The Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in .45 ACP. The Mil-Spec is similar to the GI.45 except for its fixed 3-dot sights and other subtle details like a polished feed ramp, a lowered and flared ejection port, which reduces the risk of ejection failure, and a beveled magazine well for easier mag change.

Just like the original 1911, the Mil-Spec is recoil operated, so the expanding gases that push the projectile out also forces the slide back and by doing so ejects the casing and chambers another round.

Features include has a hammer and a single-action only trigger that sets off the action with a 5- to 7-pound pull. It has two safety mechanisms. A grip safety that rests within the beavertail curve below the hammer. The grip safety is automatically engaged when not in use, so it cannot fire unless the trigger is actually pulled. This means no accidental discharges if dropped.

The second safety is a manual safety that turns on and off with a flip of a switch.

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