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MtBaldy
05-22-2012, 07:41
thread for your entertainment and my edification

I've owned Glocks for 20 years, up to as many as 4 and at the moment only 2. I'm turning 60 soon and am thinking of buying myself my first ever 1911. Here are my requirements at this stage of the process: <$1,500.00, stainless slide, barrel, and frame, .45 ACP (to me that's the whole point of a 1911), some type of wood grips, 5" barrel, tritium sights.

Pretty much everything is flexible except the $1,500 dollar limit. This will be basically a toy so $3,000.00 on a custom whizbang is not something I'm willing to do. I want a quality, reliable, accurate, good looking, .45 ACP 1911 platform pistol for not a whole lot of money (not much to ask, I know). I do like stainless guns for ease of maintenance. So, this is doable right? I've been looking online and think something from Springfield Armory or Kimber might do the trick. Once I have recommendations I'm going to try and find one locally because I really want to see and hold it first before I buy. Locally means anywhere between Ft. Pierce, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. So, thanks for any input and any ideas what I'm looking for?

20South
05-22-2012, 07:49
TRP and don't look back.

FLIPPER 348
05-22-2012, 07:52
what a sad 20 years

get the Ruger and pocket the other $800

MtBaldy
05-22-2012, 07:56
TRP and don't look back.

Yeah, they look nice and are on my short list.

FLSlim
05-22-2012, 08:13
For the money (and change for ammo), the STI Trojan is a nice package, but blued unless you pay extra for hard chrome. The question may be whether you can find one in shop in your area. I've never shot one, but the Ruger should be decent. Of course, there's nothing wrong with getting a Colt.

fnfalman
05-22-2012, 08:48
Since that it's going to be a toy, then why not a Colt?

Colt Government Model in stainless steel for probably around high $800. Another $200 for tritium sight. Spend the rest on ammo and magazines.

MtBaldy
05-22-2012, 08:57
Since that it's going to be a toy, then why not a Colt?

Colt Government Model in stainless steel for probably around high $800. Another $200 for tritium sight. Spend the rest on ammo and magazines.

Well, if I REALLY, REALLY like it, and I've shot some $3,000 1911s I really liked, I may carry it some but you make a good point. I'm early in the process right now so may decide to go that route.

fnfalman
05-22-2012, 09:23
If you'd have an inkling at all about spending a total of $3000 on an M1911, then might as well start saving up and get one right from the beginning. I think that a) you save more money by purchasing The One from the start, and b) you'd get quality component all the way through.

I like Colt and all, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money sending the gun to Brown or Rogers to have the frame and slide fitted (among other things). Might as well get a Brown or Wilson that already came with the slide & frame made to much more exacting dimensions. Same thing with a Springfield.

ca survivor
05-22-2012, 09:52
to me you are running out of time for a custom job :rofl:

Clusterfrack
05-22-2012, 10:03
Add the Dan Wesson Valor to your list.
Here's a nice comparison:
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=321236

58duck
05-22-2012, 10:10
^^^ read that link ^^^

20South
05-22-2012, 12:10
The Valor is nice too. It would be a very close second for me - but the Springer Customer Service would put it over the edge for me.

MD357
05-22-2012, 13:25
TRPs are overpriced at that range, get a Wesson or save for a Baer. If it's really just a toy, then a number of sub $1k 1911s will work. STI, Ruger, Sig, Colt.

MtBaldy
05-22-2012, 14:25
Thanks for the replies. I took a trip to the LGS just to see what they had and to see some in person. I really had no intention of buying today but...... They had this in the case marked at $1649.99, after some haggling they agreed to sell it for $1550. My buddy, always quick to spend my money, said, "Dude, you've GOT to buy that!" Well, it felt good, and it looks good, and I know they go out the door fast so:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/wscott52/StainlessSpringfieldTRP.jpg

I know the price could have been better but I got to walk out the door with it. I'm happy and I can't wait to shoot it. Oh, in case you can't tell from the pic, it's a stainless Springfield Armory TRP.

LawScholar
05-22-2012, 14:27
Oh man, GOOD choice.

Clusterfrack
05-22-2012, 16:07
Very nice! Welcome to the 1911 club. Now put some rounds down range and let us know how you like it!

fnfalman
05-22-2012, 16:29
A hundred bucks off the asking price ain't bad.

TN.Frank
05-22-2012, 16:47
Nice looking 1911. Only thing that might make it look better is a set of VZ grips. :supergrin: Just glad you were able to stay with a 45acp. Congrats.:cool:

20South
05-22-2012, 17:04
Congrats on a great pistol. You will be very happy.

