Originally Posted by Helix_FR
So far the concensus has been positive but I'm gonna disagree, Springfield has really disappointed me compared to others out there. First, unless its a EMP or Custom shop, its made in Brazil. The fitting and finish on them has been really poor. I get more springfields in to make right than any other manufacture that is right out of the factory. I know there are people that love them and when they do work, they work but compared to others they seem crude and sloppy.
A lot of forgings are done in Brazil though. I would agree the fit isn't as good as on something US-fit like a Colt, but that's easily fixed. All I did was drop in a good Colt barrel bushing since my factory Springfield part was a loose fit. Colt = much better. Tore out the two-piece guide rod too and put a GI-spec one in. Again, used a Colt part.
Their quality may be inconsistent, but their customer service is great. I have heard all about the Kimber horror stories and IMO that's what drives me away from their product.
Too bad Colts are so expensive and have that stupid firing pin block in them or that's what I would buy.
That's the high cost of low price though. If the forgings and all the fitting was done in the US, the gun would cost more and would be like Colt and price themselves out of a market.