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Which Commander 1911 to get?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Theraztastic, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Theraztastic

    Theraztastic Active Member

    I am currently looking at 3 compact 1911s and do not know which one I want to get. A Sig Sauer C3, a Kimber Compact CDP ii, or a Ruger SR1911 Commander. I have owned a full size Ruger SR1911 and never had a problem with it but sold it to get something with the option of concealing. The Kimber might cost a little more than I would like to pay but I will pay it if I think it will be worth it. I have heard about issues with the Sig having problems ejecting the last round but I am not sure how common the problem is and I find the gun very appealing. The Ruger is the one that I may fall back on if I bail out on the others because I have owned one and had no issues with it. What do yall think between the 3? Anyone have experience with the Sig or Kimber? Any other compact 1911s that are similiar?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    If it ain't a Colt, it ain't a Commander in my gun safe.

  3. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

  4. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    I have an aquaintance who likes his S&W1911.
  5. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure both the CDP and C3 are officers sized. (shorter magwell/grip) Are you carrying OWB? The "extra" 3/4 of an inch really isnt noticeable in IWB. Now if its a weight issue that that's another thing.
    In addition. I personally would look at STI instead of the Kimber.

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    A Commander is Colt others are just a copy I would get a Colt Lite weight are nice for carry I have both a 9 and 45 LTW. and steel works also I have a couple of those in 45 . .
  7. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    How about a Colt Lightweight Commander? As stated by others, the commander is a Colt thing. Why not go with what started it (and what actually is)? The others are Commander size, not Commanders.
  8. MAG-63

    MAG-63 Well-Known Member

  9. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Love my Colts!
  10. Old Guy

    Old Guy Well-Known Member

    Colt LWC, you just can not shoot it too much, the frame cracks. But a huge difference in carry comfort.
  11. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    Technically, you have 3 different size guns and only one of them is a TRUE commander.

    1. Sig C3 is considered a CCO size. It has a compact frame, but has a commander length slide (4/4.24" barrel)

    2. Kimber Compact CDP is actually a compact 1911. It has a compact frame and a 3.5" barrel.

    3. SR1911 Commander is the only true commander and is the biggest of the three with a full size 1911 frame. It also has the same slide/barrel length as the C3 (4/4.25").

    So you've really got an apples to oranges comparison going. My brother owns a C3 and I was blown away with the quality. Sig 1911s are probably the most underrated gun on the market today. I also think they bring the most bang for your buck right now. The Sig would get my vote.


  12. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    Out of those 3, I'd probably go with the Sig (Which is actually a CCO, and not a Commander as Olympus pointed out, but CCOs sized 1911s are awesome for carry).

    Outside those options however, I'd go with a Colt.

    I've got a Colt TALO edition CCO, it's an awesome carry 1911. My next 1911 will probably be a true Colt Commander.
  13. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Well-Known Member

    Of your 3 choices probably the Ruger.

    A CCO (officer frame (shorter 6+1) and 4"-4.25" barrel) make a lot of sense.

    Also look at STI. I got a Spartan and bobbed the tail
  14. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Me being the OP, Colt.

    I'm kinda like RC: If it ain't Colt, it ain't the real deal.

    I'm not impressed with the Ruger 1911s at all.
  15. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    I can't buy the whole "if it ain't a Colt, it ain't real" argument. It's not really true and it really kind of smells of snobbery when I see/read it. And I own Colts too.

    Colts are fine guns, but a lot of "copies" will put Colt 1911s to shame.
  16. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I dare say, Ruger is not one of them, at least to me.

    Colt Commander is what it is. Nothing snobbish about it.

    I'm a Ruger fan, well, their rifles and 22s.
  17. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    Spent the money and get the Dan Wesson . Or just go for the Ruger .
  18. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    I don't think it has anything to do with snobbery. Point blank, It is the only pistol with the Commander name in the rollmark. You don't call a S&W Sigma a Glock do you?

    Yes there are some outstanding 1911A1 manufactures out there, and I own several. But even this one is NOT a Commander.

  19. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    I agree, the Ruger is certainly not one of them. I didn't mean to imply that.

    Not saying owning a Colt or talking about how nice they are is snobbish at all. Just the saying that anything other than a Colt is a fake/copy or implying that it's not as good.
  20. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator

    I bought an STI Guardian , which I like. All steel--I wanted the weight for an all-day course.

    The Officer's frame helps in terms of concealment, but a true Commander length would be fine.

    A Commander frame is easier for most people to shoot well, but I like less grip under my shirt.

    I would consider a Dan Wesson CCO.

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