Is There Much Difference?


October 3, 2005, 12:17 PM
Is there much difference between "Loaded" models, and TRP models from Springfield? Obviously the big one that stands out to me is price but other then that and the light rail I don't see much difference.

I am looking to buy a 1911 to carry in Feb. Am I better suited to buy a "loaded" or "TRP"?

Also is there something else you might be able to recommend me to?

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October 3, 2005, 12:25 PM
From what I understand the TRP models are gone over with a fine-toothed comb at the SA custom shop and are made here in the USA. The Loaded models are made and put together in Brazil with minor finish work done here in the US by SA. If you can get away with packing a full-size 1911 I say go for it.

Pietro Beretta
October 3, 2005, 01:39 PM
Does it have to be springfield?

I was turned off by them for the fact that thier "lower end" model 1911's are made in Brazil.

So I went with a Colt instead. :evil:

I searched long and hard, hi and low, far and wide for the "best/Quality" manufacture for 1911's (in the 700-1000 range) here is what I found:
There were a lot of people who said get a Kimber, that Colt sucks.
However The same number of people said Kimber sucks get a Colt.
Also the same number of people said they Loved their Springfield, Forget Kimber or Colt.

I hear S&W gives you a lot for your money in their "1911"

Take a look at them all!

(But this comes from a person who likes the .40S&W round, so what do I know!)

Taurus 617 CCW
October 3, 2005, 01:51 PM
I own a springfield and my buddy just bought the S&W 1911. I really like my 1911 but I noticed that his S&W is more accurate. It has Novak sights on it so it makes aiming easy. I have only had two FTF's (fail to feed) and they were due to poor magazines, not the gun. I'll second not getting a Kimber. I used to sell them in a shooting pro shop. They function flawlessly but when you try to disassemble them, you will find they are so tight, pulling the slide off the rail takes great effort. That's cause for concern in my books. Too tight = eventual malfunction under extreme conditions.

October 3, 2005, 04:01 PM
The only time I've seen a Kimber where the slide wouldn't come off was when someone was holding in the grip safety while trying to take it off. I have yet to see a Kimber (out of many) that I can't field strip with just my hands. I've never had to use a bushing wrench.
If you want to talk tight, let's talk about Baers. ;)

October 3, 2005, 04:17 PM
If you're gonna carry it in Feb why not carry it year 'round?

October 3, 2005, 11:50 PM
I am going to carry it year round. Tax season for me is a really good time of year. Enough money to buy lots of guns and pay for the CHL. But I have to wait until Feb.

December 23, 2005, 10:59 PM
I got a TRP w/ Armory Kote last Sat. It really is a great gun.

If you go to the following websight and do a search - type in "Springfield TRP" - you will find out a lot of info on the differences between teh TRP and Loaded models.

Jammer Six
December 24, 2005, 02:55 AM
One difference is that the TRP is built to "tighter" specs than the Loaded.

I don't like tight 1911s. Cuts reliability, so that alone would elminate a TRP for me.

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