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Value of a compensator on a 3.5" 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rail Driver, Sep 13, 2010.

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  1. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Member

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    Is there any? Do they make short compensators around 1" long or so?

    I think this would make a compact 1911 look a bit more balanced...
     
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    compensators work best on high pressure rounds--which the .45ACP (the traditional 1911 round) is not. I suppose somebody could sort out a compensator for a 9mm compact 1911--but, I doubt that it would really be needed.

    Compensators (may) have their place on raceguns--but someone active in racing probably will have to chime in with the current state of affairs in their group. I suspect no matter which operation, however, looks have little to do with the demand; lower times are the only thing that really matters, after all.

    Jim H.
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    I had a Marvel compensator on a Colt OACP .45. It did not know it was too low pressure to drive a comp, it shot like a champ with recoil on the order of a full size G.M. I wish I still had it.
    But that was one of his last comp bodies and he does not offer them any more.
    Maybe Nowlin will still make one.
     
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    Why?

    The whole point of a compact 1911 is to be small, adding bulk sort of negates toe original intent.
    Springfield made (makes?) ported 1911 models, I think they made a compact one if you want the actual compensator effect ... I want a concealable and comfortable gun, if I spend time looking at it, I do so from the rear, not the side.
     
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    I had a Colt Officer with one installed I guess was a special run by a distributor or something It was the ultra bright finish with night sights . It shot fine but wasn't any thing great . I sold it 45 doesn't need one. and takes away the reason for a compact pistol.
     
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    I would value a compensator on an OACP less than adding .75" to your upper by going to a Commander length barrel/slide.

    I have seen an OACP with a comp...I think it was an Ed Brown...but I think the Commander slide would look even more balanced and would definitely improve reliability
     
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    Personally, I don't see the point. If I wanted more balance I would go with a commander sized gun. The STI Ranger II is a great carry gun and good example of going bigger but still allowing good concealability. I also c,arry an STI Shadow and recoil is not strong enough for me to want a compensator or a bigger gun.
     
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    The whole point of the small 1911s is concealability and carry. Depending on what method of carry you use and your body size, adding the size of a comp could ruin its concealability. Have you ever shot a comped or ported gun from retention or in low light? The comp kind of ruins its usefulness for carry, too.
     
  9. Rail Driver

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    I see some very valid points, thanks for the info. Personally, I mostly wanted it for looks, but I think I'm going to get a full size 1911 to play with all kinds of aftermarket parts (and learn what I like and don't like) while leaving the compact I ordered today stock (until I find parts that work with my shooting style, personality, and gun)

    FWIW, I ended up ordering the RIA 3.5" 1911 CS, I got the one with the skeleton trigger though I doubt it was worth the extra $40 ... I got that on impulse even though I was going to buy a 1911 anyway, I decided to spend a little extra and start with the nicer option.

    I'm a smaller guy (5'7" 150 lbs) and it's tough to conceal a pistol with a long grip, so a 4" might be just as good, but I definitely need the shorter grip. I print even with a slightly oversized hawaiian shirt over my owb bianchi shadow carrying my SW40VE. I should have no problems with the little 1911 and a decent holster.
     
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    compensators make little to no difference on the recoil of low pressure .45 rounds, regardless of barrel length. don't waste your money.
     
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    They are LOUD really really LOUD, and unless you are trying to shoot really really fast, they are useless.
     
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