Josh sent us some very nice photos of his Springfield Armory 1911A1 TRP .45 ACP. The TRP is based on the FBI Professional model that was adopted by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team in 1998, but sells at a lower price point because it has less hand fitting that the fully custom Professional.

Josh did not elaborate on his pistol, but by the looks of it he has replaced the original G15 grips with Promag Tough Grip Panels and the trigger with a lighter-weight skeletonized trigger.

( Before you ask, I am happy to feature great photos of normal guns on POTD, they don’t all have to be flame throwers and machine guns, but they do have to be great photos )

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  • Panzercat

    There’s always room for 1911 pr0n.

  • THP

    Does anyone proof read these posts?

    • dan

      Are you volunteering your time?

      • THP is a for profit venture, so I won’t be volunteering anytime soon. This isn’t me spouting about one post…it’s endemic. I actually joined just to post this.

        When you read this blog enough, it just starts to drive you bonkers re-reading sentences to try to piece them together in a coherent fashion. All it takes is to re-read before posting.

        • Mystick

          I think it’s part of the modern age of trusting the spellchecker… which isn’t a “word-checker”… as long as there isn’t a red line under it, it is “good to go”, despite being the wrong spelling for context in the case of homophones and the like, turning a sentence into an incoherent mess. Reliance on technology often becomes a weakness.

          In the “olden-times” when typesetters and editors were utilized, text was gone over two or three times before publishing. Still, mistakes were made, but far less frequently. Nowadays, I think I see a context error or straight up screw up in nearly every article I read online, whether it be from a blog or a major news organization with roots going back a 100 years.

        • John

          Wow… you mean an English major is good for something OTHER than flipping burgers?

          Golly gee, mister. Who woulda thunk.

        • Randy

          This is true. With the advent of e-mail, and then texting, we all got very lazy, and stopped caring about how we write. Reading forum posts is quite telling. Capitalization and punctuation are gone. Spelling and grammar are poor. It does, as you say, make it harder to read and decipher.

  • drone

    TRP? The Red Pill?

  • Pete

    I am old. I cut my teeth on what you all called the Army .45 (which you now all call the “1911”). But I moved to the Glock, for the same reason the Texas Rangers moved to the revolver, and the US Army moved to the auto pistol. The past is dead. Embrace technology.

    • Nicks87

      I agree. I own a 1911 and a couple revolvers but just for nostalgia purposes. For serious carry and duty striker-fired pistols are the only way to go.

      • barry

        I wonder how come no one holds the Beretta 92fs to the same nostalgic value as the 1911? Whenever I bring the Beretta to the range, I only shoot it single action. As for the 1911, I would never carry it because of size and weight. And while both were combat proven, they are now relegated to range pistols now although they could fulfill the role of home defense pistols well. I agree with the notion that striker fired pistols are the best option for carry or duty these days.

        • kingghidorah

          Quite a few reasons. Many blew their stacks when metric bullets replaced the .45 auto. The early cracked slides, the alleged lack of stopping power, and the foreign pedigree made it anything but ‘Merican’. I shoot one very well, but prefer my ‘antique’ Kimber Custom in 400 Corbon.

        • Nicks87

          I carried a Beretta 92 (FS and D models) on duty for over a decade. The only real complaint I ever had was its size and weight. Maybe in a few years I might buy one for “nostalgic” purposes. The 92 is a workhorse and a perfectly viable choice for most situations but nowdays there are just better options out there.

        • iksnilol

          Why are striker-fired pistols the only way to go? I am curious.

          Me? I use anything I can get my hand on but I have a fondness for CZs and doublestack 1911s (14+1 rounds of .460 Rowland is fun, expensive/rare but fun and useful). Though I go for practical so I just use a CZ or Makarov (or Tokarev).

    • n0truscotsman

      same sentiments here.

      Throughout my lifetime, I went through caliber and 1911 phases, such as 10mm 1911s, 45 Super, etc and eventually resorted to carrying a Glock 19, 26, or Shield 9 for EDC and Glock 17 for my warbelt sidearm (with just a illuminated front sight and surefire light).

      I initially despised anything less than 45 and finally moved into polymer types when HK first introduced their 45 ACP model in the 90s (and I hated glocks back then with a passion of a thousand fury). When I became more experienced and educated, I eventually just resorted to adopting 9mm for my everyday or tactical use because it pretty much does everything 45 and its competitors does but with twice the capacity, lower recoil, and cheaper cost.

