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Okay guys---which 1911 do I choose?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by heavyshooter, Apr 17, 2009.

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Which of the smaller 1911's would you purchase?

  1. Kimber Ultra Carry II / Night Sights

    37 vote(s)
    32.2%
  2. Springfield Armory EMP Enhanced Micro Pistol

    32 vote(s)
    27.8%
  3. Stay away from both of them; they're crap

    17 vote(s)
    14.8%
  4. I'll tell you what to get. (please specify)

    29 vote(s)
    25.2%
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  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

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    A gun that is having 5/75 jams in the initial break in period is unlikely to miraculously undergo such a change during break in that it will ever be 100%. He is wasting ammo, and needs to send the gun in for work.
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    I'm not a fan of the short barreled 1911s -- I much prefer the commander sized guns -- nicer to shoot, more ergonomic grip & you can use the mags from your full sized guns. I would throw in my recommendation for the DW CBOB -- fantastic pistol!

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  3. effengee

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    Colt Commander

    It's small but not too small...
    Other than a spring malfunction during it's first firing, it's been treating me just fine... (Thanx again to all you who responded to my post here on handgun forum! I'm not a certified gunsmith but I've always had a knack for disassembly and subsequent re-assembly :)

    I always wanted a colt 1911 model and so when this came up it was bought on the spot...
     
  4. Lone_Gunman

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    I agree that commander sized are better, but you can use full size 1911 mags in an officer sized gun if you have to, they just stick out of the bottom.
     
  5. Mainsail

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    I got the Sig 1911 and I couldn't be happier. It's a good looking and tough 1911, made with the best parts available.
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  6. DogRanger

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    If you liked the Wilson get the Wilson CQB Compact.
     
  7. JMusic

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    I have a Kimber CDP and everyone who shoots it likes it. I've shot some Wilsons that were sweet but I'm happy with what I purchased. I too wouldn't go below 4 inch.



    Jim
     
  8. rmw

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    STI makes a nice officers size gun
     
  9. TIMC

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    I just picked u a Kimber Ultra Carry today, I'm looking forwrd to getting to know this little powerhouse!
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  10. earlthegoat2

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    Commander length anything, those compacts are suspect.
     
  11. sparkyguy66

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    I've had my Springfield Loaded in ss for over 2yrs and k's of rnds thru w/o single issue, that's out of the box.
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  12. rklessdriver

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    COLT Commander hands down. Its cheaper than either of the 2 you mentioned and its a COLT.

    The Kimbers are flashier and look real nice but my Kimber Tac Pro II was a POS. I would have been very happy to only have a 5/75 failure rate... Some folks get a good one and if you do you get a nice looking gun that works but many folks are like me.

    My gun went back to Kimber 3 times and I eventually got tired of screwing with a POS, sold it at a huge loss and used the $$$ to buy a plain jane Series 80 COLT Commander ($730.00).

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    My COLT has run 100% out of the box from day one. If you just have to have the Novak low mount sites and front cocking serations look at a Colt XSE series.
    Will
     
  13. .357 magnum

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    Taurus PT1911 or Colt Lightweight Commander XSE.

    I do not trust any .45acp with a barrel less then 4 inches. 4-5 inch are more Optimal for Defensive Purposes.

    The Taurus is the Best 1911 for the money. Totally Reliable, Very Accurate. With a Multitude of features. If you want a barrel shorter then 5 inches. The Colt Lightweight Commander XSE .45 is your Best Bet. The Colt is another Totally Reliable 1911.

    http://www.gunblast.com/Taurus-PT1911SS.htm

    The Best to You and Yours!

    Frank
     
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  14. 1911shooter

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    Springfield period. better gun for being a compact. all compact 1911's are not that reliable. but the Springfield will be better for the customer service.
    If you want to spend that much cash go with the SIG/SAUER GSR, its better then both the others, and will shoot better then any.
     
  15. GLI45

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    STI Guardian or the Ed Brown Kobra Carry.
     
  16. Walkalong

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    My 3" CDP II gets a chuckle from all the comments about how it can't possibly be reliable. Never a failure from round one, never. HP's, SWC's, TrFP's, RN. You name it, it feeds, fires, and ejects it. 95% of it is has been my reloads, made without the miraculous FCD die, by the way.

    Same for my 3" EMP, after the factory fixed the under SAMMI minimum chamber with a touch of the reamer. The chamber is still at SAMMI minimum and feeds everything loaded in cases that will fit in a case gauge. I don't gauge the finished rounds, and despite never seeing a FCD die, they just keep on working.

    Both awesome guns. :)
     
  17. Storm

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    Hunt down one of these:

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  18. skeeter_08

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    SW1911PD would be my choice - skeeter_08
     
  19. EHL

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    +1 with Walkalong. Either alot of the guys in here are the unluckiest dudes with guns:neener: or I must be on a winning streak with my 3" Kimber Ultra which swallows and spits out ANYTHING I can stuff in her mags. 95% of what she eats are dirty reloads and she has chewed through them like a champ. She is definitly one of my most trusted go-to guns.

    I get a chuckle hearing things like "don't trust anything under 4"" and the like. The way they make it sound, there's a line of unhappy 3" 1911 owners just dumping their pot metal, jammomatics in heaps all over the world.:rolleyes:

    For some mysterious reason though, companies keep selling them and people keep buying them. If it were such a bad product, the free market would have eliminated them already.
     
  20. 1977kaw

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    I am perfectly happy with my Kimber UC2 in stainless steel
    runs just fine
     
  21. Taurus_9mm

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  22. heavyshooter

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    Thanks guys. You have given me a lot to think about.
     
  23. sarduy

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    Rock Island ;)
     
  24. W Turner

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    Conventional wisdom says don't trust anything below 4" in bbl length. My opinion (and that's all it is) is that the 3" guns can run and run well. I do think that with them you run a higher risk of having some teething issues, but it's better than it was in the past.

    My personal experience with a Colt Defender was great. Accurate reliable little .45 and should I go with a sub 4" 1911 the Defender would be my choice. The ammo velocity issues mentioned here can be addressed thru careful selection.

    Just keep in mind that the shorter guns do have a higher incidence of problems. Be sure to wring it out and keep the springs changed out.

    W
     
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