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Question Regarding the FBI HRT 1911 Contract

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by tsmo1066, May 1, 2012.

  1. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

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    I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about the Springfield Armory "Professional" model and we got into a discussion around the FBI contract itself and the different models that were tested before the FBI awarded that contract to Springfield.

    My recollection was that the field of competition originally included Les Baer, Ed Brown, Springfield Armory and Wilson Combat. If I recall correctly, Les Baer washed out over some reliability issues during the endurance test, Wilson Combat washed out over the accuracy test when using the FBI's 230 grain Golden Sabres, and Ed Brown, although having technically passed the testing, washed out because he couldn't commit to producing the number of 1911s the FBI wanted when they announced they were going to increase their order over what was originally bid out.

    Am I on target with that recollection? Any 1911 buffs here who remember, or can link, the story of how the testing for that contract went?
     
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  2. Baba Louie

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    I recall reading Walt Rausch's review of the PRO in a SWAT magazine back around 2001 or so. He did not name names of the unselected, just alluded to the success of SAI in all categories specified in the RFP.

    There IS a mega "Official" Professional thread over at 1911forum in their SA forum you can search for... might have some info therein? I figure BAC and Quack might have the know if anyone does.
     

  3. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

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    Thanks for the info. I did some additional checking and the other company (besides Springfield) to pass the accuracy test was a two-man custom shop called "Pro Gun". I'm not sure now if Ed Brown even submitted a bid for the HRT contract.
     
  4. TSAX

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    :popcorn:Waiting for Bac and Quack as well.







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  5. TSAX

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    Not my gun, just adding some pics to this thread



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  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    It's been so long ago that I vaguely recalled the whole shebang at all. Something about Springfield and Les Baer were the finalists and Springfield could meet the production needs...at least that's my adled memory recalls. I could be talking out of my wazoo. Like I usually do.
     
  7. MajorD

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    I seem to recall that most of the small time semi custom guys passed all the tests but were unwilling to commit what would have to be 100% of several years of production exclusively to the FBI. I can't imagine any SA product (and some are pretty good) beating out my les baer for accuracy and reliability
     
  8. MD357

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    Funny thing is that all of the names mentioned build an equal if not significantly better 1911 than the Springfield PRO, some for better prices and better wait times.
     
  9. bigmac85

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    I used to make barrels for nowlin. Pretty cool stuff.
     
  10. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

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  11. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Yep, memory started coming back. There were indeed two pistols for the FBI like the article said. The "plain jane" for the SWATees and the Les Baer for the HRT (weren't they called HRU back then?).

    I remembered when Springfield won, there was a bunch of hubbub because it wasn't "American" and supposedly there were claims of favoritism. Pretty much the same stuff as the Beretta winning the XM9 trial.
     
  12. I've been hearing a lot that many in HRT, and Operators in other 'special' organizations i.e. Special Ops community, are ditching their tricked out high $ 1911's, and relying on standard issued Glocks, especially in missions that involve getting down and dirty, which is pretty much any dirthole place in the world they tend to operate in. It comes down to reliability and durability in the most austere condition.
     
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  13. R0CKETMAN

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    I've been hearing Elvis is alive:whistling: and I'm on a "mission to get down and dirty" with a chic at my gym:wavey:
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  14. skipsan

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    If anyone's looking for a bargain, there's a DEA Pro (rare) currently listed on GB for $14000 Buy It Now.
     
  15. itstime

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    But those others probably didn't want to commit to "contract pricing" for the volume they had to pump out. Would cut into their gravy.
     
  16. I thought the Les Baer models were double stack frames too...

    Bill
     
  17. R0CKETMAN

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    I saw one of the actual submitted pistols for sale and it was single. SRP
     
  18. esh325

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    It seems like an incredibly irrational and wasteful spending of money for the FBI to chose such a pistol.
     
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