Springfield 1911 HRT Professional Model Video

A Colt .45. Is that a thing of beauty or what? Even if you don’t care for a 1911, that’s a pretty one, isn’t it? It’s an expensive one. It’s a somewhat rare one. This is the professional model that Springfield makes. They won the contract to make those for the FBI. The HRT. The Hostage Rescue Team model. It was designated as the professional model. It has evolved through the years, and I think now it’s still called the professional model. This one. Springfield began using some of their operator frames with the rails. They put operator on the slide instead of professional, but this is, no doubt, one of the professional models. One of those high dollar ones that the FBI uses and other federal agencies, as well as civilians, because it is available. Not in great numbers.

This is expensive, and it’s difficult to come by. Even if you want one today, you may have a year wait on it. Really, unless you just happen to find somebody who just wants to sell it. Because it’s carefully put together by the Springfield custom shop, as indicated right there. The professional model you can always tell by the serial number. Starts with a CRG. That’s near proof-positive on that. The owner at Tennessee Gun Country — we appreciate them lending this to us up in Clarkesville — has changed out the grips. These came on it, and so you’ve got kind of a custom, very thin grip. They feel good, but it’s a very, very thin grasp on it.

In my limited amount of shooting, I have to be careful not to pull that with those thin grips. Let’s take a couple of shots. Now this thing is put together really tightly. So tightly I cannot pull the slide back. Okay. I know it’s empty, but I’m going to do this. I have to get started. I discovered that even riding home with it I could not pull the slide back. It is so tight. It apparently has not been shot very much. The close tolerances are just amazing with this thing. It’s supposed to be extremely reliable.

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All it came with is a vintage mag. What they do at Springfield now is they make these magazines like this to look like a vintage mag. Vintage is trendy these days. They offer that with the firearm. That came with it, but I don’t think I’m going to use that. To me, it just looks like an old rusty 1911 magazine. We’re not going to use that one. We’re going to use one of these instead. Let’s just try it. Okay? It shoots really well. It’s right on whether I am or not. The sights seem to be right on. It has no back-sights. You know, the Trijicon inserts and everything. Everything about this is quality. No doubt about it.

Let’s start out simply here. Boom. Yeah, smoke that pot. Yeah, I don’t want to miss because….Well. Ooh, pretty, pretty. I don’t want to miss, but I usually do, right? Because this gun is right on. Right on, bro. Let’s shoot that disc. Okay. See what I mean? I was going left. I need to get him up there. Big old .45. Knocks them around. Got a couple more on my person here. Oops. There we go. As you know, the 230-grain hardball hits pretty hard.

Let’s see if it’ll hit the gong. Alright. Don’t pull left now. Don’t pull left. Don’t shoot low. There we go. There we go. Alright. Yeah, I have to really be careful not to pull left. If this were mine, I’d need to put some fatter grips on it. Yeah, I like it. I like it. I’m not sure exactly how the long range were to hold. Let’s go on out there and pop a pig. Nice. I’ll wait till I have a little ammo before trying that chicken.

Sights are right on. It feels good. It really does. I’m not going to break it down. Let me tell you why. Because it is so difficult. Like I say, when I was riding home with it, I was trying to work the slide. Couldn’t do it. It is so tight. The bushing is so tight. I almost took it back. I went, “Wow. There’s something wrong with it. This is an expensive firearm.” Really, with some research and reading, I encountered at least one other person had the same experience with his. It’s just really tight. Now I don’t know how many rounds it would take for it to loosen up, but I know with the trials that the FBI ran, the specifications were…

This firearm, according to my reading, was supposed to be able to group an inch and a half at 25 yards. Three groups of 10, okay? Three different series of 10 shots. It’d be within an inch and a half on these groups. Then after, what was it, 20,000 rounds, it was supposed to still be almost that accurate. Lose no more than 15 percent of the accuracy after 20,000 rounds. It had to be warranted after 50,000 rounds. It was really a tough order for anybody making 1911s back in around, you know, 2000. 2001. Some of the custom gun makers, you know, submitted theirs. Springfield, you know, wanted.

