Springfield Armory Since 1794

I just bought a used Springfield 1911 Range Officer on GunBroker.com. On the handle it has the logo stating “Springfield Armory Since 1794”. My first point is probably obvious to everyone, the Springfield Armory has not existed since 1794. They just used the same name as another organization that was around in 1794. I heard they were no longer using that statement. That got me wondering, how old is my 1911? It’s in great condition. I’ve been able to trace other guns I own by going to the manufacturers web site and looking up the serial number. I’m not having much luck here. Does anyone know how I can lookup the age of my gun?

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Pictures may help @DurangoDave

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Pics can be helpful. Also, have you contacted Springfield?

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Actually that name has been around that long but under different owners, the original closed in 68 and reopened in 74, their modern guns have that logo, so your gun is probably not that old. go to their website and look at the handles on the the model 1911 mil spec.

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Wanna see my new Springfield? Wait till the sun comes up. I should be able to post something tomorrow.

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Only on their web site. I did not call them.

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Yes! :slight_smile:

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Also consider emailing them. These companies are good with this stuff. Both Ithaca and Remington got back to me quickly with dates for my old shotguns.

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I think Rock Island Armory did the same thing. It’s sketchy marketing.

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I have a Springfield that they told me was sold as a kit when they first started sell 1911s. Whoever built it did a good job still a good shooter.

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Range officers came out about 15 years ago maybe little less than that.

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What ever logo in on your 1911, from my personal experience, Springfield makes them about as good as it gets.

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I like their stuff but the quality depends on the model. They make stuff for every price bracket from $500-$3000+ . I dont like their use of glue though, that is a little off putting.

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What glue?

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Glued in ejector, they should be pinned. Unless they have changed that

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Which might be the case

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=1002568#/topics/1002568

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I have seen some glued ones
But mostly there all pinned
In my experience Springfield makes some of the better 1911 models
But as stated they make a gun for every price point

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I am not an armor, and don’t take them apart. I would not know.

Here it is


It’s parkerized not blued.

It came in a nice case with a holster and mag holster.
It has 5 magazines. Three with a capacity of 8 rounds and two more 7 round mags.

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Very nice!

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