Springfield 1911 TRP

UPDATE 4/20/07

The first gun I’ve ever owned is the 1911 Tactical Response Pistol from Springfield Armory with an armory kote finish (PC9108L). At first glance I was practically in awe and continues to this day. Smooth operation and I have had minimum feeding issues (dirty magazines). I first bought the 1911 in May from Bill at www.Mastercampers.com, located in Marysville, CA.

For $1340 out the door, I managed to take home the gun I WANTED. I didn’t have to settle for anything less. Came with a blue hard box, grip safety mechanism key, , spring housing lock, allen wrench for the recoil spring guide, and two Springfield 7 round mags.

springfield TRP pistol 45 ACP

The magazines it came with suck. Get new ones whenever possible… I ended up with Wilson Tactical 8 round magazines. Another suggestion would be CM magazines.

List of goodies:
MSRP: $1560.00
Accuracy: 2.5-inch groups or better at 25 yards*
Springfield Integral Locking System
Loaded Chamber Indicator
Forged Frame & Slide
Carry Bevel Treatment
Novak Patented Low Mount Tritium Sights*
Tritium Dovetail Front Sight*
High-Hand Beavertail Grip Safety
Ambidextrous Extended Thumb Safety
Adjustable Lightweight Speed Trigger
Combat Trigger Job (4.5-5lb crisp pull)*
Checkered Flat Mainspring Housing*
Stainless Steel Match Barrel and Bushing*
Polished Feed Ramp*
Throated Barrel*
Torx Head Grip Screws
Cocobolo Grips
Delta Lightweight Hammer
Full Length Solid Recoil Spring Guide
Springfield Armory Wide-Mouth Funneled Magazine Well*
Lowered and Flared Ejection Port
Machine Checkered Front Strap*
Double Serrated Slide
Lockable Blue Plastic Case
2 Magazines
springfield TRP pistol 45 ACP parts

The SA shoots reliabily and accurately. At one point, I was able to consistantly shoot within 4″ at 15 yards (not anymore).springfield TRP pistol 45 ACP feed ramp polish

Originally, the feeding ramp wasn’t as polished as it could be, so I took my dremel and fiddled with that.

springfield TRP pistol 45 ACP checkering

The checkering on the front can be quite harsh for some people. Although it was uncomfortable at first, I quickly adjusted to it and now prefer it over anything else.
springfield TRP pistol 45 ACP barrel

Shiney….

The full length recoil guide is a pain… Not as easy to take apart for cleaning like my Colt…

The front night sight post can be difficult to see because the tritium casing does not have the white paint as Trijicon Sights do.

After a couple thousand rounds, I replaced the recoil spring with a Wolf 16lbs spring. Upon changing the spring, I notice that my hammer was falling when the slide was released forward. This problem is called hammer follow and it occurs when the hammer falls as the slide moves forward without pulling the trigger. At first, I was scared that a sear was already worn down but I narrowed it down by keeping the trigger stationary as the slide slams forward. Therefore it was the force of the slide going forward and to the vibration of the trigger that released the sear. It was a weak leaf spring. I remedied the problem by bending the middle of the three forward toward the front of the barrel to add more tension. I’m glad it was as simple as that. I’ve read that this is common with guns that have had trigger jobs performed on them.

After I worked on this, I felt more confident to work on some other issues without worry. This is a $1340 gun afterall. I looked and performed many of the modifications within the following article about 1911 reliablity secrets. It’s very straightforward. If you have a moderate level of mechanical skill, these tasks shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t do them if you don’t have a friggin’ clue otherwise.

1911 Reliabilty Secrets

As a first purchase, I did damn well. For anyone looking for your first gun – make it count. Don’t sell yourself out for cost and buy the best you can afford.

Bleh, it’s late and I’m going to sleep… I leave you with one more picture…
springfield TRP pistol photography

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6 Comments on “Springfield 1911 TRP”

  1. Brian Johnson
    January 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    i recently found a great deal myself and it’s the best 1911 / 45 i have ever owned . that’s 30 years and some 9 different 1911’s. outstanding weapon.
    Springfield has out done the competition . period

  2. January 4, 2008 at 1:45 am #

    Awesome. It certainly is an awesome pistol. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Brig
    June 4, 2008 at 4:21 am #

    I bought a used on of these today for $1000. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s going to take a few days to get here, but I am stoked. Thanks for writing this. It helped me decide.

  4. September 19, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    Springfield Armory makes a great 1911.
    I have a Mil-Spec and the factory Springer magazines work great.
    But, I did buy some MecGars for serious usage.

  5. Hunter T.
    December 16, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Beautiful gun, I just got a 1911 A1 and hope to make mine as awesome as yours is.

  6. ken
    May 22, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    I have a springer champion gi. i love it ,its at the custom shop right now getting,hammer,trigger,grip safety.also magwell bevel and lower ejection port.can’t wait to get it back.

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