You get politics involved with it too and all that. Who could fulfill the warranty? I won’t get into all that. You can read about all that. Some of you may have opinions on that about maybe there were guns you thought were better, and the FBI should have adopted on terms of their HRT 1911s. Be that as it may, this is a very well-respected firearm. It’s put together by the custom gunsmiths at Springfield. I mean everything about it. The tolerances. It’s tightly fit. The trigger is incredible. All the parts are forged. It’s the ultimate 1911 in a way, just like you get from generally a custom gunsmith, Wilson Combat or Ed Brown. Les Baer. Those people. Okay?

It’s mainly from parts, though, that any of us can buy. It’s just that it’s fit. It’s put together very, very carefully by the gunsmiths and their custom shop. So highly rated and highly sought after, actually. Boy is it tight. I haven’t used one of these. You know what that is? That is a bushing wrench for a gun like this that you have trouble with when you — you know, it’s clear of course. You use this to put it right there and push it and turn that.

I haven’t used one of these things in 25 years. I guarantee you. With this, you have no choice, and you better have your muscles ready too. Be careful. I don’t want to scratch this fellow’s firearm. It’s very difficult to get that out. Very difficult. I plan to do it one more time after we finish the cleaner. So I’m not going to do it for you all. Sorry, I don’t… If it were firearm, you know, I would, but I don’t want to do that. It’s a little bit of a struggle. It is so tight. Because this firearm is supposed to be so accurate that to maintain that accuracy, it’s just put together very tightly.

This was for operators. As it says on the side: “professional operators.” Now, doesn’t mean you work for the telephone company. That word “operator” can mean a lot of things, can’t it? We have a lot of operators in the world. That term is thrown around quite a bit. I guess I’m an operator. I operate my Colt Single Actions on the range here. I operate my truck. Let’s get a little more ammo here and load up more mags. We’ll take a few more shots.

By the way, again, we appreciate Federal furnishing us some ammunition. These big .45s just came today, in fact. Great. Big old 230 grained slugs. Let’s put them in here. Actually, I guess we had a couple mags. I don’t want to wear out this fine firearm here, even though it’s rated for at least 50,000 rounds. More. What else about it? I’m not an expert on these, but I know I’ve heard people talk about them. I thought it’d be cool if we ever could get our hands on one. Because I think everybody likes the 1911 even if they don’t carry it or shoot one much or maybe not even own one. You can’t help but have some respect for one.

It’s like an old Colt Single Action. You might not even want one, but you have to find them interesting to some extent. At least from a historical standpoint. Plus, some of the agencies now… I mean, you go to the Marines, many of the federal agencies, usually it’s the more serious operators — there we go again with that term — that are carrying them, but this .45, the 1911, is really still very much alive there, isn’t it? It really is. You know?

Myself? I love a .45. I used to compete with these things a lot, even carried them some. Man, I tell you, if I were a real operator though, I still have to say, “Just give me a Glock 21.” If I want a .45 hardball, give me my Glock 21, Glock 41, Glock 30, Glock .30S. I’d be happy with some high-capacity, some standard-capacity magazines. I’d be fine, but you’ve got to admit. You get a nice trigger like this on one of these things, and whew, you can really shoot the things. They are sweet.

Now here we go. I’m not going to put ammo on that until I get that slide broken loose. There we go. Now, I would not carry this gun myself. I guess. Now it works fine, once you it into battery, but I wouldn’t like going into combat with it. Because, oh man, you’ve got to get that slide back. Just have to find a tree to push on, I guess. My 1911. I’ve got one of these 10-round mags. I think the spring’s weak on it, but we’ll try it anyway. As tight as it is, you notice we’ve not had any problems with it.

