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Which 1911 with a rail?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by rkrk, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. rkrk

    rkrk

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    I am looking to buy another 1911 but want it to have a rail (I often have the opportunity to shoot at night).

    It does not have to be sexy or expensive just a reliable gun.

    The Springfield Armory TRP was at the top of my list but I was also thinking of a Rock Island. I know there is a good bit of quality difference between the two but again am looking for a consistent shooter.

    Thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. BrazosCoTX

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    I own two: SA Lwt Operator, and the Colt Rail Gun. Very similar guns, except the Colt is an all-steel gun and the SA has an aluminum frame. And, the SA comes with night sights -- the Colt does not. Other than that, they have such similar construction that I can use the same Kydex holster for either.

    TRP Operator (if it's a SA gun, then rail= Operator) is probably going to go for $1,300 - $1,400 bucks new. Colt Rail Gun between $1,100 and $1,200. SA Lwt Operator around $1,100.

    Can't speak to RIA rail guns -- obviously less expensive, but RIAs have a solid following on this forum. Most feel you get a very good gun for the price.
     

  3. bac1023

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    I'd go with the TRP.
     
  4. MD357

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    TRPs are way overpriced. If you can find one for around $1K or a bit more then go for it.

    I'd go for a Colt Rail gun or one of the Sig Sauer rail models.
     
  5. pdogkilr

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    For "under a grand" it's hard to beat a Sig Tac Ops. I have the threaded barrel version, and it is one of the best shooters I have. Great trigger, more accurate than I am, and zero MALFs so far (only have about 800 rounds through it though).

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  6. CanIhaveGasCash

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    If you can find a decently priced Springfield MC Operator that is the way to go. I absolutely hate the TRP's adjustable rear sight and the sight cut.

    That said, I love my TRP. It's close to 5,000 rounds with the only malfunction being a failure to lock back, caused by a worn Wilson 47D.

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  7. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    The TRP is one of the best 1911s that I have shot, it holds it's own with my buddy's CQB. I bet the railed TRP Operator would do just as well.
     
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    TRP
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    Sig tac ops
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I kind of like the Double Star. If the TRP Op had the same sights as the TRP and you could get it w/o FCS, that would be the one for me. :cool: The Sig Tac-Ops and Scorpion both feel really good in my hand.
     
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    I really like my Smith SW1911TA-E. Stainless with rail, great shooting. I've also had my eye on a Springfield Loaded Micro 3" w/ rail. Have not pulled the trigger on that one yet because it is priced just over $2Glocks.00
     
  11. R0CKETMAN

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    The sight cuts on the TRP OP look horrible to me. MC then off the SACS for some tweaks.
     
  12. rkrk

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    Thanks to all for the posts so far. Appreciate the help and will update when I make a decision.

    Rk
     
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    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Did someone say RAAAAAAIIIIIIL?

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  14. Fam29

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    I just recently jumped into the 1911 world with a Colt Rail Gun. This thing is a tack driver. I looked a Springfield's but couldn't find one at the time I was ready to buy and didn't want to wait for a new one from Springfield. I don't think you would go wrong with a Colt. IMHO
     
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    I love The Springfield LW Operator..
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    Agreed. I have the Scorpion model and it's definitely a quality piece. A buddy has a Wilson, and he was very impressed with my Scorpion.

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    I have a STI Duty One coming in. Can't wait to shoot it.
     
  18. majette

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    bare minimum would be a springfield mc operator or long beach operator (all black frame vs od). trp operator is good to go, just make sure you keep the adjustable sight lightly wiped with a lube as it is not treated and will rust. the trp operator with its bull barrel, heavy recoil spring, and weight makes it the lightest recoiling 1911.

    i have had a mc operator, trp operator, and colt rail gun. the colt shoots as well as the sa offerings BUT fit and overall quality is NOT up to par with the sa 1911's. after 2000 rounds through each sa there was no play in the slide to frame fit, not so on the colt. on an older 1911 i can appreciate battle rattle, not so on a modern 1911.
     
  19. Roydrage

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    +1 First thoughts are usually the best...

    That's a sweet gun... Bull Barrel too!

    Royd
     
  20. TENWHEELER

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    "For "under a grand" it's hard to beat a Sig Tac Ops. I have the threaded barrel version, and it is one of the best shooters I have."

    +1

    I hated Sigs for years and stated that I would never have a 1911with one of those dang external extractors or rails!!
    My LGS handed me a TACOPS 2 weeks ago and I loved the way it handled. It followed me home and the thing is a dream to shoot.


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