Chris Kyle Limited Edition Springfield Armory TRP

Chris Kyle TRP Operator

For those familiar with the life of Chris Kyle or possibly read his books, you know he was a tremendous man. You may also know that his sidearm of choice was a Springfield Armory TRP Operator. To commemorate his life and to grow the FROG Foundation, Springfield Armory will soon be releasing a Limited Edition Chris Kyle TRP Operator.

A portion of all of these TRP sales will go to the FROG Foundation and should be available for order after May 22nd through certified Springfield Armory retailers. Only 1,000 of these TRP Operators will be produced from what Springfield Armory is calling their “Legend Series.”

What you’ll be receiving is actually a package which will include:

  • Serialized 1 of 1,000 Chris Kyle TRP Operator
  • Copy of American Sniper signed by Taya Kyle (Chris Kyle‘s wife)
  • Wood Presentation Case for the 1911
  • Commemorative Coin of the Chris Kyle FROG Foundation
Chris Kyle TRP Operator

Limited Edition Chris Kyle TRP Operator Package

This TRP being produced is identical to their current TRP Operator (PC9105LP) except for a few cosmetic changes. The Limited Edition TRP Operator will have black and white G10 grips with the American flag stippled on them. All of the pistols will also be uniquely serialized and numbered. Aside from those two changes, it will function and operate like any TRP which should be beautifully.

From Springfield Armory
Springfield Armory® will produce one thousand TRP™ Legend Series pistols, each with a unique serial number ranging from CK0001 through CK1000. Separately, the company will laser engrave each pistol identifying its placement in the series.
The MSRP of the Legend TRP™ commemorative edition pistol is $2,499, with a portion of the proceeds from each pistol sold benefiting the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

In addition, an online auction is live under Springfield Armory®’s charity account for Serial #1 of 1000 on and will end at 3:00pm May 21st at the NRA annual meetings. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Chris Kyle FROG Foundation.

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In the book American Sniper, Chris Kyle was quoted as saying:

In 2004, I bought a Springfield TRP™ Operator®, which used a .45 caliber round. It had a 1911 body style, with custom grips and a rail system that let me add a light and laser combo. Black, it had a bull barrel and was an excellent gun – until it took a frag for me in Fallajuh. I was actually able to get it repaired -those Springfields are tough.

If that’s not considered a truly battle-tested firearm then I am unsure what is!

The current suggested MSRP is $2,495.00 which, yes, does sound high, but remember that this is for the FROG Foundation. If you want the traditional TRP Operator those can be found in stores and online for around $1,500 – $1,600.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • BattleshipGrey

    I recently saw the full dust covered version of the TRP and decided that if I ever get a 1911, it’ll be that model. As it stands, the non-memorial version is way out of my league, the Chris Kyle edition, doubly so.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Is this what he used to gun down all those looters from the top of the Superdome?
    Ill take two!

    • Major Fret

      Not only that, but he might have considered shooting Jesse Ventura with it!

      • Nicks87

        Na, he would’ve just made up a story about how he pistol whipped jesse for not believing in the Easter bunny.

    • Nicks87

      No its a replica of the gun he used to shoot those car jackers… and when the cops showed up he just showed them his navy seal get-out-of-jail-free card and they let him go.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Forgot about that one.
        I think mythologizing the man actually does him a disservice.
        He wasnt born on Krypton, he was just a dude. A very tough and brave dude with a gift for shooting which he used to save hundreds or thousands of lives of his fellow soldiers.
        He also told a lot of (basically harmless) lies, struggled with alcohol and PTSD and died a tragic death while attempting to help an unstable vet.
        Thinking of him as superhuman takes away from the extremely difficult and dangerous things he had to do and the fear he certainly felt.

        • Nicks87

          Exactly, he was already a bad ass, why make up a bunch of BS stories like that? It’s just sad really. Almost as sad as the people that will undoubtedly pay $2500 for this pistol.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Who knows, maybe he had self esteem issues. Even extremely tough people are prone to insecurities and self doubt.
            I guess if the money is going to a good cause I hope they sell out.

          • Nicks87

            Yeah 1% to the seals and their families and 99% to Chris Kyle’s widow. (just kidding but that’s usually how it goes)

          • TheNotoriousIUD


  • Bob

    Ouch. That’s a hefty price tag. Guess I’ll stick to my Colts for my .45 needs, they were expensive enough.

  • greasyjohn

    I still can’t figure out what this foundation does.

    • iHAL

      After he died it just served to funnel money to his widow.

  • Bill

    Sometimes I think we mythologize the wrong people, or ignore the unsung heroes. I knew a woman who did two tours in Iraq in some kind of sanitation function, making sure that water was clean, uniforms cleaned, shower and toilet facilities were available occasionally, and the stories she told would turn your stomach. But troops had safe water, the occasional shower and clean clothes…. Not nearly as glamorous as crash-landing in Abottabad, but a whole lot of people benefited from what she described as really tough, disgusting work.

    • jess

      Careful, too much concern for the proletariat and you’ll get labeled as a pinko Marxist. 😉

    • Edeco

      Yep, we mythologize the wrong people. It’s a major problem, fuels a toxic dynamic.

  • iHAL

    You too can make up stories about shooting people with this gun.