Springfield Armory announced its Legend Series 1911 TRP Pistol in May — a tribute to the man, the myth and, most importantly, the “Legend,” Chris Kyle.
In cooperation with the Chris Kyle Foundation and the Chris Kyle family, Springfield aims to honor the spirit of American Sniper and Navy Seal Chris Kyle while providing direct support to the foundation.
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Springfield Amory will produce 1,000 TRP Legend Series pistols, each with a unique serial number ranging from CK0001 through CK1000. Separately, the company will laser engrave each pistol identifying its placement in the series.
The Legend Series pistols will come packaged in a custom and also serialized mahogany presentation case. Additionally, a memorial copy of the best-selling book, American Sniper, signed by Taya Kyle will accompany the package.
The presentation case also includes a .999 pure silver Chris Kyle limited edition challenge coin and a Springfield Armory certificate of authenticity.
The MSRP of the Legend TRP commemorative edition pistol is $2,499, with a portion of the proceeds from each pistol sold benefitting the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
While in combat, Chris chose the Springfield Armory TRP for its reliable performance and toughness. In his words in best-selling book, American Sniper, he tells how that TRP may have saved his life: “In 2004, I brought over a Springfield [Armory] TRP Operator, which used a .45 caliber round. It had a 1911 body style, with custom grips and a rail system that let me add a light and laser combo. Black, it had a bull barrel and was an excellent gun – until it took a frag for me in Fallujah. I was actually able to get it repaired – those Springfields are tough.”
The first pistol in the Legend Series was presented to Taya Kyle by Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese at a ceremony during the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Kyle immediately announced her intention to auction this one of a kind pistol during the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting.
The Chris Kyle Legend Series 1911 TRP Pistol No. 1 eventually auctioned for $22,500, all of which was immediately donated to the Chris Kyle FROG Foundation.
Now run by Taya Kyle, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supports members and families of those who serve.
According to Taya Kyle, “One of the big benefits of doing this with Springfield Armory is that part of the proceeds will go to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to honor God, country and family by serving those who serve. To us, that represents the marriages and family life of our law enforcement, EMS, and military communities.”
The Legend Series pistols feature five-inch stainless steel match grade barrels, low-profile three-dot Tritium combat sights, and black and gray G10 grips with an attractive American flag engraving. The slides are forged carbon steel with Black Nitride treatment for durability and corrosion resistance.
A National Match full-length guide rod rounds out the 8.6-inch long government model 1911. Each pistol ships with two seven-round stainless steel magazines with slam pads.
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For more information on the Legend Series 1911 TRP pistol and other products from Springfield, please visit Springfield-Armory.com.