1911 Officer Frame .45 CCW


November 29, 2007, 04:28 PM
Went up to Gander Mountain last night with a buddy and intent to look at a Sig 229/239 for him. Strayed over to the 1911 cabinet to see if we could find one for his Dad as he shot it better than the Glocks/Sig. We were mesmerized by a Sig Revolution C3 Compact in .45. Very thin, held 6 + 1 I think. Concealable and great looking. Price tag was $1200, way above what we have ever spent. Anyway, found it on GilbertsGuns.com for $900. I will be 21 in the Spring and I would lik a gun this size for my 1st gun as it will be a kind of do-all from concealed carry to HD (even though I have a Mossy for this it would be a back-up). STI Guardian is what I would've gotten as I can't have the same as my shooting buddy and he's got dibs.

I would like to spend ~$600 (Guardian $900). There are some good full-size 1911s in this price range (RIA, Springfield Mil-spec, etc.), but hard to find any in smaller size. The only smaller size 1911 I've been able to find (in SS without standard GI sights) in this price range is the Charles Daly Empire EMS.

Other options with officer frames?
Anyone know anything about the Charles Daly EMS (commander sized)?

Oh yeah, and the reason for the Officer frames is I've never felt a gun that fit my hand so well.

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Mad Magyar
November 29, 2007, 04:36 PM
For the money mentioned, why not investigate the Colt LW Officer's model or the LW Commander? I think you'd be pleasantly surprised....

November 29, 2007, 04:43 PM
Mad Magyar:

I agree re: the LW Commander. That size 1911 would be compact and light enough to be comfortable for CCW, yet would have sufficient slide length to provide good sighting, and have excellent reliability.



November 29, 2007, 04:48 PM
Haven't been able to find them on their website, would I have to find them used?

November 29, 2007, 05:28 PM
The Sig Revolution C3 looks like a great gun for CCW. Kimber makes a Compact 1911 in these dimensions too. I don't know why thee guns aren't more popular. Everyone goes for those 3" barreled 1911s for some reason.

I have a Colt CCO and love it. With the alloy frame, it's very light and comfortable to carry, yet it's a powerful gun with great sights, a good sight radius, as well as being very controllable without any nasty muzzle flip. I actually enjoy shooting this gun, something I can't say about my ultralight .38 J-frame. It's a shame that Colt dropped production on these guns. You might find one around somewhere though. The newer XSE version is really nice.


November 30, 2007, 08:50 AM
Thanks guys, keep em coming!

November 30, 2007, 09:35 AM
Just found the Kimber Compact II Stainless, same dimensions as the Sig C3 according to the manufacturers' websites, but the kimber is 7 + 1 and the Sig is 6 + 1?!

Link to kimber:

November 30, 2007, 08:58 PM
I have Colt Officer,Defender,and new Agent All been relieable and nice carry
I also have a LTW Commander. Pick any one and you will be happy.
Money wise RIA makes Officer pistol also

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