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Old 06-15-2012, 08:03   #1
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Springfield Armory TRP Review

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Most of you already know the back story but if not---the Springfield Armory PRO model was chosen by the FBI's HRT unit years ago and Springfield Armory realized there would soon be a demand for a civilian weapon built around the same specs as required by the FBI. The PRO is a custom 1911, with all the features, especially the price, that you'd expect from a custom 1911. The TRP comes extremely close to the PRO model in terms of feel/performance but at a much lower price point. I waited on a backorder list for a long time to get this gun after shooting one a couple years ago and the wait was worth it. This gun has been a stellar performer since day 1. Here's a quick summary:

Pros:
-100% reliable through over approximately 2k rounds
-Low profile adjustable night sights
-Match grade bull barrel
-Forged steel frame/slide
-G10 grips that give a great purchase
-20 LPI front strap checkering
-Excellent slide to frame fit
-Armory Kote finish seems very durable thus far
-Standard rail for mounting lights/accessories
-Weight-45oz helps absorb recoil
-Wide mouth mag well for quick reloads
-Cost (expensive, but a great value in my opinion)
-Great accuracy
-Crisp trigger that breaks cleanly around 4-4.5lbs
-Comes with a great hard case from the factory with 2 mags, holster, and mag holster

Cons:
-Needs tools for disassembly
-Adjustable rear sight (not a con for me, but it is for many)
-Cost (not as expensive as some 1911s, but more than most production guns)
-Availability: most people have to get on a backorder list to acquire one

Here's a video I made showing some shooting, an 'accuracy test' (the gun is much more accurate than me or the Aguila ammo I was using), disassembly/assembly of the pistol, a table top style overview, and some chronograph testing with popular defensive loads.


Bottom line: if you're looking for a 1911 for HD, the TRP is tough to beat at its' price point. It's simply a superb 1911. There may be 'better' 1911s, but not in this price range in my opinion.


Chronograph Data:

Hornady Critical Defense 185gr: 1113fps, 509ft/lbs energy
Winchester Ranger 230gr JHP: 938fps, 449ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 230gr JHP: 872fps, 388ft/lbs energy
Federal HST +p 230gr JHP: 945fps, 456ft/lbs energy
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:31   #2
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Dan Wesson's are around the same price as the TRP's. Wouldn't you say that's better?
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:44   #3
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Nice review. Been looking for a nice railed 1911. Going to look into the Springfield.


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Old 06-15-2012, 09:30   #4
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Dan Wesson's are around the same price as the TRP's. Wouldn't you say that's better?
Perhaps in name only. I had a Valor and sold it (bought it around $850 years ago, sold it for $1200 ). In terms of performance---I do not think it is better. But, that's one man's opinion.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:49   #5
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Perhaps in name only. I had a Valor and sold it (bought it around $850 years ago, sold it for $1200 ). In terms of performance---I do not think it is better. But, that's one man's opinion.
Make that 2.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:01   #6
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:59   #7
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Good review Pdiddy...they really are nice. 100% reliable is huge



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Dan Wesson's are around the same price as the TRP's. Wouldn't you say that's better?
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Old 06-15-2012, 17:21   #8
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Dan Wesson's are around the same price as the TRP's. Wouldn't you say that's better?
Any gun could be a keeper. I just sold a DW CCO .45, which i'm sure alot of guy's would love to own. I should be receiving my new SA TRP next week, alway's wanted one.
And i know it's gonna be a keeper!
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Old 06-15-2012, 17:35   #9
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Old 06-15-2012, 17:57   #10
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I had wanted a TRP for months now, and actually there is a local gun shop that has had them in stock on a pretty regular basis. Both the TRP and the TRP Operator with the rail in stainless or Armory Kote. Too bad they are know it all rude *********s there who have not and probably would never get a dollar of my money or else I would have had one alot sooner.I had kept asking the guy I have always dealt with if he could get one but they had always been on backorder. On Friday I just so happened to stop by there to kill some time in between my next job and he had finally had one in the case. I asked him to hold it until Monday which he did with no problem and I finally got my TRP. Took it out shooting yesterday and it is a tack driver, and well worth the wait. Also goes to show that peoples attitudes, no matter how bad I have wanted the gun, made me refuse to spend my money until my guy could get one. Like the OP said this is a keeper for sure and damn worth the money. I paid $1400 no tax out the door. Sorry for the rant but I cannot stress how much of a ********* the other dealer is and made me refuse to buy the gun I had wanted for so long. Good review and a damn good firearm, I love it!!!!
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Old 06-15-2012, 20:12   #11
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Nice choice. I have a couple myself, and they are indeed tough to beat for the price point.

