Originally Posted By McGruff1533:
I've had the Colt 1980 XSE on order since January 2011. My local FFL dealer has been working his tail off trying to find one through the distributors he deals with has has been unable to locate one. I was initially told Colt would be producing these guns around April/ May, and was later told this was pushed back into May/ June.
About 2 weeks ago, I was told the distributor was supposed to receive 4 of the 1980XSE's from Colt and that I would get one of them. Yesterday, my dealer called me and said that his distributor did not get any of the ordered pistols because Colt has not even produced them yet.
So here's the question folks... should I keep waiting, or should I have my dealer order a Springfield Armory MC Operator 1911? The Springfield has some extras such as tac rail, tritium night sights, lowered/flared ejection port and an upswept beavertail safety over the Colt 1980XSE.
I like the Colt because its simple, but I've grown extremely tired of waiting for Colt to produce more of them. I've already waited 7 months and it's unknown how much longer the wait will continue. I could understand waiting for a custom, or even semi-custom 1911, but the 1980XSE is a stripped down, regular production model.
When it comes right down to it, which is the better pistol, and why... the 1980XSE, or the MC Operator?
I would get the Springfield. Solid reputation and customer support. You could have it tomorrow, depending on how much you feel like paying.
I cant speculate as to which is better, but I wouldnt want a pistol that was rushed out of the factory, a month from now.