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Which 1911s?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 10-Ring, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I love my gov't model & I'm pretty sure I'm gonna really enjoy my commander sized model too. But now I'm wondering, is there any (good) reason to have one of each size of 1911?
    I know w/ my govt & commander I can use the same mags & I like the full size grip but what is the appeal of the officer's model...other than size?
  2. SilverState

    SilverState Well-Known Member

    Officer is better for ccw.

    Commander allows easier carry than govt. without losing capacity and without compromising your grip.

    Government is best b/c it is the most reliable, the way John Browning designed it.

    For me, if it is top quality, I will get a commander. If not, I get government for the reliability. I don't own an officer b/c I can ccw the commander just fine and I don't want to risk reliability issues.
  3. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    As far as my commander sized pistol goes, I picked up a DW Classic Bobtail and really really...no...REALLY like it! :D
  4. SilverState

    SilverState Well-Known Member

    Looks kinda like this?

  5. cheaptrick

    cheaptrick Well-Known Member


    What a beauty, SilverState!!
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Greeting's 10-Ring My Friend-

    I own several 5" 1911's, and a 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II; but nothing
    in the way of a commander length. Guess I need to pick up one, uh?:uhoh: :D
  7. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    silver state,
    I like I like!:) that's a beaut, sometimes the simple is the most beautiful. I hope it shoots as good as it looks!
  8. BrainOnSigs

    BrainOnSigs Well-Known Member

    Nice Brown SilverState! The reverse 2 tone is sweet.

    I prefer the Government size:

  9. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    A nice collection

    I had the 5", 4" and 3". That was a pretty picture to open the vault and see them side-by-side. Somewhat like opening a family album and seeing your children. :D

  10. Chuck R.

    Chuck R. Well-Known Member

    I split the difference with my Baer Stinger, Commander slide, and an Officer’s frame. To me it’s the best of both worlds, reliability is great and it shoots as well as my 5” Baer.

    To me, the slide is the easiest to conceal; it’s the grip that gets you.

  11. Crawlin

    Crawlin Well-Known Member

    I have a 5" Kimber, but a friend is about to buy a 4" this weekend. I'll let you know how it shoots and carries (he doesn't know it yet but I am going to steal it for a few days to see how it carries...)
  12. Dr. Dickie

    Dr. Dickie Well-Known Member

    One of each?
    No, no, no. At least TWO of each, now you are talking.;)
  13. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    I like'em all...Govt Models and Commanders! Never had any of the shorter ones though. :confused:

    I'm carrying this "experienced" Combat Commander today. It's in a Bearclaw IWB Kydex holster stuck inside my Carhartts.
  14. SilverState

    SilverState Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys! A lot of thought went into the decision to go with the two-tone and the commander-sized bobtail. First, I noticed that the blue on the frame and the blue on the slides do not always look the same as time goes on. Not from holster wear, just that the blue seems to have a different color tone for some reason. So if it is going to look different anyway, I might as well go with a two-tone. Plus, I don't like the idea of carrying a gun (CCW) with a shiney slide. When you hold it in your hand at night, the frame is covered up by your hand and all you have exposed is the slide. For that reason, I like a dark slide for a ccw weapon. As for the commander slide, when you carry it IWB and you are sitting down, the government size sometimes causes the gun to rise and it a little less comfortable than a commander. The bobtail helps to reduce printing when carrying IWB with light clothing. I agree that government is better for reliability, but it's a Brown, so that has not been an issue. Anyway, that's my reasoning for why this gun fits MY NEEDS, not that it is right for everyone else's needs.

    BTW Brain,

    That is a sweet looking Baer. One of these days I am gonna sell off my Trojan and S&W 1911PD to get a Baer. The commander-sized Thunder Ranch Special in hard chrome looks real nice, I just will have to get over the shiney slide...

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