Para LDA 3.5". Mine shoots great and is easy to carry.
July 23, 2008, 11:10 AM
I suggest you consider either the HK45c or Sig P220c. Not 1911's per-say but great ccw carries.
i've considered the sig, but it's significantly thicker than a 1911. thinner the better as far as i'm concerned for CCW. i've (mostly) eliminated the glock 30 for the same reason. don't know much about the HK (other than you suck and they hate you, of course).
a lot of votes for the kimber UC II. to be honest, i hear such mixed reviews about kimber's products and service that i've kind of stayed away from them under the theory that where there's smoke there's fire. that and they seem a bit pricey for what you get. i could be convinced to look again, however.
oh...and thanks for the pics, guys. that was a nice bonus.
July 23, 2008, 11:12 AM
I like the Colt Lightweight Commander XSE for a carry gun. My buddy has one and I've been trying to trade for it for a long time. May just have to buy one.
July 23, 2008, 11:56 AM
If you're shy about looking into a Rock Island, jump on over to the RIA section of m1911.org and read what the folks say. The importers (Advanced Tactical in Nevada) go out of their way to make sure folks are happy. Mine (have 3) have been perfect so no need for service, just nice to know it's there if I need it...
July 23, 2008, 12:14 PM
I chose 'other'.
This would be my pick for a compact 1911 style pistol meant for concealed carry.
I must say +1000 to the RIA, I have a friend with a compact with over 4K and no malfunctions. For the money you will not be able to beat it. Could use some better sights if I had to make a single complaint thats it.
Other. Kimber CDP Ultra Carry II. At first I was skeptical about this gun because of how expensive it is and some of the reviews I had read. Now that I have thrown about a 1000 rounds down range with it I can honestly say I love this gun and trust it 100%. Replaced the wood grips with hogue grips. The ones with the finger indents. Only because the wood grips are so nice I didn't want to hack them up. Really like the hogue rubber grips.
July 23, 2008, 02:52 PM
Another vote for the Rock Island Compact or a High Standard Crusader (the same handgun).
July 23, 2008, 03:36 PM
Of the ones listed, Dan Wesson.
Other, S&W 1911 PD scandium commander.
July 23, 2008, 04:19 PM
I've been carrying a Colt LWC for years. Sometimes I will show up with a full size 1911 or a 357 but the one with the most miles is the Commander.
July 24, 2008, 02:22 PM
what is colt still offering NIB? should i be looking used if i opt for a colt? it sure seems like they've been going downhill as far as civilian sales and service goes...
July 24, 2008, 03:02 PM
July 24, 2008, 03:21 PM
I voted other, Kimber Tactical Ultra II has been a great weapon for me
July 25, 2008, 02:35 AM
+1 on both the Kimber UC or the Colt Defender. Here's a photo of my Kimber:
........just noticed mine's not cocked and locked like everyone else :(
July 26, 2008, 06:27 PM
Kimber Ultra CDP II. 100% reliable, light, and shoots better than many 1911s with longer barrels.
July 26, 2008, 10:39 PM
either an RIA or a Rock Island Armory, either one......
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