      Yeah I reluctantly embrace technology too. Hell, as I’ve posted here before, I RECENTLY built a warbelt with TACO pouches to replace my LC2 belt because it was faster and just plain better in so many ways.
      I still have a few 1911s (im a proud owner of a Springfield Operator and recently bought a Colt M45) and magnum revolvers for intellectual curiosity and because they’re damned fun to shoot. BUT, for practical use, my opinion is pretty dead set on Glock, Walther, and S&Ws M&P.

      Towards the end of the year, im thinking of buying and testing HKs new VP9 to see what the rabble rabble is about. the price point makes me rather curious. Either that or buying a 92FS and sending it in to Wilson. Ill have to flip a Eagle.

      • Nicks87

        I’m tempted to have Wilson hot rod a 92 for me. The Beretta’s on their site look awesome and probably shoot as good as they look.

    • Bill

      Technology may be cool, but skill wins fights. Granted, things change, and sometimes improve over time. The AR design dates back to the late 50’s, early 60s, and every M14 the military could find went overseas, to good effect. The Marines are still using 1911 in their special operations units, and the SIG Classic and GLOCK designs are both 30 years old without significant changes. Progress in firearms design is really, really incremental.

  • Abakan

    Never, ever, EVER underestimate the sappiness of Americans.

    • MrSatyre

      While we Americans are definitely a sappy bunch, you probably wouldn’t have to scratch too hard to uncover something the folks of every other country on the planet are equally sappy about.

  • USMC03Vet

    Has it ever been fired?
    Is it an every day carry?
    Is his daughter’s middle name Springfield?

    Inquiring minds need to know.

    • guest

      No, it will be (as with all fancy 1911s) a showpiece that wil rarely if ever see any action.
      Every day carry? Very naughty joke.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Springfield Armory has a profitable business model. Buy 1911 pistols from South America and HS2000 pistols from Croatia and sell them for 3-4 times what they paid for them. I wish I thought of it.

    • jamieb

      Gaston bragged in business week a few years back, that no glock costs more than $75 bucks for him to make.

      So whats your point?

      Do you think glock nets $500 per gun?

      • kingghidorah

        Still amazing, but I would have guessed less than $50. Plastic is pretty frickin’ cheap, but makes a great gun. Springfield reminds me of EAA. They don’t actually make anything, but emblazon all of their cleverness into what they sell.

        • And pretty frickin’ destructable, especially as it get’s brittle with age. Doubt you will ever see a Glock last 100 years, 1911’s can tho……

    • nadnerbus

      Just be wary of anything that they do actually make here in the US. My friend and I both bought M1As in the 2002 to 2006 time frame and they have been a steady failure drill ever since. A lifetime warranty doesn’t do any good if they keep sending it back to you broke.

      • IIRC Springfield ran out of forged GI parts in the mid to late 90s and now uses cast parts.

        • lockwood

          guess those polytech and norinco m1a’s weren’t as bad as the slash articles springfield armory paid for to kill the compatition back when you could buy a m14 semi for the proper price of 300 to 500 bucks now probably 700 to 800

          • Rusty Shackleford

            Canadians can still get a new M305 (Norinco M14) for around $500 while they are occasionally on sale for $399. The only real gripe I’ve heard about them is the bolt can be a bit soft, although you can swap it out for a forged USGI or NM bolt, much like ever other part. The only decent S.A. M1As are in the $2000+ range which are still cast. You might as well buy a nice Rockola USGI spec M14F with its 8620 forged receiver, forged bolt, and Criterion barrel.Too bad we can’t get Norinco rifles anymore, a M305 and Legend AKM would be nice to have new and freshly imported for the cost of around $1000 together.

    • Ken

      IMBEL actually makes great 1911 forgings. SAI buys the forgings from them, and then manufactures the 1911’s up here. They used to import the most basic 1911 model from Brazil (the GI?), but now they are made in the US as well.

      • I have a Springfield 1911A1 (the GI model) and it WAS made in Brazil, other than the extractor wasn’t set right it ran just fine right outta the case.

