Either way you go you will end up with a magnificent pistol. I can personally attest to quality, durability, and shootability of the TR Special but I have had no experience with the SRP. I hear good things about BEAR COAT but I think hard chrome would be a better way to go if you don’t mind the color. I'm sure Les Baer will coat either pistol with any of the finishes they offer.
Can't go wrong with a TRS. I have two and they are great....however skip the bearcoat.
I have one with it and it looks like a heavy coat of cheap spray paint. I will never have another gun with it. Go with hardchrome or
Birdsong's Black T.
I have a TRS that's about a year old and a SRP that was built in late '97 or early '98.
Both are great guns. I think the TRS is the most gun for the money. Definitely the better buy if money is an issue. The Baercoat finnish on the SRP held up great. It is the most durable coating type finnish I have had on a gun. My only complaint on it is the fact that it is fairly slick. If your hands get wet or sweatty, It can get slick. Also, the coating fills up the 30 LPI checkering alot and makes it ineffective and has a slightly shiney look to it. 20 LPI checkering with the coating would be great. The SRP is a sweet gun. I'm just not sure it is worth another(almost) $1,000 though. If money is not a concern, then you won't regret getting an SRP. If money is an issue, I would consider getting the TRS and upgrading or customizing it to your specs like ordering the bearcoat on the TRS or maybe getting the basic TRS and having it caoted with Birdsong Black T.
[This message has been edited by Robe (edited 11-12-2001).]
One thing that sold me on the SRP I purchased in the late 1990's was that all of the gun's parts were magnafluxed. If this is still true, it speaks volumes as to the integrity/longevity of the gun...