It was in the mid 1990s when the FBI sought to re-arm its special teams with a high-quality 1911. Of the companies pursing the exclusive contract, Springfield Armory stood on top, meeting the stringent requests of the Bureau for accuracy and reliability. These contract guns, built by Springfield’s Custom Shop, soon became available to the commercial market and one example is subject of this week’s review. The Springfield Armory Custom Shop Professional 1911-A1 chambered for 9 mm Luger, features match-grade, hand-fit parts wearing a Black “T” finish. Cocobolo stocks and checkering placed on the front and back straps allow for positive purchase, while Novak and Trjicon tritium sights aid accurate shots on paper from the 5" barrel. For more, watch this NRA Gun of the Week hosted by American Rifleman's Joe Kurtenbach.
Specifications: Manufacturer: Springfield Armory Model: Springfield Custom Professional 1911-A1 Chambering: 9 mm Luger ActionType: recoil-operated, semi-automatic center-fire pistol Frame: National Match; steel Slide: stainless steel Barrel: 5” Finish: Black T Sights: Novak three-dot; Trijicon Tritium Trigger: 4-lb., 9-oz. pull Magazine: 10-round detachable box Weight: 39 ozs. (empty) MSRP: $3,363