The Springfield Armory GI Champion Lightweight 1911 pistol is a Commander size 1911 pistol. While the Commander size models didn't come out until after World War II, this pistol still has all of the flavor of the original G.I. models in a more compact size.

The difference between the Commander size 1911 and the original Government model is the length. The Commander size is 1" shorter, with a 4" barrel rather than 5". Other than that, the pistols are the same.

Springfield Armory's G.I. Champion Lightweight 1911 has a forged steel slide and alloy frame, reducing the weight to 30 ounces, which is a comfortable weight for carry. The pistol is hard anodized black, giving it a durable finish as well as good looks. The reddish-brown U.S.-stamped wood grips stand out attractively against the black metal.

The sights on the pistol are G.I. style, with a low, thin notch rear sight and low rounded front sight blade. The hammer is the same spur type as the G.I. models, but with a small serrated area to prevent accidentaly dropping the hammer.

The grip safety and trigger are flat, just like the 1911 models from decades ago.

Inside, the G.I. Champion Lightweight has a 4" bull barrel with a fully supported ramp, and a dual spring full length guide rod.

You get all of these features with the G.I. Champion Lightweight, plus a lifetime warranty, and a price tag that's considerably lower than most 1911's.


Model number: PW9143LP
Model: GI .45 4", Champion 
Caliber: . .45 ACP
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel: 4" Fully supported barrel
Sights: Low-profile military
Sight Radius: 5.5"  
Size: 30 ozs., 7.5" overall length, Height 5.5"
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 2

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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