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ziggyfreud538
February 24, 2012, 04:59 PM
I absolutely love 1911's and I am looking for a compact 1911 for CCW purposes. Any suggestions?

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Certaindeaf
February 24, 2012, 05:01 PM
Maybe a Colt.

Zerodefect
February 24, 2012, 05:05 PM
Dan Wesson CCO

Mods:
-sensitize the grip safety and v cut for easy removal
-shape the thumb safety (if needed) to fit your thumb
-Tripp Cobra Mags

I like the Raven concealment or Crossbreed holsters best for 1911 CCO's.

9mmepiphany
February 24, 2012, 05:22 PM
The Dan Wesson CCO is a good combination of Officer's length grip (concealability) and Commander length barrel/slide (reliability) for CCW

NOLAEMT
February 24, 2012, 05:34 PM
I agree. I have a colt CCO that I love. I've also heard the Dan Wesson pistols are really nice

k soze
February 24, 2012, 05:35 PM
I have 6 1911s. I open carry the full size guns, shoulder holster the Colt Commander and IWB my S&W Compact ES, that is the S&W version of the CCO, very light and has been very dependable. It was a toss up between the S&W in that size or the Dan Wesson mentioned above. The S&W seemed very nice and a better deal to me at the LGS when I handled them both.

COgunner
February 24, 2012, 05:46 PM
I have an older Springfield compact that is perfect for me. Easy to carry and I shoot it better than any other gun I own. Several hundred rounds and never a hiccup.

2wheels
February 24, 2012, 06:08 PM
My absolute favorite small 1911 for carry has been my Springfield EMP, it might be a 9mm but it's one heck of a sweet shooter.

It'd be more helpful if we knew your budget though.

hogrdr
February 24, 2012, 06:11 PM
ive been toting a defender stainless for about a year in a crossdraw, one of my favorites.

ziggyfreud538
February 24, 2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the ideas! I am looking to spend no more than 800 but my budget is pretty flexible (in order to find a good quality gun).

rellascout
February 24, 2012, 07:53 PM
For under $800 it is tough...

Here is my Colt CCO

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/cco-6.gif

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/cco-5.gif

Byrd666
February 24, 2012, 08:04 PM
Springfield EMP .40

Haywireranch
February 24, 2012, 09:21 PM
Springfield e.m.p. 9mm is one of my carry options, great pistol !!!

MICHAEL T
February 24, 2012, 09:40 PM
Colt Defender or a LW Colt Commander

harmon rabb
February 24, 2012, 09:41 PM
i carry a springfield emp in 9mm. you get an officer's frame 1911 sized gun, RELIABILITY, high build quality, night sights, and 3 mags (mags hold 9 rounds) with your emp. they're around 1000 but worth it.

aluminum officer's frame 1911's in 45 are pretty blasty, and followup shots are thus slow. also, 45 loses a LOT of velocity with a small barrel. on the other hand, the emp in 9mm has low recoil, followup shots are quick, and 9mm doesn't suffer as much with the shorter barrel. in short, if you shoot an emp, you quickly realize that 9mm is the proper cartridge for a small 1911.

the emp is a gun that's truly more than the sum of its parts if you shoot one.

fwiw, i paid ~ $1200 for mine. i ordered it from dawson precision, and that extra $200 paid for them to swap in a single sided safety, and go through the entire pistol (trigger job, polish breach face, polish feed ramp, tune extractor, etc). it has been 100% reliable from the first shot, and the trigger breaks like a glass rod at 3lbs.

plus it's a springfield, so you get a lifetime warranty that they will actually honor. i can't imagine buying a kimber over a springfield for this reason.

EHL
February 24, 2012, 10:42 PM
I've carried a Kimber Ultra Eclipse. She's a little heavier due to being an all steel frame pistol, but that helps in follow up shots due to reduced recoil. No worry on the frame getting beaten up either since she is steel.

