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Brass Balls
02-01-2004, 07:57 PM
I picked up a new TRP Operator last week. In a word it's a SWEET pistol. I'll compare it to the TLE/RL because of their rails but considering the TRP Op cost 1.5 times as much as the TLE/RL it isn't really a fair comparison.

I think that the TRP has a better trigger and better slide to frame fit. It was perhaps a tiny bit more accurate after I adjusted the rear sight to raise the POI, however I always shoot freehand and that introduces enough of a variable that makes it difficult to judge the accuracy of one over the other.

Even though the sights on the TRP are three dot night sights the sight picture is different than my Kimbers. The front sight when viewed through the rear has much more daylight on either side of the front blade. With the Kimbers Mepro night sights it's more a matter of finding the front sight through the rears then the gun is aligned, but with the Springfield the extra step of aligning equal amounts of daylight on either side of the front site must be taken.

Sixteen rounds shot freehand at 25 yards produced a 4" group at the extremes with most shots clustered into 2.5" which is pretty good for me. Ten yard groups had all shots connecting.

The gun functioned pretty well although some of my Metalform magazines wouldn't release and had to be pulled clear while others worked fine and these were all the same model of magazine. I ended up marking the ones that worked best with a paint pen so that problem won't continue to plague me.

Everything fed fine up until round #183 which failed to go into battery. This happened once again at round #291 and both happened mid mag. I stopped at 300 rounds and cleaned and lubed the gun well. The Winchester white box bulk pack ammo that I shot from #101-300 is notoriously dirty and that coupled with a new gun may account for the couple of feed problems. No worries about that at this point though.

The thumb safety has a nice positive click to it without being tough to operate. The grit grips feel better to me while shooting than I thought they might while fondling the gun at the sales counter. The machining and polishing on the bull barrel were exceptional producing a very smooth, snag free surface even around the barrel link and chamber opening.

All in all I'm very pleased with this pistol. It's a unique and well made addition to my fledgling 1911 collection and I'm glad I was able to purchase it for $1189 before the '04 price increase went into effect.


TRP Operator picture from Springfield's website. (http://www.springfield-armory.com/images/pistols/PC9105LLarge.jpg)

Brass Balls
02-02-2004, 07:20 PM
Put another 300 rounds through her. This time I used Federal American Eagle 230 grain FMJ. I'm pleased to announce that the gun had zero problems!

This baby is a tack driver. However I'm considering changing the sights because of how much daylight I see on either side of the front sight when viewed through the rear notch. I'll shoot it some more first though. I've made a pact with myself to just leave guns alone until I've fired at least a thousand rounds through them. They'll probably be fine for a range gun but my quick shooting coming up from my side or low ready is suffering from this sight setup.

I have an Insight M3 light for this gun but I'm considering getting a Surefire I just can't decide between the 6 volt nitrolon or the 9 volt millenium.

sween1911
02-03-2004, 06:12 AM
BB,

Nice weapon!

The one thing I noticed when going from my Springfield to my Kimber then back to my Springfield was the gap between the front blade and the sides of the rear notch when taking a sight picture. I wonder how an Ashley Express sight set-up would look on that gun... ;)

Brass Balls
02-03-2004, 06:03 PM
BB,

Nice weapon!

The one thing I noticed when going from my Springfield to my Kimber then back to my Springfield was the gap between the front blade and the sides of the rear notch when taking a sight picture. I wonder how an Ashley Express sight set-up would look on that gun... ;)
Thanks sween1911! :)

Yeah I think that the sight picture would work well for bullseye/precision shooting however it seems a little slow for typical defensive, COM type of shooting. Maybe I will improve with more practice with them but my initial tendency is to pull my shots left with the stock sights.

I have just a little bit of experience with the Ashley big dot and that was on a Kahr MK40. I just couldn't warm up to it and went back to three dot Trijicon night sights. It seemed to me that for up close flash sight/point shooting they weren't any quicker than a standard three dot sight and it was too big for precision when seeking hits farther out. Guess that's why there are so many different sights on the market, something for everyone.

Yamdog
02-23-2004, 09:20 PM
Is your Springfield still running good? I trained with a team that all had this pistol last year and they all had problems with it. They were using all kinds of different mags and still had problems. I believe they were fairly new however with about 1,000 rds. throught them. Does it take a long time to break in?

RMF
02-24-2004, 01:38 PM
I have had one for a year now and no problems. I don't use the factory mags though - only Wilson/Rogers.

Brass Balls
03-01-2004, 06:35 PM
Is your Springfield still running good?

Yeah, it's run perfect since the initial couple of ftfs the first day I shot it. It has 1200 rounds through it now mostly hardball F.A.Eagle. I hope to shoot it again tomorrow.