Springfield Armory Decisions decisions-Update

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Doc45, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Doc45

    Doc45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    **UPDATE-thanks to my friendly neighborhood ffl dealer I'm getting a screaming deal on the RO Elite Operator 9mm. Eventhough I said I didn't want a rail I'd be a bigger fool than I'm usually accused of being if I said no LOL. He ordered one for another customer, that guy had to back out so I get it stupid cheap. Should bring it home after a couple weeks at my next payday**

    I’m toying with getting either of two 5” pistols. Dan Wesson Vigil or Springfield TRP-about a $25/$30 difference so essentially a wash price wise. I like that I can get the Vigil in 9 but after shooting a buddies TRP yesterday I was very impressed.

    The gun I really want-5” SA RO Elite with the Target frame but Operator slide-doesn’t exist. Not a fan of railed guns (nor the bulky fixed sight replacements for the adjustable sight) and thrilled with my RO Elite Compact.

    Appreciate any thoughts. Primary use would be home defense, occasional carry and fun at the range/classes.

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
  2. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    The TRP is a solid choice.
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  3. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I've had a few TRPs and they were all great shooters and rugged as hell. I'm sure I'll own another one day.
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  4. gps man

    gps man Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    TRP. You will enjoy it more at the range, it will look good sitting on your bedside table, and not too heavy to carry.
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  5. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    You can’t go wrong with either one, so that makes the decision easy.

    Personally, I couldn’t be happier with my TRP Operator. I tweaked the trigger to my preference right after I got it and have done nothing to it since except shoot the hell out of it regularly for years. It’s a bank vault of a weapon and the fitment is as good as anything I’ve ever seen short of a full custom 6k+ build.
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  6. JM44

    JM44 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2018
    Depends on your preference, each should do well. I personally like the aggressive 20 LPI on the Springers but you will find many that bitch about it hurting their hands. It likely isn’t the best option if you are wearing gloves either. Does the aggressive checkering bother you? Do you prefer the Vigil aluminum over steel frame? I would focus on these two questions and let them determine which you prefer.
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  7. cherokee2u

    cherokee2u Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2018
    I would want the DW. Both are excellent pistols. I just can't get over the excessive advertisements on the slide of the TRP. Just my preference
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  8. Doc45

    Doc45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    They each have features that I appreciate. The DW is available in 9mm **edited the rest of my comments as a brain fart set in and I realized I was talking about the A2 negatives not the Vigil doh!**

    The SA has the front serrations which I don’t care for and the flgr which I’d replace as my friend did on his. The checkered front strap really locked the gun in my grip and wasn’t a problem on the drills I ran. I really want a full size 9 but the TRP shot so nice I suppose I could always get by with one more .45 lol.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
  9. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Find a good deal on a DW Valor before they are all gone...
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  10. Doc45

    Doc45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    I had a stainless Valor, just didn't click for me, can't say exactly what but my other 5" guns (Baer and a custom built on Caspian slide/frame) feel better in my hand, I shot them better so I sold it.

    Now to further complicate matters I rented a SA RO Elite Operator 9mm at my range and, damn, what a fine shooting pistol that is! I don't like the railed frame but I might overlook as it's a 9 and shot so accurately (as well as being less expensive-though I'd end up swapping out the mim parts for either Harrison's or Brown's as I did my Compact so I'd creep back to a similar cost).

    Things may have just gotten more complicated :D
  11. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Nothing wrong with a solid Springer, especially if you like to tinker with it
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  12. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    I am a DW fan. you know my choice
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  13. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    DW would be my choice. Great product with little billboard advertising (Clean slab sides) with a great warranty and customer service.

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