Springfield Armory's Parkerized GI .45 1911 is nearly identical to the service pistol issued to US troops during WWII. It has a parkerized finish on the forged steel frame and slide that's tougher than anodized or oxidized finishes. It's also an attractive finish, especially on a pistol that's a military design.

Parkerized finishes require periodic rub-downs with gun oil. The oil penetrates the surface, helping the parkerized finish look like new.

The grips are engraved hardwood, just as were the grips on pistols issued to soldiers in wars since the early 1900's.

The trigger on the Parkerized G.I. is a short, solid G.I. style, with a pull weight of 5-7 pounds. The sights are low-profile military.

Everything about this pistol looks authentic. The grip safety is flat, just as were the grip safeties on GI issue pistols. The hammer is spurred rather than bobbed. Unlike just about every other Springfield Armory 1911, this pistol has a trigger that's solid rather than skeletonized.

How authentic is the Springfield Armory G.I.? Compare the photo above to the one below of a well-worn 1911 pistol from World War II

example photo of a 1911 pistol from World War Two, comparing it to the Springfield Armory G.I. 1911 model

Now that's authentic!


Model: PW9108LP
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel: 5", 1:16 LH
Sights: Old GI Style
Sight Radius: 6.25"
Weight, length: 36 oz., 8.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 1

Every Springfield Armory 1911 pistol is equipped with a trigger locking device. A key inserted into a hole in the rear grip strap positively locks the trigger, making it impossible for a child to accidentally discharge the gun. This system gives you a choice as to whether or not you need to lock your gun. Unlike trigger locks on other brands of guns, the keyhole is small, so that it doesn't ruin the looks of the gun.

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Springfield Armory G.I. Parkerized 1911 Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars,3 out of 5 possible stars 3 out of 5
By Warlock, Altus, OK
October 9, 2014

Primary Use: Target Shooting

"This is one of the Brazilian version US 1911A1's in the last 2 range trip it has failed to eject once in each trip, first time with light oil and second trip after using frog oil. Do not know if this is a spring, extractor, or a hand gripping issue, but my para ordnance US GI Expert did not have a problem, mags are new Wilson Combat."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Dennis, Cokerdale, CO
July 1, 2013

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I have owned one other 1911 pistol, it was an origonal 1911 and not an A1. This pistol is as dependable and accurate as the old one if not more so. Owning,and shooting this firearm is a pleasure. My grandson is a WW II colector,and is very impressed with my Springfield. I highly recommend the Springfield 1911."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Mark, Seattle, WA
February 22, 2013

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I bought the Springfield 1911A1 parkerized GI model when it first came out. It shot well. Since I carried it as an off-duty pistol, I sent it back to the Springfield Armory Custom Shop for some Defense Package work. They deburred all internal parts, tuned & adjusted the extractor & ejector, recut the barrel throat and polished the feed ramp, checked the barrel bushing fit, checked the headspace, installed the HD 22 pound rated recoil spring & Wilson Combat shock buffer system, tuned the trigger to 4.5# pull, and added the 3 dot fixed sights (of the MILSPEC model). Its looks extactly like th eoriginal pistol. The pistol is "tuned." It was a minimal cost. I have fired Rem 230 gr BJHP, 230 FMJ, Winchester JHP SXTs, and some +P rated rounds. Not a single malfunction. It reminds me of the 1911A1 parkerized pistols that I carried back in the Marine Corps."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Sonny B, Commerc City, CO
May 18 2012

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"hats off to springfield, this 1911 is just perfect and up to the task . eats everything i put in it. it is my carry gun. in 5000 rounds it has never let me down . nothing says fights over like gi 45. Semper F.I. P.S. i have my fathers 1911 he brought back from siagon. and it was never fired until i cleaned out the packing wax, i must say the springfield is a reliable spittin imagage of a true 1911. very nice work fellows."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By warlock59, Newport, TN
April 21, 2012

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I used the Springfied G.I.1911 in Vietnam, and would have rather to keep using it than the M16. It almost got me killed over there with it keep jamming and miss fireing. My username has followed me with being in Nam 68-69 and two tours to Iraq where i turned 60 and was injured, and the name comes from Great grandfather,and the number was the year grandfather died. I now have Springfield Armory G.I. Model 1911-A1,really enjoy firing the pistol and having a part of military history that reminds me what I have done and where I have been and seen and done. My wife carries a 44 Magnum."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Brian, Angola, IN
April 11, 2012

Primary Use: Target Shooting

"Awesome gun, the quality, fit and finish are top notch. It's great they still make a WWII style 1911, It would be even more authentic if they were to remove the US on the hand grips but it's still a beautiful gun."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Gerry, Glen, New Hampshire
January 25, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"Excellent gun....totally satisfied with quality, performance, and price."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 2 out of 5
By John Pelscynski, Ormond Beach, FL
January 1, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"It failed to feed on the first round. Sights were way off and still are after sending it back to S.A. It's supposed to have a parkerized barrel and they returned it to me with a SS barrel. Its a nice looking pistol but thats all. It's brand new."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Oneman, Alpena, MI
June 21, 2011

"I'm a WWII buff, and collect everything from M1 rifles to flags and helmets. I have a couple of 1911's from WWII, but I wanted a like new one I could shoot. The Springfield GI model is so close to the real thing that I sometimes forget. It's an awesome gun. If they wanted to be totally realistic, they'd get rid of the GI stamped on the grips."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Moe, Meretta, TX
March 21, 2011

Primary use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"This is the .45 of my dreams. It is rugged, durable, accurate and dependable. Looks as close to a WWII vintage .45 as can be. I have fired 1,000 rounds through mine, and it only gets better. Ready to buy a second one."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By T. Roth, Marietta, GA
March 19, 2011

"This is the second 1911 I have had. It is the finest handgun in the world. Apple pie, Harley Davison, Ford trucks, and 1911 Springfield 45s . P.S. And my ex-wife. Thank you."

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