The barrel link and pin came in yesterday. Fit together perfectly. I fired 27 rounds out of a mixed bag and the gun worked without problems.Springfield started selling 1911A1 pistols in 1985. In 1988 catalog, it also claimed that the parts are 100% interchangeable with military 1911A1 parts. Not sure where they sourced parts from during 1980s, but at the time there were many defense contractors making replacement parts decades after US military stop buying complete M1911A1 after 1945.
Not trying to argue but I'm sorry, that just adds to the confusion. I'm not following. Given the markings on the box it seems that N.M. was offered as an option. Are you saying that buyers had the choice of a U.S. machined Springfield. Wouldn't most of us choose a 1911machined in the U.S.?NM is not national match, NM on a Springfield pistol indicates that most if not all the machine work was done in the US. Other serial prefixes like WW for instance were finishied/mostly finished outside the US, like Imbel in Brazil.