MtBaldy
05-22-2012, 17:27
Thanks all. I'll report back after a trip to the range, maybe this weekend.

glock2740
05-22-2012, 17:31
Thanks for the replies. I took a trip to the LGS just to see what they had and to see some in person. I really had no intention of buying today but...... They had this in the case marked at $1649.99, after some haggling they agreed to sell it for $1550. My buddy, always quick to spend my money, said, "Dude, you've GOT to buy that!" Well, it felt good, and it looks good, and I know they go out the door fast so:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/wscott52/StainlessSpringfieldTRP.jpg

I know the price could have been better but I got to walk out the door with it. I'm happy and I can't wait to shoot it. Oh, in case you can't tell from the pic, it's a stainless Springfield Armory TRP.
Congrats! I love mine. :cool:

jakebrake
05-22-2012, 18:12
sherman tank reliable. excellent choice.

bac1023
05-22-2012, 20:13
The TRP is a great option.

GTS197
05-22-2012, 23:00
The TRP is a great option.

Yes it is.

Well done, OP!

G26S239
05-23-2012, 03:45
That looks nice. Congratulations.

Rinspeed
05-23-2012, 05:16
Looks great.

bac1023
05-23-2012, 06:14
Congrats! :cool:

I've got the same model. :)


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/076.jpg

TexasVine
05-23-2012, 06:29
Congrats

NBT
05-23-2012, 07:05
Congrat's on an awesome "Springer" :cool:

My Mil Spec 1911 never did me wrong.

How times have changed...when I was in the market...finding a 1911 in stock was tough... a Springfield Stainless TRP was about impossible.

VZ has some sweet grips...here is a pic of the set I put on.

Have fun at the range. That gun will turn some heads, that's for sure.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f106/nothnbutrouble/c10396fd.jpg

MtBaldy
05-23-2012, 13:33
Congrats! :cool:

I've got the same model. :)


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/076.jpg

Cool! Nice looking gun. How does it shoot? This is my first 1911 and the instructions in the manual for taking down a TRP threw me at first. After fiddling with it for a while I finally figured out, "THERE IS NO FRACKING HOLE IN THE GUIDE ROD!!". So after removing the end of the guide rod with the included 5/32 allen wrench (of course they also included the little bent wire for a one piece rod) everything went smoothly. I have now cleaned and lubed it and it's ready to shoot. You would think they could clean a $1700.00 gun at the factory after shooting it and before sending it out to the gun stores but I guess that would add $5.00 to the price.

MtBaldy
05-23-2012, 13:39
VZ has some sweet grips...here is a pic of the set I put on.

Have fun at the range. That gun will turn some heads, that's for sure.



Nice looking gun.

Apparently Springfield is making as many of the TRPs as they can right now. I had asked at a couple of LGSs and it was either "We just sold the last one" or "We have more coming but we don't know when" so when I finally saw this in the case I may have been a little hasty.

The gun may turn heads I just hope my shooting doesn't result in snickers.

fnfalman
05-23-2012, 14:27
The gun may turn heads I just hope my shooting doesn't result in snickers.

Blame on the ammo.

Clusterfrack
05-23-2012, 14:47
Cool! Nice looking gun. How does it shoot? This is my first 1911 and the instructions in the manual for taking down a TRP threw me at first. After fiddling with it for a while I finally figured out, "THERE IS NO FRACKING HOLE IN THE GUIDE ROD!!". So after removing the end of the guide rod with the included 5/32 allen wrench (of course they also included the little bent wire for a one piece rod) everything went smoothly. I have now cleaned and lubed it and it's ready to shoot. You would think they could clean a $1700.00 gun at the factory after shooting it and before sending it out to the gun stores but I guess that would add $5.00 to the price.

Just wait until you detail strip it. That's when the brilliance of the engineering of the 1911 really shows itself.

Big_Grumpy
05-23-2012, 22:44
Congrats! :cool:

I've got the same model. :)


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/076.jpg


I love that gun. Extended mag, checkering, internals, sights...finish. The only thing I'd change is the FCS. Great looking, (relatively) affordable, carry/defensive ready, upper-end 1911.

I'm bias, though. My only 1911 experience so far has been a Springer Range Officer. I love the parkerized finish (not too thirsty), and solidness the gun has. I have to get my hands on one of those TRP's for a different, non-target sight, shinier 1911 experience, though. :supergrin:

Congrats! Post up a report!

Roydrage
05-25-2012, 12:25
You Nailed It Son!

That's the best Production 1911 out there! Just picked up mine the other day!

Congrads ENJOY!

Royd

SauerChoi
05-25-2012, 16:45
Add the Dan Wesson Valor to your list.
Here's a nice comparison:
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=321236
:cool: +1

Travclem
05-28-2012, 10:20
Cool! Nice looking gun. How does it shoot? This is my first 1911 and the instructions in the manual for taking down a TRP threw me at first. After fiddling with it for a while I finally figured out, "THERE IS NO FRACKING HOLE IN THE GUIDE ROD!!". So after removing the end of the guide rod with the included 5/32 allen wrench (of course they also included the little bent wire for a one piece rod) everything went smoothly. I have now cleaned and lubed it and it's ready to shoot. You would think they could clean a $1700.00 gun at the factory after shooting it and before sending it out to the gun stores but I guess that would add $5.00 to the price.
The little bent wire is a retaining pin for taking the ILS mainspring housing off.