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Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by cypress on 2/29/2016, 6:33 pm

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I'm looking at getting my first 1911 and would like some advice.  Generally, I want a pistol that's accurate for informal target shooting and occasional bullseye matches without jumping in for over $1000.  The Springfield Range Officer seems to fit that niche quite nicely.  Except for the fact that I'm a left handed shooter and would prefer an ambidextrous safety.  I don't intend to use this as a carry gun and I realize that I can have it changed later if I want.  Then I noticed that the Loaded Target model has an ambidextrous safety and might work just as well for me.  I read lots of praise for the Range Officer but haven't seen much good or bad in comparison for the Loaded.  Would I be missing anything as far as accuracy if I go with the Loaded Target model, or would I be better off in the long run going with the Range Officer?

I haven't decided to go with 9mm or .45acp yet, that's another consideration.

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Post by SteveBrown on 5/8/2017, 1:09 pm

I hate to beat a dead horse but...
If price weren't a factor (both same price) would the Range Officer still be the choice? I have an opportunity to buy a Loaded for the same price as a RO.

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Post by LenV on 5/8/2017, 1:17 pm

Same price? Go for the loaded. I like RO's but they look like turds. Just the opinion of someone that has two of them. Smile

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Post by weber1b on 5/8/2017, 1:28 pm

LenV wrote:Same price? Go for the loaded. I like RO's but they look like turds. Just the opinion of someone that has two of them. Smile

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I agree, if the price is the same. I don't think the RO has anything the loaded doesn't and the reverse is not true.

I don't know about "they look like turds" but the parkerized finish never looks quite as clean. Of course that doesn't bother me and I usually have some oil coming out from somewhere anyway. I have been taught that 1911's like to run wet anyway. One thing I do when I actually clean my RO's is I rub the finish down with gun oil and let it soak in. Makes for a nice looking consistent finish, at least until I start shooting them again. If you are someone who likes rubbing you gun down with silicone cloths, you will find those don't work so well on the parkerized finish.

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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by Chris Miceli on 5/8/2017, 2:26 pm

As far as i know the loaded doesn't come with target adjustable sights.... so yes you will be missing out.
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Post by weber1b on 5/8/2017, 2:30 pm

Chris Miceli wrote:As far as i know the loaded doesn't come with target adjustable sights.... so yes you will be missing out.
There may be a target loaded model, but otherwise that is an excellent point, and one that would send me to the RO. (which I have two of BTW)

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on 5/8/2017, 2:37 pm

The rear sight on my Loaded Target has screws on (2) faces...but I'm still trying to figure out what that bump on the front is for.
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Post by Virgil Kane on 5/8/2017, 3:28 pm

STEVE SAMELAK wrote:The rear sight on my Loaded Target has screws on (2) faces...but I'm still trying to figure out what that bump on the front is for.

That's a scratching post in case you've got an itch.   clown

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Post by james r chapman on 5/8/2017, 8:13 pm

My loaded came with bomar style sights.
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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by LenV on 5/8/2017, 8:38 pm

Loaded Target come with the same sights as the RO.
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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by SteveBrown on 5/9/2017, 6:24 am

SW-52 wrote:i dream always with a Colt Gold Cup National Match serie 70 .45 and MKIII .38 midrange national match,but i think the Range officer is a Great Pistol for the price. with a delicious and crisp trigger job,makes a real Precision Machine. my next buy will a Range officer. the unique problem i have with springfield armory is the warranty,because they don't cover Puerto Rico(i Don't know for what...)
Thanks for all the replies, great information! I had someone selling a new Loaded but he was kinda flakey so we may not make the deal. I'll likely order one from somewhere unless something shows up here first.
While I was looking I came across a Colt Gold Cup National Match and it should get here this week!!! 
Thanks again for the responses and for taking the time to post.

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Post by Chris Miceli on 5/9/2017, 6:30 am

LenV wrote:Loaded Target come with the same sights as the RO.
your internet skills are strong, but i don't see that model on springfields website.
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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by SteveBrown on 5/9/2017, 6:39 am

I get carried away at times reading and clicking so I really don't know how I found it! This internet thing is only a fad and just for kids.

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Post by weber1b on 5/9/2017, 7:35 am

It is no longer in production in this form but it was a production model. I have a similar one with combat sights in what they call their Champion length. I had it further customized by Springfield and it is my favorite non Bullseye gun.

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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by LenV on 5/9/2017, 9:29 am

Chris Miceli wrote:
LenV wrote:Loaded Target come with the same sights as the RO.
your internet skills are strong, but i don't see that model on springfields website.
On a quick count there looks to be 17 of them available on Gunbroker right now. http://www.gunbroker.com/item/643208991
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Re: Springfield RO or Loaded Target?

Post by BE Mike on 5/10/2017, 8:38 am

Rob Kovach wrote:My loaded target had a smooth front strap.  I believe you need to upgrade to Trophy Match to get a checkered front strap.
You are correct. I have a fixed sight "Loaded" and a "Match Trophy". The Loaded was actually more accurate than the Match Trophy before I fitted a new barrel bushing. I would opt for the SA with the lower price tag, as I think that there isn't much difference in accuracy among the different models. There doesn't seem to be much difference in the quality of the trigger pulls either.
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