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Springfield Armory TRP Review

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by plouffedaddy, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Member

    Nov 1, 2011

    Most of you already know the back story but if not---the Springfield Armory PRO model was chosen by the FBI's HRT unit years ago and Springfield Armory realized there would soon be a demand for a civilian weapon built around the same specs as required by the FBI. The PRO is a custom 1911, with all the features, especially the price, that you'd expect from a custom 1911. The TRP comes extremely close to the PRO model in terms of feel/performance but at a much lower price point. I waited on a backorder list for a long time to get this gun after shooting one a couple years ago and the wait was worth it. This gun has been a stellar performer since day 1. Here's a quick summary:

    -100% reliable through over approximately 2k rounds
    -Low profile adjustable night sights
    -Match grade bull barrel
    -Forged steel frame/slide
    -G10 grips that give a great purchase
    -20 LPI front strap checkering
    -Excellent slide to frame fit
    -Armory Kote finish seems very durable thus far
    -Standard rail for mounting lights/accessories
    -Weight-45oz helps absorb recoil
    -Wide mouth mag well for quick reloads
    -Cost (expensive, but a great value in my opinion)
    -Great accuracy
    -Crisp trigger that breaks cleanly around 4-4.5lbs
    -Comes with a great hard case from the factory with 2 mags, holster, and mag holster

    -Needs tools for disassembly
    -Adjustable rear sight (not a con for me, but it is for many)
    -Cost (not as expensive as some 1911s, but more than most production guns)
    -Availability: most people have to get on a backorder list to acquire one

    Here's a video I made showing some shooting, an 'accuracy test' (the gun is much more accurate than me or the Aguila ammo I was using), disassembly/assembly of the pistol, a table top style overview, and some chronograph testing with popular defensive loads.

    Video Review

    Bottom line: if you're looking for a 1911 for HD, the TRP is tough to beat at its' price point. It's simply a superb 1911. There may be 'better' 1911s, but not in this price range in my opinion.

    Chronograph Data:

    Hornady Critical Defense 185gr: 1113fps, 509ft/lbs energy
    Winchester Ranger 230gr JHP: 938fps, 449ft/lbs energy
    Federal HST 230gr JHP: 872fps, 388ft/lbs energy
    Federal HST +p 230gr JHP: 945fps, 456ft/lbs energy
  2. ichiban

    ichiban Member

    May 2, 2009
    Colorado Springs, CO
  3. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Member

    Nov 1, 2011
    A lot of people have gone that route. It's annoying for sure but I just deal with it and spend my money on more ammo....:cool:

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