    • Panzer

      Who cares where Springfield has their pistols made or what they cost? If you don’t like where they are made and/or think they cost too much, don’t buy one. There are plenty of alternatives. If you were FORCED to buy a Springfield 1911, then you would have something to gripe about. Till then, shop elsewhere. I am just a hick from the crime-laden and overly corrupt state of Illinois, not rich, and not a major gun enthusiast, but I found the Springfield 1911 EMP (9mm version) to be just the gun I wanted and bought it even though it cost too much. Where it was made was not a consideration. If you will only buy American made products, then you won’t own much.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        When did I say I don’t like where they are made or think they cost too much?

      • John

        Because other countries force their citizens into slavery in order to build and make the products we buy. An American-made product, that I can trace to a particular factory, at least obeys some human rights. I’d rather support that factory than one using slave labor.

        • ozzallos .

          …While the shirt on your back is made in China, as is the computer/tablet you’re typing a snarky reply on. Color me unimpressed by the “zomg human rights!” speal.

          There are too many nice guns in the world to play hypocrite over.

  • Jim_Macklin

    Business costs to get a product to market are typically 500%, from design, tooling, advertizing and taxes. Everybody has seen the TV commercial, A $295 value, to the first 500 callers only $39.99, but wait, fr $1.oo more get 2, just pay shipping and handling.
    Modern CNC machinery is now affordable and the design drawings for a 1911 are free government documents. The design is proven, the raw materials is only a few dollars. The machine tools probably cost less than $100,000 and can make many thousand guns every year. Ruger uses investment casting and supplies cast frames and slides to other makers besides their own use.
    Record keeping and taxes and product liability insurance cost more than the raw materials and production cost.

  • WFDT

    My 1911 will be 97 years old next spring, still as accurate and deadly today is it was in 1918.

    • iksnilol

      A Krag I shoot with is from 1917, still going strong.

      • St. Bernardnot

        My mother is from 1917 & still going strong, too. lol. Must have been a good year.

  • mosinman

    my handgun choices are stuck in the past and i’m proud of that fact.

  • Bill

    Today’s 1911 is not the 1911 of 1911. Technology has indeed kept up with it in improved ergonomics, usable sights, different materials and dimensions for frames and slides, and the introduction of improved safeties such as the Swartz and Series 80 designs, though some may argue that those are no improvements. If it isn’t your cup of meat, that’s fine, but it’s still an eminently viable fighting tool. Then again I’m fine with carrying a S&W Model 13, too. To paraphrase Musashi, a true fighter doesn’t have or need a favorite weapon, but wins with whatever is at hand.

  • And BTW, does that model come with a beveled mag well extension?
    If not that’s another obvious addition……

  • Secundius

    I bet you that on the first Manned Interstellar Space Flight, Their’ll be a 1911 of some kind, in the baggage allotment of one of the Spacefarers, somewhere on that Starship.

  • Tom J

    I’m just curious why no one here has mentioned that we are talking about tools. That being said, I know we all have toolboxes full of general tools, and really unique tools that only accomplish one thing. Firearms are no different. There will never be one pistol or rifle that is the be all and end all. Just as you will never have a tool box with one tool in it.

    The 1911, and .45 cartridge have their place. It’s a great gun, and round. Conversely, the Glock 17, is also a great gun. Practically a third the price, carries 17 rounds out of the box, and is generally pretty easy to repair. Is one better than the other? Not really, because they are different tools. I could actually buy a 26, a 19, and a 17, with the blue line program, and still be out of pocket about $1200, which is what a decent mid-level 1911 would sell for.

    Like others have said, the brand or caliber of the tool is meaningless unless you are proficient in it’s use. I find that too many people relate their self worth to a specific product or brand. Then they take it personally when someone insults their brand.

    So, let’s all accept that we are on the same side, and each prefer different tools. Now, go grab some ammo and go shoot.

  • James

    That hammer doesn’t look stock Springfield.

  • Josh

    This is MY Pistolero. It’s been worked over by Carniak Custom here in Michigan.

    Originally an Armory Kote gun (Carbon Steel) it is now finished with Ion Bond’s DLC in Tungsten. The Trigger/Hammer is a Cylinder and Slide 3.5lb, Grips are Ergo and it’s had an action job. The actual Trigger was swapped from a Kimber CDP that I no longer own.

    Yes it’s been fired, quite a lot. Not an every day carry gun. I have an M&P45 for that.