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For the past year or so Ive been carrying two different weapons, a SIG P229 .40 and a Springfield TRP 1911 45ACP.
I am a big fan of the 1911 but the big issue I have is Im wanting to have a rail on my 1911 to add a light.

Springfield does make a TRP model with a rail but it has a bull barrel and Im not super fond of bull barrels but it could possibly grow on me if I bought one.

My question is, what do you own or recommend for a 1911 with a rail and standard GI guide rod? I am not looking for any particular brand at this time.

This would be for a TLR-1HL light.
 

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Depending on price point Dan Wessin Specialist is a contender or you could go Ed Brown FX1, or GI or Wilson or Nighthawk.

Here's my fragged GI

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Love the Dan Wesson Specialist, I have one in .45 Auto for a couple years and last Christmas I bought one in 9mm. Both are well made keepers. SA TRP is on its way after a 3 month wait. I went with the non-rail since the Specialists have that part covered. I am fully expecting the TRP to please me just as much.
 

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My Colt M45 has been reliable and is more accurate than I am. I believe their current Rail Gun is pretty much the same weapon.
 

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Are you really going to notice a bull-barrel? I think not.
 
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I have a TRP light rail and it is an excellent nightstand gun. Carry? A bit much to carry daily. I currently carry a Wilson EDC X9 but at times will change to the Wilson BWC 2 light rail shown below. I have a light on this one too and it is much easier to carry. It does not have a standard guide rod but that is not an issue for me.

 

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I have a TRP with a half rail and an Operator with a full rail.

Other than the added hassle breaking it down the TRP has been flawless.

The Operator has a two piece guide rod. I'm not a big fan of those.

Smith and Wesson make a couple of models with a rail if you can find one. I've got two S&W 1911 pistols, one is my EDC and the other is the one I use to make grown men cry.
 
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I have a TRP light rail and it is an excellent nightstand gun. Carry? A bit much to carry daily. I currently carry a Wilson EDC X9 but at times will change to the Wilson BWC 2 light rail shown below. I have a light on this one too and it is much easier to carry. It does not have a standard guide rod but that is not an issue for me.

I couldn't find an emoji for drool on here.....
 
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I have a Springfield MC Operator 1911. The 2 tone one with the Pacmyer grips. It has the rail and shoots great. As good as my TRP. One of my favorites.
 

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There are a lot of great options. I have been looking at Dan Wesson. They are definitely very nice and fit what Im looking for.

I agree, I wouldnt notice a bull barrel much and I do already have a Standard TRP so it would fit in nicely to add one with a rail.

This new 1911 would be a carry gun as Ive had no issues with the TRP I currently carry.
 

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Five of my 1911s are Rail guns. I build my own either from 80% or complete frames. What counts the most are the features that make the gun fit your hand. For me A-1 mainspring housing, extended thumb safety, good trigger, and beavertail grip safety are essential to fit my large hands. For my old eyes sights are, either Tritium Night Sights or Fiber Optic Sights, red front and green rear. Don't forget the details.
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Two of my three DW are “Damn Wessons”. One just came back from Nighthawk since DW wouldn’t fix my ECO. I will not waste money on shipping when the problems do not get remediated.

I gave up on production guns and chose NHC because an actual gunsmith will build or repair my gun. I am not getting a “technician”. I have had many 1911’s and only a few worked.

If I were going to get a production gun, I would look at the following list. DW is not on there since their prices are so high that I may as well spend 1/3 more and get a Nighthawk.

1) Colt Rail Gun. I had great luck with the XSE series and O1918 guns.
2) Ruger SR1911 Talo (Model 6715)
3) SIG TACOPS, Spartan or Scorpion.
4) Rock Island Armory

Ruger, SIG and RIA all have great customer service. They should be able to take care of you. Colt, not so much; Kimber has terrible service too. S&W is not on the list because they dropped their railed models, though I am sure S&W will support it (but buy the custom parts—they will eventually run out). Springfield completely sucks and never provided a 1911 that worked without two to four trips to SACS for repair.

While RIA is not the best, they certainly price their guns accordingly and do provide good service. SIG has never failed to fix a gun for me in one trip. They have always acted with consideration. They serviced my first P220, were careful not to mess up the trigger job and gave me a new barrel for free (despite the customer messing it up!). I mention these three companies not because they make the best production guns, but because they make useful products that they stand behind. If you want top quality, then you have to go to Nighthawk, Ed Brown, custom shops, etc.
 

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I have a TRP light rail and it is an excellent nightstand gun. Carry? A bit much to carry daily. I currently carry a Wilson EDC X9 but at times will change to the Wilson BWC 2 light rail shown below. I have a light on this one too and it is much easier to carry. It does not have a standard guide rod but that is not an issue for me.

I don't like rails on hand guns, specially on a 1911, but this one of yours I LIKE !!!!
 
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