First Look: Springfield Armory Garrison 1911

First Look: Springfield Armory Garrison 1911

Springfield Armory’s new Garrison 1911 is a subtly upgraded classic full-size .45 that’s competitively priced and available in two finishes.

The 1911 will never go out of style, but these days the market is saturated with custom-shop quality models that have a price tag to match. Other popular models are more modestly priced but often lack the quality to make for a reliable defensive piece. Aiming for the Goldilocks zone between these two categories, the new Springfield Garrison 1911 is here to fill the void. Featuring superior build quality and a few subtle, functional upgrades, the Garrison 1911 retains its classic styling while keeping a reasonable MSRP.

Garrison 1911 blued

Steve Kramer, VP of Marketing at Springfield, had this to say on the Garrison 1911:

The Garrison is designed to appeal to those who respect tradition and demand the quality for which Springfield Armory 1911 pistols are known…With a forged steel foundation for strength and heirloom-quality construction, this is a pistol that offers a modern take on a proven classic.

Garrison 1911 feat

The Garrison 1911 should have superb durability and accuracy thanks to its use of a forged steel frame, slide and barrel. Made using a combination of Springfield’s historical manufacturing knowledge and modern machining techniques, these appear to be some of the best quality 1911s available in their price range.

Springfield managed to squeeze some practical upgrades into the Garrison 1911 as well without compromising its timeless aesthetics. The Garrison is available with either a blued or stainless-steel finish and both models come with Thinline checkered wood grips. Other upgrades include a skeletonized hammer, low profile 3-dot combat sights and an extended beavertail grip safety with a memory bump for ensuring a repeatable grip on every draw.

Garrison 1911 stainless

MSRPs for these new .45s are $800 for the blued model and $849 for the stainless one. Each Garrison 1911 includes one 7-round magazine and they’re available now.

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  1. I just Got One, and as a 1911 Enthusiast, I can tell you, The Garrison is Very Well Made and Accurate out of the box! It Rivals Much Higher Priced Competitors 1911’s That Cost MUCH More!


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