Les Baer SRP Gun Review Range Report, Pictures
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By Dan S. Defense
Les Baer Swift Response Pistol Based on the FBI HRT
The Les Baer Swift Response Pistol (SRP) is a solid, no
nonsense combat 1911. The Les Baer SRP is a full size 1911 built on the lessons
learned from Les Baer's pursuit of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). As a
fighting 1911, the SRP is focused on a single task—keeping you alive when a
situation deteriorates quickly.
The Les Baer Swift
Response Pistol lacks niceties and custom features that
to beauty. The Swift Response Pistol is a black 1911 that's
accurate, reliable and tough.
But, with an MSRP of
$2490.00 for the base SRP (July 2010), it's quite
expensive. Is it worth the money? Is it highly accurate
and completely reliable? Will I need to add any
additional and expensive features to the base SRP?
What's it like to shoot the SRP? We'll answer all these
questions and also supply information on its features,
range report with high end self defense ammunition, and
overall ownership experience.
Because the Les Baer Swift Response Pistol, as its name
implies, was built to address life threatening
situations with speed and efficiency, every feature has
a specific purpose to meet that goal.
The SRP is a 1911
that has everything you must have, out of the box, and
no other feature is needed for self defense. Les Bear
doesn't over use the word tactical and doesn't over-hype
his products. The Les Baer website says this about the
Swift Response Pistol (SRP): "Ultimately, everyone who
needs to carry a pistol for tactical use or who keeps a
pistol for self defense wants something that's
completely reliable, uncannily accurate, powerful enough
to deal with any situation, and familiar as an old shoe."
That was a tough bill to fill until Les Baer introduced
his 1911 S.R.P., an uncompromising single stack
performer." And from my ownership experience I can
attest that that description is accurate.
The Swift Response Pistol (SRP) comes in a fancy wood
box, with a glass cover and blue velvet material, on
which the handgun rests. That's the first and last fancy
thing you can expect to get with this gun. When you take
the SRP out of the box and hold it, getting a good hold
on the simple, yet finely finished wood grips, you get a
sense that this 1911 is different. It feels good and
The misleading simple, unassuming black Baer
coat finish, protects a fine weapon that radiates
quality. From the Baer steel frame and slide, which are
expertly fitted by hand to feel like a single entity; to
the fine front and rear serration that make it easy to
grip the slide, even with wet and sweaty
hands—serrations deep enough to get a good grip but not
too rough as to slice the skin; this weapon is perfectly
made and finished.
I couldn't wait to take the SRP to the range and try it
out. As a general rule, I always disassemble new
handguns and lubricate them properly, before taking them
to the range. The SRP was no different and being my
first Les Baer, I was in for a bit of a surprise. The
Swift Response Pistol (SRP) is a tight gun. It's a very
tight gun. I knew Les Baer was known for making tight
handguns, but when I wasn't able to disassemble the SRP
because the barrel bushing wouldn't let go of the
realized or rather learned the hard way, the definition
of a tight Les Baer. It took fine oil and lots of moving
the slide back and forth, before I was able to take the
SRP bushing off.
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