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Springfield TRP vs. Loaded 1911? Is the extra money worth it?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by h&kbama, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. h&kbama

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    I have never owned a TRP, but I had a Loaded model several years ago (fairly nice pistol). What's the difference? Is the TRP a superior weapon? Is the TRP such a better pistol to warrant paying the extra money over and above the Loaded model? Is the TRP frame made in Brazil such as the Loaded model's frame? Just looking for some input from the masses with more expierence with these models. Any useful input is appreciated. Thanks. Yall be safe.
     
  2. All frames are machined by Imbel in Brazil.

    That being said (and owning both), depends on what you want it for. For carry and duty work, a Loaded will be fine and save more money for ammo. For me, a TRP was not so significant in difference that it warranted the higher price between the two for just carry and duty work. Gosh, I wanted it to be and the combat night sights were nice, but . . .

    That being said, I have a TRP that is about to go FS because I simply shoot the 2x4 better. I had a loaded that I enjoyed every bit as much as the TRP but the only drawback were the combat target sights with edges that were hell on my arms (resting in a holster, brushing by them, etc.).
     


  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Yes,....the TRP is worth the extra dough!
    Would like to have one
     
  4. Which one? We have a couple for sale on the local gun FS board. I think one of them is a SS for $1,100? I'll have to check.
     
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Stainless TRP,.....:supergrin:
     
  6. bac1023

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    Its definitely worth the extra money.

    The fitting is better, the trigger is better, the finish is better, the features are nicer, and the whole gun just feels higher quality. I love the TRP, but I'm not a huge fan of the Loaded. Never have been.
     
  7. Quack

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    better fitting, magwell and checked front strap. if those appeal to you, then get the TRP, if not, then the Loaded is fine.

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  8. h&kbama

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    Is the Armory coat on the black TRP a good finish (corrosion protection, metal protection etc...)? I am a stainless fan because I live in the SE United States, but I always liked the looks of the black TRP.
     
  9. Dang Quack! Now you got me all giddy over those photos. :)
     
  10. bac1023

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    Yes, it is a good finish.

    I always wished Springfield built the Armory Kote TRP with the bull barrel, but without the rail.
     
  11. My TRP was worth the extra over the Loaded. I paid $1100 vs $925.

    I prefer front-strap checkering, and that's at least a $150 option from most after-market shops. In addition the TRP had a better finish, nicer grips, and the fit on barrel and bushing was better than the pair of Loaded models that sat next to it in the display case.

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    Slide to frame fit is often touted by some folks, the TRP shines there as well.

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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010
  12. rsxr22

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    imo yes it is. I personally do not like 1911's w/o fsc. The TRP is probably the closest production made gun to the semi-custom 1911's out there
     
  13. bac1023

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    Its certainly one of the best production 1911s.
     
  14. Hokie1911

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    Over the Valor?
     
  15. bac1023

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    I know there's been debate on how to refer to S&W's Performance Center models, but if we should consider them production guns, I would say they're the closest to a semi custom.
     
  16. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

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    The loaded's are excellent. Only you can decide if the additional features of a TRP are worth it to you. Front strap checkering is a big deal to me. You'd have to have that done to a Loaded if it were important to you.
     
  17. brisk21

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    Id say its definatly worth the extra money, considering what your getting.
     
  18. Quack

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    :rofl: