Which one stays?

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  1. JoeHenry

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    I have been blessed in that I have some really nice 1911’s. Wilson Combat, Baer, Smith & Wesson performance center and Sig, to name a few. Really thinking of purchasing a Hi Power so to finance it I was thinking of letting one of these two go.
    Planning a trip to bench rest these two (if it ever cools off a little) and the most accurate gets to stay. The two I will be testing: totally stock Sig 1911 and a slightly modified Springfield TRP. Changes to the TRP, GI guide rod and end cap, mag well removed and steel firing pin. Both have shown to be accurate, but will shoot both with the same ammo off a sandbag. Winner stays and loser goes. Any guess ahead of time as to which one is the most accurate? A1BAF1AB-B354-4D29-9F54-F38AE9BC0C4B.jpeg
     
  2. Howland937

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    IIRC, both have match barrels. I wouldn't be shocked if you shot them along with your WC or LB and found out there's not much difference. I prefer Sig's 1911's for some reason so I'm pulling for it.
     
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  3. Obturation

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    I prefer the sig but tough to say which is better
     
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    This poser is why coins with different sides come in handy. I'd keep the SIG but it's a "toss-up" imo.
     
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  5. bannockburn

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    I would probably go with keeping the SIG as well, all things being equal in the reliability and accuracy departments.
     
  6. Riomouse911

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    The SIG is a tad more “exotic” IMHO, SA guns are everywhere. Sell the SA and buy your new Hi Power. (Which just may he another SA pistol of you buy a SA 35.)

    Stay safe.
     
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  7. Y-T71

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    I've had both but still have the SA.

    If I had to make that same decision today... Well... I REALLY liked that SIG.
     
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  8. halfmoonclip

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    If they shoot about the same, which pleases you more? Fit and finish? Trigger? Sights? Pick one; the world won't end if you pick wrong.
    If you can find an SA-35, you'll be happy with it.
    Moon
     
  9. AustinTX

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    Not a fan of SIG 1911s. As far as production 1911s go, the TRP takes a back seat only to various DW models in quality in my book, so the choice would be an easy one for me.
     
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  10. Pat Riot
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    Have you shot a Browning Hi Power?

    I ask because for years I heard from friends and other gun guys “Get yourself a Hi Power” and “Get yourself a CZ75”…”they are the very best”, “they are classics.”
    I had never shot either but they felt great in my hands. I was going to dump some other guns to purchase one or both of those guns.
    One day I rented both at a range, just to be sure.
    So glad I did. I found that I did not care for them as much as I thought I would. Actually, I didn’t like shooting them much at all.

    So, if you have shot the Hi Power and love it then pick and keep the one that please you most.
    If not, go find one and shoot it before trading off a gun you obviously like.
     
  11. Reinz

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    My first thought was definitely keep the Sig. However, one important piece of information that I almost overlooked was that the SA is the TRP model. So, in theory the SA should be the keeper. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sig edged it out.

    Looking forward to seeing the results.
     
  12. JoeHenry

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    Pat, my history is full of shooting a Hi Power. I currently have two, looking for another 9 MM.
     
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    Sig. And I love my milspec, but sig.
     
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    I lean to keeping SA, personally.
     
  15. WrongHanded
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    Sig for me too. Turns out I don't have room in my life for a 1911, but when I did, it was a Sig.
     
  16. Jim Watson

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    The SA diverges less from Colt, the SIG has more mutations from true 1911 design. You might prefer either approach.
    The round butt on the SIG reminds me of the original Brown Bobtail, which I thought looked kewl but found did not help my shooting and did not stick around long.
     
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    That's actually a really good point. The bobtail is only really an aid for CC, and for some people will negative affect shooting ability.
     
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    I picked up a Dan Wesson once with the Bobtail mainspring housing and immediately set it back down on the counter. It felt like the gun was stabbing me right in the center of my hand. This definitely would not be conducive for shooting! As far as 1911s go, I pretty much stay with a flat mainspring housing.
     
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  19. IlikeSA

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    Id keep the SA as well, my username would vote that way.

    But seriously, that would be a hard choice, but it is a TRP model.
     
  20. WisBorn

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    My vote Is for the SA TRP! I like the grip better. I think they both have ambidextrous safeties???
    I like Springfield Arms :D
     
  21. JoeHenry

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    Finally made a trip to the range to bench rest my Sig 1911 and my Springfield TRP. Never got to the actual paper groups. I started with a 4” steel plate at fifteen yards. The Sig was consistent always hitting the plate. The TRP however only hit the plate approximately half the time. Some groups with the TRP were good, others not so good. Was shooting my reloads, 200 gr. Lead SWC over 4.5 gr. of tight group. Both pistols have a good trigger with the TRP being a little better but more take up. Groups were 5 rounds. Looks like the Springfield is going to go. I have a little extra money invested in the TRP, main spring housing (to rid myself of the gloomy mag funnel) grips, GI guide rod and plug and steel firing pin. Problem now, do I purchase a match EGW bushing or just cut my losses ? Thanks for listening.
     
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  22. Jimbo80

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    You're going to have a tougher time deciding which Hi Power to get. I love my T series.
     
  23. .308 Norma

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    Darn it! You got to the range before I saw this thread and had a chance to place my bet. I was going to bet the Sig would be the one that stays, and it turns out I would have been right.
    Oh well. "A day late and a dollar short" - that's me. ;)
     
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  24. buck460XVR

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    You obviously have as much if not more experience/knowledge of 1911s as most here. Your prior experience with both weapons has probably already told you which one is going down the road. Unless there is a prize for making the correct guess, I'm kinda at a loss as to the point of this thread.
     
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  25. MikeInOr

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    Neither are bench rest guns so I why would you put any weight into the results from a bench rest? I would choose which ever one you shoot better and like better from your regular standing position. If you aren't going to shoot them from a bench rest every time you take them out shooting why would their bench rest accuracy be pertinent?

    All of my 1911's have a bit different character to them. Choose the one which fits you best in a real world situation... what ever that may be for you (Self defense? Range gun? Competition gun?, Plinker?)
     
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