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Springfield Operator vs Loaded

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Carl, Jul 26, 2009.

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  1. Carl

    Carl Member

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    I've dwindled down my latest purchase to one of these two. I don't know much about them and I'm fairly new to autoloaders. The loaded is listed as a little cheaper but the only difference I can see is that the Operator has a rail and the loader does not. Anyone have experience with either of these guns?

    I originally wanted a milspec but I'd much prefer a 1911 with an ambi thumb safety. I'd rather buy the gun with one than have to pay to get one installed and wait for so long and pay more money.
     
  2. slush

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    I have had both.

    All I can say is damn I loved my TRP Operator.
     
  3. datruth

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    go with the operator

    I found my self working up from g.i to loaded now finished with mc operator, trust me the operator is a better gun considering fit and finish.I love my operator and it is just an MC not a TRP operator and im truly satisfied with it

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  4. LancerMW

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    id go MC Operator over loaded in .45ACP (i love my Loaded 9 like nothing else) but seriously blow the extra cash and grab a TRP
     
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    I have the TRP Operator with the full rail and love it.
     
  6. Mags

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    Just so everyone knows a TRP Operator is a completely different gun from an "Operator". The Operator is basically like a Loaded model but has an accessory rail and a better fininsh so you can buy it a matching purse. The TRP Operator is in the TRP lineup and is as close to a FBI professional model you can get sub 2.5k. Basically the operator designator is Springfield's way of letting you know the gun has an accessory rail.
     
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    I think you just have to decide if you want the rail or not. I have the loaded and have not been disappointed.
     
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    i read you mags, the trp line out of springfield receives more hand fitting iirc

    i could not justify the extra cost, more gun than I need, the trp and professional are a little more gun than necessary for me.
     
  9. Mags

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    I have a Loaded model. Like Grizfire said you just have to decide whether or not you want a rail. Is this your first 1911? If so I personally would steer clear of a rail unless you plan on purchasing a more classic 1911 later.
     
  10. Carl

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    So far I think the Loaded is winning. Unless I find a used already modified mil spec or something. I'll just have to see what's available and what the prices are around here.
     
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    Here is a few pics of my "loaded" model I added american legend grips as front strap checkering runs around 150 from the local smiths. I also added a mag well for me they are a must . I also threw away the crappy mags that came with the gun and got CMCs and 47Ds.
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    Have you considered Kimber?
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    Check out my Kimber review.http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=460133
     
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    If you want a rail, get the Operator. If you do not, get a Colt....oops. I meant Loaded.

    I had a MC Operator for a short period of time, traded it on an impuse. It is the one SA I wish I had back.
     
  14. Carl

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    Would a loaded be good for CCW? I know the Operator with the rail would limit my holster options. I would love to get a colt but the price is an issue. Weight isn't really a concern of mine, I'm still a young buck that doesn't know any better yet. :D
     
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    I have concealed my Loaded before the length was my only issue when sitting, but for normal bonking around it felt fine. I too am a youngun and I found my aluminium frame Kimber to be much more pleasant to carry, but then again an aluminium frame 1911 is "evil" at least that's what many people believe. The Trijicon on the Loaded are definetly nice as well.
     
  16. Carl

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    I just bought a Loaded. Great gun. I was fiddling around with it and pressed the button on the other side of the frame from the slide release lever. Now, the slide doesn't lock back when there's no mag in the gun. What happened?
     
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    The slide will not lock back with no mag on any auto loader I am accustomed to unless you push the slide stop up. Or maybe you disengaged the slide stop as the "button" on the other side is actually still your slide stop it runs through the frame, and connnects your barrel to the gun via the barrel link.
     
  18. Carl

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    Ah ok, I'm new to 1911's, and autoloaders in general. Thanks!
     
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    Thats cool if want to see disassembly videos youtube has them up, just remember you have the two piece guide rod so you have to use the bigger allen wrench that came with your gun to remove the first half of your guide rod. Search "1911 Disassembly" on YouTube, that's how I learned.
     
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    Where you been Bass Killer? Read post 16 the guy just joined the "Loaded" club.
     
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