Yep, the Loaded Parkerized with Crimson Trace is chambered for .45 ACP and it has many nice features that we’ve come to expect on modern versions of the classic Browning design.

The grip safety has an upswept beavertail with a bump, the controls are oversized and the ejection port is flared and lowered.

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T=springfield%201911Those of you keeping score at home know that Springfield Armory announced a laundry list of upgrades to their handgun lines at this year’s SHOT Show. Springfield aficionados are probably saying “But they already have a 1911 called the Loaded.” That they do.

The 5 milliwatt red laser laser emitter is mounted to the top of the right grip panel and a master power switch is positioned out of the way on the left side.

The fit and finish is good on the Loaded Parkerized with Crimson Trace.

The Loaded Parkerized with Crimson Trace has a few other features that make it a good carry piece including front slide serrations and combat-style sights. This Springfield comes with a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips, which are polymer wrap-around grips with an activation button that sits across the fronstrap for left- or right-handed users.

Crimson Trace calls it their “Instinctive Activation” system and you can turn the laser on just by squeezing the grip.

The parkerized finish is done well and there are no visible tool marks on the outside of the gun.

The Crimson Trace Lasergrips fit seamlessly to the frame and offer a nice grip surface without being too aggressive.

It comes with standard frame without a rail it drops the ambidextrous safety. The thinking here — this is an assumption on my part — is that if you have a laser you don’t need to mount a light so no rail is necessary.

The ambidextrous safety was dropped to make room for the laser.