SPRINGFIELD ARMORY LIGHTWEIGHT BI-TONE 1911 PISTOL
If you're looking for a 1911 that stands out in a crowd, you'll want to look at this bi-tone model. The frame is hard-coated anodized black, while the slide is satin-finish stainless. Add to that rich brown hardwood Cocobolo grips, and you've got a looker.
This pistol is about more than appearance, though. The alloy frame reduces the overall weight to just 33 ounces, which is very light for a full-size 1911, and makes it a good choice for carry. The low profile 3-dot Tritium combat sights won't snap on your clothing, and give you an edge in low light.
Front and rear slide serrations allow for fast cycling of the action with either hand. The ambidextrous safety is a great bonus for left-handed shooters, or for shooting weak hand.
Add to all of this a match grade trigger, lifetime warranty, and a lightweight sticker price, and it's easy to see why this is one of Springfield Armory's most popular 1911 pistols.
Service Model 5" Lightweight, Bi-Tone PX9104LP
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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Owner reviews of the Springfield Armory Lightweight Bi-Tone 1911 Pistol:
5 out of 5
Primary use: Target Shooting
"I've owned a multitude of handguns
and rifles over time. I used to have an Auto Ordnance .45 ACP. I finally
was able to get the Springfield Bi-Tone .45 ACP. I love this weapon,
my only negative comment is for Springfield to include an allen wrench
to remove the grips. Seems that all other allens and keys for the
lock system are included.
Our Impressions of the Lightweight Bi-Tone 1911
Springfield is marketing this pistol based in large part on its looks, and on that count it doesn't disappoint. The two-tone finish is definitely striking. One risk with having satin-finish stainless is that any flaw, no matter how minor, is going to stand out like crazy. There wasn't a flaw to be seen on this one.
The three-dot tritium low profile sights align quickly. The tritium dots glowed nice and bright in a dark room, and are big enough to see even for those with poor eyesight.
The trigger had some grittiness out of the box, which is something we've noticed with other Springfield Armory models, but which goes away with cleaning and use. The trigger pull was 5.3 pounds, right in their advertised range. The trigger break was crisp, although with the grittiness we can't say it's "like glass". Once the pistol is broken in, though, there's no doubt that the trigger will be satisfactory to almost all shooters.
For a full size 1911, this pistol definitely feels light. It's not much heavier than some of the 4" models we've looked at. Even with a full magazine, it wouldn't be a cumbersome gun for carry.
With a retail price tag of $825 to $850, this isn't an inexpensive pistol, but it won't break the bank, either. For everything that you get, we'd say it's a good buy.
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