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Springfield Armory TRP Review

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by plouffedaddy, Jun 15, 2012.


  1. plouffedaddy

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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.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL0pMrljrxo&feature=g-upl"]Springfield Armory TRP 1911 Review - YouTube[/ame]

    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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  2. FLAWLS1

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    Dan Wesson's are around the same price as the TRP's. Wouldn't you say that's better?
     

  3. Creatism

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    Nice review. Been looking for a nice railed 1911. Going to look into the Springfield.


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  4. plouffedaddy

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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 :supergrin:). In terms of performance---I do not think it is better. But, that's one man's opinion.:dunno:
     
  5. Travclem

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    Make that 2.
     
  6. okie

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    God in heaven that's a beautiful gun my friend:wow::faint:
     
  7. R0CKETMAN

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    Good review Pdiddy...they really are nice. 100% reliable is huge



    Um no
     
  8. glockin-45

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    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!:cool:
     
  9. bac1023

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    Thanks for the review.
     
  10. jg420

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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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  11. CanIhaveGasCash

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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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    Good video review. Thanks for sharing your results.
     
  13. plouffedaddy

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    Thank you. Just trying to share the fun :supergrin: I personally like seeing a gun perform better than reading about it (but I like that too:wavey:).
     
  14. steve1911

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    Thanks for the review, great looking pistol.



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  15. denn1911

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    Nice review on a very nice pistol. Thanks!
     
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    Great looking gun and good review. :thumbsup:
     
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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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    45oz loaded or unloaded? If unloaded that is quite heavy.
     
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    How much does your 5" carbon steel railed 1911 weigh?:supergrin:
     
  20. plouffedaddy

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    Unloaded. I like it personally.
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