Keep an eye on the pins in the rear sight. I had them come out and eventually replaced the rear sight with a Harrison.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:56   #12
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Most of you already know the back story but if not---the Springfield Armory PRO model was chosen by the FBI's HRT unit years ago and Springfield Armory realized there would soon be a demand for a civilian weapon built around the same specs as required by the FBI. The PRO is a custom 1911, with all the features, especially the price, that you'd expect from a custom 1911. The TRP comes extremely close to the PRO model in terms of feel/performance but at a much lower price point. I waited on a backorder list for a long time to get this gun after shooting one a couple years ago and the wait was worth it. This gun has been a stellar performer since day 1. Here's a quick summary:

Pros:
-100% reliable through over approximately 2k rounds
-Low profile adjustable night sights
-Match grade bull barrel
-Forged steel frame/slide
-G10 grips that give a great purchase
-20 LPI front strap checkering
-Excellent slide to frame fit
-Armory Kote finish seems very durable thus far
-Standard rail for mounting lights/accessories
-Weight-45oz helps absorb recoil
-Wide mouth mag well for quick reloads
-Cost (expensive, but a great value in my opinion)
-Great accuracy
-Crisp trigger that breaks cleanly around 4-4.5lbs
-Comes with a great hard case from the factory with 2 mags, holster, and mag holster

Cons:
-Needs tools for disassembly
-Adjustable rear sight (not a con for me, but it is for many)
-Cost (not as expensive as some 1911s, but more than most production guns)
-Availability: most people have to get on a backorder list to acquire one

Here's a video I made showing some shooting, an 'accuracy test' (the gun is much more accurate than me or the Aguila ammo I was using), disassembly/assembly of the pistol, a table top style overview, and some chronograph testing with popular defensive loads.

Springfield Armory TRP 1911 Review - YouTube

Bottom line: if you're looking for a 1911 for HD, the TRP is tough to beat at its' price point. It's simply a superb 1911. There may be 'better' 1911s, but not in this price range in my opinion.


Chronograph Data:

Hornady Critical Defense 185gr: 1113fps, 509ft/lbs energy
Winchester Ranger 230gr JHP: 938fps, 449ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 230gr JHP: 872fps, 388ft/lbs energy
Federal HST +p 230gr JHP: 945fps, 456ft/lbs energy
Good video review. Thanks for sharing your results.
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Old 06-16-2012, 14:27   #13
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Thank you. Just trying to share the fun I personally like seeing a gun perform better than reading about it (but I like that too).
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Old 06-17-2012, 00:57   #14
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Thanks for the review, great looking pistol.



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Old 06-17-2012, 20:28   #15
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Nice review on a very nice pistol. Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2012, 20:30   #16
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Great looking gun and good review.
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Old 06-18-2012, 20:24   #17
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Yep, I have a stainless one. They may not be too common in stores, but they're usually all over the auction sites.
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Old 06-19-2012, 00:32   #18
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45oz loaded or unloaded? If unloaded that is quite heavy.
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45oz loaded or unloaded? If unloaded that is quite heavy.
How much does your 5" carbon steel railed 1911 weigh?
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45oz loaded or unloaded? If unloaded that is quite heavy.
Unloaded. I like it personally.
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