Poll: Need Help Choosing Compact 1911


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sig228
December 25, 2006, 01:56 AM
Hi all. Thanks to everyone who answered my other posts as to the compact 1911's. So now im in a quandry - they all seem great. Unfortunately, they are all expensive, so I can only choose one. Which one? Thanks for taking the time to vote.

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10-Ring
December 25, 2006, 02:56 AM
I am not a big fan of the small 1911's but I have shot the Colt & the SA. Both seemed to be nice guns but I just prefer guns w/ the pony on them so I voted on the Colt ;)

jac714
December 25, 2006, 11:36 AM
My ultra carry is dead bang reliable and accurate, whats not to like?

Have you shot them? See which one you like best.

Mandirigma
December 25, 2006, 01:11 PM
Just putting them out there. Detonics and Springfield EMP

Deadmarsh
December 25, 2006, 01:21 PM
Don't like any 1911 platform with barrels less than 5", however, considering SA warranty and dedication, I'd vote for them over the others...

And you might want to ponder some as why you need this pistol over the proven Gov't?


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SoCalShooter
December 25, 2006, 01:28 PM
I have been very interested in getting a kimber ultra carry myself even though I cant carry.

Baphomet
December 25, 2006, 01:33 PM
Have you shot them? See which one you like best.
Judging from the spread of .45's you've listed, I am going to assume you've not had opportunity to shoot many of the pistols you've listed? There are some pretty wide variances in that list: The Kimber UC II, just for one example, weighs in at 25 oz. while the Daly is a full 10 oz. heavier. The Daly is a polymer/steel frame (hi-cap?) while the Kimber is an alloy-framed single-stack. I won't speak for anyone but myself but if I was to handle both of those, I know for certain I'd come away preferring one over the other, and most likely by no small margin.

Nothing, in my opinion, will help you decide faster than handling and/or shooting some of those. I think you'd come away with some pretty strong opinion's of your own.

Just my two-cent's worth.

S&Wfan
December 25, 2006, 02:42 PM
I actually traded a heavily shot, 5" customized Colt Combat Elite for my (then) new, original run Kimber CDP Ultra.

I've never regretted it either. As nice as the Colt was, I like this little thing better!

Accurate, dependable, light and gorgeous!

http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/246/246167/folders/233364/2068138ULTRA.jpg

T.

5Wire
December 25, 2006, 08:10 PM
I made the mistake of trading off a Para Ordnance 645 LDA. 6+1, 3-inch Bbl, bushingless barrel. Very accurate, concealable and a bit heavy. About 6-1/2 in long, real sweet Light Double Action trigger, drop safety, grip safety, slide safety.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/5Wire/645R.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/5Wire/645L.jpg

larry starling
December 25, 2006, 08:28 PM
Easy go with the Colt........:D

Ala Dan
December 25, 2006, 08:33 PM
Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II .45 ACP

GunNut
December 25, 2006, 08:49 PM
Any of them but the Charles Daly, just my opinion.

I really like a Colt Defender that i shot a few years ago, but wouldn't mind any of the others either.

Steve

sig228
December 25, 2006, 09:27 PM
Judging from the spread of .45's you've listed, I am going to assume you've not had opportunity to shoot many of the pistols you've listed?

I have not shot any of these or other any other short barrel .45 1911 style pistol. I simply cannot find these available for rent. I am relying on you guys. I do appreciate the double vs. single stack comment. That pretty much eliminated the CD. You all ahve not disappointed me in the past with your advice. Thanks to all who are taking the time on this.

Baphomet
December 25, 2006, 10:53 PM
Then I'd easily narrow that list to either of the two Kimbers or the Springfield. I've shot many of both and would have a hard time deciding myself. The Kimbers I've shot had internal extractors, and while I myself have no opinion on Kimber's external extractor, many people do. The Springfield 1911-A1 that I own personally is hell-and-back reliable. I have no problems recommending Springfields. My experience with Kimbers is less, but shooting them has always been just as good an experience.

kokapelli
December 26, 2006, 09:39 AM
Since you did not specify 45 cal, I want to add the Para Hawg 9 with 12 +1 rounds of Gold Dot +P for short barrels.
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http://www.wtv-zone.com/jnib/images/ktog/warthog_target.jpg

rapid fire at 30 feet

Jeff Timm
December 26, 2006, 10:44 AM
If you want a small .45 I advise getting one that was designed to be small from the beginning.

Glock 36

S&W CS .45 http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=33851&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

Sig 245 Discontinued.

Taurus MILLENNIUM PRO PT745 .45 ACP COMPACT PISTOL
http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=283&category=Pistol

Geoff
Who finds the 9mm 115gr HP the biggest he can handle in a compact pistol. :D

kokapelli
December 26, 2006, 11:58 AM
I still don't see where 45cal was specified!

I only see "1911" platform specified!

GunNut
December 26, 2006, 12:13 PM
kokapelli,

Congratulations you've found the loophole in his poll.:neener:

Now back to the what compact .45ACP 1911 should I buy poll.....:D

Obviously if .45ACP is not needed there are some great little 1911 pattern guns out there.

SA EMP
STI LS9/LS40
Etc.

Steve

DC3-CVN-72
December 26, 2006, 05:46 PM
I voted for the Springfield Armory MICRO-COMPACT. 45. I have one and have had no problems with it at all. If something goes wrong with it Springfield Armory will fix it for free forever. Can't beat that.

Ala Dan
December 26, 2006, 05:49 PM
Here is my Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II in .45 ACP~!

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