Most of us who’ve been shooting a number of years have a short list of guns we’ve sold and also we’ve always regretted letting go. In recent years, I’ve directed the brunt of my gun buying to replacing those firearms that I foolishly let escape. One such weapon was a Springfield Armory Champion.

springfield2.jpgI can remember that day back in the early ‘90s in a local gun shop, making my usual slow pass by the glass cases that displayed a selection of 1911s, when that gleaming stainless Champion, one of Springfield’s newest offerings at the time, caught my eye. Standing in a transfixed gaze, I studied the lines and curves of this 4-inch Commander-esque pistol and was captivated by its rugged good looks. I had to handle it, of course.

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