Springfield Armory gave Serial No. 0001 Chris Kyle 1911 Legend Series TRP Pistol to Chris widow Taya. Taya in turn immediately announced that she would auction it to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. At the 2016 NRA show in the Springfield Armory booth at 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, the TRP sold for $22,500. In addition to the live bidding, online bids were accepted from May 1 through May 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. Ultimately, it was an NRA member in attendance who submitted the winning high bid, forcing his closest competitor, who was not present, to drop out. “I’m going to take this home and tuck it in my safe with all my other Springfields,” the high bidder told the crowd. On the last day, the bidding started at $18,014—the last online bid submitted before the live auction began.
The good news is that even though Serial No. 1 has now been spoken for, the Limited Edition Chris Kyle TRP pistols are now shipping to dealers around the country, with a portion of the sale of each gun also going to support the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
The Legend Series pistols feature 5” stainless steel match grade barrels, low-profile three-dot Tritium combat sights, and black and gray G10 grips with an attractive American flag engraving. The slides are forged carbon steel with Black Nitride treatment for durability and corrosion resistance. A National Match full-length guide rod rounds out the 8.6-inch long government model 1911. Each pistol ships with two seven-round stainless steel magazines with slam pads. MSRP: $2,499.