Springfield Armory stainless Loaded 1911 .45 pistol with adjustable target sights

With all of the features found on this Springfield Armory Loaded 1911 pistol, the word "Loaded" may be an understatement. With its low-mount adjustable target sights, it's a great gun for competition or target shooting. The adjustable sights are made by Novak, and are considered to be some of the best on the market. The rear notch and front sight blade align with just enough "air" around the sight picture to let you know that your sight blade is centered. Once adjusted, they stay adjusted, even after thousands of rounds.

It has an ambidextrous safety, making it useful for southpaws as well as for right-handed shooters doing weak hand shooting. Like all Springfield Armory 1911 models, it has a skeletonized aluminum match trigger for weight reduction, with an adjuster for overtravel, and a pull weight of 5-6 pounds.

The front and rear slide serrations add to the pistol's good looks, while also making racking the slide with either hand easier.

Springfield has made the stainless Loaded models especially attractive by bead-blasting the beavertail safety, slide top, trigger guard, front strap, and barrel "hood", while leaving the flat surfaces shiny. It makes for a striking contrast. Add to that the reddish-color hardwood Cocobolo grips,and you've got a handsome pistol. Springfield Armory's lifetime warranty and the relatively low price on this pistol make it even more attractive.


Stainless Steel PI9132LP
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel: 5", 1:16 LH
Sights: Fully Adjustable Target Sights
Sight Radius: 7"
Size: 38 ozs., 8.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 2

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Springfield Armory Stainless 1911 Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By BroncoBob
June 8, 2013

Primary use: Target Shooting

"Since my last comment,I bought A second gun,I now own two S/A 1911 stainless target guns,now if that"s not loyalty I don't know what is."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By BroncoBob
May 13, 2013

Primary use: Target Shooting

"The reason that I gave the best rating is because of the looks,and because I happen to be A 1911 collector.Kimber,Colt,and Sig, all 1911S I've shot them every since I was a Marine in VietNam,so I know that if this gun can shoot one inch holes at thirty feet then that's good enough for me."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By mdshooters, Olney, MD
April 19, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"This gun aside from being easy on the eyes is a Tank of a gun. Shoots true, feels very natural. There's nothing better to have at your side when a perp walks through your back door than this hand cannon. The only other guns I would recommend are the Kimber or Colt versions of the same gun."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4.5 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By Anthony, Glasgow, KY
November 9, 2011

Primary use: Target Shooting

" I guess I would give it a 4.8 but there was no space for it. My SA 1911 is the first 45acp I ever bought. Since then I have bought three more 45 acp's, all different manufacturers. I really enjoy shooting the SA. It is a little less accurate than than my Kimber but I still pick it up when going out to fire a few rounds. I guess you could say its my concealed carry even though I don't pack all the time. When I travel it's always with me. The one thing that I have a problem with is the target sights (rear) have very sharp edges and it will eat my waist up when in a holster. That is how I stumbled onto this site, because I was looking for sights that would be more comfortable when I have to carry in a holster."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Rusty, Beaufort, MO
December 26, 2011

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I consider this tool to be one of the best. Its sweet slides work and the trigger is so smooth, man I just love this gun. I get it first over shotgun just to check noises, also the only place to carry this large frame is under the arm, its always done what I wanted it to do. Very good tool."

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Our Impressions of the Loaded .45 Stainless 1911

Springfield has so many Loaded models that they almost seem to be the company's standard models, with features iike ambidextrous safeties, match triggers, front and rear serrations, etc. The Loaded models really are a good deal for the money, though.

The major difference on this stainless Loaded model compared to others is the adjustable target sights. They're very good quality sights, with click adjusments that you can positively feel. There's no guessing if you moved the adjustment screw or not. The notch is just wide enough so that you can see to the left and right of the front sight blade, so you know that it's centered.

While the sights are "low mount", the sharp edges on them would be a bit of a liability for a carry gun. For a target pistol, though, the edges won't matter, and the low mount keeps your eye much closer to the top of the slide than other models of sights.

The quality of the finish on the polished stainless is very good, with no marks that we could see. The matte areas on the rounded surfaces were unblemished, too.

The trigger broke clean at just under 6 pounds. The overtravel adjuster on the pistol we examined had been adjusted to where the trigger stopped almost immediately after breaking, which felt odd, but a couple of turns of the adjusting screw fixed that.

It's pretty hard to write a bad review about any of Springfield Armory's Loaded 1911's, and this one is no different. If you like to compare Springfield to Kimber, this one is a good candidate. At about $925, this Loaded stainless is roughly $100 less than Kimber's nearest comparable pistol--the Stainless Target--and overall has more features, and we think it's better looking.

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