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
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 GunBroker.com 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.
View live auction: http://www.gunbroker.com/Item/554032581
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.