View Full Version : Chance of a lifetime

Sure Shot 45
02-28-2010, 2:11 PM
I bought a Springfield Armory 1911 Mil Spec Micro Compact in 2002, I paid about $600.00. Over the years it has given me nothing but trouble ftf, fte, stovepipes and all the rest of it since day one. I just purchased a Socom 16 M1A, and it got me thinking I should call Springfield about the problems with the 1911. They do have great customer service let me tell you.

I sent it to there factory in Geneseo IL. they did a lot of work to it polished feed ramp, replaced extractor, reamped barrel, replaced recoil spring. I got the gun back about 5 weeks later, went to the range tested 100 rds of wwb, and had 2 ftf. So I called SA back to report and sent it back in. This time in my letter with the returned gun I wrote that this is my home denfence weapon and in its current state I can not trust it to defend my self or family.

This is were it gets good, I got a call back they said that they could not get it to function 100%. They dont make that model anymore so they offered me a chance of a lifetime.

A new 1911 any model except the TRP or Trophy Match at no cost. I can Pay a up fee of around $300-$400 for the TRP, Trophy Match is out of the question.

What should I get MC Operator free or TRP for $300 to $400. I dont really care for the rail on the MC Operator and the green frame, that will cost me $80 bucks to have it refinished in black, and the TRP no rail has a 2 piece guide rod that I dont care for. What gun should I get and which one is more reliable.

I will miss my Micro Compact it was my first hand gun, it will be destroyed poor little guy.

02-28-2010, 2:21 PM
very cool! they are a good company, I'd go with a loaded maybe? But a TRP would be sweet! good luck with your choice, let us know what you get!

02-28-2010, 2:23 PM
Thats awesome. You have an important decision to make. I don't have any experience with either of those guns so I can't be much of a help. But based on what I know, I'd get the TRP.

Shawn L
02-28-2010, 2:24 PM
Awesome get the MC Operator for free!

Snake eyes
02-28-2010, 2:35 PM
A two-piece guide rod can easily be replaced with a one-piece. The parts are inexpensive.

I'd say get the most expensive model you can get for free. If there's something you don't like about it you always have the option of selling or trading it.

Those micro's by their very nature tend to have questionable reliability, especially if they're .45.

Your experience is more proof of what GREAT customer service Springfield provides.

02-28-2010, 2:45 PM
I'd get the TRP.

02-28-2010, 2:48 PM
If I had my pick of any SA 1911 style gun I'd get a 9mm EMP and have it refinished to something black.

02-28-2010, 3:08 PM
Thats fantastic I had the same thing happen to me with a taurus years ago. My advice is to get the best that you can get without spending any additional money.

02-28-2010, 3:32 PM
the TRP is the best tactical 1911 they offer that doesn't come out of the Custom Shop and is well worth the $300 up charge.

the green frame of the MC Operator would bother me more than the rail of any Operator.

don't the make a MC-like gun in blue without the rail?

02-28-2010, 3:38 PM
Maybe they would let you hold out for a Professional for a small fee. It would great next to a Socom!

02-28-2010, 3:51 PM
Maybe they would let you hold out for a Professional for a small fee.
...sure, maybe an extra $1k

02-28-2010, 4:05 PM
Get a Loaded Longslide.

02-28-2010, 4:42 PM
I'd actually get a full refund back, and buy a reliable gun.

02-28-2010, 5:07 PM
I'd actually get a full refund back
don't you think he's getting a better deal using the credit...sounds like they're giving him 1000 for his 600

02-28-2010, 5:21 PM
don't you think he's getting a better deal using the credit...sounds like they're giving him 1000 for his 600

For resale yes, but what's the point in getting another lemon? I want to give the OP other options out there.

02-28-2010, 8:07 PM
What will make you happy? An MC Operator? TRP? Professional?

If you're happy with the performance of an Operator, take it for free. In your position, I would happily pay $400 more to get a TRP. I would even be willing to shell out whatever they wanted for a Professional. You're so lucky, this is the deal of a lifetime :)

02-28-2010, 8:11 PM
That kind of service makes me want to buy an SA!!

John Browning
02-28-2010, 8:16 PM
I'd either get the MC or the Pro. If you get the Pro, you'll never regret spending that kind of cash. I bought a NHC Talon about 4 years ago, and I can never go back to any other 1911. They feel like they were assembled by a monkey with a rock. Paki made may get you laid, but Springfield Pro will make sure she ain't a ho.

