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I’m in the market for another 1911 for EDC. I want something in .45ACP. My budget is around $1200-$1400. In this price range is the SA TRP Operator pretty much the best option or is there a comparable option that I’m not thinking of? Seems like everything is just below it in the $800-$1000 range, or WAY out of my price range higher.

 

 

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Do you want the rail of the TRP Operator?
 
For EDC, I'd consider a Commander size pistol.


I would prefer something with a rail. I’m used to having a WML on my pistols both at work and on my EDC. I’m a cop, so I’m used to having a lot of gear and weight on my hips so I don’t mind the weight of a government sized 1911 with a light on it. I have started looking at the Dan Wesson’s and if Buds would get it back in stock I really like the specialist in SS.IMG_0979.png


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Look at the Springfield RO Elites. In that price range. They have great triggers and use a flat wire recoil spting which seems to reduce felt recoil.


I’m not sure that I fully appreciate the differences between the elite, the trp operator and the loaded models. Is there a significant difference in any to make one better that the other for carry? I can’t image that there is. At least not at my skill level.


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You guys have really got me looking at the Dan Wesson pistols. I really like the look of the guardian, but I think it’s pretty much between the TRP Operator and the DW Specialist. To be honest it will probably come down to which pistol I can find first for a decent price and in stock. I’m currently carrying a S&W E-Series, 5” railed. It is really nice, but you can’t have too many quality pistols.


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Sub $1400 budget I went with Springfield Armory RO and a fedex box to Matt McLearn at McLearn Custom Guns in Ohio...for myself and and as gifts to a couple of close LE friends.  With that said, I have Dan Wesson pistols and I like them.  I still send them to Matt for some touches here and there, but they are good pistols out of the box.  Very consistent build quality in the 10-12 I have shot and the couple I have owned.  Enjoy the hunt and good luck finding what you want!    

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With Dan Wesson, I ordered direct from them on Dept. Letterhead.  This was 5-6 years ago, I think I got it in a month or so.  It was a solid pistol, if you want hicap, Im notnseeing anything better in the "under 2k range" than a Staccato...as Trace said...but If I was in the market for an single stack carry pistol in .45, DW is a solid pick.

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