Which 1911


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buddhas
April 21, 2013, 12:43 PM
I am torn between the purchase of a Springfield TRP 1911 and a SW Performance Center 1911. I realize i may have to wait a bit to purchase the mentioned models, but that is OK at this point. It will be my first 1911.
Might an STI be a better choice ?


Does anyone in the THR family have comment,advice, experience,or an opinion on either pistol to help me in my dilemma?

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WoodchuckAssassin
April 21, 2013, 01:11 PM
While I don't have experience with these two 1911's, both companies produce a very high quality product. I recommend flipping a coin, think about which 1911 you HOPE comes up, put the coin back in your pocket, and go buy a new gun. Haha!

huntershooter
April 21, 2013, 09:11 PM
I can recommend STI.
I have their 5" "Lawman" which has held up quite well, is accurate and is one of my range guns that sees use a couple times a week. The STI is a few months old and I have over 6K rds. through the gun at this time.
I have made several mods to the pistol, primarily to make it identical (in controls/safety, sights, grips, etc.) to my other range guns.
I have several Baers that are great guns that have tens of thousands of rds. downrange to date. However, the STI has been the pistol I throw in the range bag since finishing the mods/refinishing ("Melonite").

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/STI/still005.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/STI/still013.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/STI/still008.jpg

surjimmy
April 21, 2013, 10:15 PM
Have had the TRP, can't commit on the STI. Get a Les Baer.

Sauer Grapes
April 21, 2013, 10:42 PM
I don't know that there is a wrong choice. The three you mentioned are solid manufacturers.
I'm more a purist, so the external extractor would be a last resort for me most likely.

tarosean
April 22, 2013, 09:54 AM
TRP is regarded as one of the best production 1911's out there.. Florida Gun Exchage sells them well under retail. If I was forced to pay MSRP thou I would probably pick up a slightly used Baer instead.

Skylerbone
April 22, 2013, 11:49 AM
I have a question...what would you like to do with it? Are there specific aspects of these few examples that attract you or is it a price ceiling you're looking at?

I have an opinion...that while both S&W and SA are known for excellent customer service, Springfield will work tirelessly to make sure you are satisfied after the sale. They will also offer a more extensive line-up of 1911s and aftermarket sight options thanks to non-proprietary cuts. Something to mull over. If STI makes a model you find appealing, I feel they would be another great choice.

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