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I have been carrying a Springfield Loaded for almost 8 years now (which is a fine pistol) and think I want to look for a base for a mild build by an as yet unchosen 'smith. Maybe along the lines of Garthwaite or D&L. I am hoping to use a S70 model or something without a type of lock like the newer Springy's have. While looking around at the fun store today I did see a Colt stainless 70 repro but at $1100 I think it's a bit high. There is going to be a decent local show in a couple of weeks that I'm thinking of looking around at too. A nickel or stainless finish for summer carry next to the skin under a t-shirt would be nice but I may be inclined to have a more durable finish put on a blued gun. Thanks
 

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The SA Mil-Spec makes an excellent base gun. The lock in the SA will go bye-bye if you change the MSH, which most people do with a custom build.
 

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Guess I should have said what I was going to do if it isn't done on what I start with. I'm kind of leary of picking up an older used one unless I know it hasn't been boogered up inside. The fun shop I went to was at least nice enough not to have a problem with my field stripping a used one.

Low profile, high vis sights
extended thumb safety...not ambidexterous
trigger job
beveled mag well
extended ejector
polished feed ramp and throated barrel
lower and open ejection port
heavy recoil spring
polished and adjust extractor
solid barrel bushing
honing for smoothness
beavertail safety with a speed bump
arched MSH
checker front strap
 

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base guns

I own three SA 1911s, and to me they are the supreme choice as a 'base'.
Frankly, the ONLY reason I own them.
Series 70, too.

Cheap initially (okay, relative), normally to print (or close enough), quality metal, and enough decent parts already included that perhaps one won't need to break the bank for goodies.

FWIW, two came (both bought/traded 'used') with the lock-crap, but both got new MSH that I prefer, so the lock-crap immediately went bye-dee-bye.

Just my thoughts on base-gun building ('cause I been thinking about it, and trying to sell little-used guns to finance it, and long ago decided who would do it).

Even better; the chosen pistolsmith will work on a Springfield base gun.

Your list of work is modest, and nothing on it is in the least bit 'exotic'; all common and common-sense enhancements. Suggest discussing base gun with chosen pistolsmith......
 

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Get a GI or Mil-Spec.

Springfield has a good reputation for their frames being milled and drilled square. This will mean a lot to the 'smith putting the new parts in.

Frankly, I'd buy the GI. Why pay for options you're going to toss anyway? Get a solid piece and make it what you want, not work around existing features.

In the interest of full disclosure, this started life as a GI.
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Springfield has a good reputation for their frames being milled and drilled square. This will mean a lot to the 'smith putting the new parts in.

Frankly, I'd buy the GI. Why pay for options you're going to toss anyway? Get a solid piece and make it what you want, not work around existing features.

In the interest of full disclosure, this started life as a GI.
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THAT IS BEAUTIFULL!! :rock: Pretty much what I want to do. I am leaning toward a Springfield for sure. My loaded has been excellent and so was their service when I had them put diffferent sights on and dehorn it. I got mine in the day they were made so sharp they would damn near cut you're hand. Yep, a Springy GI would make alot of sense. Inexpensive and I could get exactly what I want. Not to mention Springfield seems to be consistent unlike Colt or Kimber.
 
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