John and I fired it before the video. We fired, I don’t know, a box or two of ammo. It has worked flawlessly. Still, it bothers me being that tight. It just does. It just doesn’t agree with me. Really nice trigger. Beautiful trigger. You’ve got your straight, your flat mainspring housing, which I like. Long trigger. Beautiful trigger. I think they were supposed to be — the specs were four to five pounds. Something like that. Just wonderful. The no back sights. I mentioned the great finish. Durable. This checkering here is wonderful. Oh man, you can really get a grip on that thing. I like that a lot. Your high right beaver tail. Your magwell.

It’s got all the things you want. Alright. Any firearm like this. I don’t really want to put it in a tight holster with the rail. It really doesn’t fit any of my 1911 holsters. So I just dragged out the old standard loose-fitting Glock .30 holster. So I make sure I didn’t scratch it. Alright. Let’s see. 1911. Professional. Let’s get professional and be an operator here. Woo hoo. What else? Not a good shot here. Oh boy. Feels good. Get that 10-round magazine. We’ll see how it works.

Oh, there’s a box. Wait. That worked for a while there. Left. I went left, as usual. Got to get some fat grips. Let’s see where you hold on those plates. Okay. If I force myself not to let it go left, I can hit something. Yeah. That’s pretty sweet, I have to say. I’m going to grab these magazines. Hope I don’t step on them. Oh man. Do I have any more ammo? No. Nothing loaded. We’ll load it one more, and I’ll do a little… See if I can machine-gun it a little bit. Anything I didn’t tell you about.

One thing I didn’t tell you about. I really do appreciate people lending us firearms. We get more firearms than we deserve, probably, lent to us. People trust us with some really nice firearms. This thing is $2,500. $3,000. The owner, up at Tennessee Gun Country, didn’t even realize when he handed this to me that we were going to do a torture test. He didn’t believe me that we’re going to put it under the tractor and the bush hog and just see how much abuse it will withstand. After all, if you’re an operator, you need to have something that will withstand any kind of abuse. I see here if it’ll withstand a John Deere bush hog, it will withstand about anything.

Alright, let’s see how that trigger works. The reset. Let’s go to the burn barrel. It just cranks on out. Think I can get it? It doesn’t take long to empty a single-stack magazine. Trying to say. .45 does it. I tell you, that trigger is sweet. Now for you people that have the regular Springfield TRP — because we had one of those lent to us as well — as far as the actual shooting… The one I borrowed from a friend, it had the nice checkering and good sights, and it felt a lot like this one. Had a good trigger. Great trigger. I think I can shoot it as well.

Now this thing is supposed to be so highly accurate and incredibly accurate and tight. You may have heard me rant about that a little bit. I think that the human element is way bigger than needing a bushing that is that tight. You know, really. Unless you are bench resting this thing, or you’ve got it in a ransom rest, I don’t think you’re going to get the benefit of that accuracy. I mean, give me this. Give me any good 1911, and anybody who has a little practice shooting, and they’re probably going to do fine.

Again, it’s nice knowing that it is accurate, I guess. It is really well-made. It has the very best components in it, and it’s going to work. This one, again, until it’s broken in and I can work that slide more easily… There we go. It’s beginning to get broken in a little bit. I can actually work it. That’s the first time I’ve been able to do that. Once I get through that and break it down a little more easily, I think I might like it a lot better.

This is the professional model, if you weren’t aware of that. Just bring it up among gun people, and people who know, and they will, “Ooh, really. You’ve got one of those? You’ve shot one of those?” Because they’re very highly respected and deservedly so. Springfield’s a custom professional model. It’s been around for, I don’t know what, since around 2001 I think. It’s still in use.

This gun. If John Browning could only have known. Obviously there’s some customizations. Some improvements, maybe — cosmetically and otherwise — but all the way back to 1911, this gun was designed even before then. The Model T Ford. We’re in the era of the Model T Fords and everything. Our troops — our elite troops, our operators — they’re carrying these crazy things. Isn’t that amazing? Anyway, we appreciate the loan of this gun, and glad we could bring it to you. Life is pretty good.