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Art of the Gun: The Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol .45 ACP

The Springfield Armory TRP

If you are a big 1911 fan, you have probably heard of Springfield Armory’s Professional Model 1911. And if you have ever wanted one, you have probably heard the stories of the being on a waitlist for two or more years while they build your Professional Model by hand. Luckily, Springfield created a solution to the problem: Why not factory produce a pistol to the exact same specifications? So, Springfield began producing the TRP. Built to the same specs as the FBI contract professional model, the Tactical Response Pistol (TRP) is about half the cost with no waiting list. Amazingly, you will not sacrifice much in performance and durability.

The stainless match-grade barrel contrasts brightly against the TRP’s smooth, black Armory Kote finish. The finish, evenly distributed over the forged-steel frame and slide, gives very little reflection, making it easy to focus on the adjustable Tritium rear sights regardless of environmental lighting. The G10 composite grip panels not only afford good adhesion but also fit the style of the tactical-duty weapon. Combined with the checkered front and back straps, you should not have any problems with keeping a good grip, even with sweaty palms. Probably one of best parts is the integral accessory rail that allows you to attach a hands-free light or laser for easy target identification and acquisition.

If you are looking for a 1911 that delivers great performance but also stands out from the millions of other 1911 models, check out the TRP; you will not be disappointed.

The Springfield Armory TRP
Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol .45 ACP Light-Rail Model

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Comments (7)

  1. I have the stainless TRP, without the under rail, which is the way I like it, this gun is a tact driver, I also have the Mil-Spec model, which is also a great gun, I’ll say this, I have no need for anymore 1911’s, these two fill the bill, and make me happy. not to mention Springfield Armory has one of the best service centers there is, and they stand behind their products….

  2. the model trp that I purchased doesn’t have the light rail, but does have all the other bells and whistles. Skeleton hammer, and trigger, beveled mag well, serrated front and rear slide, night sights, lowered flared ejection port, .and polished feed ramp. the only thing I had to do to it was a trigger job, because of the “lawyer proof trigger”, which broke at about 6 pounds. it now breaks at 2.5 pounds. my first springfield purchase was an m1a socom ll, with urban combat camo pattern, and i’ve been a believer ever since. they build excellent weaponry and I love shooting them both!

  3. My TRP is by far the best money i have spent for a 1911 out of the box. The trigger is sweet and checkering on the grip is awesome. I have the Kimber Desert Warrior as well but seem to be partial to the Springer. Believe me the Kimber is top notch, but thats just how good the Springer Tactical Response Pistol is. I recommend it to all and mine will stay close to my side.

  4. I have Springfields and Kimbers . I love them both but the Springfield is less fussy and easier to maintain.

  5. I have purchased two Springfield 1911 stainless steel and for the money they are one of the best on the market today. I have a 5 1/2 inch 460 Rowland and a Target Long slide 45 Super that is Mag-na- ported and they perform very well. I have many friends that also have Springfield and we all agree they are Top Gun.

  6. The 1911 John Browning design is going to be with us for a very, very
    long time too come. I wouldn’t be surprised if the 1911 pistol, isn’t going
    to go along on the very first manned interstellar flight too the stars.

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