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Old 11-11-2013, 04:58 PM   #11
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Thanks for the responses everyone. So, so far we've got:

Springfield
Para
STI
Kimber
Dan Wesson
Sig (?)
Colt
MetroArms (?)

Did I miss any?

Lots of great companies here. Looks like we've got quite a bit of research to do.
I'd put Kimber and Para toward the bottom of that list. They both make good products but nobody is perfect and I've heard enough complaints about their customer service, especially Para. Considering 3" 1911 tend to be finicky, this is important.
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Iirc the EMP is actually slightly smaller than an officer, I could be mistaken though.
Just bought an EMP in 9mm and .40. The EMP is 3" barrel. Traditional officer size is 3.5". The grip is slightly shorter front to back. The frame of the grip is the same as a typical 1911 in thickness, but comes with slimmer grip panels.

Also consider whether you want an aluminum frame. Aluminum is much lighter if you plan to carry it, but might not handle over 20,000 rounds like a steel frame. But since you're asking about 9mm this should be less of an issue so I'd go with aluminum.
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I'd put Kimber and Para toward the bottom of that list. They both make good products but nobody is perfect and I've heard enough complaints about their customer service, especially Para. Considering 3" 1911 tend to be finicky, this is important.
I only put Kimber on the list because someone included it. I was just recapping. Personally I won't buy a Kimber until they improve their warranty, and lower their price, and include more magazines with their guns.

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Just bought an EMP in 9mm and .40. The EMP is 3" barrel. Traditional officer size is 3.5". The grip is slightly shorter front to back. The frame of the grip is the same as a typical 1911 in thickness, but comes with slimmer grip panels. Also consider whether you want an aluminum frame. Aluminum is much lighter if you plan to carry it, but might not handle over 20,000 rounds like a steel frame. But since you're asking about 9mm this should be less of an issue so I'd go with aluminum.
I think maybe the EMP is a winner so far, actually. Or the Dan Wesson ECO, but that's a fair amount more expensive than the EMP.
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The Dan Wesson would certainly be an excellent choice, but I have to put my vote in for STI for three reasons. First is that I own two officer framed STI 1911s, the Escort and the Guardian and they are superb. (The Guardian has been my primary EDC for several years and my wife carries the alloy framed Escort.) Second, STI's lifetime warranty and amazing customer service. Third, I'm an unrepentant and biased STI addict.

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The Dan Wesson would certainly be an excellent choice, but I have to put my vote in for STI for three reasons. First is that I own two officer framed STI 1911s, the Escort and the Guardian and they are superb. (The Guardian has been my primary EDC for several years and my wife carries the alloy framed Escort.) Second, STI's lifetime warranty and amazing customer service. Third, I'm an unrepentant and biased STI addict.
I'm looking at their website. The Spartan III seems like a good affordable option.

Can an ambi thumb safety be installed on all STI 1911s?
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Sure, likely require changing or altering the grips.'

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I'd put Kimber and Para toward the bottom of that list. They both make good products but nobody is perfect and I've heard enough complaints about their customer service, especially Para. Considering 3" 1911 tend to be finicky, this is important.
A good friend has the Para Companion since it was first released. Thousands of rounds later it has still failed to fail. I hear so much crap about Para's but then look to see how many are selling used. It's a hell of a lot easier to find a used Kimber....
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A good friend has the Para Companion since it was first released. Thousands of rounds later it has still failed to fail. I hear so much crap about Para's but then look to see how many are selling used. It's a hell of a lot easier to find a used Kimber....
I think Para makes a very good product. But as I've said, nobody is perfect and I've heard more horror stories about their customer service than anyone else.
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The Dan Wesson would certainly be an excellent choice, but I have to put my vote in for STI for three reasons. First is that I own two officer framed STI 1911s, the Escort and the Guardian and they are superb. (The Guardian has been my primary EDC for several years and my wife carries the alloy framed Escort.) Second, STI's lifetime warranty and amazing customer service. Third, I'm an unrepentant and biased STI addict.
I agree. The only considerations between the ECO, Escort, and EMP is which color you like better, and the price. The Guardian looks great for a .45 but I don't think the heavier steel frame is useful for a 9mm.
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I think Para makes a very good product. But as I've said, nobody is perfect and I've heard more horror stories about their customer service than anyone else.
Well, I've owned two Kimber and four Paras. I still own a couple Para pistols and wont own another Kimber due to FTE, issues I had with both of them.

I remember a little flack when Para was in Canada but since Para come to the U.S. I've head nothing but great things.
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