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Compact 1911 For Carry

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Arsyx, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. Arsyx

    Arsyx Member

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    Just recently I was able to get my hands on a Colt Defender, I'm already a 1911 fan so I was pretty sold on this compact, espicially the grips and the fact it has full capacity. So, I've decided that during summer and spring I am going to find a way to CCW with a compact 1911 either the Defender or some other company (after I put those grips on it ha)

    My question is, do you guys believe these compact 1911's are dependable? Would you ever trust your life with one of them over another compact?
     
  2. armed85

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    The .45 ACP cartridge and the 1911 were both designed for or with a 5" barrel. The .45 ACP is a low velocity cartridge. You'll have an even lower velocity (due to it having a 3" barrel) and high recoiling weapon that is heavy.

    I do love the 1911. I have owned several including Colts. Colt makes a very good gun, but I personally would rather have a 9mm or .40 S&W when I'm looking towards the compact gun with a barrel less than 4".

    I would look towards the Glock 26, Glock 27, Springfield XD Compact, Smith & Wesson M&P Compact, etc. The Springfield EMP is interesting and in a cartridge that makes more sense (9mm or .40 S&W).

    The 1911 wasn't designed to be a compact gun. While it might work, it's not ideal. There are better designed compact guns around.
     
  3. Pendragon

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    I owned a Colt Defender for about a year.

    I really, really wanted to like the gun, but I could never trust it. It could be that I had a lemon, but I tried everything that was reasonable to try (mags, ammo, cleaning, etc) to no avail.

    My advice is to put a LOT of ammo through it before you trust it. Mine was experiencing something like a 5% failure - mostly failures to eject and feed properly but you were lucky to get through a whole mag without an issue.
     
  4. Mad Magyar

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    Absolutely, in my case the Colt Officer's model, not the lightweight model. It was n.i.b. some months ago and with 700+ rds in JHP's & FMJ; not one FTE or FTF...I'm taking it out weekly these days in preparation for a winter carry in a shoulder rig...If it fails even once on the range; I will definitely not carry it....That's the way it is with me....:rolleyes:
    I've heard all the arguements concerning the short-slide cycle but I'm convinced if you keep your weapon in tip-top shape, aka "maintenance": not too concerned....:)
    My sentiments also....
     
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  5. CWL

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    It really depends on your particlar pistol. They usually are either rock-solid or unreliable. Test fire that pistol 200-500 rounds to determine how reliable it is, also number and keep track of all the magazines you plan on using.

    For a "shorty" barrel, you should consider either 185gr or 200gr JHP ammo for better velocities.
     
  6. YosemiteSam357

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    The 1911 was designed with a 5" barrel and the appropriate length slide. Anything else is a variation on the design and needs to be "made to work" somehow. Sometimes it's successful, sometimes not. And it often depends on the individual gun and how it's fitted. I've heard of $3500 Wilsons that didn't run right out of the factory. As well as $700 "normal" guns that did. It's a bit of a crap shoot, to me.

    And I own both an Officer's sized gun (3.5") and a Combat Commander (4.25"). The latter was the first "alternate" length 1911 pattern gun offered, and for that they had to lower the ejection port to make it work correctly. The Officers guns use both a lowered port and a ramped bull barrel. The 3" micros require even more hacks to make them work right.

    I've heard more complaints about shorter length 1911s than any other platform. 'Course, that could be due to the surge in popularity 1911s saw over the last few years. Check out 1911Forum.com.

    I'm sure others will cut my opinions to ribbons, but there you go.

    -- Sam
     
  7. Lonestar49

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    Some good, some not.. but

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    My Defender had 8 FTF's in her first 575 rounds. Simple, quick, cycling of the slide cleared the failed feed, and continued to empty the mag. It was 1 failure per magazine each time, when she did cough.

    So, I then cleaned and lubed the mags with EEZOX, both factory mags and both Wilson Combat mags and only had 1 FTF thru 645 rounds.

    Then I sent 1911Tuner a PM and he had 2 suggestions, to which, I tried the first and easiest, make sure she is WET, well lubed on the rails and guides, along with the mags clean, as he stated, "it's a timing issue".. and they cough if not cycling pure..

    So, in my use of "less is more" with gun oil, in general, for the 1911's, be it the Defender or the EMP 9mm, I make sure they are both WET.. and have had NO failures with the Defender since, thru 800 rounds, including 20 rounds of 180gr JHP with no problems. And, 2 magazines of 230gr FMJ, one-handed shots, with NO issues..

    The EMP 9mm has gone 550 rounds with no failures..

    Well lubed, wet, along with clean mags, seems to be the answer for my 1911 guns.

    Would I trust either 3" 1911 CCW with my life..? Yes, now that I know they are cleaned-properly and well lubed, wet.


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  8. Arsyx

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    Lonestar, how often do you usually strip the compact .45 and re-lube it now?
     
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    Congrat's on the Defender purchase, I am sure that you will love it. Mine has been excellent. I carry mine in a Bianchi IWB holster when I carry it. Most of the time I carry a Springer Micro compact, same size as the Defender. Out of the two guns the Colt is the better of the two in the accuracy department. I carry the Springfield over the Colt for one reason, it is cheaper to replace.
    I have heard horror stories of bobbed down 1911's but I have not experienced any. The 3 inch barrel will give you about 60 fps less than a 5 inch barrel according to my chrony. I haven't found recoil to be a problem with the smaller guns either. As far as having to have a ramped barrel and lowered and flared ejection port, all of which the Defender has, to function properly, I say Bunk! My Springfield Micro is pure G.I., no ramped barrel or flared ejection port and it functions fine.
    Would I trust my life with these small 1911's, yes. Are there better guns out there for carrying, I don't know. I prefer these and that is enough for me.
     
