Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • 4Cammer

    She sure is pretty, have always wanted a Baer. Sad to see him leave Illinois.

  • SpudGun

    I’m assuming that Thunder Ranch isn’t a new salad dressing or Dorito flavor but a firearms training school of some type. 🙂

    I’ve already made my feelings clear on a previous thread regarding the 1911 and this $1800 version still hasn’t changed my mind. Even after acquiring the best of the best, the author still needed to make some changes by adding a new magazine and spring.

    Most modern auto loaders are more mechanically accurate then their end users especially at the limited ranges involved, so I’m not too fussed about the groupings and the Les Baer seems to be very reliable for a .45. But is it worth 3-4 X the cost of a typical modern semi auto which is just as reliable and accurate? I don’t think so.

    The article was very well written though and I loved the bit about the author and his wife sitting in the romantic glow of tritium night sights.

  • Lance

    Nice .45 but it cost more than a .50 caliber sniper rilfe. NOT worth that much money!

  • Squidpuppy

    Been shooting one of these for just over 2 years now. I’ve probably put 5k rounds through it easy, and I got it second hand. The prior owner was a stickler for keeping his guns in pristine condition, and he probably put 3k rounds through it. Not a single problem in all that time; not one.

    I’ve taken an Awerbuck class with it, and it proved a natural under those conditions. The guy I got it from took an Awerbuck class with it before me, and in both our cases, it helped us become better shooters, because all we had to worry about was our own mechanics. Louis fixed us up on that count.

    I’ve replaced the recoil spring twice, but that’s it. I’ve completely disassembled it and thoroughly cleaned it once. The only changes I’ve made are to put on a Gunsite low mount thumb safety, and slim AlumiGrips, black; I use Chip McCormick mags.

    I cut my 1911 teeth on a 1944 Remington Rand, then went to a Kimber Custom II, after that I got the LB TRS. I now switch up between the TRS and a Nighthawk Custom GRP Recon; both are so good they’ll put 5 rounds through the same hole in seconds, if I’m steady enough. I’ve fed the TRS all kinds of ammo, with nary a complaint.

    Don’t think I’d take it out “in the field” though; for that I’d stick with the GRP, if only because it field strips like a GI 1911. If you do your part, the TRS is a very quick, accurate gun; smooth, handy, and a beauty to behold. Craftsmanship is worth it; I know the price is dear, but I’ve a hard time imagining 1911s being much better.

    As to what’s best, 1911 or other, I like my Glock 30SF too, and that’s what I’d take out and about; if I could. They’re different animals, for sure, but skill up and the Glock is a worthy contender – just not anywhere near as pretty. The Glock is a reliable tool; the TRS approaches art.

  • carter

    If you’re going to complain about price you should have bought one a couple years ago when they were 12 hundred bucks. Everything is going up but the TR is worth the money, I had one, should have kept it but after owning dozens of 1911’s I finally came to the conclusion that they are the sum of their parts so I parted for Gaston’s offerings. Of all the 1911’s I owned I would return to the TR first. I’d get my next one with the 2″ @ 50 accuracy guarantee and not look back, but there I go again, gotta stop.

  • Rob

    I have a kimber grand raptor 2 i love it expensive but a great piece.its in .45acp i get good results with all different typs of ammo. Its a great shooter.beautiful weapon! Im a smith at magna port international and i changed every part on this gun not because i had to but im a smith……lol. A 9mm expands but a .45 dont shrink!

  • Rob

    I have a kimber grand raptor 2 i love it expensive but a great piece.its in .45acp i get good results with all different typs of ammo. Its a great shooter.beautiful weapon! Im a smith at magna port international and i changed every part on this gun not because i had to but im a smith……lol. A 9mm expands but a .45 dont shrink! If you have any questions or would like pic of my kimber e mail me at deuceystarr@yahoo.com