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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2011 Digital Edition - Page 32
TAFFINTESTS John Taffin THE SIXGUNNER HIMSELF: GUNS, GEAR AND MORE A CompELLIng TrIo From SprIngFIELd Armory John shot the EMP 9mm at 7 yards since it’s essentially a defensive pistol. The Springfield Armory 1911-A1 9mm ran fine and John was impressed with the accuracy for a bonestock gun. 9mm 1911 The easy-shooting 1911-A1 9mm, the compact EMP 9mm and the extremely accurate Range Officer .45 ACP impressed John a great deal. T he modern version of Springfield Armory is known for offering reasonably priced, exceptional quality 1911s, and I’ve been a fan for more than 20 years. It was in the early 1990s, I spent several 115-degree days shooting with Springfield’s Robbie Leatham outside Phoenix, Ariz. Then in the following fall, I experienced the opposite with extreme cold weather and biting wind, while shooting again with Robbie at the Springfield Armory Seminar in Mississippi. One of my favorite 1911 pistols is a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec chambered in .38 Super. This is a no-frills pistol with no extra doodads and fixed, military-style sights. It was purchased with the thought if it shot well enough, to turn it into a .38 Super Field Pistol, as I read about as a teenager in one of Jeff Cooper’s early books. My plan was to switch out the sights, add an extended thumb safety and perform a trigger job, if it shot well enough Actually, it shot too well. It shoots good and to point of aim, the trigger is more than satisfactory and the sights are big, black and square enough for me to see them easily, so I have just left it alone apart from for custom grip panels. It does everything I need, just the way it is. In fact, it’s so satisfactory I ordered a mate to it, another Mil-Spec in .45 ACP. The easy-to-carry EMP comes with a very usable plastic holster and double-magazine pouch, directly from Springfield. ately, I have been shooting and immensely enjoying a trio of Springfield Armory 1911s. Two of them are full-sized, target-sighted versions, while the third is a scaled down, part-by-part, miniature 1911. The first one came while I was recuperating from emergency surgery in fall of 2010, and after purchasing it I ordered the next two for more testing and evaluating. It has long been my desire to have a full-sized 1911 chambered in 9mm. At one time I had a Colt Commander Nine, however I let that one get away and don’t believe I’ve ever seen a fullsized 1911 Government Model 9mm. I know originals are very pricey now. I can’t even come up with a good reason for wanting one, except I do and I think I’m at the age when I really don’t have to explain myself; at least not to myself. SO, I wanted a full-sized 9mm, Springfield Armory offered me one, and that’s Continued on page 96 L The Springfield Armory 1911A1 9mm mates up well with El Paso Saddlery leather. The Range Officer .45 ACP delivered stunning accuracy for a gun in the price range of $900! 32 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2011