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No longer news, the front grip strap on more recent SA 1911 pistols is rounded.
The Mil-Spec .45 ACP can be had in the following variations.
The rear sight is plain but in conjunction with the front sight provides an extremely nice sight picture.
The front sight measures 0.12" while the notch in the rear sight is 0.11".
The Mil-Spec has slide serrations angling slightly forward while the GI gun's are vertical.
If the sights on the Mil-Spec are not satisfactory and a change is planned, the WWII Mil-Spec aka "GI .45 1911-A1" might be the way to go as these run about a hundred bucks less.
As can be seen on the box, another version of the Mil-Spec is available.
Now called the "GI .45 1911-A1" by Springfield Armory, it has small fixed sights and the traditional non-lowered ejection port.
Its titanium firing pin has passed the drop tests mandated by some states.
These can be had for about a hundred dollars less than the Mil-Spec and the main differences between the guns have been mentioned. The GI .45 as shown here is designated by product number PW9108L.
The Mil-Spec and the GI .45 come with spur hammers and the more narrow GI type grip safeties.
Here you can see the stainless steel barrel in the Mil-Spec from SA.
Note the "loaded indicator" slot in the barrel hood. I can live with or without it but it has caused no problems.