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DW Valor vs Baer TRS?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by irontexan27, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. irontexan27

    irontexan27

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    I have seen the Valor compared to the Springfield TRP quite a bit and have been impressed the couple of times I have fondled them, but how to they stack up to some of the semi customs, namely the closest in cost competitor, the Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special?

    There are a bunch of things I like about the Valor but I can't help but wonder if I would be leaving something on the table by not spending a couple extra bucks on the TRS.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Hokie1911

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    I'd go with the Baer. Easy choice. The Valor is a really nice gun though. Probably my favorite production 1911.
     

  3. 38 Super Fan

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    You're definately "leaving something on the table" if you pass on the Baer. If you've got the cash, step up to the TRS.
     
  4. rsxr22

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    I agree. DW makes a great 1911 as far as production is concerned, but Baer is definitely on a higher rung
     
  5. ajgranda

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    I think you are going to find at least 80% of the replies are going to say to go with Les. I agree!
     
  6. nolt

    nolt DONT PANIC!

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    valor has a cooler name.

    everything else goes to the TRS.

    jmho
     
  7. bobtail1911

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    Dave Severns did a detailed review of both guns basically side by side. Took them apart, shot them and everything. Both are great guns IMO and great for the price (with the Valor look for a blem because that will save a couple hundred dollars). Fondled a TRS a few times and it just felt perfect. With that said, I think both are great guns.
     
  8. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Never have shot or even fondeled a Valor, but they look damn good. That being said, I do have a TRS and like it alot.
     
  9. Sarge43

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    I'm on the other side of the coin as I own a Valor, and really like it alot - very well built, but I don't have an LB (I DO have one on order if that counts :supergrin: ). From the "tone" of your post, I bet you end up with both eventually anyway.
    Interesting to see the opinions posted by those who own both though, good thread!
    Good luck in your decision!
    Sarge
     
  10. MD357

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    I agree. :whistling:
     
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  11. bobtail1911

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    From everything that I've read and seen they seem to be VERY comparable in parts, quality and accuracy. Yet when something like this pops up all I see is "Oh Les Baer's hands down. Or Best semi-production ever etc etc." I don't care one way or another but what is so much better? Is it their parts? Is it the accuracy? Reliability? CS? What ?
     
  12. brzusa.1911

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    Les Baer hand down! No Dan Wesson for me :supergrin:
     
  13. bobtail1911

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    Did I predict that or what? :supergrin:
     
  14. HAIL CAESAR

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    LB's have a better barrel, Kart.
    LB's barrels are fit tighter.
    LB's have a longer reputation.

    New Blue TRS with NS is 1,750'ish
    New SS Valor is 1450'ish.

    Other than that not too much of a difference. The differnace in barrels and accuracy will only be of use to a very good bullseye shooter or a Ransom Rest. The difference seems to be .25 of an inch at 25 yards.

    Just for the sake of argument...lets say it is .50 of an inch at 25 yards. There are not many shooting folks out there with the skill to take advantage of that small of a accuracy increase, or few games that the increase would matter.

    I have/had both, like both, recommend both. Baer's do run a tight chamber and too tight of a barrel lock-up in my opinion for Duty use for LEO right out of the box. But that is EASILY taken care of if you know how. Or under a $100 for a smith to do it.
     
  15. brzusa.1911

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    All of the above - parts, accuracy, reliability, customer service. A LB is hand fitted - slide to frame, barrel to slide, barrel bushing...
    CS is a big for me, and DW has the worst I ever experienced!
     
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    I think the Baer is better. :)
     
  17. bac1023

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    :rofl:

    That's pretty funny. I guess I have to agree. ;)
     
  18. nolt

    nolt DONT PANIC!

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    rite now crazy john
    http://www.proload.com/
    has a 1.5"r sale...

    you can get a baer custom barry with the 1.5" guarantee for $1789 or a TRS with the 1.5" fitting for $1889.

    not too shabby...
     
  19. bac1023

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    They sound like awesome prices.
     
  20. GAFinch

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    The Valor doesn't have FCS.

    The Baer comes in a cardboard box.