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Decision between the Les Baer Monolith Heavy weight and Springfield TRP

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by TexasVine, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. TexasVine

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    I think I have narrowed it down to the Les Baer Monolith Heavyweight and the Springfield TRP (dark finish). My wife is getting the gun for my birthday present. My delima is which one. I currently do not own a 1911 (had a Raptor awhile back). I shoot often so I see my self using the 1911 atleast once a week. I do not carry. Haven't thought about future competition but my understanding is they will not allow the Heavyweight in most or all competitions. I have read that the Heavy weight is just pure heaven to shoot. I like the looks of both. Obviously I'll save money buying the TRP over the Les Baer but the dollar diffference is not much of a factor. Is the added cost worth the difference in guns? I Has anyone on the forum owned or shot both that can give me a fair comparison. What would you do? Any input would be appreciated. I guess I need to be swayed one way or another from some 1911 users, my 1911 experience is very limited. I'm wanting to pull the trigger on this on Frdiay.
     
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  2. Cobra64

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    I'd go with the Monolith. Steel is real, soaks up recoil and makes for a sweet shooter. It looks cool too. :)
     

  3. Rinspeed

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    I thought we already went through this once. :dunno:
     
  4. bac1023

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    Les Baer for sure.
     
  5. Officer's Match

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    You can get closer to the TRP's price and keep the competition options open with a Les Baer Premier II. The P2 is a great 1911 and would serve you a lifetime.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Yep,......:whistling:
    Monolith for a range gun.
    TRP for a defense weapon, however, the Thunder Ranch Special would be my choise over the TRP.

    OP,...search this forum for "monolith" there are a few threads.
     
  7. TexasVine

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    Yeah we did but I needed a little more input.
    Thanks.
     
  8. brisk21

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    Id say get the LB Thunder Ranch. Similar price and similar features to the TRP, but probably a bit higher quality. And its no heavier that the TRP. Plus, it has classic 1911 lines, unlike the monolith. You'll get the best of both worlds, Les Baer quality and a classic 1911 look.
     
  9. MastiffMan

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    Les Baer Monolith Heavy weight 1 1/2"..
    Great shooting pistol...
    Low Recoil
    I did my best groups at 25 ... 50 and 100 yards with mine.


     
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  10. Cobra64

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    Bac, I thought you had a Baer monolith... Or was that something "same but different?"
     
  11. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.
    I'm thinking that the Les Baer Monolith might be my next 1911 - I just wish Les made it in a six inch.
     
  12. Cobra64

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    Why not call him up? You may be surprised. :)

    Dan Wesson accomodated all sorts of custom work on my Valor. Where do you think the VBOB came from? :supergrin:
     
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  13. Rinspeed

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    Big difference between adding material and taking it off. :supergrin:
     
  14. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  15. Officer's Match

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    That would be a heavy sucker. This would work for me:

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  16. ronin.45

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    I love the TRP but the Monolith is a sweet gun. Go with the Baer.
     
  17. gconan

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    Two of my favorite guns are my Heavy Weight Monolith and 6" P2. I would hate having to choose between them. I like them both over the TRS and 5"P2. Go ahead and get the Heavy Weight Monolith!
     
  18. TexasVine

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    Well, I made a decision and went with a Dan Wesson Stainless Valor. Should be in by the middle of next week. I like the Les Baer Monolith Heavyweight but decided I want to start shooting a little competition so that wasn't the ticket. I was at Sporting Arms in Lewisville, TX and also fell in love with a Dan Wesson CCOB (2010 model) but in wasn't a 5 inch. They told me they they could have a Valour for me next week so I pulled the trigger! Thanks for all of your help on my post.
     
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  19. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    A Valor is a VERY nice model!

    Congrats!
     
  20. Rinspeed

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    I bought my Baer from Tom and Becky, great people to deal with. I'm sure the Valor will work out just fine for you. Shoot it in the best of health.