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Old 02-06-2013, 17:01   #41
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Old 02-06-2013, 19:35   #42
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Old 02-06-2013, 21:18   #43
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I always wanted my first 1911 to be a $1200-1500 model, something really classy and quality. The three final contenders for a long time have been, in no particular order:

TRP
DW Valor
Colt XSE

The TRP is a high-class gun. You'll love it.
I wouldn't put the XSE in the same class as the other two, my friend.
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Old 02-06-2013, 21:23   #44
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I wouldn't put the XSE in the same class as the other two, my friend.
I think the only person I'd listen to more closely about 1911s is JMB. Noted, sir, and thank you.

Out of curiosity, does Colt make one in the same league? Combat oriented rather than target?
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I wouldn't put the XSE in the same class as the other two, my friend.
I happen to agree with you on Colts 1911's. However our friend "Scooter" doesn't. I am not sure fnfalman wants to get in a 1911 war of words with you but if he does........





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Old 02-06-2013, 22:39   #46
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I always thought of Colt as *take a $1000 gun, slap their name on it, charge $1800*
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What hammers did you use on these two? I really like the look it gives the weapons and have always liked the commander style hammer.
They're both factory. Only thing changed in those pics were the front sights, triggers and flush crowned barrels.
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Old 02-07-2013, 19:34   #48
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Well... Here she is. I think I'm in love and I haven't even taken her out yet.

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Old 02-07-2013, 19:36   #49
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Very nice. Go shoot it until the 20lpi checkering turns your hand white!!

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Old 02-07-2013, 20:01   #50
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Nice Qnman, You better get yourself a reloading kit if you don't already have one to support your new addiction. I am looking for a reloading kit - hint hint hint!
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Nice Qnman, You better get yourself a reloading kit if you don't already have one to support your new addiction. I am looking for a reloading kit - hint hint hint!
LOL. I have been reloading .45 ACP for about five years to feed my G21 habit.
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Old 02-10-2013, 14:40   #52
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Update with range report:

After firing the TRP, I can report much happiness...

I ran it next to my Sig 1911, so that's what I was comparing it to. The Sig has a nice trigger. A little bit more take-up than I like, and a little stacking at the end, but nothing horrible.

The TRP is like breaking the proverbial glass rod. That trigger is BUTTER.

The Sig is not a light gun... it is a full frame stainless with light rail. However, without having put them on the scales, there is no doubt in my mind the TRP weighs more. Not objectionably so, but undoubtedly more.

The front strap - both are proclaimed to be 20 LPI checkering. However, there is no comparison in the hand; the TRP grips WAY more than the Sig. The Sig feels... er, "abrasive", but not "sharp". The TRP feels SHARP. I was joking with a friend that I could soak my hand in 5W-30 and still maintain a good grip on this thing. I have soft, office hands, because... well, because I work in an office. I hit a keyboard all day most days. Still, while rough, after about 3-minutes shooting it, I quit noticing it so much.

The Sig holds a decent grouping - about 3 inches at 10-yards, freehand.

The TRP does about the same (no, I don't pretend that is the guns accuracy - just how I shoot it. I am certain the TRP can beat that).

Double-taps is what separates the two... With the Sig on an 8-inch target, I can hit both rounds in the target about half the time. The other half the time, I pull high - sometimes high right, sometimes high left, sometimes high center, but always high.

With the TRP - ALL shots stayed WITHIN the 8-inch target. I tried this with 40-rounds in a row (Four 10-round magazines, double-tap). NO fliers off the target. In fact, VERY FEW outside the 8-ring. I attribute this to the sweet trigger, the grippy front strap, and the mass of the TRP.

I am currently out of hollowpoints, so I was unable to test it for feeding (neither had a single hiccup with plated Berrys). However, I DID pick up some sweet SWC's today, so once I get those rolled up, it may be a "next step" testing. If I can find some flying ashtrays, I'll test those too.

All in all, the TRP has moved to the front of the class in my gun safe.
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Old 02-10-2013, 23:17   #53
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I highly recommend the 10-8 .156 wide rear sight. Makes the TRP perfect.
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Well... Here she is. I think I'm in love and I haven't even taken her out yet.

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Nice "Bac-like" camera angle!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 22:56   #55
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Nice "Bac-like" camera angle!!
That was the inspiration...
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Old 02-11-2013, 23:40   #56
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Update with range report:

After firing the TRP, I can report much happiness...

I ran it next to my Sig 1911, so that's what I was comparing it to. The Sig has a nice trigger. A little bit more take-up than I like, and a little stacking at the end, but nothing horrible.

The TRP is like breaking the proverbial glass rod. That trigger is BUTTER.

The Sig is not a light gun... it is a full frame stainless with light rail. However, without having put them on the scales, there is no doubt in my mind the TRP weighs more. Not objectionably so, but undoubtedly more.

The front strap - both are proclaimed to be 20 LPI checkering. However, there is no comparison in the hand; the TRP grips WAY more than the Sig. The Sig feels... er, "abrasive", but not "sharp". The TRP feels SHARP. I was joking with a friend that I could soak my hand in 5W-30 and still maintain a good grip on this thing. I have soft, office hands, because... well, because I work in an office. I hit a keyboard all day most days. Still, while rough, after about 3-minutes shooting it, I quit noticing it so much.

The Sig holds a decent grouping - about 3 inches at 10-yards, freehand.

The TRP does about the same (no, I don't pretend that is the guns accuracy - just how I shoot it. I am certain the TRP can beat that).

Double-taps is what separates the two... With the Sig on an 8-inch target, I can hit both rounds in the target about half the time. The other half the time, I pull high - sometimes high right, sometimes high left, sometimes high center, but always high.

With the TRP - ALL shots stayed WITHIN the 8-inch target. I tried this with 40-rounds in a row (Four 10-round magazines, double-tap). NO fliers off the target. In fact, VERY FEW outside the 8-ring. I attribute this to the sweet trigger, the grippy front strap, and the mass of the TRP.

I am currently out of hollowpoints, so I was unable to test it for feeding (neither had a single hiccup with plated Berrys). However, I DID pick up some sweet SWC's today, so once I get those rolled up, it may be a "next step" testing. If I can find some flying ashtrays, I'll test those too.

All in all, the TRP has moved to the front of the class in my gun safe.
Awesome!

It looks great and I'm glad you like it.

As for the weight, its a hefty 1911. In fact, its the heaviest 1911 I own.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:13   #58
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Update: VZ grips. Pardon the amateurish photos.

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nice!
How do those grips feel?
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nice!
How do those grips feel?
Sweet. Grippy, but not 60-grit.
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