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    Duty 1911

    Looking for recommendations for a duty 1911. So far I have been looking at the Springfield TRP and the Wilson Combat CQB LE. Though I would like to get your opinion. I know I am missing some other options.


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    Those are good choices and I would look at Colts too, if you are considering a Wilson a good second choice would be a Les Baer.
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    Been hearing some good about the STI Staccato series.
    Personally I like the DUO.

    Good Luck.
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    I carried a Kimber Custom TLE RL II for many years.


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    I have a Springfield TRP Operator 10mm and a Dan Wesson Valor .45 ACP. The Dan Wesson 1911s are probably the best production model 1911s without going to the semi-custom guns like Wilson. I really like the SA TRP Operator, but with the rail, it takes a different holster. I also have seven Colt 1911s in .45 ACP and two Colt Delta Elites in 10mm. My Colt Custom Shop Level III series 70 .45 ACP is a very well made gun. My 1911s are all 5" government models. Ed Brown, Les Baer, and Nighthawk are other semi-custom shops to look at. Top Gun Supply stocks a lot of 1911s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    I carried a Kimber Custom TLE RL II for many years.


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    Wholly depends on your budget. They are both fine pistols but in two different leagues! I carried a customized Colt MkIV Ser70 Gold Cup in the 70's/80's. If you can afford the Wilson you'll be hard pressed to find better.
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    Colt is always a solid choice when it comes to 1911!
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    I have a soft spot for Les Baer.
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    I haven't owned a custom made top shelf like a Wilson or Les Baer. No doubt they're outstanding.

    But I have two Colts from the mid 70s and they've both been excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to use either as a duty weapon if I was in that position.
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    No particular order;

    Les Baer
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    and any number of custom makers. Money's the limit.
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    not mine, but the TRP is a great gun if the dollars are coming out of your pocket. If the Department is buying, go with the Baer or Wilson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasArmor84 View Post
    Looking for recommendations for a duty 1911. So far I have been looking at the Springfield TRP and the Wilson Combat CQB LE. Though I would like to get your opinion. I know I am missing some other options.


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    Define duty.

    If itís going to be in an open rig like LE duty, a good ol Colt Gov model will do nicely.
    And itís hard to beat the Springfield Defender A1 for 499.00

    Unless you need rails for attachments, I canít see any high dollar gun giving any better measurable difference for service use.
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    Ya just can't beat a Dan Wesson for the money.

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    For my money, the TRP. If that's not good enough, drop another $1500 or so and get the Professional (FBI) model from the Custom Shop.
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