Considered by many to be absolutely the best 1911 pistol for the money, the Springfield Armory TRP is a semi-custom gun built to provide custom-gun performance without the custom price tag.
After winning the contract to produce a 1911 pistol for the FBI's Hostage Rescue Teams (HRT) the company began producing the Springfield Armory Professional Model in their custom shop. Of course, the company knew that there would be a demand for the gun on the civilian market so they began to produce the same guns without the government serial numbers and selling them to the general public.
Of course, the $2,200+ price tag was a bit steep so Springfield Armory transplanted the production details to their factories in both Brazil and Illinois and began producing a gun which a clone of the 1911 Professional at almost half the cost.
This gun was brought to market as the 1911 TRP. It matches the FBI version of the pistol almost exactly with a few exceptions. First of all, the FBI guns receive a specialized non-reflective “Black-T” finish while the TRP is only offered in either Stainless Steel or Armory Kote. The TRP gets a 3-hole cross drilled trigger vs the Professionals solid trigger and the grips on the two guns differ as well.
At this point, most of the differences trail off and become difficult to find. Both have match grade barrels. Both have the slides individually finished to match to the particular frame it will be mated to. Both receive a competition grade mag well extension. Both feature checkering on the front and rear straps of the frame which provide a superior grip.
Springfield Armory 1911 TRP Pistol
The two guns differ in some ways however. Some of the most notable include the slide serrations. Both the TRP and the Professional have similar rear slide serrations but the Professional lacks those found on the front of the TRP's slide. Instead you'll find the Springfield Armory Custom Shop logo roll stamped into the steel. The left side of the slide differs as well with the FBI version simply marked “Professional Cal .45” while the TRP is stamped “Model 1911-A1 Cal. 45” and directly below this on the frame the word “Tactical” is stamped into the metal. The TRP is also marked as such at the rear of the slide just behind the slide serrations. Grips for the two guns are different with the TRP getting G10 composite grips with aggressive tread and the Professional Model going with more traditional wood grips.
As mentioned before Springfield Armory offers the TRP in either a satin stainless steel finish or their own proprietary Armory Kote finish. The Armory Kote guns are visually different from the Professional Model in that the barrel on the Pro receives the Black-T finish in concert with the slide while the barrel on the TRP does not. This leaves the shiny chamber peeking out through the ejection port of the TRP while the Professional looks uniform in appearance.
The match grade barrel and barrel bushing as well as the standard Trijicon night sights are some of the prized features that come standard on the TRP 1911 pistol. The gun is issued with two 7 Round magazines but the 8 Round versions commonly sold by Wilson Combat and Chip McCormick work well in these guns.
An “Operator” model of the TRP is now being produced with an integrated accessory rail but this is not found on the standard TRP.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory TRP 1911 pistol can be found below. Feel free to write a review of your own here if you've gotten the chance to use one of these guns in the past. Limit reviews to either the standard Stainless Steel or Armory Kote versions of the pistol as the TRP Operator and the Professional Model both have their own respective review sets.
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I've owned the TRP for a little over 8 months now and I have carried in many situations including leisure with an undershirt and over-shirt. I have not once been called out by my friends for carrying it concealed. Generally, unless someone feels me up, they wouldn't notice. I carry in on my right hip between my body and my pants. I am 5'10", 180lbs, and in decent shape. I can even tie my shoes without the handle extruding through my shirt too much. This being said, I don't understand any of this "impossible to conceal" nonsense. Like Eric, this gun will stay with me for as long as I'm able to use it.
I have had my TRP (no rail) for roughly 8 months now and out of all the handguns I have shot, which includes such guns as Sig P229, I find it shoots remarkably smooth, even when compared to a 9mm. My last gun was a 40 cal and it has less noticeable recoil than that smaller caliber. I have put my gun to the test, every time I go shooting I buy a different type of ammunition to see if I can find any to fail in my gun. Up to this point I have yet to find a bullet my gun won't shoot, this includes Russian ammo. Don't worry, I did some very thorough cleaning after shooting the corrosive Russian ammo. Where this gun is a full sized and naturally makes it harder to conceal, it is slimmer than most compacts on the market and as long as you know what you are doing you can conceal the gun fairly easily and with almost no bulge. I run the original 7 rd mags as well as 10rd chip McCormick; although, the plastic pad on the 10 rounders had to be smoothed down to feed smoothly without catching the mag swell. The grips on this gun are amazing, the first few times I shot it my hands were actually a little raw from the aggressive grip, but since then they have worn down and are perfect. Lastly the options for customization on this gun, as with any 1911 is almost limitless, although there are few things I would change, small things like a black bushing comp. and a performance guide rod, this gun needs almost no customization to be perfect. I will never sell this gun and have faith that it will endure for as long as I own it!
I have the TRP with rail. it's my favorite gun I own now. that thing is a monster; almost impossible to conceal but oh well. as for performance... it shoots through the same hole at 15 meters. only down side is mine doesn't always lock back after i fire the last round with my brand new Wilson combat magazines.
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