  10. glockman19

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    I carry a Kimber Ultra model.
     
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    My Kimber UC is coming up on 3,000 rounds without a malfunction.
     
  12. TheReeves

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    I carry a Defender that is 2000 rounds old. The only jams I ever experienced were with shorter length HPs, Speer Gold Dots mainly. I did polish the ramp though.
     
  13. Lonestar49

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    Only hard at first so..

    Quote: Lonestar, how often do you usually strip the compact .45 and re-lube it now?
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    Once you get past the second disassembly, and reassembly, it's all downhill (easy) from there.. :)

    I usually, with either of my 45's, go thru only 50 - 100 rounds per range visit with them, and 200 rounds of either 9mm or 40cal, depending on which gun I take with either of my 45's, and walk out of a war zone.. lol

    So, with the Defender, I do a complete disassembly and clean at around the 250 round mark, which I keep records of all shots of all my guns.

    I use EEZOX for light cleaning and with a bore-snake on all my guns in-between, along with just before heading to the range, I add a tad of gun oil via the vertical method, slide locked open, and let gravity take it down for a min, then cycle the slide/s 4-5 times, and your/I'm good to go..

    This, along with using EEZOX on a Q-tip to clean the feed ramps, etc., and the tops and insides of mags, to get out any powder residue, by using a pencil, eraser end, and push down the mag springs to get to all the walls with the Q-tip..

    It all has been working, no issues.. and both my 45 and 9mm 1911's have been to the range twice, in the last month, and are at 155 rounds, and *400 rounds respectively, at 100%, as of this moment.

    *The EMP 9mm is far more forgiving IMHO, and falls into the 500 round max, before total disassembly in my book, if I don't clean them both at the same time FYI.


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  14. Arsyx

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    Would it be possible to find Eezox at the store? If not, do you know of any really similar lubes?
     
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    Should be in local gun shops, call around. Or you can get some online somewhere, and well worth it IMHO. Others say CLP is as good, but from all my talks, EEZOX and CLP are not the same, nor does CLP bond to the metal as EEZOX (a spray-on) synthetic gun lube and "light cleaner" in one. It's on the can, directions, use very little.. really. A 7 oz can goes a long ways, and I always have 2 cans on hand.. lol. About 12 bucks for a 7oz can.

    Worth the hunt to get some, and again, a little goes a loooooooong ways, and in this case, less IS more.. It bonds/drys to metal, making for a final barrier of metal to metal friction IF one's oil gets hot and evaporates, you have what I deem, a back-up of lube, dried on, adheres to, and in the pours of, any metal.. good stuff, especially for the interior walls of one's magazines, being a dry lubricant, attracts no dust or powder residue, yet makes metal to metal contact slippery.

    Protects from rust, etc., all on the cans directions.. lol

    But many swear by CLP as well, so that would be a good second "quick choice" if you find it hard to find some EEZOX.


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    I use Break-Free CLP, out of the squeeze bottle, not the aerosol on mine. As for cleaning the mag's I use an air blower at 120 psi.
     
  17. pogo2

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    I trust a 3 inch 1911 after testing

    I trust my Colt Defender after 600 rounds without a problem. Like others above, I also keep it clean and lubed, cleaning it thoroughly after each range session and putting Rem Oil on the rails and barrel. I use the 185 grain Remington Golden Sabers (standard pressure) for defense, which comes out of the 3 inch barrel at about 950 fps. The gun conceals very easily, especially with the thin grip panels installed.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Arsyx

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    I love the grips so much I don't think I could ever get rid of them lol.

    Also, I notice Eezox sells a "drip" style bottle too. Is this the same stuff? Would seem easier to use in the home and all.
     
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    I trust my Defender , my Officer and the one that started it all The Detonic Combat Master I carry one of the 3 every day. All work fine. I use Corbon 185gr DPX +P In Defender recoil no worst than 5" with 230. Likewise with other 2
    Its time this under 4" not relieable gets put to rest At least as far as Colts and Kimbers go. They see to know what their doing. and 185 or 200gr puts the FPS back in bullet + a little more
    I looking at a used Defender to add to the growing compact list.
     
  20. MICHAEL T

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    double post sorry
     
  21. S&Wfan

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    I have a very reliable 3" barrelled Kimber Ultra CDP . . . a first year, "first generation" model that's about 8 years old now I figure. The night sights are starting to get a little dim but she still shoots great and it goes bang every time.

    Yep . . . I have no problem at all trusting my life to this fine little CCW .45ACP!
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  22. Lonestar49

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    We agree on The_Grips..

    Quote: **love the grips so much I don't think I could ever get rid of them lol.

    Also, I notice Eezox sells a "drip" style bottle too. Is this the same stuff? Would seem easier to use in the home and all.
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    Sure, less overspary, less smell.. I would go for drip over spray can..

    **These grips?

    [​IMG]

    Ls
     
  23. Ala Dan

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    My 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry weighs but 25 ozs (unloaded), and is
    far from heavy, as Ragsdale 45 claims in the above post~! As a matter
    of fact, its my daily CCW piece 90% of the time~! :cool: ;) :D
     
  24. JohnnyBravo

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    do you guys believe these compact 1911's are dependable?

    Each one is a law unto itself, but on the whole they seem to be less dependable that the larger guns.
     
  25. GunNut

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    Like has been said above, it really depends on the gun and what efforts you are willing to take to ensure it works.

    Just like any gun they need to be shot to see if they work correctly.
     
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