9mmepiphany
February 25, 2012, 12:53 AM
If you can stretch your budget, the EMP is well worth what they cost. Being sized for the 9mm length cartridge seems to avoid the problems of the short barreled (< 4.25") .45ACP sized 1911 platforms

gunfighter48
February 25, 2012, 01:51 AM
Look at the STI Ranger II in 45acp. They're not cheap but worth every penny. Fit and finish is far ahead of Kimber and they are all steel. They are extremely accurate and I can't shoot well enough to maximize the accuracy of the pistol. But it's nice to know that I will hit what I aim at if I do my part!

Zerodefect
February 25, 2012, 08:31 AM
For under $800 it is tough...

Here is my Colt CCO

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/cco-6.gif

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t213/rellascout/cco-5.gif

Wow. That's a good looking Colt.

Colt needs a better website. They really don't look good in the pics on thier website.

Double Vision
February 25, 2012, 08:31 AM
I just picked up a Springfield Micro Compact .45 1911.
It hasn't been to the range yet, but it feels very solid and is the right size for CCW.

bigfatdave
February 25, 2012, 11:24 AM
RIA and Citadel (both Armscor importers) put out surprisingly good compact models, they are all steel but that really isn't an issue if you're carrying in a quality holster on a real gunbelt.

My Citadel 3.5" officer's model works with most ammo, and the RIA 4" CCO(ish) I had them make me up seems to be similarly reliable.
At your ~$800 budget, you could have a gun, 5 Wilson magazines, a holster and belt, and still have money left over for ammo.

Ankeny
February 25, 2012, 12:48 PM
I have a Dan Wesson V-Bob and it is a great gun, but it is all steel and a bit heavy. The Dan Wesson Guardian is the lightweight version of the V-Bob and it too is a nice 1911. I carried a Kimber Pro Ageis in a 9mm for a year or so. I had a Kimber CDP Pro Carry in .45 for a couple of years. I think the Dan Wesson Guardians are much (not just a little) better made 1911s.

I have had the opportunity to shoot the DW CCO and the Talo version of the Colt Officer's CCO. Here again Dan Wesson wins in the quality department.

I don't own an EMP, but I have shot the 9mm version with the VZ grips and night sights. Great little carry gun and worth a look. Unfortunately, all of the guns I mentioned are over your $800.00 limit.

Winkman822
February 25, 2012, 06:41 PM
The CCO pattern pistol is about as good as it gets for a 1911 that's to be used for concealed carry. I had a stainless Colt CCO that saw a good bit of belt time until being flat out replaced by a Wilson Combat CQB Compact. Although the Wilson is a little heavier than the Colt, it's still a breeze to carry.

Colt CCO's are tough to come by, but there are plenty of GOOD alternatives from a number of companies at moderate price points from the likes of Dann Wesson, Simith and Wesson, and Sig Sauer. If you want to drop some coin, there's great options from Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, Volkmann Precision, and Les Baer

Nacho Libre
February 25, 2012, 06:48 PM
Springfield champion would fit the bill pretty nicely.

Zach S
February 25, 2012, 09:51 PM
My first EDC was a Kimber Compact, a 4" bbl on an officers frame. Carried IWB in a Milt Spark Summer Special II.

It used to pinch my butt if I sat down wrong, so I tried a 5" Kimber and I found it to be just as concealable in the t shirt and jeans you would normally see me in.

My 4" Kimber pretty much sits in the safe. There were times that the 5" was just a little too much, but I found I had the same problems with the 4" gun as I did the government model (mainly the weight on a dress belt). For those occasions, I carried a Kahr P9.

YMMV

springer99
February 26, 2012, 10:02 AM
"RIA and Citadel (both Armscor importers) put out surprisingly good compact models, they are all steel but that really isn't an issue if you're carrying in a quality holster on a real gunbelt.

My Citadel 3.5" officer's model works with most ammo, and the RIA 4" CCO(ish) I had them make me up seems to be similarly reliable.
At your ~$800 budget, you could have a gun, 5 Wilson magazines, a holster and belt, and still have money left over for ammo. "

+1 ;)

swinokur
February 26, 2012, 11:45 AM
Dan Wesson CCO. Nice pistol

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