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Old 03-06-2011, 21:10   #1
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Springfield Range Officer vs STI Trojan

I've been set on the Trojan but with the new RO that Springfield has I'm not sure. Other than the STI stippling I don't really see a difference. I think the RO is a little cheaper. Some say the Trojan is the best under 1K. I do prefer checkered fs to non-checkered and would pay $100 or so more but I don't know if I want to spend $250 for the STI stippled fs.



Anyone have both?
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Old 03-06-2011, 21:18   #2
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I think the STI Spartan is a much better comparison with the RO then the Trojan. Obviously you are paying more for the Trojan. You are gaining:
Front strap treatment
better finish
better fit
better sights
better trigger
ball cuts

It is really dependent on you to if its worth it. I personally would take the STI all day, everyday. Some people have issues with the large roll marks and the front cocking serrations on the Trojan. Those seem to be the biggest complaints. You could probably get a RO and tune it up to as nice as the Trojan for less money, but definitely not add the ball cuts, front strap treatment, and refinishing.
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Old 03-06-2011, 21:19   #3
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I don't have a RO yet, but I've handled a couple and I'm impressed with them. However, I don't feel they quite have the Trojan's level of refinement. In fact, I don't think even the TRP has the Trojan's refinement or smoothness for range use.


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Old 03-06-2011, 21:23   #4
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bac,

Just the man I was wanting to hear from.

One thing I forgot about the Trojan that I like is the trigger guard relief.


That hard chrome is as good as it gets IMHO!
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Have to agree the R.O. is not the overall equal of the Trojan, but there is a pretty good difference in price. I would think the Spartan and the R.O. are fairly equal and would buy the one that felt better in my hand.
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Old 03-06-2011, 21:25   #6
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Just found this!

Rob Leatham talking about the RO. Listen carefully @ 1:06!



http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/spri...-officer-1911/




1" @ 25 yds?! Didn't know SA offered any accuracy guarantee? Maybe he's just saying that it's a good shooter and mispoke?
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Old 03-06-2011, 21:26   #7
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Machine checkering from SACS runs from $110-$140. And then repark frame $45.
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Machine checkering from SACS runs from $110-$140. And then repark frame $45.
Sure reparking is $45, but why would you re-apply park? Pretty much every other coating out there is more wear protective then parkerizing.
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I've shot my friend's RO at least 500 rounds. I own a Spartan. I find the Spartan to be a better 1911 and at better price. The RO needs to ditch the ILS and get some new springs. The Spartan just needs new springs. $628 vs $750. Both are sans frontstrap checkering and no undercut trigger guard. Both have great customer service. RO needs f/o front sight for my needs and the spartan may still need a better/thinner f/o for my gaming needs. RO comes with more mags.

Comes down to price when comparing these two very affordable shooters and you cannot lose. Pick whichever one speaks to you while fondling.
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bac,

Just the man I was wanting to hear from.

One thing I forgot about the Trojan that I like is the trigger guard relief.


That hard chrome is as good as it gets IMHO!
Thanks.

Yeah, the Trojan is set up extremely well for range use, the undercut frame is a prime example.

...and, yes, whoever does the hard chrome for STI does a fantastic job. The chrome on this gun is as nice or even nicer than the chome finish on my more expensive models.
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I don't have a RO yet, but I've handled a couple and I'm impressed with them. However, I don't feel they quite have the Trojan's level of refinement. In fact, I don't think even the TRP has the Trojan's refinement or smoothness for range use.


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Best looking Trojan I've ever seen.
Thanks Joe.

Looks were never STI's strong point.





...except the Legacy, that is.
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Best looking Trojan I've ever seen.
Most useful Trojan, I've seen!!
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Sure reparking is $45, but why would you re-apply park? Pretty much every other coating out there is more wear protective then parkerizing.
As with others, I too agree the RO is more similar to the Spartan, thus both are parkerized. Hence the repark option to keep it apples-to-apples comparison.
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Looks were never STI's strong point.
+1 about STI's looks. The serrations are too ugly.
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Pure and utter crap I say! Anything with the silhouette of Texas on it is beautiful!
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Looks were never STI's strong point.





...except the Legacy, that is.
I agree. I think a hardchromed Legacy would be awesome looking. I'm leaning towards sending my Legacy off to have a single side safety, magwell, flush crowned barrel and then finished off in hardchrome. It'll happen, just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.
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Pure and utter crap I say! Anything with the silhouette of Texas on it is beautiful!
Real question Ruggles is: Cowboys or Texans?
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