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Old 06-29-2020, 09:49 AM
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Springfield "Loaded Target"

Several months ago I bought a used SS Loaded Target in .38 super (The OP changed out the bbl and it did not come with the 9mm bbl.) and I bought a Remsport barrel with Nowlin type ramp for it. I removed all of the objectionable Springfield junk, installed some of my stuff from the spare parts bin.

After fitting the Remsport bbl, the "plunk" test failed and I found that Remsport does not include in their advertisements that their barrels are not provided with the barrel finish reamed. Grrr... OK, minor bump in the road...

Anyway I had the barrel reamed and Friday was my third trip to the range. I gotta say, I've had a bunch of Colt 9's in every configuration imaginable from compacts, stock 5" to full on race and the SA is a joy to shoot.

It fed like a dream, no sense of feeling the bullet tip hitting the unramped bbl mouth of a Colt, it just ran slicker than snot with every 9 ammo I had on hand from FMJ to lead and JHP's.

Accuracy with all ammo was "Left ventricle - Right ventricle" at 50 feet, recoil as expected was silly low and reliability was 100%.

The fit and finish of what was left of the OEM stuff was excellent, better than anything I have or have had in the platform.

I have to say I'm more than just a bit disappointed that SA took liberties with "upgrades" to parts that after over 100 years of proven reliability should NOT have been "improved" on.

Anyway I've seen some of these all SS models at pretty attractive prices, I just may keep an ear out for a SA in 10mm (and install .40 bbl) or if available in .40 and deplete my spare parts bin :-)


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Old 06-29-2020, 11:53 AM
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What kind of Springfield improvements and junk are we talking about here ?
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:29 PM
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What kind of Springfield improvements and junk are we talking about here ?
Was wondering the same.
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Old 06-29-2020, 03:16 PM
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Old 06-29-2020, 03:19 PM
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If I need or want to replace a part, the last thing I want to do is be hunting OEM parts that are not readily available.
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:11 AM
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What kind of Springfield improvements and junk are we talking about here ?
The ILS is a "state compliant" feature which locks the mainspring to prevent firing when the magazine is removed. It's easily removed with a few parts.
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:25 AM
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Several months ago I bought a used SS Loaded Target in .38 super (The OP changed out the bbl and it did not come with the 9mm bbl.) and I bought a Remsport barrel with Nowlin type ramp for it. I removed all of the objectionable Springfield junk, installed some of my stuff from the spare parts bin.

After fitting the Remsport bbl, the "plunk" test failed and I found that Remsport does not include in their advertisements that their barrels are not provided with the barrel finish reamed. Grrr... OK, minor bump in the road...

Anyway I had the barrel reamed and Friday was my third trip to the range. I gotta say, I've had a bunch of Colt 9's in every configuration imaginable from compacts, stock 5" to full on race and the SA is a joy to shoot.

It fed like a dream, no sense of feeling the bullet tip hitting the unramped bbl mouth of a Colt, it just ran slicker than snot with every 9 ammo I had on hand from FMJ to lead and JHP's.

Accuracy with all ammo was "Left ventricle - Right ventricle" at 50 feet, recoil as expected was silly low and reliability was 100%.

The fit and finish of what was left of the OEM stuff was excellent, better than anything I have or have had in the platform.

I have to say I'm more than just a bit disappointed that SA took liberties with "upgrades" to parts that after over 100 years of proven reliability should NOT have been "improved" on.

Anyway I've seen some of these all SS models at pretty attractive prices, I just may keep an ear out for a SA in 10mm (and install .40 bbl) or if available in .40 and deplete my spare parts bin :-)

I bought a Loaded Target 9mm for my wife a few years back. The gun in stock configuration was very nice. It shot well and was reliable. However, I was intent on creating a gun she felt was personalized to her. I heavily modified it, retaining only 4 parts: the frame, slide, barrel and grip safety. She likes her gun and is very possessive of it. Her brother and some friends have shot it and really like it too. I liked it so much, I decided to build a similar 9mm for myself. Some other friends are doing the same.
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:56 AM
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gnappi, everything to eliminate the ILS is easily available, not a problem at all unless the state you’re in forbids it, but that ain’t a springfield thing. Not sure they’re even doing the ILS anymore. No biggie !
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:40 PM
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gnappi, everything to eliminate the ILS is easily available, not a problem at all unless the state you’re in forbids it, but that ain’t a springfield thing. Not sure they’re even doing the ILS anymore. No biggie !
Yeah, tbe ILS is long gone. I added an extended slide stop, and magwell all in all a GR8 gun.
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