the same caliber but they also share interchangeable magazines. Both shoot great! The Camp rifle is awesome it came with both the original wood stock and a synthetic side folder which I love. Now I just want to get one or two of those new 40 round drum mags for the Marlin.

I got my SA 1911, my 45ACP Marlin Camp rifle, 400 rounds of ammo, the original mags and 8, 7rd colt GI mags for $450 from my brother. LOL. I am sure I will never get another deal that good!





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Old 01-02-2012, 06:13 PM
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venting about my champion

Hello, hope i am posting in the correct place. I bought A SA champion Light weight on Saturday at a local gun store.
This is where I need the help from the experts. I get my nice pretty $850 gun back to my house, I break it down clean it lube it put it back together and load a mag full of hollow points to take to the range not to shoot but I never take a gun out of the house with out rounds in it just in case. I seat the mag pull the slide back release just like I have been doing for the past 15 years or so and jam!!!! So I make sure mag is seated good and try again jam!!!! Getting a little frustrated now. So gun shop is closed Sunday, so I wait till Monday after work, walk in the gun store explain the situation and a young kid ( probally about 19) walks up says give your gun and ammo takes it walks in the back room. Wont let me follow which makes me a little mad. Comes back out a few seconds later says works just fine. Then proceeds to tell me that you can not ride the slide foward. I tell him I know how to chamber a round and was not riding the slide, to which the cocky little kid replies I guarantee that is what you were doing. So I bite my tounge to wait for the owner to be in on Tuesday. Sorry to vent but my wife has no idea about guns and was mad about me buying it in the first place. I am attaching a photo of what happen to a round when I was "RIDING the SLIDE". Thank you for any help/advice. Stanger
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:25 PM
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Tried it with ball ammo yet?
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:31 PM
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Yes it will chamber most of the time.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:42 AM
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Mine did that too, it's not anything your doing wrong. Load it by locking the slide back and releasing it on the magazine for a while. It will kinda work its way out Hopefully. Mine didn't take that long. I eventually could sling shot the round but it takes a quick sharp motion.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:36 AM
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Yes it will chamber most of the time.
what JHP ammo are you using?
what mags are you using?
i would also check extractor tension.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:46 AM
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Lets help Stranger1 in this thread here:

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=346020
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:06 AM
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My Champion is the Mil Spec GI Model if if I read the case right. I picked up as of the 4" barrel. Ilike the size and feel of it. When I took it out to do my shooting test runs, found out 2 things, sights had to go and hammer too. While I was at it tuned the trigger now have to try it out tomorrow hopefully. It will give my old Colt LW Commander a rest.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:09 PM
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Slightly modded non-bull barrel Champion. All it needs is a checkered front strap

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:36 PM
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My champion

Just bought it this weekend. Cant wait to shoot it....It is my first 1911. OD Green
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:28 PM
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quick question...........are the grips on the champion the same size as full length 1911? i went to go buy a set of hogue wrap arounds.......and was told they would not fit??


tanner gun show is this weekend so i want these grips...........
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:43 PM
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quick question...........are the grips on the champion the same size as full length 1911? i went to go buy a set of hogue wrap arounds.......and was told they would not fit??


tanner gun show is this weekend so i want these grips...........
Yes. They are the same size.
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