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To be competitive, you need a pistol that is at least capable of 2-inch groups at 25 yards. A handgun that will produce 1-inch or smaller groups at that distance would be ideal. The answer is simple. Buy a factory-made match pistol that will only cost you an arm, instead of an arm and a leg.
The subjects of this test are three factory pistols billed as being match grade. Each of these handguns are style. Since then, it has been the standard by which all other bullseye pistols have been judged. It utilizes an internal firing pin block safety and a standard-length recoil spring guide. Other features are a rubber grip, a beavertail grip safety and a flat mainspring housing. Springfield offers many different versions of the pistol, and they are quite popular on the competition circuits. The gun has a two-piece recoil spring guide, walnut grips, a High Hand grip safety and an arched mainspring housing.
Kimber is the new kid on the block, but it is quickly building a good reputation. It features a full-length recoil spring guide, rosewood grips, a high-ride grip safety and a flat mainspring housing. The slide had a serrated sighting rib on the top and functional gripping serrations at the back. The grip safety was of the newer, enhanced de with a straight beavertail. The one-piece black rubber grip was covered with molded checkering and wrapped around the front of the frame. It was held in place by four screws, two on each side.
Two stainless steel single-column magazines were provided with this Colt. The 8-round magazine had a flat follower and a nonremovable floorplate. The 7-round magazine, which the instruction manual said was deed specifically for semi-wadcutter ammunition, had a flat follower that provided a different feed angle.
It, too, had a non-removable floorplate. Like the Colt, the stainless Springfield Trophy Match had matte edges and polished sides.
The slide was serrated on the top to provide a no-glare sighting plane, and had good gripping serrations on the back. The frame had a slightly undercut trigger guard. Its frontstrap was serrated, as was the arched mainspring housing. The grip safety was an upswept de with a memory groove, for those who use a high thumb grip. Both panels were made of walnut with full checkering, which was neatly cut. The grips covered the sides of the frame only, and were held in place by two screws apiece.
One stainless steel 8-round magazine was furnished with this pistol. It had a flat follower and a fixed floorplate with an extended black rubber base pad. The top of the slide was smooth, but non-glaring. There were gripping serrations on both the front and the rear of the slide. The grip safety had an upswept beavertail and a raised area at the bottom, intended to make the safety easier to disengage. Except for a nearly diamond-shaped area at the top and bottom, each panel was completely checkered. The cut checkering was well done. The panels, which covered the sides of the frame only, were held in place by two screws each.
This pistol came with two blued steel 8-round magazines. Each magazine had a flat follower and a fixed floorplate, which had two holes for the installation of a base pad. Metal parts had a uniform finish and no cosmetic imperfections. The slide was so closely fitted to the frame there was no movement, either vertically or horizontally.
When in battery, there was no movement of the barrel. The lockup was very tight. Both magazines were well constructed. Springfield also did a very good job in fitting the moving parts of the Trophy Match. There was no noticeable movement in the slide-to-frame fit.
The barrel-to-slide fit was equally tight, and the barrel lockup was perfect. The magazine had no sharp edges or other shortcomings. The polished and matte finishes on metal parts were well executed and had no inconsistencies. We considered the slide-to-frame fit on the Kimber Gold Match to be about as good as it gets. The barrel lockup was solid, and no movement between the barrel and slide could be felt.
Construction of the two magazines was faultless. The matte blue finish on the edges of the pistol was evenly applied, and the polishing job on the sides showed attention to detail. Handling Since all the guns in this test were a style pistol, they should have felt and pointed the same. The differing shape of the grips, grip safeties, underside of the trigger guards and mainspring housings all had an affect in this department. Like all of the pistols tested here, the Colt was moderately muzzle-heavy and afforded good muzzle stability. The front sight aligned evenly when pointed.
The rubber wraparound grip provided a nonslip gripping surface. However, the top front edge of the grip created a ridge just under the trigger guard that some of our shooters said was annoying. Also, the bottom portion of the grip safety was straight, so some shooters had to pay special attention to how they gripped the gun to ensure they depressed and disengaged the safety.
Everyone felt the Springfield sat well in the hand. However, some of our shooters found that it tended to point a little high, due to the arched shape of the mainspring housing. The checkered grip panels were fairly comfortable and, along with the serrations on the front and back of the frame, afforded a solid no-slip hold. The grip safety permitted a high hand position, and its raised bottom made the safety easy to depress when the gun was grasped. Nevertheless, the larger raised area on the bottom of the safety made it the surest to depress. The grips felt good in the hand.
We thought this pistol was a natural pointer. Controls Colt equipped the Gold Cup Trophy with standard controls. None of them were ambidextrous or oversized. The slide catch lever was at the top front corner of the left grip panel, while the magazine release button was at the left rear of the trigger guard.
Both of the controls worked smoothly. When pushed upward to the engaged position, the two-position thumb safety on left rear of the frame blocked the trigger and the slide.
The internal safety passively blocked the firing pin until the trigger was pulled all the way to the rear. This was the only pistol in the test that had a firing pin block, because Colt has the patent on it. All of the safeties worked as they should. The operation and location of the controls and manual safeties on the Springfield Trophy Match and the Kimber Gold Match were the same as those of the Colt.
However, each of these pistols had an extended thumb safety lever, which right-handed shooters found easier to operate with their dominant thumb. The controls and safeties on both pistols worked positively. Triggers All of the single-action. Sights The Gold Cup Trophy was equipped with a Colt-Elliason rear sight, which had a smooth medium-size face and click-adjustable windage and elevation screws. The front sight was a fixed patridge-style blade with a straight face.
However, this arrangement was the slowest to acquire. Our Trophy Match had a fixed front blade with an angled face and a Bomar-style fully-adjustable rear sight. The height of the sights made them easy to acquire, but obtaining a consistent sight picture was more difficult.
The front sight was a tall dovetailed blade with a slightly angled face. However, this arrangement provided a decent sighting reference. However, in our opinion, its accuracy was unacceptable for a match-grade pistol.
Groups produced with Winchester and UMC ball ammunition were even larger, averaging 2. We were puzzled by why this group was produced at such a short distance, since bullseye shooting with centerfire pistols is done at 25 and 50 yards. In rounds, no malfunctions were encountered while firing the Springfield Trophy Match. We were not impressed by the five-shot groups it produced with Federal match grain semi-wadcutters, which averaged 2. However, we considered its accuracy to be acceptable with the other two lo used.
Winchester and UMC grain ball ammun-ition was good for 1.Springfield trophy match 1911 for sale
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