02-28-2010, 8:21 PM
I have a TRP and it's one of my favorite 1911's. I have several orther SA 1911's that have all functioned flawlessly for years. This is a great company, and the custom shop does some of the finest work I have seen. The TRP is by far the best stock 1911 you can buy. If you are looking for a concealed carry gun, the EMP is a favorite of several friends and students. Either way, you can't go wrong. Get the free gun or upgrade to the TRP....

My 2 cents,

02-28-2010, 8:25 PM
if money is not an issue just upgrade and pay the $400, if not you will be kicking yourself in the a $ $ for not taking the deal.

02-28-2010, 8:35 PM
posted by Greg-Dawg
For resale yes, but what's the point in getting another lemon? I want to give the OP other options out there.
that does make sense, but i figured he learned not to buy a problematic 3" 1911 again

02-28-2010, 9:06 PM
get a longslide, they are sOoOo cool =)

Sure Shot 45
02-28-2010, 9:39 PM
Thanks for the replies, now you got me thinking Professional I did not see that on there web site.

02-28-2010, 10:10 PM
You're still UNFORTUNATELY restricted to whatever 1911's Springfield has on the Ca roster right?

Sure Shot 45
02-28-2010, 10:26 PM
Yes that is correct, the TRP and the MC Operator are on the roster but I cant find a model number for the Professional.

HK Dave
02-28-2010, 10:38 PM
Pony up the extra money and get the TRP. One of the finest 1911s ever made. It will last a lifetime.

02-28-2010, 10:42 PM
I'd say TRP

02-28-2010, 11:02 PM
I cant find a model number for the Professional.

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CA Gun Laws Suck
02-28-2010, 11:22 PM
TRP without a question.

03-01-2010, 5:57 AM
Another vote for TRP

Black Majik
03-01-2010, 8:31 AM
If you don't care for the rail, or the green frame the TRP is your answer. 2 piece guide rods are nothing to consider, since they can be easily swapped for a short GI rod and plug setup.

$300 extra for a TRP is a superb opportunity. :cool2:

03-01-2010, 8:44 AM
If you're already considering the TRP, might as well do it. I think that $300 will last you longer in this investment... seeing how inflation is going. Atleast you'll invest in a gun and won't later down the line be going "darn.. I wish I took that chance and upgraded..."

03-01-2010, 10:31 AM
Be advised, the Pro is about $2700 according to an email I received from Deb at the Custom Shop a couple of weeks ago and there is a year wait. That is something you need to know in making your decision.

If you can afford the money you will have to come up with (and if they will go for this) $1000+, you can't go wrong with a Professional. I'm picking up my used one on the 8th and can't wait.

If not the Pro, I believe the TRP and the extra $300-400 you have to pay is well worth it for such a good gun. You wouldn't regret it at all.

Sure Shot 45
03-01-2010, 7:26 PM
I called SA this morning they said it will cost me $1000 for the TRP, the person I have been dealing with just estimated the cost of $300-400 more for the TRP, but was waiting for the price of the TRP/Trophy Match from the supervisor.

That does not make any sence to me. Anyways I still get to pick from ANY GI,Milspec, or Loaded at no cost. So it's final I have chosen the MC Operator. And it's heading to the custom shop before I will ever see it. The frame will be Armory Koted black $80, checker FS $120, install wagwell $135, action job $80, and the G10 grips grey TRP ones $74, total $489.

So it's almost the same as the TRP but a little custom. Would it be wise to have any other work done, so much on the list. I am willing to throw
a few hundred more at it, just dont know what to have done. I will post some pics when I get it. I was told 2-3 months at this point because of the custom work.

The gun store where I purchased the gun is waving ffl tansfer fee I just have to pay 30 or so for d.r.o.s. fee. Sweet deal all in all.

03-01-2010, 7:55 PM
You're still UNFORTUNATELY restricted to whatever 1911's Springfield has on the Ca roster right?

Not if you can get them to put your org. S# on the new gun....

03-03-2010, 11:03 PM
Look at getting the underside of the trigger guard checkered and undercut the front strap colt style. I had it done on my Longslide and think it was well worth the money.

03-04-2010, 5:41 AM
I'd spend the extra few hundred on extra mags, ammo and/or reloading components and a reloader.