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Okay.. Best 4" 1911 for defense?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Northslope Nimrod, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Northslope Nimrod

    Northslope Nimrod Well-Known Member

    I want opinions on the best 4" 1911 for CCW. I am more concerned with reliability than accuracy. I want it accurate but I don't want tolerances so tight that some dirt will jam the weapon.
    1. 4" 1911
    2. Under $1000.
    3. Reliable
    4. Good CCW qualities.

    Subsequent question: Just for fun....Do they make the model in 9mm?
  2. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    I'd go for the 4.25" Commander size personally. For me they balance better, and the commander size is the shortest I'd go for reliability. Of course, you might find a 1911 with a 4" barrel that works well, but personally the best makers are the ones that use a 4.25" barrel.

    And that bring to my suggestion. A S&W 1911Sc commander. Light, powerful, thin, and reliable also. The S&W 1911's now are getting GREAT reviews. Check one out if you can. I'm sure you'd be quite impressed.

    S&W 1911Sc commander. Mmm.... :D
  3. 1911austin

    1911austin Well-Known Member

    I have one. Great gun.
  4. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the SW1911Sc.
  5. Extremist

    Extremist Well-Known Member

    Smith & Wesson 1911Sc is the best available now - IMHO

    That is it, you need to check out the 1911Sc for carry:



    James :D
  6. roo_ster

    roo_ster Well-Known Member

    I own the original all-steel, gov't model sized SW1911 & have nothing but praise.

    I have handled & drooled over (& finally shot!) a SW1911Sc.

    If I had the money, that SW1911Sc would be mine...all mine.
  7. Northslope Nimrod

    Northslope Nimrod Well-Known Member

    Yes....4.24 commander size. That is really what I'm after. Atleast 4" but less than 5".
  8. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    +1 S&W 1911SC
  9. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    If i were buying a new gun, the Smith would be pretty high on the list.

    If you don't mind used I like the series I kimbers. I've got a pro elite that has had a ton of rounds through it and no problems. It is 4" though, not 4.25".
  10. rocky

    rocky Well-Known Member

    I don't understand why 1/2" would make much diffrence, other than maybe balance. I can shoot well with my 4" Champion from SA. Seems any of the better 1911 manufacturers would suit your needs, depending on what exactly you want in a gun.
  11. The Reverend

    The Reverend Well-Known Member

    Also take a look at the Colt 1991 Commander.
  12. Shootcraps

    Shootcraps Well-Known Member

    Colt CCO. Has all the features you're looking for. 'nuff said. :evil:
  13. Jack19

    Jack19 Well-Known Member

    Okay so it's not a 1911, but the HK USP Compact has everything you're looking for aside from not being a 1911. :D

    Can be carried in Condition 1....Yes
    Accurate..............................Yes (Amazingly so.)
    Under $1000..........................Yes
    Good CCW Qualities................Yes
    Commander size.....................Yes


    If it absolutely has to be a 1911....go with the S&W. Everything I've heard and read says they are making a quality product.

    My personal track record with new in the box 1911s from Colt, Kimber, Springfield, etc. is abysmal. If the examples I received from each of these manufacturers is typical for 1911s, I have no idea what the fuss is all about.

    If you want an out of the box reliable .45, check out the HK.

    And, yes, it comes in 9mm.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2006
  14. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    Springfield Armory Champion or LW Champion.
    A bit over 4" ... Colt's Combat or LW Commander.
    Or even a Kimber Pro Carry or Pro Tactical.
  15. shield20

    shield20 Well-Known Member

    Colt XSE Commander or SW1911Sc.

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Their can be only one. Thats COLT Best of the bunch any of the Commander models . Now repeat after me COLT! COLT! COLT!
  17. steveracer

    steveracer Well-Known Member

    I'll second the SA Champion.

    All steel, 4" and reliable.
    Great guns! Avoid the lightweight, as they aren't really any fun to shoot.
  18. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I've shot my friend's Colt Lightweight Commander XSE and it was very pleasant to shoot. Accurate too!
  19. ravencon

    ravencon Well-Known Member

    S&W 1911 Sc

    Colts? Used? No thanks, unless the seller has a generous returns policy. At various times Colt has produced some less than reliable 1911s. I once aquired what turned out to be a Colt Commander Jam-o-matic. Now it is someone else's problem.
  20. Gunz

    Gunz Well-Known Member

    I paid $650 for a blued NRM Colt Commander about 2 weeks ago, new. Plain button hole hammer, and short grip safety (no duckbill).

    I really like it. Fit and finish are excellent. The lovely wood grips accent the blued gun. The Stainless Commander was $839, and the Gvt size blued was $769.

    I was surprised at how much of a difference in draw the reduction of 0.75 inches in the slide. It seems faster.

    I have shot ball and JHP through the gun. I usually have 230gr ball in it. I have one mage of 200+P EFMJ and one with 230gr Golden Saber. I keep mine cleaned and lubed, and have not had any problems at all.

    Under 10 yds, I get 2-3 inch groups with rapid fire point-and-shoot practice.

    These days, under $1000 gets a lot of gun.

    I also own a Kimber Compact, Springfield Compact (discontinued 1992 model), Para Companion 7.45, LW Officer's, and an ORM Commander from the Custom Shop Colt.

    I like the 4.25 inches of slide and full grip.
    You can spend $2000 on a Nighthawk, Brown, or Wilson. I am not sure if regular people can tell the difference in shooting accuracy with the high-end guns.

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