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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by OrygunGen4, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. OrygunGen4

    OrygunGen4

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    Wanted to say hello to all the 1911 addicts! I bought my first 1911 a few months ago (Springfield Range Officer, well over a thousand rounds threw her and not a single hiccup. The only complaint I have is that the rear sight loosens after a few hundred rounds and the front sight pin moves its way up with each shot). Other than that it has been an exceptional gun!
    Anyway, since being bitten by the 1911 bug I have been looking for my next one and would like some help/suggestions.
    I'm looking at getting the Kimber Desert Warrior $1229 at my local gun shop or the Springfield TRP $1333. I have read Bac1023 buyers guide review of the TRP (amazing job by the way) and it seems like a terrific pistol, but I would like to hear some peoples thoughts about it compared to the Kimber or any other 1911 in a similar price range.

    Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions!
     
  2. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    Congrats on the RO my friend. I love mine also:thumbsup:
     

  3. TxGlock9

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    TrP is good.
    Sti Trojan
    Sti Ranger (if you like 4.15inch barrel)
    Sigs aren't bad (probably best valued 1911 IMHO)

    Kimbers are hit or miss.
     
  4. bac1023

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    The TRP is better than any Kimber in the same price range.
     
  5. camelotkid

    camelotkid non-believer

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    If it were my money I would spend a few hundred more and get either a dan wesson valor or a les baer
     
  6. plouffedaddy

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  7. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Is that a bushingless 5 inch ? :dunno:
     
  8. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    :agree::thumbsup:
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Yeah. It's a bull barrel.
     
  10. Icelander513

    Icelander513 rocket surgeon

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    Just my opinion.

    Call up Crazy John and get a Baer. He's got a good sale going on right now. Your price range is extremely close to a new Concept pistol. Maybe even a PII. I believe the full size Baer pistols are the best value in the 1911 market and equal to 1911's twice their price.

    Use some semi-permanent Loc-tite on your RO's sight.
     
  11. OrygunGen4

    OrygunGen4

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    How do you like the rear target sight? I have a similar sight on my RO and I have to say it's not my favorite (edges are too sharp).
    I like the low profile sight much better, but I am starting to like the rail for a tactical 1911.
     
  12. plouffedaddy

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    I like the sight, that said, I wouldn't be upset if it was a standard novak. I've heard one report of it breaking but that was during a 'torture test.' That was the only part that broke. But, why the hell would you torture test a gun!?!?
     
  13. jrs93accord

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    I like my Kimbers, all 16 of them, but it is hard to argue a case against the Springfield TRP. I own a Kimber Desert Warrior and it is a really nice pistol. One of the finest. I would say that the TRP is a bit more refined and definitely worth the money. I hope to add one to my small collection one day.
     
  14. Glock_en_speil

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    Hello from another Range Officer owner here. I just got mine a few weeks ago. I would advise you to do some very careful research on Kimber. They are not turning out the same quality that they were a few years ago. The demand is very high and they have let the quality slip. There are more than just a few issues being reported with Kimber and not just online. Two of out the three gunshops in my area admit there are some serious issues with Kimber these days and they are Kimber dealers.

    In defense of Kimber I will say that many of the issues with the full size (5") guns can solved by installing a Wilson Combat Bullet Proof Slide Stop and by using either Wilson Combat, Chip McCormick or Kimber's higher quality Tac-Pro magazines. So if you REALLY love the Kimber go ahead and buy it but just keep in mind that you may need to invest another $100-150 buying additional parts getting it to run like it's supposed to.

    The better move in my opinion would be to simply buy the TRP.
     
  15. PlasticGuy

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    While I have had several Kimbers, and have had very good luck with them, the TRP is a much better pistol than the Warrior.

    If you do have an extra couple hundred dollars to spend though, the Les Baer Premier II is a significant step above both.
     
  16. OrygunGen4

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    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions...definitely leaning toward the TRP, but I have to say that the Valor looks like a great pistol for just a little bit more. The decision just keeps getting more difficult!

    Please keep your suggestions coming, love researching these custom 1911's that I am not familiar with!
     
  17. OrygunGen4

    OrygunGen4

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    Did you send your stainless TRP to the SACS or is that a custom gun? I would love to have the same thing done if I go with the TRP, I'm not a fan of FCS.
     
  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I sent it in to SACS. I don't like FCS either. :cool:

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    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  19. OrygunGen4

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    Did you change out the ambi safety or did the SACS? And how long did the whole process take if you don't mind me asking?
     
  20. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I had SACS do all the work. IIRC, I had them:
    remove FCS
    remove ambi safety and install new single side safety
    flush cut slide stop
    flush cut and crown barrel
    radical bevel package
    high cut under trigger guard
    bead blast to a satin/matte finish

    I would swear that they did a trigger job and replaced the night sights. I asked David if they did, and all he said was that sometimes when they have guns at the shop, they may tweak things that aren't to their liking and replace items that they deem needing to be replaced. I think he did say that they replaced all springs. I think they had it about 2-3 weeks IIRC. Faster than I thought it would take for sure. Great experience and Dave and Deb were extremely pleasant to deal with. It won't be the last time I do business with SACS and I highly recommend them. :thumbsup: