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help me choose a "compact" 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by texas bulldog, Jul 22, 2008.


which "compact" 1911 for CCW?

Poll closed Aug 21, 2008.
  1. Dan Wesson Commander Classic Bobtail (4.25")

    22 vote(s)
  2. Springfiled Ultra-Compact (3.5")

    13 vote(s)
  3. Para Slim Hawg (3")

    3 vote(s)
  4. Para LDA (range from 3" to 4.25"...pls specify)

    4 vote(s)
  5. Other

    35 vote(s)
  1. texas bulldog

    texas bulldog Well-Known Member

    poll pretty much says it all. i'm looking at getting a less-than-full-size 1911 that would often be used for CCW. i've mostly limited it the above, but i'm always open to further suggestions.

    if you choose "other", please enlighten me. thanks!

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    My Dan Wesson Bobtail is great But my 3" Colt Defender is also nice .
    I say get the DW has night sites and other nice add ons. A poor mans Ed Brown
  3. paul45

    paul45 Well-Known Member

    I voted other. Colt Commanders, 5 choices. Colt New Agent or Defender.
  4. jimk66

    jimk66 Well-Known Member

    I suggest you consider either the HK45c or Sig P220c. Not 1911's per-say but great ccw carries.
    Also hear the SA EMP is coming out with 40 cal. The EMP is a fantastic little gun.
  5. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Can't say enough good things about my Kimber Ultra CarryII:) Lightweight, easy to shoot, very flat with slim grips installed.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2008
  6. rcellis

    rcellis Well-Known Member

    I voted for the Para LDA (mine is 3"), simply because it's been my off-and-on carry gun for some time. I also like my Para Hawg 9, a 1911 platform in 9mm.
  7. stevemis

    stevemis Well-Known Member

    I have a Para Warthog and it's been a complete nightmare. Based on this experience, I feel Para's products are inferior and their support is essentially nonexistent. Spend your money somewhere else.

  8. CSG

    CSG Well-Known Member

    Kimber CDPII Compact. Nearly the perfect 1911 carry gun IMO.
  9. Frog48

    Frog48 Well-Known Member

    I voted "Other", because I like the Kimber Ultra Carry and Springfield Micro (.45 ACP, not Micro EMP 9mm). Both are 3".
  10. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Other. The Rock Island Armory Compacts are great pistols, and a great value! I carry mine everyday, everywhere. Here's mine....

  11. bl4ckd0g

    bl4ckd0g Well-Known Member

    I just ordered a RIA compact tactical and eagerly await its arrival.
  12. Defensory

    Defensory Well-Known Member

  13. A man with a gun!

    A man with a gun! Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Kimber UC II
  14. NGIB

    NGIB Well-Known Member

    I like my little RIA as well. Leaves you some money for ammo and range time...

  15. samurai

    samurai Well-Known Member

    Para LDA 3.5". Mine shoots great and is easy to carry.
  16. texas bulldog

    texas bulldog Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. NGIB

    NGIB Well-Known Member

    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...
  19. Browning

    Browning Well-Known Member

    I chose 'other'.

    This would be my pick for a compact 1911 style pistol meant for concealed carry.



    The Springfield EMP.
  20. Hanzerik

    Hanzerik Well-Known Member

    I also chose "Other". My Compact RIA has been reliable so far through 500+ rounds of FMJ and LSWC. It is my main CCW, and carries nicely in a Comp-Tac MTAC, and Galco FED.


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