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csm14thbn 01-01-2020 04:29 PM

I received this SG 1911 in DEC of 18. It has a RIA rebuild stamp on it

FLD 01-01-2020 05:21 PM

Service grade was what was offered when I was called and I'm very happy with it. Reparked with little to no wear, it is probably more accurate than me (tremors tend to spread out the holes in the target).
Had rack grade been offered, I would have selected one. Just my personal preference. But as I said, I'm certainly happy with my SG.
It cycles well with Triple-K, USGI, and Mec Gar magazines. No squawks at all.
It's my personal opinion that none of these pistols, regardless of grade, were thrown together. But it's certainly reasonable to expect that they have been assembled with serviceable (within allowable tolerance) parts by U.S. Army armorers, to return the pistol to functional condition. According to info posted on this forum, the CMP 1911 staff inspected each pistol as an assembly and repaired as necessary any pistol that had a deficiency that affected proper operation.
The rack grades, while possibly in need of grips, grip screws, and possibly having cosmetic imperfections, are still going to make noise if brass is up the spout and your booger picker pulls back on the bang switch.

GarandMan57 01-01-2020 08:11 PM

Field Grade, has holster wear. Colt frame, RR slide. For some reason the PARK matches! Beautiful Colt barrel.

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Snoopy47 01-01-2020 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by Nates4Christ (Post 1898570)
Wow from those pictures I'd much rather have that field.

Comments like that certainly make the wife happy.

Her's (field) also does't rattle nearly as much as mine (service).

Army MSG 01-12-2020 11:27 AM

Great pistols shown in the thread. My random number or 11,626 is fast approaching and I'm still torn about which grade to order. I'm leaning towards a Service grade if given the choice and then Field. I'm sure I'll be happy with whatever I receive. On one hand I would like a pistol in the best condition, but on the other, the hope for original finish or even worn finish would be great. Just too hard to decide.

Moammo6 01-12-2020 01:32 PM

I was lucky and got an early RGN and was only offered SG. Got a perfectly rebuilt R/R mixmaster, but with no "character." Having seen the many fine FGs with character that others have received, I would select a FG in an instant if given a second chance. My son's RGN is coming-up soon, and that is what I suggested to him. Whatever, we should all be happy and proud of what CMP was able to get for us.

Joemac8 01-12-2020 01:49 PM

Her number, 11363 came up Wednesday, late afternoon. All that was offered was Service grade which was taken. Email notice of shipping late on Friday. Have to see what pops up.

Wakko 01-12-2020 10:54 PM


Originally Posted by Joemac8 (Post 1901977)
Her number, 11363 came up Wednesday, late afternoon. All that was offered was Service grade which was taken. Email notice of shipping late on Friday. Have to see what pops up.

That's great, can't wait to see it.

I got lucky with my SG, it's a 1918 1911 with strong markings and an old repark. Considering I already have an original finish A1, this was the perfect pistol for me. I truly couldnt' have been happier (unless maybe an original USS!)

GuapoPogi 05-25-2020 03:59 PM

What grade should I pick pick?
So I expect to get a call by the end of June but I am not sure grade to select if I am lucky enough to be offered all three grades. I was going to pick Service Grade hopping for a OA or OB rebuild but I got the impression that the Rack Grades were more likely to be original. The cost difference does not matter to me so that would not effect my decision. What do you all think? Am I right that a Rack gas a good chance of being original or close to it?


slufstuff 05-25-2020 04:13 PM

My BIL just received his field grade, and quite honestly, it looks just as good as my service grade. I have seen some very nice field grades posted online lately.

Rack grades are a real gamble IMO. I have seen some that were probably/possibly original finish with just honest wear from years of service. One like that would be great. On the other hand, I have seen a few real dogs with major cosmetic issues. I guess it depends how lucky you feel.

FWIW, if I were doing it again, I would order a field grade.

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