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Springfield TRP Operator .45

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by u4ea, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. u4ea

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    I have been looking for a 1911 for a while now. I have no knowledge of them, and I don't want to buy one and find out I bought the "wrong" one, so I haven't picked one up. I am bored with my Glocks and want something that shoots nice but doesn't look like a cheap toy. Is the TRP Operator a high quality 1911? I was told they go for around $1300 used. Any idea how much they are new, and how hard they are to come by?

    I want the gun for my home, and to take to the range on infrequent occasions. I don't shoot in matches or anything competitive at all. I just want a gun that looks nice and I can have for 50 years. I have heard over and over about how much tweaking a 1911 needs out of the box. Is this just Glock people trying to bring the gun down, or do these guns really not come ready to shoot like a Glock does? I've only ever owned Glocks, so I am new to this. I don't wanna spend $1600 and find out I could have had everything I needed for 1/2 the price. I think the TRP Operator may be the gun for me, but I don't know what else is out there. Is the TRP Operator too much gun for someone who will probably only bring it out once a month?
     
  2. Hokie1911

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    Yes. Save some cash and get a STI Trojan. Great gun. Less money.
     


  3. u4ea

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    I was looking at the Range Officer review on here and I like the looks of that gun too. Is that a better purchase for someone like me?
     
  4. rsxr22

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    I feel like Hokies suggestion is one of the best. The Range Officer looks very appealing, the deal breaker for me is the lack of front strap checkering. I have one 1911 without it, so i use grip tape, it does the job but just isnt checkering
     
  5. Hokie1911

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    That seems to be a very well put together 1911 for the money. If you don't plan on shooting a lot, carrying, or shooting competetions....you can get a very nice .45 for a lot less than a TRP. Bottom line is, it's your dime, so get what YOU want and what feels good to YOU and meets your needs. There are some really good guns in the $700ish price range that will fit your needs nicely.

    Springfield RO
    DE 1911G
    STI Spartan
    Remington R1

    For a little more, the STI Trojan may be one of the best values for $1k.
     
  6. u4ea

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    How much does a TRP Operator go for brand new on average? I can't find the info easily. If it's around 1600 or so, I may take the plunge. I can't spend close to 2k, though.
     
  7. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

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    If you want a railed gun, that's probably THE railed gun to get. Some folks around here do not like railed 1911s. If you really like the look - that's a great gun.

    I personally love the full railed Operators - unfortunately, they only make the 3/4 railed TRP Operators now (they make the full railed ones every so often, but my local shop has like 12 on order and the latest batch is way overdue).

    I missed buying a TRP Operator (full rail) in 2003 - And in 2008 - I ordered a Custom Shop Full Rail Operator because I like the squared off look of that particular operator...

    [​IMG]

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  8. Hokie1911

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  9. Hokie1911

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    One on GB right now...

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=200819093
     
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  10. u4ea

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    I have check card in hand and if I can get some guidance about this gunbroker site, that one for $1400 and change is as good as mine. :)
     
  12. Quack

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    around $1500.

    also remember that the TRP Op has adjustable night sights as opposed to fixed sight.

    I would go with the LW Op or the MC Op for ~$1100 and swap out the rear sight for a 10-8. there is no front strap checkering though. for about $250 you can get the front strap checked by the Custom Shop.
     
  13. u4ea

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    So is that first gun listed above for $14xx a steal of a deal? What all do I need to buy from that site?
     
  14. Quack

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    you need to sign up.
    then if you are the winning bidder, you have to have the gun shipped to an FFL to transfer the gun to you.
    FFL fee's are different depending on the FFL. some are as low as $10, where the norm is around $20. There are some FFL's that will at a % to there fee's. One of the dealers that i've seen ad 10% to the MSRP of the gun that they are tranferring.
     
  15. Hokie1911

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    Also read the fine print on the auction. Most sellers include a 3% surcharge for using a credit card. So that $1,500 turns into...

    $1,500 gun
    +3% credit card fee
    +shipping (typically $20-30)
    +FFL fee (typically ($20-30)
     
  16. Quack

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  17. nolt

    nolt DONT PANIC!

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    if you have a phobia of adjustable sights then sure... but he said its for a home defense and sometimes-range gun.

    i wouldnt sweat the sights for his use. i dont see the point in wringing your hands about it.
    likewise i wouldnt sweat the bull barrel. if its not a heavy shooter who cares about wear... and it shoots buttery smooth with all that weight up front.

    for his stated purposes id argue that the bull barrel MAKES the TRP Op the better choice over the other operators.

    jmho, not tryin to be a ******... :whistling:

    edit: cmon you cant say no to the kitteh:
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Quack

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    just putting it out there in case he didn't want the adjustable rear, but wanted a railed gun.
     
  19. u4ea

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    I am sorry but I don't quite get this? Bull barrel? Are you implying that this gun wears out quicker than most? Seems like it?
     
  20. bac1023

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    If you need a rail, the TRP Operator may be the right gun for you.