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Posted: 10/7/2005 11:27:59 AM EDT
im looking at buying a springfield. but im undecided on which barrel length to go with. this is my first handgun and it will be a gun for every occasion. i basically want it to be an all around gun, but mostly for plinking and target parctice.

to my understanding a 5" barrel will have slightly higher velocities and should be easier to aim.
correct me if im worng. is there anything else i am missing that makes the 5" better

im leaning towards the 5", im not worried about carrying or concealing or anything. since i live in damn IL i cant do either, unless i become a gangster. i would like to hear what you all think

thanks in advance - paul
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:52:25 AM EDT
I have a 3" and a 5" the 5" is a bit easier to shoot only because the grip is longer. The average shooter won't be able to see a difference in accuracy between a 4" and 5" Recoil is actually about the same too. That being said if Iwas not going to carry it, I'd get the 5" just because that is what a "real" 1911 is.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:00:32 PM EDT
The grip on the SA 4" is the same as the 5" however for your first handgun I would recomend the 5" if you get a 1911 and internal extractor. I would get one that had all standard 1911 parts and nothing propriatry. Just My two cents.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:11:53 PM EDT
If concealment isn't a concern, get a 5". The 4" guns are very nice and they do balance very well. I'm a fan of the Springfield Champion, but if there isn't a chance you're going to carry, just get the 5". I agree with GenghisKhan about getting a "real" 1911, meaning internal extractor.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 1:19:16 PM EDT
Are you sure the grip is the same? I know Kimber better, so I don't really know. Kimber has 2 4" ones, one with the officers frame and one with the gov frame...
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 2:00:06 PM EDT
The Springfield Champion is a 4" barrel with standard length grip. The discontinued "Compact" was a 4" barrel with officers' length grip.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 2:25:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:02:03 PM EDT
what kind of FPS will the 5" have over the 4"

im preety much sold on the 5", just curious on how much the 5" would help me IF i needed to use the gun.
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