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Poll: Need Help Choosing Compact 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sig228, Dec 25, 2006.

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Which Compact 1911?

  1. Springfield Ultra Compact

    8 vote(s)
    13.3%
  2. Springfield Micro Compact

    7 vote(s)
    11.7%
  3. Kimber Ultra Carry

    24 vote(s)
    40.0%
  4. Charles Daly M-5 Ultra X

    2 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. Colt Defender

    21 vote(s)
    35.0%
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  1. sig228

    sig228 Member

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    Hi all. Thanks to everyone who answered my other posts as to the compact 1911's. So now im in a quandry - they all seem great. Unfortunately, they are all expensive, so I can only choose one. Which one? Thanks for taking the time to vote.
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    I am not a big fan of the small 1911's but I have shot the Colt & the SA. Both seemed to be nice guns but I just prefer guns w/ the pony on them so I voted on the Colt ;)
     
  3. jac714

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    My ultra carry is dead bang reliable and accurate, whats not to like?

    Have you shot them? See which one you like best.
     
  4. Mandirigma

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    Just putting them out there. Detonics and Springfield EMP
     
  5. Deadmarsh

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    Don't like any 1911 platform with barrels less than 5", however, considering SA warranty and dedication, I'd vote for them over the others...

    And you might want to ponder some as why you need this pistol over the proven Gov't?


    Dead
     
  6. SoCalShooter

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    That's for me to know and not you!
    I have been very interested in getting a kimber ultra carry myself even though I cant carry.
     
  7. Baphomet

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    Judging from the spread of .45's you've listed, I am going to assume you've not had opportunity to shoot many of the pistols you've listed? There are some pretty wide variances in that list: The Kimber UC II, just for one example, weighs in at 25 oz. while the Daly is a full 10 oz. heavier. The Daly is a polymer/steel frame (hi-cap?) while the Kimber is an alloy-framed single-stack. I won't speak for anyone but myself but if I was to handle both of those, I know for certain I'd come away preferring one over the other, and most likely by no small margin.

    Nothing, in my opinion, will help you decide faster than handling and/or shooting some of those. I think you'd come away with some pretty strong opinion's of your own.

    Just my two-cent's worth.
     
  8. S&Wfan

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    I actually traded a heavily shot, 5" customized Colt Combat Elite for my (then) new, original run Kimber CDP Ultra.

    I've never regretted it either. As nice as the Colt was, I like this little thing better!

    Accurate, dependable, light and gorgeous!

    [​IMG]

    T.
     
  9. 5Wire

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    I made the mistake of trading off a Para Ordnance 645 LDA. 6+1, 3-inch Bbl, bushingless barrel. Very accurate, concealable and a bit heavy. About 6-1/2 in long, real sweet Light Double Action trigger, drop safety, grip safety, slide safety.

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  10. larry starling

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    Easy go with the Colt........:D
     
  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II .45 ACP
     
  12. GunNut

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    Any of them but the Charles Daly, just my opinion.

    I really like a Colt Defender that i shot a few years ago, but wouldn't mind any of the others either.

    Steve
     
  13. sig228

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    Baphomet - Your correct

    I have not shot any of these or other any other short barrel .45 1911 style pistol. I simply cannot find these available for rent. I am relying on you guys. I do appreciate the double vs. single stack comment. That pretty much eliminated the CD. You all ahve not disappointed me in the past with your advice. Thanks to all who are taking the time on this.
     
  14. Baphomet

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    Then I'd easily narrow that list to either of the two Kimbers or the Springfield. I've shot many of both and would have a hard time deciding myself. The Kimbers I've shot had internal extractors, and while I myself have no opinion on Kimber's external extractor, many people do. The Springfield 1911-A1 that I own personally is hell-and-back reliable. I have no problems recommending Springfields. My experience with Kimbers is less, but shooting them has always been just as good an experience.
     
  15. kokapelli

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    Since you did not specify 45 cal, I want to add the Para Hawg 9 with 12 +1 rounds of Gold Dot +P for short barrels.
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    rapid fire at 30 feet
     
  16. Jeff Timm

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    I still don't see where 45cal was specified!

    I only see "1911" platform specified!
     
  18. GunNut

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    kokapelli,

    Congratulations you've found the loophole in his poll.:neener:

    Now back to the what compact .45ACP 1911 should I buy poll.....:D

    Obviously if .45ACP is not needed there are some great little 1911 pattern guns out there.

    SA EMP
    STI LS9/LS40
    Etc.

    Steve
     
  19. DC3-CVN-72

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    I voted for the Springfield Armory MICRO-COMPACT. 45. I have one and have had no problems with it at all. If something goes wrong with it Springfield Armory will fix it for free forever. Can't beat that.
     
  20. Ala Dan

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    Here is my Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II in .45 ACP~!
     

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