Born out of an initial conversation between
Larry Vickers and Jason Cloessner, head of Product Development
at Lipseys, and a subsequent collaboration between Larry,
Lipsey’s, Wilson Combat, and Springfield Armory, the new
Vickers Tactical Springfield Master Class 1911, chambered in the
venerable 45 ACP, has hit the market.
Leveraging Larry’s past experiences with
the 1911 during his time in Delta Force, along with his close
relationship with Wilson Combat, this new Master Class pistol is
designed and built in the Springfield Custom shop with key parts
from Wilson Combat, which have long proven to be of high
pistol, chambered in 45 ACP, features a single side extended
thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, Wilson Combat tool steel
hammer, sear and disconnector, Wilson Combat medium length solid
trigger, high visibility orange/red front sight by Pro Glo and a
Vickers Tactical U-notch rear sight which has the popular
90-degree angle for cocking the slide one-handed, if needed.
The gun is an all steel gun, finished nicely in a black T
finish, and appointed with Mil-Tac OD green Vickers Tactical G10
comes in a cardboard box, with a black zip up case, a lock, the
usual instructional paperwork, and 2 Wilson Combat 8-round
Vickers Duty magazines. As
part of this new Master Class package, Springfield introduced a
new serration pattern that is present on the front strap, slide
cocking serrations, as well as the mainspring housing.
I had the opportunity to first shoot the
pistol during a 3-day private event held at Gunsite Academy, in
Paulden, AZ. What
better way to test out a new 1911 than in one of Gunsite’s
shoot houses, using frangible ammunition which has a historical
reputation for being finicky and inducing feeding issues?
My first 10 rounds through the pistol were absolutely
sights were spot on to point of aim and the gun handled
extremely well. I continued shooting the gun the rest of the day, through
various Gunsite school drills and it performed perfectly. Since it is a standard, non-railed, 1911, it fit in one of my
great leather holsters by Simply Rugged Holsters, and I used
that set up the entire day.
Upon my return home from Gunsite, I took the
pistol to my local range where I proceeded to test it out
further with various different 230-gr ball ammunition made by
Double Tap Ammunition. The gun performed just as perfectly with all of the ball ammo
as it did that first time with the frangible ammunition. I shot it on various steel targets set up from 15-45 yards,
and also tried various targets of opportunity (aka rocks) out to
95 yards and the sights proved to be spot on each and every
time. If I did my part with executing on the “front sight,
press”, this fine pistol did its part very reliably and
About a week or so later, I had the
opportunity to further test the pistol during a media event in
which we were shooting a different style gun each day.
Day 1 was double action revolvers, Day 2 was 1911
pistols, and Day 3 was for single action revolvers. I used this
Vickers Tactical Springfield Master Class gun with good success
during 1911 day. As
the event was being held at Gunsite, the day was fairly full of
typical school drills. These
drills almost always require multiple reloads, or at least the
possibility of multiple reloads, so, along with the 2 factory
Wilson Combat Vickers Duty 8-round magazines, I used some of my
personal range magazines, which are a mix of standard Wilson
Combat 7- and 8-round mags, Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags,
Colt factory magazines, and Mec-Gar mags.
One of the surprising findings during this shooting
session was that the gun tended to not feed the first round out
of my fully loaded range magazines and required malfunction, or
failure to feed, clearance.
This seemed to happen with my personal magazines and not
the Vickers Duty magazines supplied with the gun.
While this could certainly be more related to the gun
being dirty, as it was a hot, dry, dusty and sweaty Arizona
summer day on the range that day, or the gun potentially needing
to be lubed, those failure to feeds happened more than once and
Other than the above-mentioned feeding
issues, the gun performed great throughout all of the different
shooting sessions in which I used it.
I found the new serration pattern on the front strap to
work quite well in providing a good grip, especially paired with
the factory Mil Tac G10 grips. Even in the hot and sweaty Arizona desert, I had no problems
getting, and keeping, a firm grip on this pistol. Springfield used the same serration pattern as on the front
strap for the rear slide serrations and I also found those to
work quite well when manipulating the slide, either for charging
the pistol, press checking it, or clearing it.
The thumb safety was easy to manipulate and provided for
very crisp and positive engagement both in the upward and
downward positions. The
Pro Glo sight was very bright and quick to pick up. Mated with the U-notch Vickers Tactical rear sight, it made
for quick, reliable and repeatable target acquisition. The medium length trigger should prove to be a good
compromise for all hands. I
have fairly large hands, with long fingers, and usually prefer a
longer trigger, but found this one to work well for me.
I also liked the practicality of the beveled magazine
well, which is always helpful especially when performing speed
reloads, especially under some stress.
Lastly, I found the ball cuts on the front of the slide
to be a nice touch, and very esthetically pleasing.
Overall, I came away quite impressed with
this pistol. It
feels good, is easily to manipulate, provides for a quick and
clear sight picture, is reliable, and just plain looks good too!
as of this writing (November 2020) is $1495.
It is available exclusively from Lipsey’s, so contact
your local gun shop and have them order one from you, you will
not be disappointed.
find a Lipsey's dealer in your area, click on the DEALER FINDER
Springfield Armory: www.springfield-armory.com.
Vickers Tactical: www.vickerstactical.com.
Wilson Combat: www.wilsoncombat.com.
Gunsite Academy: www.gunsite.com.
Simply Rugged Holsters: www.simplyrugged.com.
Tyler Gun Works: www.tylergunworks.com.
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